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Social Structure
Ancient Mesopotamia
Name ____________________________________
Period ______ Date _________________________
Use page 646 to fill in the missing information below.
Who made up this class?
Who made up this class?
Which class was the
How would
someone have
ended up in the
lowest class?
Who made up this class?
An artisan is someone who ___________________________________________________________________.
A merchant is someone who __________________________________________________________________.
Were people able to move up and down the social pyramid? ________________________________________
The basic unit of society was the ____________________________.
Men and women had __________________________________ roles (jobs).
Below, describe the role of men and the role of women in Mesopotamian society.
Did Sumerian women have rights? ___________
Sumerian law required parents to ______________________________ their children.
Adult children were expected to ________________________________ their parents.
Social Structure in ancient Egypt (pages 682-685)
Which classes were
the largest?
Priests and Nobles
Traders, artisans, shopkeepers, scribes
Were people able to
move up and down
the social pyramid?
Farmers and herders
Unskilled workers
What do you think
ambitious means?
Briefly describe the way of life for each class of ancient Egyptian people.
Upper class
Middle class
Unskilled workers
______________________________ was most important to the ancient Egyptians.
Briefly describe the way of life for each group of people below.
What was unique about ancient Egyptian women?
When parents got old and sick, whose job was it to take care of them?
Social Structure in ancient India (pages 747-748)
Which group was the largest?
Priests (Brahmins)
Warriors (Kshatriyas)
Could people move up and
down the pyramid?
Common People (Vaisyas)
Unskilled Laborers (Sudras)
What jobs did the
‘untouchables’ do?
Your caste determined the _____________ you took and who you ______________________________.
_____________________________ was the center of Indian life.
Who was in charge of the household? _______________________________________________________
Who/what is a guru? _____________________________________________________________________
Who arranged marriages in ancient India? ____________________________________________________
Why do you think unskilled workers and servants were grouped in the Sudra caste?
Describe the differences between the roles/lives of men and women in ancient India.
Imagine that you live in ancient India; describe, in at least three sentences, what your life would be like.
(What would your typical day be like?)
Social Structure in ancient China (pages 781-783)
What was the largest class?
Notice that the farmers are higher up
on the pyramid than in the other
three civilizations. Why do you think
they were valued more in China?
In the boxes below, describe what life was like for each group of people. USE DETAILS!
In ancient China, _______________________________ was at the center of everything.
Parents had many children so that the children could ____________________________________________.
Chinese family members took care of those in ________________________.
What is filial piety?
Do you think filial piety still exists today? Explain in at least three sentences.
Explain the difference between the life of man and the life of a woman in ancient China.