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Western Civilization Cumulative Reading Practice Quiz

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This is a compilation of every question that ha ever been on a sullivan reading test. Option E is for you're amusment and always wrong.

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  • 1. 
    Significant features of the Paleolithic Age include each of the following except
    • A. 

      There was tool making

    • B. 

      Scavenging and hunting for food was no longer necessary

    • C. 

      They discovered how to cook meat

    • D. 

      They used fire as a protection against dangerous animals

    • E. 

      Jack Black got stoned to death

  • 2. 
      Your text refers to which of the following as the central force in "primary" civilizations?
    • A. 

      Construction of irrigation canals

    • B. 

      Cooperative planning for war

    • C. 

      Religion

    • D. 

      Exchange of goods beyond the tribe

    • E. 

      learning to ride pretty pink elephants

  • 3. 
    Who were the creators of the earliest civilizations?
    • A. 

      Hittites and Egyptians

    • B. 

      Egyptians and Sumerians

    • C. 

      Sumerins and Assyrians

    • D. 

      Persians and Egyptians

    • E. 

      The Omnipotent Kingdom of Termites

  • 4. 
      Sargon the great may have been said to have been
    • A. 

      One of a kind, a benevolent ruler

    • B. 

      aware of the need to centralize authority through appointed official

    • C. 

      Reluctant to make demands of tribute from conquered people

    • D. 

      able to utilize an organized army when danger appeared

    • E. 

      Clinically insane

  • 5. 
    The "land between the rivers" refers to
    • A. 

      The Hittite Kingdom

    • B. 

      Mesopotamia

    • C. 

      Egypt

    • D. 

      Persia

    • E. 

      Narnia

  • 6. 
    Which of the following civilizations provided a basis for Mesopotamian civilization?
    • A. 

      Sumerian

    • B. 

      Egyptian

    • C. 

      Assyrian

    • D. 

      Hittite

    • E. 

      The Republic of Radioactive Green Peoples.

  • 7. 
    Cunieform was found in ancient
    • A. 

      Sumeria

    • B. 

      Egypt

    • C. 

      Greece

    • D. 

      Anatolia

    • E. 

      Disney Land

  • 8. 
    In Mesopotamian civilization, the temple administration functioned in the following ways except to
    • A. 

      Collect rents

    • B. 

      Provide employment for many

    • C. 

      Provide storage for weapons

    • D. 

      Employ scribes to keep records

    • E. 

      Become the trend-setters for the bowl cut

  • 9. 
      Which fact best accounts for the fact that a Mesopotamian king was not seen as an all-powerful ruler?
    • A. 

      The king was only the youngest of the gods

    • B. 

      Kings in ritual ceremonies tried to command floods to end

    • C. 

      The king was selected by the gods to rule, but responsible to them like everyone else

    • D. 

      ]Kingship was not hereditary

    • E. 

      He slept with head gear and lived with his mom.

  • 10. 
    Cunieform can be described as
       
       
       
       
       
    • A. 

      The first stage of planning for a pyramid

    • B. 

      The instrument used for writing on parchment

    • C. 

      The term for records that dealt with commercial transactions

    • D. 

      The symbol writing on clay tablets

    • E. 

      Really confusing

  • 11. 
    According to you're text the "finest work of Mesopotamian literature" was
    • A. 

      Old testament

    • B. 

      Epic of Gilgamesh

    • C. 

      Code of Hammurabi

    • D. 

      Epic of Akkad

    • E. 

      Good Night Moon

  • 12. 
    Which ruler of Upper Egypt conquered the Nile Delta and Lower Egypt
    • A. 

      Menes

    • B. 

      Ramses

    • C. 

      Amenhotep

    • D. 

      Tutankhamen

    • E. 

      Thomas Jefferson

  • 13. 
    All of the following are features of Egyptian belief in the aferlife except
    • A. 

      A longing for death

    • B. 

      Pyramid tombs

    • C. 

      Mummification of the dead

    • D. 

      Funerary art

    • E. 

