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NAME _Aicha Cisse__________ Period ___4th __________ In developing your answer , be sure to keep this general definition in discuss means “to make observations about something using facts, reasoning,and argument; to present in some detail” DOCUMENT-BASED QUESTION This question is based on the accompanying documents. It is designed to test your abil- ity to work with historical documents. Some of these documents have been edited for the purposes of this question. As you analyze the documents, take into account the source of each document and any point of view that may be presented in the document. Historical Context: Around 3500 B.C. in southwestern Asia the first of the River Valley Civilizations began. The ancient River Valley Civilizations of Egypt, China, and Mesopota- mia all made key contributions to future societies. Task: Using information from the documents and your knowledge of global history, answer the questions that follow each document in Part A. Your answers to the questions will help youwrite the Part B essay in which you will be asked to: Discuss and describe two contributions from each of the River Valley Civilizations that influenced future civilizations. Box Outline Task Documents Brainstorm Outside Information Here.
1Document 1. Sumerians created cuneiform script over 5000 years ago. It was the world's firstwritten lan- guage. Sumerians invented this writing system to keep track of business dealings because they traded with people who lived in lands that were hundreds and even thousands of miles away. Writing was a giant leap forward in the development of civilization. People kept records and new ideas were now able to be passed easily from generation to generation. Cuneiform was written on clay tablets, and then baked hard in a kiln.1. What was cuneiform and who invented it?
2. List three ways the Sumerians made use of cuneiform. [3]
2Document 2. In 1754 B.C., Hammurabi conquered and united all the cities of Mesopotamia

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