1.  As early as 100 B.C., during the Han Dynasty, Chinese traders were transporting goods along the Silk Road. Under the Tang Dynasty in the eighth and ninth centuries, trade along the Silk Road reached its height. Describe the importance of the Silk Road in the exchange of goods and ideas during this time. Your description should include examples of some of the goods and ideas that moved along the Silk Road and the direction in which they traveled.

2.  During the Middle Ages, the church heavily influenced medieval society. Describe this influence and explain the reasons for it.