World History/Geography Vocabulary Quiz #1

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World History
Chapters 1, 2
These are the vocabulary words for the 1st vocabulary quiz.
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Polytheistic

Belief in many gods.

2

City-State

Political unit made up of a city and the surrounding lands.

3

Steppe

Sparse, dry grassland.

4

Cultural Diffusion

The spread of ideas, customs, and technologies from one people to another.

5

Cataract

Waterfall.

6

Dynasty

Ruling family.

7

Pharaoh

Title of the rulers of ancient Egypt.

8

Vizier

Chief minister who supervised the business of government in ancient Egypt.

9

Ziggurat

Pyramid-temple dedicated to chief god in ancient Sumerian.

10

Cuneiform

Wedge shaped writing of the ancient Sumerians.

11

Monotheistic

Belief in on god.

12

Diaspora

The scattering of the Jewish people from their homeland in Palestine.

13

Caste

In traditional Indian society, unchangeable social group into which a person is born.

14

Brahman

Belief in on god.

15

Feudalism

System of government in which local lords governed their own lands but owed military service and other support to a greater lord.

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Atman

In Hindu belief, a person’s essential self.

17

Dharma

In Hindu belief, an individual’s religious and moral duties.

18

Nirvana

In Buddhism, union with the universe.