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Ch 5: MTTC History: Ancient Civilizations

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Learn about the ancient civilizations that formed the bedrock of later cultures and societies. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes give you different approaches to help you correctly answer questions on ancient civilizations on the MTTC History Exam.

MTTC History: Ancient Civilizations - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter will help you appreciate important dimensions of the ancient civilizations that formed the foundation upon which modern society and cultures rest. They will give you the information you need to know in preparation for ancient civilizations questions on the MTTC History Exam. The videos cover the following topics:

  • The importance of the Fertile Crescent
  • Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia agriculture
  • Mesopotamian kings
  • Egyptian trade
  • Early Egyptian rulers, including Hatshepsut and Ramses the Great
  • Sumerian culture and religion
  • Akkadian civilization
  • The three Iron Age empires
  • Civilizations of the Indus Valley

Our knowledgeable instructors review the highlights of these ancient civilizations in preparation for the MTTC History test. Since you learn from a variety of techniques, including fun video and text lessons, learning becomes easier and more enjoyable.

Objectives of the MTTC History: Ancient Civilizations Chapter

The MTTC History test examines your knowledge of world and American history from ancient times up to the present day. You will need to score a passing grade (at least 220) in order to qualify for your history teacher's license in the state of Michigan. The topics in the Ancient Civilizations chapter are part of the World History subarea; this subarea makes up 33% of the questions on the exam. The self-assessment quizzes that accompany each video not only test your comprehension but give you experience answering the kinds of questions found on the actual test itself.

There are 100 multiple-choice questions on the MTTC History Exam. You will be asked to read a passage or question and then select the correct response from several that are presented to you.

9 Lessons in Chapter 5: MTTC History: Ancient Civilizations
The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

1. The Fertile Crescent: Cradle of Civilization

Complex civilization wasn't always the norm. In this lesson, we are going to check out the origins of civilization as we know it, and see where, when, and how this new system of living first began.

Agriculture in Ancient Egypt & Mesopotamia

2. Agriculture in Ancient Egypt & Mesopotamia

Both the Egyptians and the Mesopotamians used rivers to develop impressive agricultural systems. However, each culture used rivers differently and, as a result, often had a very different relationship with the waters that nourished their fields.

Mesopotamian Kings: History, Politics & Religion

3. Mesopotamian Kings: History, Politics & Religion

Ancient Mesopotamia was a land of chaotic weather and inner turmoil. Religion became a political weapon for fighting among the city-states. This lesson explores the link between religion and politics in the ancient land.

Egyptian Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean & Nile Valley

4. Egyptian Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean & Nile Valley

Learn how Egypt used its many ports to grow its economy and how it traded for the goods that the Ancient World couldn't get enough of in this lesson. Then, test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Queen Hatshepsut & Ramses the Great of Egypt

5. Queen Hatshepsut & Ramses the Great of Egypt

While the pharaohs of Egypt may have ruled the land along the Nile for thousands of years throughout many dynasties, two names deserve special recognition as perhaps the greatest rulers. Learn more about Ramses the Great and Hatshepsut.

Religions of Sumer and Akkad: Definition & History

6. Religions of Sumer and Akkad: Definition & History

This lesson will explore the religion of ancient Sumer and its Akkadian empire. In doing this, it will highlight the Sumerian pantheon, their ziggurats, and their belief in the afterlife.

Akkadian Civilization: Culture, Art & Religion

7. Akkadian Civilization: Culture, Art & Religion

In this lesson, we explore the Akkadian empire of ancient Sumer. Possibly the first 'empire' to ever exist in the ancient world, Akkadian kings dominated Sumer for over a century.

Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires

8. Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires

This lesson is a survey of the three empires that emerged after the Bronze Age collapse. Parts of the survey are viewed from the perspective of the Israelites, who found themselves the playthings of powerful empires. The lecture focuses on a few specific rulers and their impact on their empires. It also traces patterns of imperial tactics throughout this period and region.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

9. Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

In this lesson, we will explore the mysterious Indus Valley civilization, which was located in modern Pakistan and reached its high point between about 2500 BCE and 1900 BCE.

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