When was 1635?

Clue #1: It was in the 17th century

Historical Context for Life Is A Dream

Life Is A Dream was written and performed in the seventeenth century, toward the end of Spain's Golden Age. What was happening around the world at about the time Spanish audiences were enjoying this play by Calderon de la Barca? Choose good keywords from the questions and research the answers online :)


1. What college was founded in Cambridge, MA, in 1636?

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2. Which war was going on between 1642 and 1651 in England?

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3. Shah Jahan, ruler of India, had a tomb built for his wife in 1632. What is the name of this beautiful tomb?

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4. Which French mathematician invented the first adding machine in 1642?

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5. In the 1630s, traders in Amsterdam grew rich. What item imported from Turkey did they buy and sell?

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6. What family rose to power in Russia in 1613 and ruled for 300 years?

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7. What fourteen-year-old boy took control of the Ottoman Empire in 1623?

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8. Which great Dutch painter lived from 1606 to 1669?

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9. What book did Miguel de Cervantes publish in 1605?

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10. What Chinese dynasty ended in 1644?

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