      When you get to heaven you get to meet The Cookie Monster

  • 14. 
    The Egyptian writing system known as hieroglyphics was
    • A. 

      A wedge-shaped writing system

    • B. 

      A form of picture writing in which physical figures represented words or sounds that could be combined to form words

    • C. 

      The world's finest writing system

    • D. 

      The only writing system of the earliest high civilizations

    • E. 

      Crap

  • 15. 
    It was said that Pharoh
    • A. 

      Could never fail in a military undertaking

    • B. 

      Was a god

    • C. 

      Was a human with divine inspiration

    • D. 

      Ruled as the "alter-ego" of the Nile god

    • E. 

      Was really peeved that no one ever put a "the" before "Pharoh" like it was his name. He had a real name! It was Christopher Robin.

  • 16. 
    Qualities of truth and justice
    • A. 

      Were really lacking in the Egyptian religion

    • B. 

      Are associated with Ma'at

    • C. 

      Were traditions Egyptians absorbed from the Hebrews during their captivity

    • D. 

      Was the primary code of loyalty to the pharoh

    • E. 

      Are great

  • 17. 
    All of the following were achievments of the Egyptians except
    • A. 

      Pyramid building

    • B. 

      The invention of the solar calendar

    • C. 

      Superb engineering sills

    • D. 

      The invention of the lunar calendar

    • E. 

      A semi-unhealty obsession with cats

  • 18. 
    Who is most associated with promoting monotheistic ideas?
    • A. 

      Ramses

    • B. 

      Ahmose

    • C. 

      Tutenkamen

    • D. 

      Akhenaton

    • E. 

      Gerbles

  • 19. 
    Which of the following groups ended Egyptian independance?
    • A. 

      Libyans

    • B. 

      Nubians

    • C. 

      Assyrians

    • D. 

      Greeks

    • E. 

      The Yankees

  • 20. 
    The Hittites are best associated with
    • A. 

      Early development of iron

    • B. 

      Early bone tools

    • C. 

      Bronze weapons

    • D. 

      The first war chariots

    • E. 

      An uncanny resemblance to a certain mineral

  • 21. 
    One can credit Ashurbanipal with
    • A. 

      Building the Hanging Gardens

    • B. 

      Maintaining a large library of clay tablets

    • C. 

      Furthering the ideas of Zoraster

    • D. 

      Restoring Nineveh

    • E. 

      Having the worlds best name

  • 22. 
    Which religion came to be associated with Persian rulers?
    • A. 

      Worship of Marduk

    • B. 

      Judaism

    • C. 

      Zoroastrianism

    • D. 

      The monotheism of Akhenaten

    • E. 

      Scientology

  • 23. 
    The term satrap relates to
    • A. 

      A flat-bottomed sailboat that moved heavy goods

    • B. 

      A type of sandal that distinguished slaves from free peasants in Persia

    • C. 

      A governor in the Persian Empire

    • D. 

      A collection of cunieform tablets

    • E. 

      A fashionable scarf manufactured by Ganesh

  • 24. 
    Who founded a dualistic religion in the Near East?
    • A. 

      Zoraster

    • B. 

      Moses

    • C. 

      Akhenaton

    • D. 

      Joshua

    • E. 

      Zach and Wheezy

  • 25. 
    Which term is best associated with the "Wise Lord" or the god of light and justice?
    • A. 

      Ahriman

    • B. 

      Ma'at

    • C. 

      Ahura Mazda

    • D. 

      Isis

    • E. 

      Bob Marley

  • 26. 
    According to your text, the spiritual ancestors of Western Civilization were
    • A. 

      Mesopotamia and Egypt

    • B. 

      Rome and Parthia

    • C. 

      Greeks and Hebrews

    • D. 

      Celtic and Germanic Tribes

    • E. 

      Casper

  • 27. 
    The central force in the life of the Hebrews was
    • A. 

      Strong kings

    • B. 

      Powerful judges

    • C. 

      Monotheism ans the belief in one God

    • D. 

