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Greece Essay Questions

Choose 1 question from the following list. Your essay should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 pt. font (Times New Roman). Your paper must contain a thesis and answer all parts of the question. Use specific facts, details, and information to support your thesis. Use in-text citations to cite others’ ideas or facts that aren’t common knowledge. Include at least 3 sources (one of which may be your textbook and at least one must be a primary source). Include a bibliography/works cited page at the end. Above all, let me see thought and analysis.

Trace the rise of democracy in Athens. Did Athens have a true democracy? Defend your position with specific details.
Describe Zeus, Athena, Apollo, and Dionysus and explain how they exemplified Greek life? Which god or goddess best exemplified ancient Greek life and why?
Summarize the Persian Wars. How were the Greeks able to defeat the Persians? What were the results of the wars? What was the most important outcome? Did they lead to the Peloponnesian War? Defend your answer.
Summarize the Peloponnesian War. What caused it? Look at economic, social, and political issues. Why do you think Sparta won the war? What were the results of the war? What was the most important outcome of the war? Defend your position.
Which work of Greek art best exemplifies Greek ideals and Greek civilization? Analyze the work within the context of Greek art at large and how Greek art in general reflected ancient Greece’s ideals.
Does Spartan or Athenian life better exemplify what it meant to be Greek? Defend your position with specific details and analysis. Feel free to suggest a third city and defend that choice with specific details and analysis too.
What is ancient Greece’s biggest contribution to modern United States life? Discuss government, society, and culture.
Identify Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Which of the ancient philosophers was most influential? Defend your choice with specific details and analysis.
Should Alexander be called “the Great?” Defend your answer with specific details.

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