Here is a very interesting article from the Smithsonian Magazine that ties in with our starting of A History of the World in Six Glasses.
We are starting the book, A History of the World in 6 Glasses. We need to read chapters 1 and 2 by Friday, August 24. These discussion questions need to be completed by Friday, August 24.
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 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.