You have chosen a high school graduation exam and now you are startled to be frightened by the years you do not control and the battles in which you do not know who fought against? Don’t despair. Here are some general knowledge that will (in the worst case scenario) save you from rupture from the history of the world.
Even primary school children know that the first truly useful tool that historians have named flint was the groundbreaking discovery of prehistoric times (to clarify the young Paleolithic). The flint was certainly made by some skilled Homo sapiens sapiens (a wise man) and moved the development of the human breed a few steps forward.
2. Pyramids, Egyptian deities
If you pull out the antiquity and the whole of Babylon and the Sumerians missed you during high school, you can always talk about Egypt – specifically the pyramids and Egyptian gods. You don’t need to know the details, just plug in common sense and remember all the movies you ever saw about Egypt. Yes, including Asterix and Obelix: Cleopatra’s Mission.
3 Charles IV.
The question of the High Middle Ages becomes more bearable, thanks to the knowledge of this prominent ruler. We all know that Charles IV. he had four pretty wives, published the Golden Bull (beware, not the Golden Bull of Sicily!), founded a university in Prague and built a nice bridge over the Vltava.
4. Jan Hus
Religious Reformation and Counter-Reformation is a big challenge. If you are tired of learning the contents of the Kutná Hora and Basel Compacts Decree, you can always reach for the knowledge of Jan Hus. The legendary fighter for freedom of religious expression in Bohemia, after leaving Prague, preached to Kozi Hradek and burned himself in Konstanz, Germany. You can also inspire yourself in Cimrman’s Sky.
5. Steam engine
Improved by James Watt was essentially responsible for the industrial revolution. Thanks to this knowledge, a smart student puts together what the steam engine could do to power it, multiply the production of a variety of factories, and thanks to it a lot of people at that time not only found but also lost their jobs.
6 World War II
Who has never heard of “seven balls in Sarajevo,” “Hindenburg,” or “Hitler,” lives on this planet. Moreover, when you add to this knowledge the fact that Europe is divided into western, middle and eastern and national stereotypes – the French are “traitors”, most Germans “Nazis” and the British with Amik always save everything, you have an interesting talk on world wars taken care of.
7. Telling Grandmothers and Parents
Certainly one of the family members told each of us how he lived with us during the communist regime, whether before or after normalization. But even from these at first glimpse of perhaps life-tale life stories, you can create a rather comprehensive picture of how our politics and society at that time worked. Although it was just a queue for bananas.
8. Václav Havel
Even the greatest ignorant of pre-revolutionary Czech politics must know this extraordinary man, one of Charter 77’s writers, who has become a modern hero of the nation and also an undying symbol of the Velvet Revolution. If your examiner is not a stubborn Communist, he’ll only give you a plus point for talking about Havel.