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2,000 Years of Chinese History! The Mandate of Heaven and Confucius: World History #7

Due 9/20
1. Why does John Green refer to China as the first modern state?
2. What is a dynasty?
3. How can a dynasty end?
4. What was the first real dynasty of China? When did the dynastic period end and why?
5. What was the Mandate of Heaven?
6. What did the Qin dynasty accomplish?
7. How did Chinese historians portray the Han emperor Wen?
8. What is Confucianism?
9. Why did Confucius emphasize the study of history?

hw, crash course #2, due 9/19


1. What are the characteristics of a civilization and why can that term be problematic?

2. Why were the vast majority of ancient civilizations centered around river valleys?

3. Where was the Indus Valley Civilization located and why was this area such a great place

to build a civilization?

4.When did this civilization flourish and how do we know about the people?

5. So what were some distinguishing characteristics of the Indus Valley civilization?

6. When did the Indus Valley Civilization decline and what happened to these people?

7. Why did these people decide to build a civilization here in the first place?



HW due 9/15

Hebrew Who?


Directions: Using your textbook write a one sentence summary of the significance of this famous person, event, of place.

  1. Abraham
  2. Isaac and Jacob
  3. Joseph
  4. Moses
  5. Covenant
  6. Yahweh
  7. Joshua
  8. Ark of the Covenant
  9. Samson
  10. David
  11. Solomon
  12. The First Temple
  13. Deborah
  14. The Israelite kingdom of Israel
  15. The Israelite kingdom of Judah
  16. Nebuchadnezzar
  17. Cyrus
  18. Diaspora
  19. The Synagogue
  20. Sabbath

HW Due 9/14; Crash Course #4

Respond to the following

How can the geography and natural resources of an area shape the religious beliefs of a civilization?


What river shaped Ancient Egyptian civilization and why was this river so beneficial?


How did the Egyptians view the afterlife?


How is Egyptian history divided? What is a pharaoh?


Why were the pyramids built and who built them?


What were other important aspects of Egyptian religious beliefs?


What was the writing system in Egypt?


What were some of the characteristics of the Old and Middle Kingdoms?


The New Kingdom period of Egyptian history was one in which the geographic borders of the civilization

expanded. There were also three pretty famous pharaohs during this period. Who were they and why

are they famous?


What does John Green refer to as the “really crucial thing about Egyptian culture”?

HW due 9/13

2. Respond to these questions in complete sentences:
             #1There are few, if any, written records from the age of foraging.So how do we know so much about this period?
            #2 What is foraging?
            #3 What does John Green say was one of the most efficient proteins

for early human hunters and how did this affect early settlement areas?                                

          #4 How did the life and health of a forager compare to that of a farmer?

          #5 What are the advantages and disadvantages of farming?

          #6 John Green discusses the advantages of herding rather than farming, but why didn’t herding catch on all over the world?

         #7 Why did agriculture begin independently around the world about the same time?

       #8 Why is history not just a series of dates, people, and events but more about processes?

       #9 How does the surplus of food lead to the creation of cities and civilizations?

       #10 In World History what will "be on the test"?



Homework, due 9/11

Read introduction of "The Judgments of Hammurabi" on pages 12-13 (page numbers on upper right hand corner of page).
- Read the laws of Hammurabi on pages 13-16 on the PDF file attached to this link. Make sure to click on it.
-On page 13 there are "Questions of Analysis". On a separate sheet of paper you will respond to #2-5 in complete sentences.
- Copy down 5 laws you found most interesting and have a reason why.