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What would be a good question to write a 5 page essay about the black death? It can't be vague.

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The comment made by post #2 is absolutely true, The Black Death is so encompassing a topic that if you fail to streamline your efforts, the essay could spiral off on a tangent. In addition to the insightful suggestions already posted I'd like to add another...

How does The Black Death support Charles Darwin's theory of Natural Selection?  You will have to research Darwin's theory of Natural Selection, however I think you will be able to draw a conclusion that supports the topic. Good Luck with your essay !!!

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The Black Death is such a large topic that it is easy to imagine going for too broad a focus, and ending up vague. I would therefore take the question in one of two directions, depending on what sort of class this is for.

Possible direction one: How did the Black Death contribute to the emergence of the Renaissance? This question would let you keep a purely historical focus, but would narrow your attention to social and political impacts of the plague.


Possible direction two: How does the Black Death parallel or diverge from other plagues? This would be more open-ended, and could let you explore things like the AIDS epidemic if you liked.

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