|Ramayana||Confucius||De Las Casas|
2. How did the book resemble other famous "epic" poems, such as the Odyssey, Iliad, Popol Vuh or Gilgamesh?
3. What were some of the characteristics of the ideal ruler?
4. What was the author's definition of "virtue" and "honor?"
5. Was there any resemblance between the ethical system of the Ramayana and Western ethical religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam)?
6. According to the Ramayana, what were the essentials of good government?
7. In what ways was the religious conception of the Ramayana similar to Judaism, Christianity and Islam? Explain.
8. Did the epic provide any evidence about the nature of the caste system in South Asia?
2. Why did the book take the form of a collection of sayings?
3. What were some of the characteristics of the "ideal" or "superior," man?
4. What was the definition of "virtue?"
5. Was there any resemblance between the Analects and Western ethical religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam)?
6. According to Confucius, what were the essentials of good government?
7. Was Confucius' understanding of "government" the same as that in the contemporary world? Explain.
8. Is the insistence of the moral character of governance still a valid principle of government?
2. Why could the Spanish so easily control the Indians?
3. Did De Las Casas identify any "positive" results of the Spanish presence in the New World?
4. Why did De Las Casas write this piece?
5. What were some of the characteristics of native Indian society?
6. Was this account an accurate and reliable source?
7. Why was there no organized resistance against the Spanish?
8. Did De Las Casas mention at all the impact of disease on the Indian population?
2. How many times was man created?
3. What role did color play in the epic?
4. Did the Popol Vuh provide a behavioral standard, an ethical religious basis, for the Maya?
2. Did Ibn Battuta have any contact with Jews and Christians during his journeys? What was the nature of that contact?
3. How developed was Islamic city life of the fourteenth century?
4. What was the economic basis of the Mali kingdom?
2. What were some of the usual foods eaten by the Mongols?
3. With what sort of religious experiences did William have contact?
4. Did William provide historians with any evidence of the economic life of the Mongols?
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