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Final Exam Essay (25% of Final Exam) Write an essay, about three or four pages, about one of the major civilizations studied this semester in which you answer the questions listed below. The Civilization will be chosen by the instructor. The possible civilizations are: Mesopotamian (up to Persia), Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Indian, Chinese, Islamic, and Early Western European. 1) What are its striking distinctive features or patterns -- by contrast with other civilizations? 2) Explain these distinctive patterns starting from the circumstances of its original establishment (geographical circumstances and the mode of life of its original inhabitants). 3) Show how these original circumstances are connected with
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Unformatted text preview: a) the basic technology, b) the social-economic system, c) the political system and d) the spiritual culture: discuss major authors and texts from the Primary Source Readers and explain how they reflect these conditions. How are certain basic characteristics of this society and history reflected in these works? 4) Describe one major event in its history, and explain how this can be illuminated by reference to the above basic patterns of society. --Remember that this is a comparative essay and that you should compare and contrast this society with other civilizations you have studied in order help to show its distinctiveness...
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