A: Political/Economic Questions
1. Compare and contrast the alliance-based system of the Shang, the feudal system of the Zhou (Chou), the open system of the Warring States, and the centralist system of the Qin (Ch’in). What advantages and disadvantages might each have?
2. Trace the development of “China” through the Han Dynasty. How did “China” come to produce a powerful centralized system—as seen in the Han—from a wide smattering of primitive tribes in the Neolithic era?
B: Social/Cultural Questions
1. Chinese dynasties changed dramatically over time yet shared striking similarities as well. What various elements of Shang society can also be found in the Qin (Ch’in)? What elements disappeared?
2. Using occasional excerpts from the Analects of Confucius and the Tao-te ching discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the Legalist, Confucian, and Taoist (Daoist) systems. Which of the three systems would you rather live under, and why? Why not the others?
Second, identify your essays by placing the list letter and question number at the top (for example, A2, B1).
Third, write a two-page essay on each question, include a title page
a. Use the following formatting criteria: 1” margins, 1.5 or double spacing only, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font.
b. Do not exceed two pages for each essay; if you have more, edit it down to two pages.