1. Describe the successor kingdoms to the Western Roman Empire. Which geographic areas did each kingdom rule? How did each kingdom impact Western Europe?
  2. Describe the main political features of the Byzantine Empire. Who were the most influential leaders of the empire and what made them successful leaders?
  3. Often in history, the focus is on leaders and influential people and the story of the common person gets lost. Discuss the daily life for people in Western Europe and Byzantine from 500-1000 CE. How did most people make a living? What were the gender expectations? What parallels are there to daily live then compared to modern Western society?