Essay Questions (You will be required to do one essay, but may complete a 2 nd, 3 rd, or even 4 th for extra credit!) Answers will need to be at least 3-5 sentences in length and you must restate the question. 1.Explain the basic beliefs of Confucian philosophy. Think About: - the Five Relationships - codes of proper conduct - the importance of obedience and respect 2. Explain why the Qin dynasty lasted such a short time. Think About: - the policies of Shi Huangdi - the rule of Shi Huangdi's son - the role of the peasants
3. Compare and contrast the reigns of Liu Bang, the founder of the Han dynasty, and Shi Huangdi, the founder of the Qin dynasty. Think About: - the kind of government each ruler established - each ruler's accomplishments -the way each ruler treated the people 4. Describe the influence of geography on early Chinese civilization. Think About: - the role of rivers in the development of Chinese civilization - the physical geography of China's borders - the role played by outside invasions in China's history - the influence of the Silk Roads on China's development
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