World History Homework Two Answers - Student Five

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Jonathan L 2/12/09 World History Week 2 homework

1) There are many qualities that would allow Alexander the Great to succeed. First, he was a born leader… He seized control of the throne immediately after his father died. Second, he has the capacity to learn. Clearly he was a bright man, or at least charismatic, as he united Greece from its previous condition of unordered city states. He had one of the greatest minds in history to learn from, Aristotle. He was arguably home schooled. He was both ruthless and gentle. However, the single most important or influential piece that led to his success, was that he truly defined “beneficiary of circumstance.” Undoubtedly there have been other men or women throughout history that were just as competent or savvy enough for war, but the majority of the time they fall prey to an outside force that prohibits them from maximizing their potential. I would go so far to say that there was another individual growing up with Alexander that was just as skilled as he. But the Bible says God chooses leaders, not to say Alexander the Great believed in God, nevertheless he was put in a position to lead by God. It is impossible to arise into a position of power unless every single thing goes your way. That happened for Alexander the Great, and that is why he, and not someone else, became world renowned.

Excellent analysis. You may be missing a "not" in this sentence: "I would go so far to say that there was [not??] another individual growing up with Alexander that was just as skilled as he."

2.) Greece has a unique landscape, in that it is quite hilly, which makes travel difficult. Greek city states were fond of democracy, because they were separated. A city state’s small population lent itself well to a democracy type government.

Superb again!

3.) The biggest advancement in language, or math, was the number 0. Having a symbol representing nothing is abstract, and at that time was probably considered a novelty. We take for granted the advancements in technology that allow us to be where we are at today.

Not by the Greeks. You're one lecture ahead! But I like your insight about this advancement, so I'll give you full credit anyway. Note, however, that the question was about language.

4.) The Greeks were the first truly “curious” society, which naturally allowed them to advance their culture. They also thought logically; prior to the Greeks it seemed like society was just focused on war, while the Greeks were great fighters, they used logic to further advance not only their military, but their society as a whole.


5.) To comment on them all as a group, the most amazing thing to me about them is that they still represent the common problems people face to this day. This shows you that people have not changed, they are still going to wonder off today just as they did thousands of years ago, just the means between today and then are different.

Good. "Wander off," not "wonder off."

6.) Socrates, because he would not budge in his way of thinking even when we was sentenced to death. He more than all believed in what he was doing. It was not just a study to him, it was a way of life.

Good again, though stubbornness in error is not a desirable attribute!

7.) The messih tribe from northern Africa… I cannot find the correct spelling anywhere, sad but true. They are the definition of ancient. They are mentioned in “The Odyssey.” They also represent one of the only societies that has not changed over the years. They still drink only blood and goats milk. They only make fire with sticks. To become a man there you must wait in the jungle for three days and kill a lion with a spear. If you do not succeed, you are left to die. They are one of the most fascinating groups of people in all the world.


H1) Jesus was God. God knows all. Simply it is very likely that Jesus taught in Greek. He makes references in the Bible about drinking the cup his father gives him… some say this has implications that lead to Socrates being executed by drinking from a cup with Hemlock poison in it. Jesus brought back people from the dead. He could have preached in Greek if he wanted to.

OK, good answer. May use as a model.

H2) The Persian wars were more symbolic then they were important regarding the molding of history as we know it. Yes when Athens was defeated democracy was lost, but the real reason we hear about these wars is because of the mythical characters that supposedly fought in them.

Excellent. Note: "than", not "then" here.

H5) The Persians were ruthless. They were a massive fighting society. They had hundreds of thousands of soldiers. They were intelligent. They were well trained. Yet when they fought Sparta, they always had a rough time, even though they outnumbered the Spartans by a great deal. That is a real mystery. Were the Spartans that good? Or were the Persians that bad.

The Spartans were that good. May use this as a model.
Well done! 100/100. Congratulations.