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Assignment 1 – Research Question

Question #1: My general topic is the silk road and how it effected the economy

Question #2: a. My core question is: How the silk road effected the western economy of the old world.

b. I chose this topic because the silk road was a very significant trade route in the ancient world. With the main export being silk, China exported many other things which had an affect on the surrounding civilizations. Not only was it significant, I just don’t know that much about it and would like to learn more about the silk road and in what ways it expanded the world of trade.

Question #3:

a. What impact did the silk road have on the western economy?

b. silk road, old world, Chinese exports, western economy, western trade, eastern economy

c. Marco Polo, silk worms, eastern exports

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Assignment 1: Research Question


Question 1. What is your general topic?   

Baroque Music

In the Baroque time period, One thing that It was known for was its style of music. compared to the music today, the way it was played, the instruments, and the written music were all different. An example of this is that instead of the soloist being accompanied by a piano, it was a clavichord. Something unique about reading the music is the articulations. This includes things like trills, slurs, repeats, and special note ornamentation.

Question 2.   

 1. What is your core question? 

What influences in the Baroque period reflect in its music?

  1. Explain
    I’m currently studying flute here at Weber State. This semester, I am going to be performing 2-3 pieces from the baroque time period. Something interesting about the music from the period is on how you play it. (For example, the trills, the articulation, and the feeling it gives.) I thought it would be interesting to see what was behind the music and why. Some things that I wondered was: what was happening during this time period. What were the people and government like? Who were well known Baroque musicians? Or What drew the people to participate in the Baroque music?

Question 3.  

  1. Write your research question.
    In the Baroque time period, what societal influences reflected into the baroque music style?
  2.  List all of the keywords and key phrases in your research question.  (3 pts)
    “baroque music”, “societal influences”, “Baroque period”
  3. List at least 2 alternative keywords/phrases you could use.  (2 pts)

“Cultural influences”, “social effects”

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Assignment 1: Research Questions MedievalMedics86

  1. My general topic is medical history in the medieval era, what was some of the techniques scientists used? How did they discover treatments?
    1. My core question is how did science grow in the medical field, did it start off with one thing, then in (x) amount of years how did it change, and why.
    2. I chose this topic because it genuinely interest me, I love medical research. Learning how it changed, how people discovered and studied their findings is worth learning about. There is a lot of different little subjects surrounding medical history, but this certain era really interests me, especially because they did not have ethics at all like we do today when it comes to studies and discoveries.
    1. “How has the history changed beginning in the Medieval times?”
    2. history, medical, change, ethics, and medieval
    3. evolution, documents, and science


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Research Question

  1. Topic: Anesthetics used in the 1800’s
  2.  Core Question: What were the affects of anesthetics?
  3. Research Question: What were the affects from anesthetics used by surgeons in the 1800’s?
  4. Keywords & Key Phrases: “affects”, “anesthetics”, and “1800’s”
  5. Alternative Keywords & Phrases: “Surgeons”

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Assignment 1: Research Question- missblossom123

  1. My general topic is the Nazi non-supporters view on the events during World War II.
  2. My core question is what was life like for the non-supportive Nazi’s during World War II and how they went against what they used to believe in to help others. I chose this topic because i am interested in World War II. It was such a horrible time and i want to know how it came to be and what happened during it. There were some Nazi’s that were against what the other Nazi’s believed and they actually helped some of the captives free from the concentration camps . I think that is really amazing how they risked their lives to save another even when they know what would happen if they got caught.
  3. a. How did the non-supporters of the Nazi’s impact the survival rate during World War II?

b. World War II, Nazi, non-supporter, survive

c. Hitler, concentration camps

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Assignment 1: Research Question Atlantis8219

Topic is the city of Atlantis.

Core Question: Did Atlantis exist?

I am interested in this topic because I want to know the different theories behind if Atlantis really existed. I have heard stories about Atlantis and Disney even made a movie about this mysterious city. I think there must be a reason behind why people told these stories about a sunken city. I want to know if there is actual history to back this up.

Research Question: Did Atlantis exist?

Keywords: Existence, Atlantis, theories

Alternative Keywords: Underwater City, Myths

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Assignment 1: Research Question-Atlas1222

  1. Topic: Ancient Roman medicine
  2. Core Question: How did Ancient Roman medicine affect Roman people?
  3. Research Question: How did Ancient Roman Military medicine affect the health/outcome of Roman soldiers during their battles?
  4. Keywords and key phrases: “Ancient Roman Military medicine” “battles” “health/outcome” “Roman soldiers”
  5. Alternative keywords/phrases: “Legionaries”

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Assignment 1: Research Questions-Cesarsalad1

  1. Topic: People in the Alcatraz prison
  2. Core question: What factors affected the people of Alcatraz?
  3. Research question: How did the psychological factors impacted prisoners and guards of Alcatraz prison?
  4. Keywords and key phrases: “Psychological”, “factors”, “guards”, “impacted prisoner and guards”
  5. Alternative keywords/ phrases: “perceptive outlook” “affected”

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Example: Assignment 1: Research Questions – athenaaegis

NOTE:  athenaaegis is my blog name for this class.


