Video comprehension questions: What events characterized the decline of China's Golden Age around 500 bc?



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Sun Tzu's Art of War


VIDEO COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

1. What events characterized the decline of China's Golden Age around 500 BC?

2. Why did Chinese philosophy originate during the Era of Warring States?

3. What was Sun Tzu's advice to kings who took the idea of warfare too lightly?

4. Why were Chinese books an important part of ancient Chinese culture?

5. How have archaeologists learned much about ancient Chinese warfare and life in general?

6. Where was the first European edition of Sun Tzu's Art of War published?

7. How is the Asian view of war more holistic than the Western view of war?

8. What basic concept from Sun Tzu's The Art of War was adopted by Wall Street in the 1980s?

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Sun Tzu's Art of War
VIDEO COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

1. What events characterized the decline of China's Golden Age around 500 BC?

China witnessed a decline in its Golden Age when battles changed from a field sport of the nobles to serious and bloody warfare. Civil life also became more violent.



2. Why did Chinese philosophy originate during the Era of Warring States?

Chinese philosophy originated during the Era of Warring States in an attempt to stop the violence in political and civil life. The Taoists turned to nature to try to accomplish this task.



3. What was Sun Tzu's advice to kings who took the idea of warfare too lightly?

Sun Tzu explained to the kings that war was a very serious business that risked the stability of their states. It should only be undertaken after great deliberation and only with great skill.



4. Why were Chinese books an important part of ancient Chinese culture?

In ancient Chinese culture, books were important because they passed on the wisdom of tradition.



5. How have archaeologists learned much about ancient Chinese warfare and life in general?

Archaeologists have learned much about ancient Chinese warfare and life in general through objects found in elaborate tombs. They have found weapons, “toiletry kits,” bowls, eating utensils, and even a 2,100 year-old edition of Sun Tzu's The Art of War.



6. Where was the first European edition of Sun Tzu's Art of War published?

The first European edition of Sun Tzu's Art of War was published in France in 1772. Some say that Napoleon studied Sun Tzu's Art of War.



7. How is the Asian view of war more holistic than the Western view of war?

The Western view of war is confined to the battlefield. The Asian view of war includes the battlefield, trade, politics, and international relations as tools in the conflict.



8. What basic concept from Sun Tzu's The Art of War was adopted by Wall Street in the 1980s?

In the 1980s, Wall Street adopted Sun Tzu's basic concept that the object in war and in business was to win with as little effort and time and with as much reward as possible.



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