You will choose one of these questions to answer out of the readings. Be sure to use detail in your answers and to do more than simply copy the information from the book. Answer critically and include citations for all paraphrased and directly quoted information from your sources. You will respond to three other student postings by Sunday.
1) How did early civilizations use their geographical location and the climate of the areas they settled in to shape their political, religious, and social systems? What does this tell us about these societies?
2) Discuss the rise of monotheism in early civilizations. How did this different type of religion change the societies in which these people interacted with? How did this change in belief influence the development of these civilizations? Why do you think that monotheism created tensions in some societies but not others?
3) How was Aryan social structure defined by religious belief? Why did the Aryans have such rigid
controls over their population? Why do you think they tied religion and social stratification together in this way?
4) How did Confucianism integrate itself into Chinese society? In what ways did it come into conflict with the leadership? How did it influence other philosophies that developed in this period? Why do you think Confucianism became the dominant influence on Chinese society over these other philosophies?
Your initial answer to the question should be between 250 – 300 words long. Include references and citations when you use any information from your textbook or other sources to ensure proper credit and documentation. You are welcome to include references in addition to the course textbook, just
ensure that you use proper documentation. Please let me know if you have any questions / concerns regarding Chicago Style format.
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