MMW 1 2010
FINAL EXAM STUDY GUIDE
Your exam will cover the entire course but will focus heavily on the assigned reading, lectures, and
films for weeks 8-10.
The format of the exam will consist of multiple choice questions, matching key
terms, a passage identification (from a primary text), and one short essay. Material from weeks 1-7 will
be examined in the multiple choice questions, matching key terms, or the one passage
identification, but will only be covered in the one short cumulative essay.
In addition to this study
guide, please remember to use the lists of key terms, people, and places from the posted lecture notes
(also found on webCT).
Our exam is on Friday,
December 10th, from 8 to 11 am,
and will take place in the
2. You will need to bring a #2 pencil, and an 882 (green) scantron. I will provide the paper
for the written portions of the exam.
3. The exam is worth 140 possible points (35% of your overall grade).
4. You must
take the exam to pass the course.
5. I will hold a review session on Wednesday, December 8th, from 8 to 9:30 pm in CICC
(Copley International Conference Center -Institute of the Americas), Room 101. I will
also hold office hours on Wednesday, Dec. 8th from 12 to 2 pm; 6 to 7:30 pm and on
Thursday, Dec. 9th from 4 to 7 pm.
6. Lastly, I strongly encourage you to make use of the discussion board on WebCT. This is
a great way to get some help and to share ideas.
I. Mesopotamia and the Origin of States, 4100-2350 BC (modern day Iraq)
Why we looked at Mesopotamia:
Mesopotamia is the first recorded society organized around state-
level institutions, which include: a centralized government administered by one ruler at the top,
supported by an intricate system of bureaucrats, a market economy (negative reciprocity), professional
armies, and usually large urban populations. Since it is the first, scholars have turned to Mesopotamia
to try to understand under what set of circumstances a state-level society is likely to develop, and what
processes are at work shaping the creation of these state institutions.
Four observations from Mesopotamia were used to develop four models that have been used to
examine state formation:
Extensive irrigations systems
Manager Model (aka the Hydraulic Hypothesis)