Spitting Back What He’sSpit at You How to Study forMarmorstein Exams Part II Examples
Preparing the 16th-17th Century France Materials • Step one is to read and understand the exam question. Figure out what I am looking for. • Come up with a basic outline for your essay. • Think of good topic sentences for each paragraph of your essay. • Add specific support for your topic sentences. • On each of the above steps, use the ID’s whenever possible.
Barebones Outline • French problems • Religious division • Henry IV • Marie De’ Medici • Louis XIII (and Richelieu) • Anne of Austria • Louis XIV
Topic Sentences • France in some ways had similar to problems to the rest of Europe. • France had special problems of its own • Religious division did make things worse • Henry IV is an example of a competent ruler who…. • (Similar topic sentences for the remaining rulers)
French problems similar to those of other European countries (rapid inflation, declining real wages, potential friction over New World colonies, rising middle class, unhappy nobles) Problems specific to France (inefficient tax collection system, rivalry with Hapsburgs Religious Division (French Wars of Religion, St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre as examples) Henry IV (economic success, religious compromise, care for peasants, a much-loved king: but he gets assassinated!) (Support other topic sentences is a similar fashion) Adding Specific Support
Advantages of this Method of Preparation • You can study more efficiently • You will have ID’s in context so you can more easily see their significance • Information that’s in a pattern is much easier to remember • You will know when you have mastered this material and it’s time to move on to something else.