02/5/20

History of the World in Six Glasses-part 3

Here are the next two chapters for Six Glasses.  The questions are due Feb 21 at the beginning of class.

Chapter 5: High Spirits, High Seas

Note: This chapter begins with events in the postclassical era (the Arab caliphates) and continues through to the

Early Modern Era of European exploration, and to “Modern Era” events such as the American Revolution.

  1. How did ancient Arab achievements led to European exploration?
  2. What led to Prince Henry the Navigator’s becoming the mastermind of European exploration?
  3. Explain the early cultivation of sugar and why it became important during this time period—what is the connection between spirits, sugar and slaves?
  4. Explain how Africans became enslaved by Europeans.
  5. Explain how rum played a role in Europe gaining world power. This should be a longer summary response 
of 1-2 paragraphs, covering the material of the entire chapter.

Chapter 6: The Drinks that built America

  1. Explain why England wanted land in the Americas, and why rum played a role in the American Revolution.
  2. Why did whiskey replace rum as the American drink?
  3. What were the causes and effects of the Whiskey Rebellion?
  4. What role did spirits play in the treatment of Native Americans?

Chapters 5 and 6

11/15/19

History of the World in Six Glasses Part 2

Here are the next chapters for A History of the World in Six Glasses.  Read the chapter and answer the accompanying questions.  The questions will be due on Nov 27.  There will be a quiz on the two chapters at that time.

Chapter 3: The Delight of Wine

  1. What factors led to the possibility of producing wine in Greece?
  2. Where did wine become an important drink?
  3. How did the Greeks influence Western civilization?
  4. How did the Greeks judge how cultured a person was?
  5. What was the importance of the symposium? How did it influence Greek culture?
  6. What was Plato’s view of democracy? How did Plato’s symposium differ from others?
  7. What do archaeologists know about the influence of Greek culture?
  8. Explain the importance of wine in the transmission of Greek culture throughout the Mediterranean and 
Asia. This should be a longer summary response of 1-2 paragraphs, covering the material of the entire 
chapter.

Chapter 4: The Imperial Wine

  1. How and in what ways did the Romans adopt the Greek culture?
  2. What other crops were sacrificed in order to produce wine?
  3. Compare the Roman convivium to the Greek symposium.
  4. Compare the ways in which Christianity and Islam viewed the drinking of wine.
  5. How was Europe divided over beer and wine drinking?
  6. What impact do the Greek and Roman cultures have on modern American and European cultures? This should be a longer summary response of 1-2 paragraphs, covering the material of the entire chapter.
09/25/19

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

We are starting the book, A History of the World in 6 Glasses.  We need to read chapters 1 and 2 by Friday, October 4.  These discussion questions need to be completed by Friday, October 4.

READING QUESTIONS

Chapter 1: A Stone Age Brew

Note: The first 4 chapters deal with early foundations of civilizations and classical civilizations, roughly from the beginning of the Agricultural Revolution around 8000 BCE to the end of the classical era, around 600 CE.

1. What were the consequences of the Agricultural Revolution?

2. What is the archaeological evidence that supports the cultivation, harvesting, storage and processing of cereal grains?
3. Farming led to food surpluses. Explain that developments that occurred as a result of a food surplus.

4. Identify 3 reasons for the switch to farming.

5. How were grain storehouses related to the temples and the government?

6. What is the relationship of beer to the growth and development of these early civilizations? Give specific examples of how beer led to elements of civilization such as writing. This should be a longer summary response of 1-2 paragraphs, covering the material of the entire chapter.

Chapter 1 Reading

Chapter 2: Civilized Beer

1. Mesopotamia  is  the  “land  between  the  2  rivers.”    What  are  the  two  rivers?

2. Explain the importance of the grain surplus to the development of civilization.

3. Identify the staples of the Egyptian and Mesopotamian diets.

4. Identify ways in which beer was used in daily life, in religion, as medicine, and in burials.

5. Explain how beer had civilizing influences and shaped the development of Mesopotamia and Egypt. This
should be a longer summary response of 1-2 paragraphs, covering the material of the entire chapter.

Chapter 2 Reading