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Ch 6: NMTA Social Science: History of the Ancient Near East

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Explore the history of the Ancient Near East in preparation for the NMTA Social Science Exam. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes give you several ways to learn the material so that you can correctly answer the questions on the test.

NMTA Social Science: History of the Ancient Near East - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can help you review the history of the ancient Near East so that you are prepared for the NMTA Social Science Exam. The videos go over all the topics you'll need to know, including:

  • The Iron Age Empires
  • Polytheism vs. monotheism
  • The belief systems of the Hebrews
  • The art and architecture of ancient Persia
  • The Mesopotamian kings

Our expert instructors lead you through your review of each topic, highlighting the most important people, places and events, in preparation for the test. By using several didactic strategies, you are exposed to the material in multiple forms, making it easier to learn and retain.

NMTA Social Science: History of the Ancient Near East Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Social Science Exam is a comprehensive test of your knowledge and understanding of all areas of social science. You need to score a passing grade to be licensed as a teacher in the state of New Mexico. The topics in this History of the Ancient Near East chapter fall within the Historiography and World History content domain, which accounts for 25% of the test questions. By taking the self-assessment quizzes that follow the video lessons, you can check on your mastery of this subject and get practice with the types of questions that will be on the exam.

The NMTA Social Science Exam is a computer-based-test (CBT) consisting of 150 multiple-choice items. You will be asked to read a passage followed by questions about the passage. For each question, you will be presented with several possible response alternatives.

5 Lessons in Chapter 6: NMTA Social Science: History of the Ancient Near East
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Iron Age Empires: Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and Persian Empires

1. 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.

What's the Difference Between Polytheism and Monotheism?

2. What's the Difference Between Polytheism and Monotheism?

There have been many religions throughout human history, and each one has had a unique set of beliefs. In this lesson, we're going to look at the two main categories into which most of the world's religions fit and then compare them to each other.

The Hebrews and Their Beliefs

3. The Hebrews and Their Beliefs

This lesson covers the Hebrews and their beliefs. We look at the core tenets of Judaism and explore some of the stories from the Torah. Finally, we see how the Hebrews' history of oppression impacted their religion and the world today.

Ancient Persian Art and Architecture: History & Style

4. Ancient Persian Art and Architecture: History & Style

This lesson explores the artwork of one of the most powerful and expansive empires in history: the Persian Empire. Persian artwork contained vivid imagery that recorded the success of the Persian kings in battle and their cultural tendencies.

Mesopotamian Kings: History, Politics & Religion

5. 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.

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