Study guide—Humanism, Utopia1. Where does the word “humanism” come from?2. What does it mean? How does it contrast with medieval “scholasticism”? What does “scholasticism” typically entail as a way of thinking?3. What does the word “renaissance” mean?4. What does “studia huminitatus” mean?5. Plato was revered most by people living in which era, medieval or renaissance?6. How was Aristotle known to the high and late medieval scholars?7. Who is Pico della Mirandola? What did he write that was so influential in the renaissance?8. Name three other major, well-known figures of culture alive when Thomas More lived.9. Why did Thomas More resign his post as Lord Chancellor in 1532?10. What typifies a renaissance view of humanity? a medieval view?11. How was the Byzantine Empire (Constantinople) important in the history of renaissance humanism?12. What two meanings does More’s word, “Utopia,” clearly have?
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