01/8/19

A History of the World in Six Glasses

Here are the next two chapters for Six Glasses.  The questions are due Jan 18 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?
11/13/18

A 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 21.  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.