French Revolution Reveiw

Review for French Revolution Exam!!

Jeopardy Questions for French Rev Test: 


The following is a list of terms and concepts that you should know for the exam…what it is and why it is significant. This is NOT a comprehensive list!

Terms:  San colouttes, girondins, the terror, bastille, fuedalism, louis 15, louis 14, louis 16, national assembly, tennis court oath, national convention, first/second/third estates, estate general, monarchy, sealed letters, feudal dues, taxation, famine, continental system, austria, marie antoinette, concordat, declaration of rights of man, robespierre, primary source document, secondary source, symbolism, mob mentality, bastille, utilitarianism, constitution, law of suspects,

Constructing Meaning: Analyzing Economics and Industrial Farming in the context of Capitalism

Read the following two pieces of stimulus material and then respond to the accompanying questions in your TOK online Journal. 

Read the following re: Economics:


  1.  What WOKs do economists use to construct knowledge? 
  2. If their knowledge is unreliable, and they use the above WOKs, does that make those aforementioned WOKs unreliable? Why or Why Not?
  3. Do you agree with the author that economics should not have its own nobel prize? why or why not?
  4. In what way does this piece relate to Capitalism as a whole?

Next, read the following on Industrial Farming:

  1.  Do you agree with the author’s contention that industrial farming is, “One of the Worst Crimes in History”?
  2. What WOKs does the author use to construct evidence for his arguments?
  3. How does the article on industrial farming relate to capitalism as a whole? Elaborate and integrate the concept of externalities.

Napoleon: Benevolent or Malevolent? Gathering Evidence Via Document Analysis

Based off our last document analysis of Robespierre’s speech to the national assembly legitimizing the terror, it’s clear that we need to increase our Doc Analysis Fluency!

So, download the file below containing the documents to be analyzed as well as the file below containing the questions to be answered.

Napoleon Document analysis activity

Documents for Napoleon Doc Analysis

Examine One Interaction b/t cognition and Physiology

In order to address this learning outcome, we’ll look at studies by Richard Davidson of the AMAZING UW-Madison.  This one from 2004 in which he analyzed the brain waves of monks versus non meditating indivuduals and found that Monks produced more gamma waves which contribute to increasing grey matter in the brain:

Years ago, he even famously scanned the brain of the Dalai Llama. You can read the ways in which the Dalai Llama’s brain are different here:

Additional research by Davidson and colleagues is found below…this very recent study (2013) found that 8 weeks of mindfulness practice reduced the body’s stress response significantly:

Additionally, Davidson conducted research with others that found gene expression altered as a result of mindfulness:

Baboon Bullies; Stress and Physiology

Professor Robert Sapolsky of Stanford with one of his subjects

Read the article linked below discussing the work of Robert Sapolsky and his research into Baboon Hierarchies, the hormone cortisol, stress response and the environment’s effect on physiology below:

Spolsky article on stress

If you don’t like the PDF linked above, you can read the online version here:

**We’ll discuss how the contents affect our understanding of psychology in general, as well as the BLOA learning outcomes in particular next class!!!***

2 Effects of the Environment on Physiological Processes

The first study you’ll need to know is Sapolsky’s work with baboons and the physiological effects environmental stressors have on the release of cortisol (see linked post):

**The other study you’ll want to know in order to address this learning outcome completely is Rosenweig and Bennet’s study from 1972 involving Rats and environment**  In this study they placed rats in either a stimulating environment or non stimulating environment for 30 or 60 days. They were then killed, and lesioned. Researchers found that the rats who spent time in the stimulating environments had increased thickness in the cerebral cortex area of the brain**