Review Questions

1. The study of the distant past is challenging because written sources are rare. What other sources of information do historians use?
2. All civilizations require the same basic things and share certain characteristics. What are they?
3. The cities of Mesopotamia remained largely independent from one another, yet shared a common culture. Why was this the case?
4. Hammurabi’s empire created a new precedent for governance in Mesopotamia. How did he achieve this?
5. The civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt differ in profound ways. What were the major causes of their differences?

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