Study Guide
Here is what kids need to know:

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Study questions:
1. How did flooding impact life?
                a.  Positives: gave fertile soil
                b. Negatives: washed away homes and crops, unpredictable at times, could not live too close to river
2. Why is Mesopotamia known as the Fertile Crescent?
                a.  It is crescent shaped and the land is very fertile from the Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers.
3. Why did people have to leave their original settlements?
                a. There was a food shortage since the population grew so much, so people moved to the foothills for more space.  
                    Once there, there was flooding from the rivers, so people had to learn to irrigate.  When they irrigated, they 
                    controlled the water, which meant that other villages were under their control, so attacks happened between 
                    villages.
4. What was the first form of writing, and why was it so important?
                a. Cuneiform: helped communicate and write down records - taxes.
5.  Is Mesopotamia Hierarchical or Egalitarian?
                a. Hierarchical because a small group of people ruled and everyone else followed.  (Looks like a triangle)
6.  What was the effect of laws?
                a.  People now had order, there was someone in charge, their was a clear social class order.
7.  Why did Mesopotamian people settle in the river valleys?
                a.  There was a food shortage where they originally built their community because the population had grown so large.
                      Then, because there were so many people, there was not enough land to grow enough crops to feed them all, so 
                      people migrated to the foothills.  Once there, they built their community along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers
                      and soon discovered that the rivers flooding created a lot of damage to their homes and their crops.  Since the water
                      was uncontrolled at that point, the people needed to find a solution, so they built irrigation systems.  These levees,
                       channels, canals, and ditches allowed them to control the water.  Then, the problem arose of who would control 
                        the irrigation systems since all of the irrigation systems going to the different city-states were connected.  This
                        started wars amongst the city-states for control and power of the irrigation systems.

Vocab:
1. specialization of labor: choice of job
2. Cuneiform: first form of writing
3.  Mesopotamia: Cradle of Civilization, Land Between Two Rivers
4.  Tigris River: one of 2 main rivers in Mesopotamia
5. Euphrates River: one of 2 main rivers in Mesopotamia
6.  Domesticate: tame wild plants and animals
7.  technology: tools made
8.  cause:  the why
9.  effect: what happened 
10. surplus: extra resource
11: settlement: band or group/population of a civilization
12: culture: clothing, food, language, music, art, education, job, recreation...
13: political achievement: government change that impacted life
14: technological achievement: tool/resource that impacted life
15. cultural achievement: cultural aspect that impacted life
16.  irrigation: a way to control flooding: canal, ditch, channel, reservoir, dam 
17. Sumer: first civilization inside Mesopotamia
18. Hierarchical: Society with a few in charge and the majority of the population following
19: Egalitarian: Society where everyone is equal
20. Hammurabi: Leader who made the first laws
21: Social classes: how people are ranked in their society

 

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