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First Term Exam 3 LPH (Ancient Babylon)

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First Term Exam 3 LPH (Ancient Babylon)

Post by tanita on Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:59 pm


Read the passage carefully then do the activities.

Ancient Babylon

Babylon was the name of the main centre of agriculture in the region known as Mesopotamia. The city of Babylon was considered the holy city of the state Babylonia. Babylonia was comprised of two territories Sumer and Akkad. The Sumerians were an ancient group of people that were known for having one of the earliest forms of writing called cuneiform.

Hammurabi, the first king of the actual Babylonian Empire, once again made Babylon the capital of the Empire in the region. Though the date of rule for Hammurabi is unknown, it is believed that he inherited the throne from his father, Sin-muballit, in 1792 B.C. and remained on the throne till his death in 1750 B.C. At this time, the kingdom of Babylonia extended through nearly the entire Mesopotamian region. Hammurabi was a successful ruler since he was able to take all of the cities and territories south and north of Babylonia under his rule. However, King Hammurabi was most famous for comprising a set of laws for the people of Babylon to follow. These laws were known as the Code of Hammurabi.

Some historians believe Babylon was the first modern Metropolis. It was the biggest city in the region
and became the home of many faithful followers of Hammurabi. This wasn’t just because Hammurabi believed in being a fair ruler, but it was also because Babylon became the centre of agriculture in the Middle East and beyond. Hammurabi helped to develop a process for irrigation that would ensure the crops of the Fertile Crescent.The people depended on the land for food, so successful irrigation
methods were quite important to the success of the crops in this otherwise arid region.

Once Hammurabi died, the city of Babylon was ruled by Nabopolassar in the 7 th century B.C. He was the first to begin the process of returning Babylon to the empire it had been in the days of Hammurabi. Despite the efforts of Nabopolassar to make Babylon a true empire again, he was unable to achieve that glory. It was his son, Nebuchadnezzar II who would actually make Babylon into a more popular and prosperous empire. He started this process by making Babylon beautiful, so he created the Hanging Gardens of Babylon which is now considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After Nebuchadnezzar II had died, Babylon became a part of the Persian Empire under the rule of Cyrus. This lasted until the ultimate takeover by the most famous Macedonian King, Alexander the Great. Alexander’s rule extended into the East, making his empire the largest unified empire the world has ever seen.

Today, the few remaining structures from the empirical period of Babylonian rule exist. Located along the East bank of the Euphrates River, which is where the main part of the city of Babylon was located, sit three remaining structures. Throughout the years, war-torn Iraq has all but destroyed what remains of one of the most intriguing and developed empires the world has ever seen.

1. Circle the letter (a, b or c ) that best completes statements A, and B.

A. The text is... a) argumentative.
b) narrative. c) prescriptive.

B. The aim of the passage is to... a) teach a moral lesson. b) describe a course of events. c) entertain.
2. Are the following statements true or false? Quote from the text to justify your choice about the false ones.
a. Babylon consisted of two territories: Sumer and Akkad.
b. King Hammurabi ruled Babylonia less than 40 years.
c. Nabopolassar succeeded in making Babylon a true empire.
d. Babylon was beautiful thanks to its Hanging Gardens.
3. Answer the following questions according to the text.
a. What made King Hammurabi a successful ruler?
b. What is meant by theCode of Hammurabi?
c. Where was the main part of the city of Babylon located?


1. Find words, phrases, or expressions in the text whose definitions follow.
a. connected with god, sacred (§.1)
b. made larger (§.2)
c. make sure (§.3)
d. flourishing, thriving (§.4)

2. Find words, phrases, or expressions in the text that are opposite in meaning to the following words.
a. latest (§.1)
b. fertile (§.3)
c. could (§.4)
d. least (§.5)
3. Divide the following words into roots and affixes.
a. kingdom b. historian c. successful d. unable
4. Ask questions that the underlined words answer.
a. The city of Babylon was considered the holy city of the state Babylonia.
b. Nabopolassar ruled Babylon in the 7th century B.C.
c. Alexander’s rule extended into the East.

5. Join the following pairs of sentences using the connectors given in brackets and make any necessary changes.
a. Hammurabi died. Nabopolassar ruled the city of Babylon. (after)
b. Nabopolassar made great efforts to make Babylon a true empire. He was unable to achieve that glory. (although)
c. The English speak too fast. She doesn’t understand them. (so...that)
d. They bought the present. They went to the party. (as soon as)

6. Underline the silent letters in the following words.
knew talked honesty night

7. Complete the following Dialogue.
B: This time I have decided to visit Greece.
A: Why Greece in particular?
A: But there are plenty of historical places in Algeria.
A: Yes, you can go to....................................................
B: Well let's check on the net, compare and see which place is worth visiting!

PART TWO: Written Expres​sion( 6 pts)
Choose one of the following topics.

Topic 1. Use the following notes to write a short paragraph of about 120 to 180 words on the following topic.
Most of the ancient civilizations fell because of some reasons:
· wars
· drought
· natural disasters ...

Topic 2. Compared with your ancestors’ life style, yours has changed in different ways. Write a paragraph of
120 to 180 words telling about the changes that have occurred in your life style.

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Re: First Term Exam 3 LPH (Ancient Babylon)

Post by Mohamed on Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:30 pm

Thank youuuuuuuuu

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