AP Art History : Analyzing Near Eastern sculpture

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Analyzing Near Eastern Sculpture

What was the function of The Stele of Hammurabi?

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Possible Answers:

It told the origin story of the sun god, Shamash

It issued a warning to any potential invaders to turn back, or else face Hammurabi's army

It listed a code of laws for the people under Hammurabi's rule to follow

It gave directions to the nearest kingdoms

It contained a listing of all of the people who lived in Hammurabi's kingdom

Correct answer:

It listed a code of laws for the people under Hammurabi's rule to follow

Explanation:

The Stele of Hammurabi lists out a code of laws for the people of Babylon to follow. There are over 300 law entries written out in the work.

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