Why do you think this time period was called the Renaissance?
The time period between 1350 and 1500 was called the Renaissance because people believed it represented a new beginning, or rebirth, in Europe’s history or culture. It was a period of creativity, new ideas and inspirations.
Analyze the map on page 345 and explain why you think the Renaissance began in Italy.
The Renaissance began in Italy because many major trade routes brought goods from different parts of the world to Italy. This sparked people’s interest and curiosity about the larger world. People’s curiosity led to the start of the Renaissance period.
Why was the invention of the printing press so important? Explain!
The invention of the printing press was so important because it allowed for people to gain easy access to reading material. People could easily share ideas and information with each other. This helped the ideas of the Renaissance spread into distant areas.
Martin Luther was a German monk who nailed a list of complaints onto the front door of the Catholic church in Wittenberg. His followers were one of the first groups to break away from the Catholic Church and form a separate church.