World History Homework One Answers - Student 10

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World History Homework One-Sarah W.

1. Of the many things discussed in the lecture, the most important development, I think, is the written language. The first form of writing, called cuneiform, dates from around 3400 B.C., from an area of Southern Mesopotamia called Sumer. It is different from how we write today; instead of a phonetic alphabet, it is made up of picture-like symbols. Being able to communicate, especially through writing, is crucial to the success of the human race. It is important socially, as a way for people to relate to each other; historically, as a way for later generations to understand earlier ones, and to pass on ideas; judicially, as an official record of the laws; and many other reasons. Without it, our world would not have progressed very far, and we would still be a primitive society.

Superb answer.

2. Egypt has the impressive distinction of being the oldest continually existing civilization. It developed around the Nile River around 3000 B.C.. There were three eras: Old Kingdom, from 3100-2200 B.C., Middle Kingdom, from 2100-1650 B.C., and the New Kingdom, from 1550-700 B.C.. Ancient Egypt was ruled by Pharaohs, who were kings believed to be gods. Although it has lasted a long time, Egypt was lacking in some areas, making it inferior to other empires, like Mesopotamia. In particular, Egypt’s poor trade history and lack of inventions make Mesopotamia a more advanced Empire.


3. The one date that surprised and confused me the most is the date that the Wisdom Literature was written, on page 8. It says that is is “perhaps older than Genesis”. When I think of the Wisdom Literature, I think of the Psalms and Proverbs, which were mostly written by David and Solomon, who lived a few hundred years after Genesis was written. Maybe it means the other wisdom books were written before Genesis.

Excellent point. You're probably right. In fact, I'll change that statement in the lecture.

4/5. I added and edited the study guide. I added to cuneiform, Mesopotamia, Chaldeans, Persian Empire, Egypt, Pharaoh, Rosetta Stone and Menes or Mena. I created the entries Solomon's Temple and Nile River.

Terrific work.

6. There are many factors in the success of an Empire, including technology, laws, language, and geography. All are important, but the most important is the language. Without an easy to use language and system of writing, it would be much harder for technology and laws to develop and be shared. While geography is important, some empires succeeded without a great location, and some with a great location died anyways. The Egyptian language was poor, and made it harder for Egypt to be successful.

Grade: 60/60. One of the best homework's in the class.--Andy Schlafly 09:30, 15 September 2011 (EDT)