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Empires of the Ancient World

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  • Q1
    Which geographic factor influenced the development of independent city-states in ancient Greece?
    monsoon cycle
    mountainous topography
    tropical location
    smooth coastline
  • Q2
    Which title best completes the partial outline below? I. A. City-states depended on goods exchanged directly with Mediterranean peoples B. Political loyalty centered on the city-state C. A common enemy, Persia, threatened city-states’ autonomy
    Traits of Ancient China
    Characteristics of Ancient Greece
    Features of Gupta Empire
    Attributes of Indus Valley Civilizations
  • Q3
    The Hellenistic culture, associated with the rule of Alexander the Great, developed as a result of
    direct democracy
    cultural diffusion
  • Q4
    The pyramids of ancient Mesoamerica and the aqueducts of ancient Rome demonstrate that these early civilizations
    practiced religious toleration
    had advanced technology
    used large wooden structures for protection
    were able to prevent flooding
  • Q5
    One explanation for the fall of the Roman Empire and of the Han dynasty is that they both
    grew too large to govern their territories effectively
    required devotion to a single religion
    refused the aid of foreign mercenaries
    banned long-distance trade causing economic strain
  • Q6
    Base your answer to the question on the passage below and on your knowledge of social studies. Some several thousand years ago there once thrived a civilization in the Indus Valley. Located in what’s now Pakistan and western India, it was the earliest known urban culture of the Indian subcontinent. The Indus Valley Civilization, as it is called, covered an area the size of western Europe. It was the largest of the four ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China. However, of all these civilizations the least is known about the Indus Valley people. This is because the Indus script has not yet been deciphered. There are many remnants of the script on pottery vessels, seals, and amulets, but without a “Rosetta Stone” linguists and archaeologists have been unable to decipher it. . . . — Tarini J. Carr, “The Harappan Civilization” (adapted) 5 Based on this passage, what is a valid conclusion about civilization in the Indus Valley?
    Artifacts suggest the Indus Valley civilization is older than the civilizations in Egypt and Mesopotamia.
    The absence of pottery vessels and seals from the Indus Valley indicates limited urban development.
    The Indus Valley civilization controlled a territory that extended from western Europe to China.
    Lack of a Rosetta stone has hindered linguists from deciphering Indus Valley script.
  • Q7
    Which statement about the Gupta Empire is a fact rather than an opinion?
    The Gupta Empire developed advancements in the areas of mathematics and science.
    Gupta paintings found on the walls of the Ajanta caves were superior to the art produced during the Mauryan Empire.
    The achievements of the Gupta Empire surpassed those of the Tang dynasty in China.
    India’s strongest leaders came from the Gupta Empire.

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