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2014 Middle East Unit Study Guide

  • Answer each question on a separate piece of paper. It may be as long as you would like.

  • IT MUST BE IN YOUR OWN WORDS AND NOT CUT AND PASTED FROM THE POWERPOINTS!

  • The questions should be numbered as they appear on the study guide.

  • When you answer the questions, you should do it in outline, chart, or use bullet form.

    • Writing in paragraph form is not user-friendly and takes up too much time and makes it harder to use on the test.

  • ACADEMIC A ONLY: You may use your completed study guide on the unit tests.

  • BOTH LEVELS: If you complete the study guide fully, you can earn up to 10 points extra credit added to the EACH of main unit tests’ grades.

  • There will be TWO TESTS in this unit. They are indicated in the study guide.

  • PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ORDER OF THE LESSONS FOR THE SECOND PART OF THE UNIT MAY BE DIFFERENT. THIS WILL DEPEND ON WHAT IS HAPPENING IN TERMS OF CURRENT EVENTS.

Geography Questions:

  1. What are the defining geographical characteristics of the region of the Middle East? Be able to explain how each contributes to the identity of the Middle East.

  2. What does the term Middle East refer to? How did this term develop historically?

  3. What are the main deserts of the Middle East? What impact has each had on the development of the region?

  4. What are the main rivers of the Middle East? What impact has each had on the development of civilization in ancient times through issues of water scarcity in the present?

  5. What are the main mountain ranges of the Middle East? What impact has each had on the history and development of the region?

  6. How have the geographical features of the Middle East affected their diet, ways of life, and what they trade?

  7. What is the relationship between oil and the Middle East? What is the role of OPEC? And what impact has OPEC had on the world economy?

Religions Questions:

  1. What are the main characteristics of Judaism? Consider history, geography, founders, beliefs, practices, holy texts, sects, etc?

  2. What are the main characteristics of Christianity? Consider history, geography, founders, beliefs, practices, holy texts, sects, etc?

  3. What are the main characteristics of Islam? Consider history, geography, founders, beliefs, practices, holy texts, sects, etc…

  4. Possible Short Answer/Essay Question: Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the three monotheistic faiths.

  5. Possible Short Answer/Essay Question: Examine how the beliefs, pillars, and practices of Islam affect the daily life of a Muslim.

Middle East Unit Test One:__________________________

Modern Middle East: Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan:



  1. What is Islamic Fundamentalism? Why has this movement developed? What impact has this had?

  2. What are examples of Islamic Fundamentalism? ISIS or the Islamic State, Muslim Brotherhood, etc…

  3. What role do these Islamic Fundamentalism play in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, etc…

  4. What is Islamic Nationalism? Why did this develop? What impact has this had?

  5. What were the main events of the history in Iran in the twentieth and twenty-first century? What were the causes, key people, and results of each of these events?

  6. What were the main events of the history in Iraq in the twentieth and twenty-first century? What were the causes, key people, and results of each of these events?

  7. What were the main events of the history of Afghanistan in the twentieth and twenty-first century? What were the causes, key people, and results of each of these events?

  8. Possible Short Answer/Essay: Compare and contrast the rise and role of Islamic Fundamentalism in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

  9. Possible Short Answer/Essay: Be able to examine and analyze political cartoons on the current controversies in Iran.

Arab-Israeli Conflict:

  1. What are the causes of the Arab-Israeli Conflict? What claims to the land do the Israelis have? What claims to the land do the Palestinians have?

  2. What historical events led to the creation of the Israeli state from ancient times through the end of World War Two?

  3. What are the major documents/agreements that led to the creation of Israel?

  4. What have been the major wars fought over Israel since its creation? Reasons, key characteristics, results, and effects?

  5. What methods have the Palestinians used to fight for the land? Examples? Impact of this?

  6. How have the Israelis responded to the Palestinian efforts? Examples? Impact of this?

  7. What have been the major peace attempts and agreements made over the last sixty years? What did each do? Why has each ultimately failed?

  8. Possible Short Answer/Essay Question: Examine ways that the Palestinians use of terrorism has worked and gained them land, etc. And then examine ways that the Palestinians used of terrorism had backfired and led to worse situations.

  9. Possible Short Answer/Essay Question: Be able to examine and analyze political cartoons on the Arab-Israeli Conflict.

Arab Spring:

  1. What is the Arab Spring?

  2. What are the causes of the Arab Spring?

  3. Where and how are these revolutions of the Arab Spring being carried out in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria?

  4. What is happening in Syria with the Civil War? Why? Etc…

  5. Possible Short Answer/Essay: Compare and contrast the causes and main events of the different revolutions of the Arab Spring.

