Ideas For Discussion Compare and contrast the lives of the people of Europe and the people of the Americas before 1492. What was similar about their ways of life? What was different? Use the Internet to help you with your investigation. Then prepare a list that highlights life in the America and life in Europe before 1492. Be prepared to discuss your findings with your classmates. Reading and Writing Select one of the great nations of the Americas and one of the great nations of Europe. Research the history of these two nations. Create a timeline that shows the sequence of their national history from the time the nation was founded. Compare and contrast the story of these two cultures in a written paragraph. Share your findings with your classmates. Mayan stone calendar wheel based on observations of the seasons and positions of objects in space. Chapter 4 • Review Activities  49