Soc. St. 7th Grade - Chapter Six Questions

7th Grade Soc. St.

Chapter Six: Civilizations of Ancient India

The following questions are also given as handouts in class.  Students may cut-and-paste the questions into their own word processing document and submit the answers via electronic submissions or as usual in the classroom.

Pg. 201TE: 1 – 4

Please use complete sentences and blue or black ink to answer each question.

1.  What mountain range lay north and west of the Indus Valley civilization?

2.  Why were river floods a welcome event for early Indus Valley people?

3.  When did the Indus Valley cities flourish?

4.  What two main economic activities supported the Indus Valley civilization?

 

Pg. 204TE: 1 – 4

Please use complete sentences and blue or black ink to answer each question.

1.  Which sea route would traders use to get from the Indus Valley cities to Mesopotamia?

2.  Explain why India is called a subcontinent.

3.  List three advanced features of the Indus Valley civilization.

4.  Why do archaeologists know so little about the government or religion of the Indus Valley civilization?

 

Pg. 207TE: 1 – 3

Please use complete sentences and blue or black ink to answer each question.

1.  Why is the period of history in which the Aryans played a central role called the Vedic age?

2.  Why did the Aryans not settle north of the Himalayas?

3.  What is the importance of the Vedas?

 

Pg. 210TE: 1 – 4

Please use complete sentences and blue or black ink to answer each question.

1.  How is a caste different from a social class in general?

2.  Why did people in the higher castes avoid physical contact with untouchables?

3.  What occupations did Kshatriyas hold?

4.  How did the lives of the Aryans change as they moved from the dry grasslands west of the Indus River to the humid Ganges Plain?

 

Pg. 213TE: 1 – 3

Please use complete sentences and blue or black ink to answer each question.

1.  Why was sacrifice important in the Vedic age?

2.  What lessons are taught in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata?

3.  Who could study the Upanishads? 

 

Pg. 215TE: 1 – 3

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1.  How does a Hindu view one’s soul?

2.  What does the principle of dharma require?

3.  List the three paths of moksha in Hinduism.

 

Pg. 218TE: 1 – 3

Please use complete sentences and blue or black ink to answer each question.

1.  In which direction did Hinduism expand between A.D. 1 and 1800?

2.  What aspects of Hinduism helped it to spread?

3.  How do Hindus try to achieve moksha?

 

Pg. 221TE: 1 – 3

Please use complete sentences and blue or black ink to answer each question.

1.  How did Siddharta begin his search for the truth?

2.  What did the Buddha do after freeing himself from the “wheel of existence?”

3.  What did Siddharta hope to find when he left his life of wealth?

 

Pg. 226TE: 1 - 4

Please use complete sentences and blue or black ink to answer each question.

1.  What are the benefits to those who reach nirvana?

2.  How are the two religions (on page 225) similar?

3.  What did people do at Buddhist monasteries?

4.  Use the terms meditate and enlightenment in a sentence.