HIST 101 Mary Baldwin University History Essay

HIST 101 Mary Baldwin University History Essay


Section 2: Short Answers (6 points each, 48 total)

Choose EIGHT of the following ten questions and answer each in around 10-30 words. These answers do not need to be complete sentences.

  1. What do you understand as the characteristics of a “civilization”?
  1. The idea of “god” or “gods” changed drastically in the ancient world. Briefly explain differences between how most ancient Mesopotamian cultures viewed their gods versus how Greeks or Romans interacted with their gods.
  1. Succinctly explain the idea of Greek Tragedy and Comedy. Give me one example of each (either a historical play or a modern film/play).
  1. What is the definition of “The West” or “Western” we have been using in this course?
  1. Define “historical empathy” in your own words.
  1. Explain a few major differences and similarities between the Athens and Sparta poleis.
  1. What were some of the values evident in the Roman Republic from their embrace of the Remus and Romulus origin story?
  1. What effect did Alexander the Great have upon both the spread of Greek culture and the suppression (or destruction) of non-Greek culture?
  1. How did slavery function in Ancient Greece? How many people were enslaved generally? Provide examples of the types of work they were forced to perform?
  1. Why are historians so unsure about the history of the Hebrew culture despite having a massive quantity of Hebrew writings? Also, how did the “Yahwist religion” spread and persist despite the Hebrew Kingdoms effectively being destroyed by about 500 BCE?

Section 3: Essay Question (50 points)

There is no minimum or maximum answer length, but please constrain your answer to 4-5 short paragraphs (maybe 300-500 words). This question cannot be effectively answered with just 50 words!

  1. Imagine you are an average woman born into an average family in an ancient civilization. Your life would have been very different depending on when and where you happened to be born. Choose three of the following five times and places, now compare an average woman’s life in each of these civilizations. Focus on the features of everyday life, both good and bad. Hint: Simply saying “It was bad everywhere” is not the answer!
  • Ur, 1750 BCE
  • Sparta, 500 BCE
  • Athens, 400 BCE
  • Alexandria (Egypt), 300 BCE
  • Rome, 200 BCE

Section 4: Extra Credit (4 points)

Tell me one thing you have learned so far in class that have been relevant to your daily life or simply interesting. Also tell me your favorite K-pop band.