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Silk Road DBQ The Silk Road in World History
(Suggested writing time – 40 minutes)
You should spend at least 10 minutes reading, analyzing, and grouping the sources. Directions: The following question is based on the accompanying Documents 1-6. (The documents have been edited for the purpose of this exercise.) Write your answer on the lined pages of the Section II free-response booklet.
This question is designed to test your ability to work with and understand historical documents.
Write an essay that:
•Has a relevant thesis and supports that thesis with evidence from the documents.
•Uses all of the documents.
•Analyzes the documents by grouping them in as many appropriate ways as possible. Does not simply summarize the documents
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To him I presented the letter of our lord the pope, and invited him to adopt the Catholic faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, but he had grown too old in idolatry. However he bestows kindnesses upon the Christians, and these two years past I am abiding with him. Document 6
Source: Marco Polo, The Travels of Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant who may have worked for the Yuan dynasty, the Mongol rulers of China, late 13th century. This excerpt is a description of Hangzhou, a southern city that was part of the Yuan empire.
There are within the city ten principal squares or market places, besides innumerable shops along the streets. .... On the nearer bank ... stand large stone warehouses provided for merchants who arrive from India and other parts with their goods and effects. They are thus situated conveniently close to the market squares. In each of these, three days in every week, from forty to fifty thousand persons come to these markets and supply them with every article that could be desired. Document 7 Document 8

Source: Roman coins found in India during the
Classical Age.

Source: Buddhist statue from Greek-conrolled Bactria (N. Central Asia)

Document 9
Source: Pliny, a Roman imperial officer & philosopher; c. 100 CE

Another species of insect are the silk-moths which…make their nests of mud, which looks like salt, attached to stone; they are so
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