The Mongol Empire
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Published: 2.21.2017
Level 5   |   Time: 2:25
Accent: British
Source: BBC Global News Podcast (2.18.2017)

A short lecture on the history of the Mongol Empire.

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  1. REVIEW the vocabulary.
  2. LISTEN to the audio above.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers.

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  • feuding [adj] - fighting
  • the spine of Asia [n] - the mountains of Asia
  • the Huns [n] - a group of people living in central Aisa from the 1st to 7th Century
  • trigger [n] - cause, starting event
  • steppe lands [n] - large grasslands
  • nomads [n] - people who move around often
  • flocks [n] - a group of sheep
  • charismatic [adj] - charming and inspiring
  • savage [adj] - violent and uncontrolled
  • tolerant [adj] - allow other ideas, views, cultures
  • tribal [adj] - related to a tribes or small groups
  • suppress [v] - prevent, stop, limit, control
  • teach a moral [exp] - teach a lesson
  • savaged [v] - destroyed
  • went berserk [exp] - went crazy

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression


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  1. The Mongol Empire didn't...
    have a strong leader.
    emerge from nowhere.
    travel across the spine of Asia.

  2. Attila the Hun is a good example of...
    another tribal leader that conquered a lot territory.
    a successful Mongol leader.
    a particularly violent leader.

  3. According to the speaker, the triggers that often allow large groups to emerge and dominate are...
    changes in climate.
    a charismatic military leader.
    innovations in technology.
    gateways that allow conquest to happen quickly.
    Tolerance of different religions.
    violent conquest.

  4. The common image of the Mongols today...
    is usually represented as quite violent.
    comes from a lot of first-hand accounts.
    is very accurate.

  5. The Mongols were actually very tolerant of...
    administration.
    warfare.
    religion.

  6. The Mongols were good at...
    moving quickly across the steppe lands.
    learning new languages.
    integrating a diverse group of people into their empire.

  7. The Mongols were often violent in order to...
    set an example preventing other groups from resisting.
    reduce the population of their enemies.
    prevent rival religious groups from becoming more popular.

  8. The city of Merv in Turkmenistan...
    had a strong political alliance with the Mongols.
    was destroyed by the Mongols.
    became the capital of the Mongol empire.

  9. The Mongol empire was...
    the most violent empire in Asia.
    the only empire to conquer Turkmenistan.
    the largest land empire in history.


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