Topic 9 Assessment

  1. Summarize Developments Write a paragraph summarizing the major political and economic achievements in Song China, circa A.D. 960. Consider the Song's political bureaucracy, including the scholar-gentry class; economic expansion from farming improvements; and growth of trade, including impact of the Silk Road.
  2. Summarize Developments Write a paragraph summarizing the major cultural developments in Tang and Song China and how their values were adopted in East Asian countries. Consider the status of scholar-officials, Confucian exams, and emphasis on social order. How could peasants and merchants gain social mobility?
  3. Analyze Facilitation Write a paragraph analyzing the importance of the Silk Road in the exchange of trade and other ideas. Consider the start and end points of the route and how traders exchanged views on religion and culture, among other ideas. Other than traders, who else might have used the Silk Road or other comparable roads?
  4. Analyze Examples Write a paragraph analyzing how Li Bo's poem below is a reflection of the Tang and Song cultures. What types of literature, subjects, or themes did other Tang and Song writers like Du Fu and Li Qingzhao produce?

    “You ask me why I dwell in the green mountain; I smile and make no reply for my heart is free of care.

    As the peach-blossom flows down stream and is gone into the unknown, I have a world apart that is not among men.”

    —From “Green Mountain” by Li Bo

  5. Identify the Origin and Diffusion Write a paragraph about astronomy research that occurred in China from the Tang to the Ming dynasties. Consider how government-funded departments studied astronomy and how research was conducted to reform their calendar. What role did Jesuit priests play in the diffusion of scientific ideas?
  6. Identify Major Effects Write a paragraph identifying how the Mongols ended Song dynasty rule and their impact on China in the 1200s and 1300s. Consider Pax Mongolica, economic growth and cultural exchanges, and policy toward conquered people.
  7. Summarize the Changes Write a paragraph summarizing how Kublai Khan influenced China during Mongol rule. Consider Mongol and Chinese roles in government, including the provinces. Explain the results of the Mongol attitude toward religion and foreign influences.
  8. Identify Significant Examples Write a paragraph identifying a significant example of architecture in Korea that was influenced by China. Look at the picture of the Pulguksa Temple that was built in the capital of the Silla dynasty. Explain the Chinese influence, particularly the Buddhist theme.

    Photo of the Pulguksa temple reprinted for assessment section.

  9. Identify Major Causes and Effects Write a paragraph identifying the influence of the Ming dynasty on global trade. Consider what factors contributed to economic growth, including the transportation system. Explain why Ming China limited its trade with Europe and why precious metals flowed into the country.

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Table of Contents

World History Topic 1 Origins of Civilization (Prehistory–300 B.C.) Topic 2 The Ancient Middle East and Egypt (3200 B.C.–500 B.C.) Topic 3 Ancient India and China (2600 B.C.–A.D. 550) Topic 4 The Americas (Prehistory–A.D. 1570) Topic 5 Ancient Greece (1750 B.C.–133 B.C.) Topic 6 Ancient Rome and the Origins of Christianity (509 B.C.-A.D. 476) Topic 7 Medieval Christian Europe (330–1450) Topic 8 The Muslim World and Africa (730 B.C.-A.D. 1500) Topic 9 Civilizations of Asia (500–1650) Topic 10 The Renaissance and Reformation (1300–1650) Topic 11 New Global Connections (1415–1796) Topic 12 Absolutism and Revolution Topic 13 The Industrial Revolution Topic 14 Nationalism and the Spread of Democracy (1790–1914) Topic 15 The Age of Imperialism (1800–1914) Topic 16 World War I and the Russian Revolution (1914–1924) Topic 17 The World Between the Wars (1910–1939) Topic 18 World War II (1930–1945) Topic 19 The Cold War Era (1945–1991) Topic 20 New Nations Emerge (1945–Present) Topic 21 The World Today (1980-Present) United States Constitution Primary Sources 21st Century Skills Atlas Glossary Index Acknowledgments