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Apprentice Questions – Lawyer, Judge, Banker

Subject:

Social Studies  

Grades:

5, 6, 7  

Apprentice Questions Lawyer, Judge, Banker

You are to be apprenticed to a Lawyer, Judge, or Banker to prepare for an upcoming trial

Consider:

- Name of your guild? Who is allowed into your guild? Special features of your guild? Terms and vocabulary unique to your guild’s work or beliefs? Special clothing that your guild members must wear? What does each piece signify?

- Who have been the innovators in your field of study? What has each contributed of significant importance? Where did each master get his ideas? Any special study that he did, place he visited, things he observed and applied to what he is passing on to you? What artwork has your guild been required to commission? What donations is your guild responsible for and why?

Course of study? What books will you be using? By? Philosophy of law (or banking/ money changing)? Particular problems your guild must be ready to solve?

For those of you studying law: how is guilt or innocence determined in general? for particular crimes? How is court run? How are cases tried? What are the roles of the defense and prosecuting attorney? Are you called an attorney? If not, what? Is there a jury system? Explain. Particular laws that you found lenient, harsh? Jail conditions, jail terms and sentences for the accused? Famous case or cases? Cautions to the public?

For you bankers, in particular: how is money minted? weighed? designed and by what guild? What does it look like? How much are different coins worth by 20th century standards? What can money buy during the Renaissance compared to the time period to which you will be returning? How is banking conducted compared to 20th century practices? What are the various philosophies about money and money lending, collateral, charging interest on a loan? Why? Who can and cannot apply for a loan? Why?

For all of you: skills and techniques you must learn or know about? Steps in a process that you must know or memorize? Special materials needed for your line of work? Math: needed? for what? What mathematical ‘news’ is there that will help you? What guilds work with yours? Why? Technology (tools) available? What innovative technology will be needed or have others discovered to meet special requirements that your field of work needs? Which guilds will likely help with that? (14th to 17th century versions of 20th century technology? Is the older better? In what ways?) Solutions that have been tried?

What have you learned that 20th century lawyers, judges, and bankers use today as a result of ideas, techniques, and problems they faced during the Renaissance ( or what the Renaissance borrowed from earlier centuries)?

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