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Ch 36: HiSET: The Renaissance

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As you prepare for the HiSET Social Studies, watch these short engaging lesson videos on the changes that transformed the world during the Renaissance and brought Europe out of the Dark Ages.

HiSET: The Renaissance - Chapter Summary

When preparing for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) Social Studies you will want to review the events of the Renaissance that brought Europe out of the Dark Ages and allowed for the progression of society. Watch expert instructors as they explain the revolutionary ideas, art and political systems that came out of this influential time period. As you watch these videos be sure to ask our instructors any questions you may come up with so that you can master the material on:

  • The Italian Renaissance
  • Renaissance art and artists
  • The rise of banking
  • Monarchy vs. aristocracy during the Renaissance
  • Formation of modern nation states
  • 100 Years' War and the Wars of the Roses
  • Renaissance literature and the printing press

Further improve your knowledge of the Renaissance by completing the quizzes that accompany the videos in this chapter. Use your results from the lesson quizzes to find areas of weakness, then fortify these areas using video tags that take you directly to the key points of the videos. Transcripts are also available and present the material from each lesson in an easy-to-read format.

HiSET: The Renaissance Objectives

The HiSET Social Studies is a 70-minute high school equivalency subtest made up of 50 multiple-choice questions. This subtest measures an individual's understanding of geography (6% of the exam), economics (18%), history (38%) and civics and government (38%). This chapter has been assembled to help you review the historical events of the Renaissance that allowed for the development of modern economics, civics and governments through a series of lesson videos, worksheets and quizzes.

14 Lessons in Chapter 36: HiSET: The Renaissance
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The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

1. The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview

In this lesson, we will build an outline of the historical events which flow together to form the time periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and the Elizabethan era.

The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation

2. The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation

This lesson will discuss the three main reasons why Italy transformed from a group of competing city-states to the home of the birth of the Renaissance.

Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual

3. Humanism in the Renaissance: Recognizing the Beauty of the Individual

In this lesson, we will be discussing how humanism changed the idea of the individual from something sinful and controlled by the Church into something of great beauty and worth.

Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

4. Renaissance Art: Artists, Paintings, Sculptures & Architecture

In this lesson, we will be discussing Renaissance art, focusing primarily on paintings, sculptures, and architecture. We will also be learning how humanism affected the art of this time period.

The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family

5. The House of Medici: Rise and Fall of a Banking Family

This lesson will focus on the Medici family of Florence, Italy. It will explain their rise to power through banking. It will also highlight their influence on the Renaissance era and how they gained influence without violence.

The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy

6. The Birth of Parliament: Monarchs vs. the Aristocracy

This lesson will focus on the rise of monarchies during the Renaissance, highlighting the interactions of these monarchies with the church and the aristocracy.

The Renaissance Economy: The Rise of Banking

7. The Renaissance Economy: The Rise of Banking

In this lesson, we will discuss the rise of banking and the Renaissance economy. We will highlight the Medici family and the rise of the middle class.

The Formation of Modern Nation States

8. The Formation of Modern Nation States

This lesson explains the formation of the modern nation-states. It will highlight how the decline of feudalism, as well as the decline in church power, helped bring about the modern nation-state. It will also feature several monarchs who ruled during these times.

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

9. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

This lesson analyzes Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, an early classic of English literature. In it we will highlight Chaucer's criticism of social rank, the position of women, and Church corruption.

France and the Valois at the End of the 100 Years War

10. France and the Valois at the End of the 100 Years War

This lesson focuses on France at the end of The Hundred Years War. It will examine the changes to France in the areas of military tactics, feudalism, and its monarchies. It will also highlight the French monarchs of the time period.

England's Wars of the Roses

11. England's Wars of the Roses

This lesson will focus on England's Wars of the Roses. It will highlight the key figures from both the Houses of York and Lancaster. It will also identify the importance of the divine right of kings.

England and the Tudors at the End of the Wars of the Roses

12. England and the Tudors at the End of the Wars of the Roses

This lesson will focus on the Tudor Dynasty, which came to power after England's Wars of the Roses. It will focus on the contributions of the five Tudor monarchs in the areas of government, religion, economic and the arts.

Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

13. Leonardo da Vinci: Biography

This lesson will focus on the life of Leonardo da Vinci. It will highlight his career as an artist, an inventor, a scientist and a student of the human form. It will also include many of his most famous works.

How the Printing Press Changed the World

14. How the Printing Press Changed the World

When you think of inventions that changed the world, you may think of farming tools or the wheel, or even the Internet. However, few can truly compare to the humble printing press.

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