      The charismatic leadership of Moses

    • E. 

      A love of peanut butter

  • 28. 
    Which of the following Biblical stories was derived from Mesopotamian sources?
    • A. 

      The Exodus

    • B. 

      The crossing of the Red Sea

    • C. 

      The journey from Canaan to Egypt

    • D. 

      The garden of Eden and the Flood

    • E. 

      The battle of Jacob vs. Edward

  • 29. 
    Torah origonally meany
    • A. 

      Feast

    • B. 

      Instruction

    • C. 

      Tribe

    • D. 

      Ritual

    • E. 

      Ninja

  • 30. 
    The achievements of Solomon include
    • A. 

      The building of a mighty army

    • B. 

      The defeat of the Philistines

    • C. 

      The defeat of the Chaldeans

    • D. 

      The construction of a royal palace and a temple

    • E. 

      Nothing, he stayed home a lot

  • 31. 
    Moses lead the Hebrews out of Egypt
    • A. 

      After the Babylonian Captivity

    • B. 

      At the start of the Diaspora

    • C. 

      Upon the death of Ramses

    • D. 

      And into a period of wandering in the Sinai

    • E. 

      'cause he got sick of all the mother f***ing cats!

  • 32. 
    The Hebrew view of God was different from that of other Near Eastern Peoples in that the gods of those people
    • A. 

      Were limited in power

    • B. 

      Were born or somehow created

    • C. 

      Were anthropomorphic

    • D. 

      All these qualities tepresent differences between the Hebrew God and those of other Near Eastern peoples

    • E. 

      Dressed way better

  • 33. 
    Which of the following statements in inaccurate?
    • A. 

      Saul was the son of David

    • B. 

      David succeeded in uniting the monarchy

    • C. 

      Cyprus the Persian allowed the Hebrews to return to Judah when Babylon was conquered

    • D. 

      While in Babylon, Hebrew priests developed the Torah

    • E. 

      Elmo loves his goldfish

  • 34. 
    The central theme founed in the Old Testament ethics was
    • A. 

      Mercy

    • B. 

      Religous duty

    • C. 

      Justice

    • D. 

      Righteous authority

    • E. 

      Dudes with really wierd names

  • 35. 
    Woman in ancient Hebrew society
    • A. 

      Were considered equal to their husbands, but not to their fathers

    • B. 

      Were able to divorce their husbands for desertion

    • C. 

      Never inherited property

    • D. 

      Had a lesser status in religous rituals

    • E. 

      Held frequent needle-point meetings

  • 36. 
    Judith and Deborah are remembered as
    • A. 

      Mothers of the ancient patriarchs

    • B. 

      Women who found the baby Moses drifting on a raft in the Nile

    • C. 

      Wives of forign rulers who urged their husbands to let the Hebrews return to the promised land

    • D. 

      Respected profetesses

    • E. 

      Well Judith was the kings new wife and Deborah was his daughter and they really didn't like eachother. Then Deborah figured our that Judith was cheating on him with his chief advisor so they killed her.... or is that the plot of the mummy?

  • 37. 
    Under which of the following kings died Israel reach the height of its pilitical power and prosperity?
    • A. 

      Samuel

    • B. 

      David

    • C. 

      Solomon

    • D. 

      Saul

    • E. 

      Queen Elizabeth the I

  • 38. 
    Which of the following was present during the siege of Jerusalem in the early sizth century BCE?
    • A. 

      Amos

    • B. 

      David

    • C. 

      Jeremiah

    • D. 

      Ezekiel

    • E. 

      Mr. Sullivan

  • 39. 
    According to the prophets, the supreme concern and commandment of God relates to
    • A. 

      Compassion for the poor

    • B. 

      Ending slavery

    • C. 

      Justice

    • D. 

      Daily prayers

    • E. 

      Shampoo

  • 40. 
    One could conclude that Hebrew prophets
    • A. 

      Were pacifists

    • B. 

      Were concerned with the community but not with the inner person

    • C. 

