A Textbook of Ancient China's Society and Culture (2nd Edition)

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全书共10个单元,每单元分为两部分,通过听说读写等多种训练方式帮助学生了解并能够用英语介绍中华文化。Section A通过阅读和写作的训练方式使学生掌握如何介绍中国古代社会与文化的方方面面。Section B以听说训练的方式提高学生的英语口头表达能力和跨文化交际能力。 
Table of Contents
Unit 1 Creation 
Text 1 Pan—gu Creating the World 
Text 2 Nuwa(女娲)and the Creation of Humans 
Text 3 Situational Dialogue: The Four Supernatural Beasts in Ancient China 
Text 4 Lecture on Chinese Creation Myths 
Unit 2 Philosophy 
Text 1 Taoism and Confucianism — Major Chinese Philosophies 
Text 2 Three Fables in Zhuangzi 
Text 3 Situational Dialogue: About the Book of Changes(The I Ching) 
Text 4 An Introduction to the “Hundred Schools of Thought” (诸子百家) 
Unit 3 Language and Literature 
Text 1 Romance of the Three Kingdoms 
Text 2 Poetry of the Tang Dynasty 
Text 3 Situational Dialogue: About Journey to the West 
Text 4 Lecture: An Introduction to Traditional Chinese Literature in Part 
Unit 4 Education in Ancient China 
Text 1 History of Ancient Chinese Education 
Text 2 Confucian Educational Theory 
Text 3 Situational Dialogue: On Chinese Imperial Examination 
Text 4 An Introduction to China Ancient Academies (书院) 
Unit 5 Science and Technology 
Text 1 The Four Great Inventions 
Text 2 Shen Kuo and Dream Pool Essays 
Text 3 Situational Dialogue: Xu Guangqi 
Text 4 An Introduction to Zhaozhou Bridge 
Unit 6 Traditional Customs 
Text 1 Traditional Marriage Rituals 
Text 2 Traditional Chinese Mascots (吉祥物) 
Text 3 A Situational Dialogue on Fengshui 
Text 4 An Introduction to Traditional Chinese Zodiac (生肖) 
Unit 7 Beijing in History 
Text 1 A Brief History of Beijing 
Text 2 Walls and Gates of Beijing 
Text 3 Situational Dialogue: About the Forbidden City 
Text 4 A Tour guide to Beijing’s Hutong and Siheyuan 
Unit 8 Leisure 
Text 1 Tea Culture 
Text 2 Traditional Music 
Text 3 Situational Dialogue: About Go(围棋) 
Text 4 An Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy 
Unit 9 Virtues 
Text 1 The Five Constant Virtues 
Text 2 Women of Ancient China 
Text 3 Situational Dialogue: About Filial Piety in China 
Text 4 An Introduction to Four Gentlemen in Plants 
Unit 10 National Treasures 
Text 1 Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes 
Text 2 Tang TriColored Glazed Pottery 
Text 3 Situational Dialogue: Face—Changing in Sichuan Opera 
Text 4 The Qingming Festival by the Riverside
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Directions: Read Text 4 and answer the following questions by selecting one correct answer from A, B, C, or D for each question. 
(1) China Ancient Academies existed in Chinese history____. 
A.for about 2,000 years 
B.for more than 1,000 years 
C.ever since Confucius 
D.from the Tang Dynasty to the Ming Dynasty 
(2) As far as university education and mechanism are concerned, ____could be regarded as the earliest to carry out higher education. 
A.European Universities B.ancient Chinese academies 
C.extended family schools D.Confucius private schools 
(3) Which is NOT one of the Four Great Academies? 
A.Songyang Academy B.Yingtian Academy 
C.Yuelu Academy D.Donglin Academy 
(4) Which is the only one academy that evolved into a modern institution of higher learning? 
A.Donglin Academy B.Yingtian Academy 
C. Yuelu Academy D.White Deer Grotto Academy 
(5) Which academy was rebuilt by Zhu Xi and became an important center of Confucian thought? 
A.Songyang Academy B.Donglin Academy 
C.Yuelu Academy D.White Deer Grotto Academy 
Task 3 Vocabulary Building 
Directions: Complete the following sentences with the words listed below.Change the forms if necessary. 
set institution survived evolved reign 
located witnessed founded prestigious lectured 
The Yuelu Academy is (1) on the east side of Yuelu Mountain in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, China, on the west bank of the Xiang River.It was (2) in 976, the 9th year of the Song Dynasty under the (3) of Emperor Kaibao.The Confucian scholars Zhu Xi and Zhang Shi both (4) at the academy. 
As one of the four most (5) academies over the last 1000 years in China, Yuelu Academy has been a famous (6) of higher learning as well as a centre of academic activities and cultures since it was formally (7) up in 976 (during the Northern Song Dynasty).The Academy, which has (8) the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, was later renamed Hunan University in 1926. 
The academy has (9) more than a thousand years of history and is the only one of the ancient Chinese academies of Classical Learning to have (10) into a modern institution of higher learning. 
Task 4 Listening and Speaking 
Directions: Listen to the dialogue in Text 3 twice and summarize the main points about ancient Chinese imperial examination.Then introduce it to foreign friends in your own words. 
Translation Practice 
Directions: Translate the following Passages into English. 
A Textbook of Ancient China's Society and Culture (2nd Edition)