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WEST History: Ancient Civilizations - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter cover the characteristics of several civilizations from ancient Egypt to empires of the Iron Age. You will review such aspects as the cultures, religions, politics and art of each civilization. After a successful review of this material, you should have the ability to demonstrate the following and possess the knowledge needed to answer specific world history questions on the WEST History exam:
- Explaining the development of empires in early Mesopotamia
- Understanding how some ancient civilizations such as the Sumerians and Egyptians used rivers to grow crops
- Detailing the relationship between religion and politics in Mesopotamia
- Discussing the trade practices of ancient Egypt
- Identifying facts about two Egyptian pharaohs: Ramses and Hatshepsut
- Summarizing the religious aspects of ancient Sumer
- Listing the political and artistic accomplishments of the Akkadian empire
- Providing detailed information about the three empires that rose during the Iron Age
- Exploring the rise and decline of the Indus Valley civilization
Video lessons are brief but informative, making the process of learning this information easy and fun. The self-assessment quizzes accompanying each lesson allow you to practice answering multiple-choice questions as you will find them on the actual WEST History exam.
WEST History: Ancient Civilizations Objectives
The Ancient Civilizations chapter is designed to help you increase your knowledge of or learn new details about the rise and fall of ancient civilizations. This review can help you prepare to answer questions found in the first competency area of the WEST History exam's second domain, which focuses on the development of world civilizations from 8,000 BCE to 600 BCE. This domain covers world history events and accounts for 36% of the entire content of the exam.
The WEST History exam is computer-based and consists of 110 multiple-choice questions. It is one of nearly 30 endorsement exams given to new and existing Washington State teachers who are seeking to teach within a specific content area. Washington uses WEST exams to measure an educator's knowledge of basic and specific content-area concepts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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