Ch 22: MTEL History: The Bronze & Iron Ages

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Let us help you review everything you need to know on The Bronze and Iron Ages in preparation for the MTEL History Exam. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes equip you with multiple ways of learning the material so that you can correctly answer the questions on the test.

MTEL History: The Bronze and Iron Ages - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can help you review the history of The Bronze and Iron Ages as you prepare for the MTEL History Exam. The videos cover all the information you need to know, including:

  • Bronze Age timeline
  • Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age
  • Bronze Age Greece
  • The collapse of the Bronze Age
  • Iron vs. bronze: the history of metallurgy

Our knowledgeable instructors can help you recollect what you learned in college about The Bronze and Iron Ages, pinpointing the highlights in preparation for the test. Having a variety of didactic strategies makes it easier to absorb the important points, and makes learning them fun.

Objectives of the MTEL History: The Bronze and Iron Ages Chapter

The MTEL History Exam is a structured test that evaluates your knowledge and understanding of the entire field of history. Your score on the test is used to determine your eligibility for a teacher's license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The topics in The Bronze and Iron Ages chapter fall within the World History Objective of the exam, which includes 25% of the questions. By completing the self-assessment quizzes, you can gauge where you are in terms of your mastery of the material, while at the same time gain experience answering the kinds of questions you'll find on the test.

Two types of questions appear on the MTEL History, which is administered as a computer-based-test (CBT). There are 100 multiple-choice items which require you to read a passage or question and select the correct answer from among several options. There are also two open-response items which evaluate your ability to integrate different types of historical material into a cogent, persuasive narrative.

5 Lessons in Chapter 22: MTEL History: The Bronze & Iron Ages
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Bronze Age: Timeline & Explanation

1. Bronze Age: Timeline & Explanation

When metallurgists discovered tin could be combined with copper to create a stronger metal, bronze became invaluable in the creation of weapons and tools. The Bronze Age is the time in which bronze was the primary material used in many cultures.

Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age

2. Ancient Egypt in the Bronze Age

This lecture first compares the natural features of the Nile valley to those of Mesopotamia, enumerating the advantages that geography offered the Egyptians. This is followed by a brief discussion of why Egyptian material culture survives while so much of Mesopotamian culture has been lost. The lecture ends with a a whirlwind tour through 3,000 years of Egyptian history broken up into traditional historical periods.

Bronze Age Greece: Schliemann's Quest for Troy

3. Bronze Age Greece: Schliemann's Quest for Troy

This lecture covers the history of Bronze Age Greece, beginning with the discovery of its greatest city, Mycenae, by Heinrich Schliemann, emphasizing that the quest to find these cities was inspired by works of classical literature. It then describes the architecture of Mycenae and some of the relics found there. Finally, the lesson examines the Mycenaean achievement and its place in Western history.

The Bronze Age Collapse: History & Concept

4. The Bronze Age Collapse: History & Concept

In this lesson we explore the Bronze Age Collapse, one of the most tumultuous time periods in ancient history. Characterized by a fast and marked decrease in urban life, the Collapse set many civilizations back several centuries.

Iron vs. Bronze: History of Metallurgy

5. Iron vs. Bronze: History of Metallurgy

This lecture explores the transition from the bronze age to the iron age. The difficulties of working with iron are enumerated. The properties of iron and steel are compared to those of bronze. Finally the implications for this transition on civilization are considered.

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