Students examine the Indian culture and economy in the year 200 B.C.E., and explore the traditional institution of castes that defi ned people's lives and the Indian economy of that era. Students read about the caste system and how it organized the Indian society. The students then compare the characteristics of the Indian economy in 200 B.C.E. to the general characteristics of market, command, and traditional economic systems in order to better understand the Indian economy. They answer the question, "What kind of economic system existed in India in 200 B.C.E.: a market economy, a command economy, a traditional economy, or a mixture of several kinds of economies?"