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1) The Middle Ages was a very harsh time and many people refer to it as the “Dark Ages.” What do you think? Was it “Dark?” (not the color) Was the Renaissance a reaction to the Middle Ages? Why or why not? Are we in a “dark age” or “renaissance” today? Explain your answer by providing examples.
2) Renaissance means rebirth. Was the Renaissance a time of rebirth? Why? Can you think of any other instances where the world has undergone a rebirth? What do you consider to be a rebirth? Explain your answer by providing examples.
3) Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Michelangelo and Da Vinci were just a few people who made significant contributions during the Renaissance. What was the most significant contribution made by each one of these famous men? Why do you feel that way? Explain.