World History Homework One

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World History Homework One
Instructor: Andy Schlafly

Read the lecture, and reread it if that would help your understanding.

For written assignments, this course has two tracks: Honors and regular. The Honors track is for those who want to excel on a College Board exam, or are simply interested in history and want to learn more about it. Students can try the Honors track and then drop back to the regular track later if they like, so there is no harm in attempting the Honors track.

Your can submit your homework online at: Only use your first name and last initial on the internet; don't use your full last name. Alternatively, you may hand in your homework written on paper.

We are building a Study Guide to help you prepare for exams, and you can earn homework credit by editing (improving) it:

This week answer the following questions and either post your answers online or hand them in at the next class:

1. Which do you think was the most important invention, idea or law discussed in the lecture? Include in your answer the "when, where, what, why and how."

2. Pick one of the major ancient empires mentioned in the lecture, and describe basic information about it. Include in your answer a reference to how it compared with another ancient empire mentioned in the lecture.

3. There are several tables in the lecture containing various estimated dates. Pick one of those estimated dates and explain either why it surprises you, why you think it may be wrong, or why you know it is correct.

4. Either write an essay of at least 150 words in length on any aspect of the lecture, or add or fill in 3 important terms from the lecture for the Study Guide at the link above (mention in your homework which three terms you picked).

Honors Questions

5. Write a longer essay (500 words rather than 150 words) in your answer to question 4, or add or fill in 6 important terms from the lecture for the Study Guide at the link above.

6. Which matters most to the success of an ancient empire: its technology, its laws, its language, or its geography? Explain, with specific examples.

Extra Credit (regular or Honors)

7. What is your favorite mystery about the ancient world, and what do you think explains it? Some suggested possibilities include:

  • The invention of the wheel: who, when and how?
  • How did the Egyptians build the pyramids?
  • Why did ancient empires collapse?