Information about Tomorrow’s Reading Quiz

(Just a note: if you’re looking for the post on the homework for Hammurabi’s judgments, please scroll down one entry!)

I totally forgot to remind first period, but we’ll be taking our reading quiz for Unit One over the first fourteen chapters of Guns, Germs, and Steel tomorrow.  Additionally, your summer reading journal is going to be due at the start of class, so don’t forget to bring it with you!

In terms of things you need to consider in preparation of the reading quiz:

  • Consider the historical example Diamond uses in the chapter “Collision at Cajamarca”– what sort of advantages did the Spanish have?  What disadvantages did the Incas have?  Why did the conquest occur?
  • Consider the reasons why food production developed in some parts of the world, and why it failed to develop in others.
  • What makes an animal domesticable?  Why and how were animals domesticated?  Why do some places not have domesticated animals?
  • How did plant domestication occur?  Be able to describe the process.
  • Why did Diamond decide to write Guns, Germs, and Steel?  What is his point of view (remember, POV is different from argument!), and how does that point of view influence what he’s writing?

Remember that this is only a STARTING point for the quiz, so it’s a good idea to review your whole summer reading journal for this.  Happy studying!

4 thoughts on “Information about Tomorrow’s Reading Quiz

  1. I do think Hammurabi’s judgements would have been effective as a law code because it allows people to have freedom, and also assures them that they cannot be harmed without the person doing the harming to face a huge consequence in return. With that being said this is an incentive to always do the right thing, which leads to a better society, and a better quality of life.This also leads people to feel a sense of safety at all times. The laws that we have today, and the Judgements of Hammurabi have similarities and differences. They both enforce laws so there wouldn’t be total chaos between people, although our laws today are not as threatening and gruesome as the Judgements of Hammurabi. I feel like the Judgements of Hammurabi go to protect the common person in society against someone who has harmed them or done them wrong. For example in one of his judgements he says “If a man has destroyed the eye of another free man, his own eye shall be destroyed” just like the saying “an eye for an eye.” One law that Hammurabi had that really caught my attention was ” If a son has struck his father, his hands shall be cut off” I found this as being a very harsh consequnce.


    • Corey, I think you meant to leave this on the entry for Hammurabi’s code. If you like, you can copy this over to that discussion thread so that your classmates can read what you have to say as well.


  2. I believe the way the Hammurabi’s lived was perfect for them in the time being. I suppose they did some supposedly ‘extreme’ activity, such as the sons hands will be cut off, God was necessary in the time being. I found it perfect for how they set up how if a women is cheating on the man, she and the cheater will be thrown into the water. It shows that they treated both genders fairly. If it really was just sexism, the male wouldn’t have been thrown in. The way they had to pay silver was a great way to prevent people from doing wrong to organize currency with less problem then current day. I like to know that there was currency even this early in times, but what I also find interesting is how the man can give his wife and children in exchange for silver. It seems that they used silver for a last resort, instead of now when you will protect your family first no matter the consequences.


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