6.6 Enrichment


  1. Why do you think the teachings of Confucius were such a powerful influence on Chinese society?
  2. Discuss the symbolism of the Great Wall in Chinese culture.
  3. Why was it dangerous that the Janissaries reported personally to the Sultan?
  4. What was the advantage for empires like the Mughal of letting subject peoples retain their languages, religions, and customs?
  5. What attracted Peter the Great to study Europe?
  6. Do you think the existence of the Church in Europe was a significant factor in preventing an empire from forming?
  7. How did the spread of new knowledge encourage humanism and skepticism?
  8. How does the existence of a written language alter how we think of people’s level of civilization?
  9. Compare the Taiping Rebellion to the US Civil War, which happened about the same time. How were the two conflicts similar and different?
  10. How did dynastic politics in Europe affect the American colonies?
  11. Why did many workers find industrial cities challenging to live in?


Choose a country and prepare a 5 – 7 minute PowerPoint presentation.

Presentations must include:

  • General current demographics
  • Hofstede, other cultural theories
  • Overview of country’s beginnings
  • History, development and outcome(s) of a disparity within your chosen country (Disparities can be social, economic, or political)
  • Contemporary social issues

Presentations may also include all or some of the following:

  • Family culture
  • National character
  • Religion
  • Geography’s influence on country’s history

“Discussion” by Dr. Kathryn Weinland is adapted from discussion questions included in Modern World History by Dan Allosso and Tom Williford, licensed CC BY-NC-SA, except where otherwise noted.

“Homework for Part Six: History of Major Cultures” by Dr. Kathryn Weinland is licensed CC BY.


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