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Throughout this course, you have studied civilizations from around the globe that span thousands of years of human history. For this assignment, you will choose two of these civilizations to compare.

HIS101 – World Civilizations I

Unit 8 Assignment: Final Assessment

Due Date: 11:59 pm EST Friday of Unit 8
Points: 100

Overview:

Throughout this course, you have studied civilizations from around the globe that span
thousands of years of human history. For this assignment, you will choose two of these
civilizations to compare.

Instructions:

• Choose one civilization from List A and one civilization from list B below. Please
do not choose a civilization that you included in your Unit 5 Assignment.

o List A:
 Mayans
 Incans
 Aztecs
 France (800-1400)
 England (800-1400)

o List B
 China (800-1400)
 Japan (800-1400)
 The Mongols
 Renaissance Italy

• Answer the following questions about each civilization:
o Who rules the civilization? How are the leaders chosen, and what powers

do those leaders have?
o What did people in the civilization believe? Did they worship one god or

many gods? Did they try to impose their religion on other groups, or did
they tolerate the multiplicity of beliefs?

o How was the civilization’s society organized? Did religion play a role in
defining a person’s role? Was it possible to change your position in
society?

• To answer the questions above, return to the textbook and review the relevant
sections.

o In addition to your textbook, you should use at least two outside
resources.

• In your conclusion (approximately three paragraphs), compare and contrast the
two civilizations based on the features that you have described. Include your
opinion on why those differences arose.

Requirements:

• The paper should be 4-5 pages in length, not including the Title and Reference
Pages.

• Submit a Word document in APA format.
• Use both your textbook and at least two outside resources for your research

(khanacademy.org or worldhistory.org are a good place to start). Be sure to use
APA formatting to cite your resources.

Be sure to read the criteria below by which your work will be evaluated before
you write and again after you write.

Evaluation Rubric for Unit 8 Assignment

CRITERIA Deficient Needs
Improvement

Proficient Exemplary

(0-12 points) (13-21 points) (22-29 points) (30-35 points)
Description of
Civilizations

The paper
does not
answer any of
the questions
about the
civilizations
that were
chosen.

The paper
answers some
of the
questions
about the
civilizations
that were
chosen.

The paper
answers most
of the
questions
about the
civilizations
that were
chosen.

The paper
answers all of
the questions
about the
civilizations
that were
chosen in a
clear and
detailed
manner.

(0-12 points) (13-21 points) (22-29 points) (30-35 points)
Comparison
of the Two
Civilizations

The paper
does not
include a
comparison of
the two
civilizations.

The paper
attempts to
compare the
two
civilizations,
but fails to
address all the
features.

The paper
includes a
comparison of
the two
civilizations,
but it is lacking
details.

The paper
includes a
clear and
detailed
comparison of
the two
civilizations.

(0-4 points) (5-7 points) (8 points) (9-10 points)
APA Format The paper

contains no
citations and is
not APA
compliant.

The paper
attempts to use
citations, but
APA formatting
is not followed.

The paper
contains some
APA formatting
errors.

The paper is
APA compliant
and uses
proper
formatting
throughout.

Resources The paper
contains no
resources.

The paper
uses
resources, but
they are not
reliable.

The paper
uses the
textbook and
one other
resource.

The paper
uses both the
textbook and at
least two
outside
resources for
information.

Length The paper is
less than one
page.

The paper 2-3
pages.

The paper is 3-
4 pages.

The paper is 4-
5 pages.

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  • Evaluation Rubric for Unit 8 Assignment
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