1. Topic:  I’m interested in researching Galla Placidia.

NOTE: you are not required to explain your topic;  however, I think your fellow students might find lengthier explanations interesting.  Galla Placidia had a very interesting life.  She was the daughter of Theodosius the Great, who was the last Roman emperor to rule a united empire.   She was taken hostage by the Visigoths and then married their king, Ataulf.  At his death, she was returned to her brother, Honorius, then Emperor of the Western Empire, and was married to one of his supporters, with whom she had two children.   When the second husband died, she fled to Constantinople and her nephew, Theodosius II, emperor or the eastern Roman empire, because her brother was “too fond” of her.  When Honorius died, Galla Placidia’s son, Valentinian III, received the title of Emperor of the West in his place and the family moved back to Italy.  Since Valentinian was a minor, Galla Placidia ruled the western Roman Empire for about 12 years as his regent (definition).  She continued to have  significant political influence until she died.

Shortly before Galla Placidia’s death in November of 450 CE,  her  daughter, Honoria, inadvertently saved Constantinople by aiming  Attila the Hun at Italy.  Honoria wrote Attila a letter asking him to get her out of a marriage she didn’t want.  She included her engagement ring in the letter.  Attila came to claim her and suggested that half of the western empire would make a good dowry.  Honoria was quickly married off to a senator and Valentinian disavowed the legitimacy of the offer.  Attila proceeded to ravage Italy anyway, using the letter as an excuse.  These actions did not endear Honoria to her brother, the emperor, and she only escaped execution due to her mother’s intercession.  Honoria disappears from the record a few years later.  Some scholars believe that Valentinian III had her executed  after their mother’s death.  (Want to know more about Galla Placidia?  The Wikipedia article is a good place to begin.)

2.  Core question:  What does Galla Placidia’s life tell us about the role of imperial women in the later Roman Empire?

Remember, your core question should be related to your topic, but be much more focused than the topic.

Why I’m interested in this aspect of the topic

I’m interested in this aspect of the topic because Galla Placidia was a part of many of the important events that took place during the twilight of the western empire.  She also exercised political power to a degree that was unusual  even for the daughter, sister, aunt, and mother of emperors.   If her son by the King of the Visigoths hadn’t died,  she and her husband might have founded a Romano-barbarian dynasty that perhaps could have prevented the fall of the western empire.  As it was, she ruled the Western Roman Empire for over ten yea

Your explanation should be related in some way to your core question.  Don’t tell me that you love Roman history, tell me why you’re interested in the assassination of Julius Caesar or the sewer system of the Indus Valley civilization (much more interesting than you might suspect), etc.

3.  Research Question:  I could use my core question, but more formal, academic language would be better since I need to find scholarly articles.

`How was Galla Placidia a role model for imperial women in the Later Roman Empire?

You will be able to tweak your topic as you begin researching, but you cannot make significant changes without my approval.  Not sure if a change is significant or not?  Convo me.

Keywords and key phrases:  “Galla Placidia”  “imperial women”  “role model”  life  “Later Roman Empire”

Pick your main keywords and key phrases directly from your research question.   

EXCEPTION:  if there is more than one way to say the same thing.  This usually applies to science, technology, health and some social science fields as opposed to history and the arts & humanities, but is possible for those fields as well.   For example, you could call the 1890s part of the Victorian era, the Progressive era or the Gilded Age, etc. depending on your specific topic.

Alternative keywords/phrases:  “royal women”  “Late Antiquity”  biography, “Byzantine Empire”

“Late Antiquity”  is broader than “Later Roman Empire,”  so you would use it only if “Later Roman Empire” was not finding the sources you needed.  “Byzantine Empire” is more specific than “Later Roman Empire.”  Byzantine is the name we use; the people who lived there called it the Roman Empire of the East.  Most of the imperial women come from the Byzantine, or Eastern, Empire, so it might be a useful term.

Always start with the keywords and phrases that are part of your research question.  You can add others as you need to.  If you find yourself needing to add a lot of other keywords/phrases, then you probably need to rewrite the research question.


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