  6. Possible Short Answer/Essay: Be able to examine and analyze political cartoons on the Arab Spring and specific revolutions.

Second Middle East Unit Test:

Possible Extra Credit Activities For The Middle East Unit:

  • These will be due the either five days before the end of the first marking period or when the Middle East Unit Notebook is collected.

  • They must be typed and done in color.

  • You may do only one, do two, or do all three. It is up to you.



  1. Write an Acrostic Poem for MIDDLE EAST GEOGRAPHY. Worth up to 10 Points.

    1. Each line should start with the given letter.

    2. Each line must be a well-developed sentences that identifies, explains, provides examples, or examines causes and effects.

    3. Do not repeat concepts.



  1. Create a Metaphorical Representation on the relationships between the three Middle Eastern faiths, on the Arab-Israeli Conflict, on Islamic Fundamentalism in Iran, Iraq, or Afghanistan, or on the Arab Spring Revolutions. Worth up to 30 Points.

    1. The assignment was: done neatly, in color, on a blank piece of paper, and the paragraphs were typed, spell-checked, and grammar-checked. Watch for capitalization errors! The assignment reflected good effort and thought.

    2. The student created a Metaphorical Representation on one of the above topics. You must come up with your own metaphor, simile, or analogy.

    3. Under the chosen metaphor, simile, or analogy, the student illustrated a scene that supported the literary comparison:

      1. The student incorporated specific historical information into the drawing using key terms and words.

      2. The student incorporated specific historical information into the drawing using historical images from the computer and also hand-drawn.

      3. You must include the positives and negatives within the art portion.

      4. Do this in color and on a blank piece of paper.




    1. On the back of the Metaphorical Representation, the student wrote TWO typed, well-developed paragraphs. In the paragraphs, the student:

      1. Explained the literary comparison using referring to the specific historical elements in the illustration and explaining their relationships to your literary comparison.

      2. Used specifics from your notes.

      3. Did not write vague or general statements.

      4. Do not keep repeating the same information or point to make it appear longer.

      5. Provided analysis of the supportive illustration as well.

      6. Each paragraph was a minimum of four well-developed sentences.

3. Create a Political Cartoon on either the Arab-Israeli Conflict or the Arab Spring. Worth up to 30 Points.

  1. Writer’s Purposes: You are to create a political cartoon that takes a critical stance and examines and evaluates the causes or events of the Arab-Israeli Conflict or one of the Arab Spring Revolutions or the brutal reaction and actions of the government to the ongoing revolution

  2. FCA One: The political cartoon uses sarcasm to make a commentary on your chosen topic.

  • It must focus on a specific aspects of the theory and address the hypocrisy of action, the stupidity of the action, or abuses of power with historical specifics.



c. _FCA Two: The political cartoon has specific historical information on the chosen topic integrated into the cartoon itself using HISTORICAL IMAGES (A Required Political Cartoon Strategy) from Ms. Barben’s Powerpoint or online.

  • You MUST USE HISTORICAL/RECENT IMAGES WITHIN YOUR POLITICAL CARTOON.

  • IT CANNOT BE ALL HAND-DRAWN.

  • EXAMPLES: PHOTOS OF THE CURRENT LEADER, PICTURES OF PROTESTS, PICTURES OF VIOLENCE FROM THE CHOSEN ARAB SPRING REVOLUTION.

  • THIS MUST BE DONE IN COLOR.

d._FCA Three: You must use a minimum of TWO different political cartoon strategies in your political cartoon:

  • Required: Caption or Title that shows the irony of the idea---Powerful Commentary

  • Optional: Select ONE

    • Symbols

    • Exaggeration/Distortion

    • Labeling

    • Analogy

    • Metaphor

    • Caricature

    • Satire

    • Stereotypes

    • Humor

    • Irony

e._FCA Four: On the back, the students provided THREE TYPED and well-developed paragraphs (four to six strong sentences) explaining:

    • Remember a well-developed sentence should identify and define, explain and provide examples, or connect and analyze.



    • First Paragraph:

      • Review the historical concepts, people, positives and negatives about your chosen Arab Spring Revolution.

      • DO NOT JUST LIST INFORMATION but explain in your own words.

      • Make connections between the historical content to how you used sarcasm and historical information within your political cartoon.

    • Second Paragraph:

      • Explain how you developed the caption or title for your political cartoon.

      • What historical point is it to drive home? Why?

      • What message is it to convey to the reader? How does your caption do this?

    • Third Paragraph:

      • Explain how you chose your other TWO political cartoon strategies.

      • Why were they chosen? How were they used in your political cartoon?


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