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Study QuestionsWeek 2Readings: (97)1. Valerie Hansen,The Open Empire: A History of China to 1600, pp. 24-53(29)2. Mote,Intellectual Foundations of China, pp. 1-25 (25)*3. “The Book of Documents” (6)*4. “The Book of Odes” (10)Hansen1.What are oracle bones?What made of oracle bones?What purpose did the Shang people use oraclebones for?How did they use them?What can the script on the oracle bones tell us about the Shangsociety and Shang rulers?2. What was Lady Hao? How she was recorded in the oracle bones? Was she a strong woman or simplya consort of a Shang King? How does her case tell us about women’s position in the Shang society?3. What were the usages of the bronze vessels in the Shang period?Why did the Shang people offeringfood to the spirits?What kind of food did the Shang people offering to the spirits?Mote4. What were the three important elements that highlighted the Shang culture as a sophisticatedcivilization?Why does Mote believe that the Shang culture was indigenous rather than an imported

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