Introduction to Humanities

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It has been said that literature can serve as both a “window” and a “mirror.” The textbook reading this week states, “A short story offers readers an open window to a world that they can enter” (p. 74).

Throughout this course, you will be reading a variety of literature, from short stories to poetry to drama. Think about the value of reading fiction. Some people might say that, since fiction means “not true,” reading these fictional stories are at best just entertainment and at worst a waste of time.

Discuss some reasons that reading creative works of literature can be beneficial or valuable. To develop your response, cite various benefits or reasons to read fiction or other types of creative literature and give specific examples to support your response. Talk about personal examples to develop your ideas and cite evidence from other sources. Your initial response should be at least 250 words AND should include two references. Please note below I have included the text book which needs to be used as a reference. Let’s introduce ourselves by talking a little about what we like to read. In your initial post, write about what you like to read—newspapers, blogs, books, journals, magazines? Do you like poetry, short stories, novels? Or do you like nonfiction? Who are some of your favorite authors? Please note I like to read things like – Twilight, Fifty Shades, and cookbooks. (I am not much of a reader, I do not have the time. I do not like poetry.)

In your post, which should be a minimum of 250 words, also answer the following: Why is it important to make reading a regular habit? How can reading influence your writing?


Matthews, R. T., Noble, T. F., & Platt, F. D. (2014). Experience humanities (8th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.


Complete Section: a minimum of 1,200 words (Approximately 400+ words per question) and three scholarly sources including the book reference.


1.) Discuss the three cultures that arose in Mesopotamia from 3000-1600 B.C.

2.) Discuss three innovations that came about during the Bronze Age (3000-1200 B.C.) in Mesopotamia and Egypt.

3.) Discuss how the cultures of Mesopotamia and Egypt were alike and different.

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