Unit 3 Test Corrections
Thai cuisine is an example of syncretism, Nordic skiing is not. Mrs. Antrim’s quizlet states that syncretism is “a blending of two or more religious conditions”. Nordic skiing is not an example of syncretism because it is its own distinct type of skiing and is not influenced by any other cultures whereas Thai cuisine is influenced by many cultures, making it an example of syncretism. Therefore, Thai cuisine is an example of syncretism, Nordic skiing is not.
Arabic spread globally as a result of religion, not English. It is clearly stated on pg. 184 of the textbook that “a large percentage of the world’s Muslims have at least some knowledge of Arabic because Islam’s holiest book, the Quran(Koran), was written in that language in the seventh century”. Arabic spread because being that Islam is a universalizing religion, the large amount of people that converted to the religion also had to learned the Arabic language, thus helping it spread. Therefore, Arabic spread globally as a result of religion, not English.
Portuguese is a Latin-based Romance language, English is not. The textbook states that “the four most widely used contemporary Romance languages are Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian” (153). With process of elimination, that cancels out all the languages listed except for English. Also, nowhere in the paragraph labeled “Romance Branch” does it state that English is a Romance language, making it clear that it is not a Romance Language and