World History Homework One Answers - Student 11

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Billy F.

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."

I think that the most important thing invented was written language, first created by the Sumerians in Mesopotamia around 3400 B.C. Without language, ideas and laws would never have been effectively communicated, hindering our development. Written records and such has also helped influence our understanding of history.


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.

Ancient Egypt was in existence for close to 2700 years until it was conquered by Alexander the Great. Though situated in a desert, Egypt was right on the Nile, the greatest river in the world. Because it regularly flooded, farmers had plenty of water for their crops. Egypt had a written language based on picture symbols called hieroglyphics. Egypt’s geography helped to protect it from invaders, with deserts to the west and east, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north. Compared to other ancient kingdoms, Though conquered by 7 other empires over time, Egypt’s natural boundaries kept the civilization in one place, there to this day.

Superb answer, with good detail about how many times Egypt has been conquered.

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.

I am surprised that the Flood is dated at perhaps 3300 B.C. and Egypt’s existence starting at 3000 B.C. That is only 300 years! How just Noah’s family could have began that civilization in only 300 years astounds me.

Excellent point - there does seem to be too short a period of time. These dates are only rough estimates and some could be off by 500 years.

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). I filled in the terms:

  • Papyrus
  • Khufu
  • Prehistory

Well done.
Good work! Grade: 40/40.--Andy Schlafly 09:38, 15 September 2011 (EDT)