A History Of The World In 6 Glasses Essay

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Paulina Korzyk July 1st, 2014 A History of the World in Six Glasses: Guided Reading Q&A Introduction “Vital Fluids” 1.) What is the author's main thesis (argument) in setting up his book? Why/how are these fluids “vital” ? The author wants to show that beverages had a great impact on history. He wants to tell his readers that drinks have had a greater impact on history than normally recognized. The fluids are “vital” because without them, humans wouldn't have accomplished so much. Fluids allowed people to farm, think, trade, and survive. “Beer in Mesopotamia and Egypt” (Chapters 1 & 2) 1.) How might beer have influenced the transition from…show more content…
2.) In the 18th century, how did spirits change the balance of power amongst the western European nations (particularly Britain and France) ? In Britain, the knowledge of spirits allowed British sailors to have an advantage over French sailors. The British sailors were given grog, a spirit mixed with lime juice. This drink contained vitamin C, which made the sailors resistant to scurvy. On the other hand, the French sailors were given a different type of drink that contained no vitamin C. They were not protected from the disease. 3.) How did spirits help in the building and shaping of early America (politically and economically) ? Spirits helped build and shape America through trade. Rum played a big role in the triangular trade between Africa, Europe, and North America. By trading rum, money and goods were brought into the country. “Coffee in the Age of Reason” (Chapters 7 & 8) 1.) Why did coffee become known to Europeans as the “antithesis of alcohol” ? Coffee became known as the “antithesis of alcohol” because unlike alcohol, it allowed people to stay alert. It also aided people in thinking clearly. 2.) Was coffee the first true “global” beverage ? Why or why not ? Coffee was the first true “global” beverage because it was allowed to be consumed by people of all religions. Unlike beer and spirits, Muslims were allowed to drink coffee. In Europe,
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