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Mesopotamia River Valley Civilizations (Sumer)
Vocabulary
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Ziggurat –
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Dynastic –
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Polytheism –
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Codify –
1. Name the two rivers that played prominently in the ancient Sumerian civilization. What was the highly
agriculturally productive area in that region known as?
2. Define a city-state and explain how a group of city-states might interact and evolve into an empire.
3
How would codification of laws contribute to the success of an empire? Give least three examples
River Valley Civilizations Egypt
Vocabulary
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Bureaucracy -
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Monotheistic –
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Which river played a prominent role in the Egyptian river valley Civilization? Approximately how long
is that river, and how might such a river affect a society?
2. Give examples of the physical geography that contributed to the success of early Egyptian civilization,
and explain how it did so.
3. Give three examples of science and/or technology attributed to ancient Egyptians
Rick Liles © 2015
River Valley Civilizations India
Vocabulary
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Natural Disaster –
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Funeral Pyre -
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Suttee (Sati) –
1. How did geography effect the development of Indian civilization? Give at least two examples of the
geography.
2. What was the social structure system established by the Aryans in India? What was the term used
for people at the bottom of the structure, and what were some of the duties associated with that strata
of the social structure?
3. Was Indian society dominated by men or women? What is the term used to describe such a society?
What was one of the practices mentioned that exemplified this type of society?
River Valley Civilizations China
Vocabulary
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Dynasty –
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Mandate –
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Veneration –
1. How did physical geography affect the development of Chinese river valley civilizations? In your
answer name at least two geographic features and name the nomadic group that invaded China from
the north.
2. Name two massive projects initiated by the Quinn dynasty?
3. What effects did the Silk Road have on the culture and future of China?
Rick Liles © 2015