      Were usually anonymous individuals and therefore were free from responsibility for their words

    • D. 

      Did not believe in war

    • E. 

      Gained their wisdom from squirrels

  • 41. 
    What was the darkest moment in the history of the Hebrews?
    • A. 

      The Babylonian Captivity

    • B. 

      The defeat by the Assyrians

    • C. 

      The Persian Captivity

    • D. 

      The Egyptian conquest

    • E. 

      The migration of tabby cats to Jerusalem

  • 42. 
    Jewish history is marked by spiritually inspired individuals called
    • A. 

      Prophets

    • B. 

      Kings

    • C. 

      Judges

    • D. 

      Teachers

    • E. 

      Tomatoes

  • 43. 
    Jewish history is marked by spiritually inspired individuals called
    • A. 

      Solomon

    • B. 

      Amos

    • C. 

      Hosea

    • D. 

      Isaiah

    • E. 

      Joseph Smith

  • 44. 
    Your text argues that the Hebrew Tribes origonally came from
    • A. 

      Egypt

    • B. 

      The Aegean Islands

    • C. 

      The Indus River Valley

    • D. 

      Mesopotamia

    • E. 

      Sesame Street

  • 45. 
    According to the text, the eighth century prophets prophesied during a time of
    • A. 

      Religious upheaval

    • B. 

      Increasing stratification and complexity of Hebrew society

    • C. 

      Assyrian invasion

    • D. 

      Failure of the Hebrews to discipline their slaves

    • E. 

      Decreased jelly bean production

  • 46. 
    Hebrew recommendations to see a more just and equitable society may be best associated with
    • A. 

      Solomon's orders

    • B. 

      The work of the eigth-century prophets

    • C. 

      Writings of the Parisees

    • D. 

      The cause of the Maccabees

    • E. 

      Failure

  • 47. 
    Which of the following would not be associated with Hebrew traditions?
    • A. 

      There is a direct relationship between the individual and God

    • B. 

      Obne must develop a social conscience

    • C. 

      Israilites must set an example for all humanity

    • D. 

      There would never be everlasting justice and peace among nations

    • E. 

      Cheesburgers

  • 48. 
    The great value that Western tradition places on the individual derives in part from the
    • A. 

      Ancient Egyptians

    • B. 

      Ancient Hebrews

    • C. 

      Sumerians

    • D. 

      Babylonians

    • E. 

      Budda

  • 49. 
    Each of the following groups conquered and ruled Israel and/or Judah except the
    • A. 

      Assyrians

    • B. 

      Chaldeans (Babylonians)

    • C. 

      Romans

    • D. 

      Sumerians

    • E. 

      Mayans

  • 50. 
    One Greek contribution to Western Civilization was
    • A. 

      The application of reason to understanding the meaning of life

    • B. 

      Hellenistic foreign policy

    • C. 

      Increasing women's political rights

    • D. 

      Joining together religion and politics to derive Greek ethics

    • E. 

      The olympics

  • 51. 
    The work of Heinrich Schlimann resulted in
    • A. 

      The discovery of Mycenaean civilization

    • B. 

      The earliest translation of Homeric Works

    • C. 

      Excavations on the island of Crete

    • D. 

      An understanding of hte Dorian invasions

  • 52. 
    Mycenean civilization thrived between
    • A. 

      1700-1650 BC

    • B. 

      1400-1230 BC

    • C. 

      1000-850 BC

    • D. 

      800-600 BC

    • E. 

      Peanut Butter and Jelly

  • 53. 
    Homer's major epics were
    • A. 

      The Illiad and the Odyssey

    • B. 

      Lysistrata an the Frogs

    • C. 

      Antigone and The Bacchae

    • D. 

      The Symposium and the Republic

    • E. 

      That episode when he was the spider pig

  • 54. 
    Mount Olympus ws famous as
    • A. 

      The home of the Greek gods

    • B. 

      The area where the gods fought for supremacy

    • C. 

      A shrine for those who died in the Peloponnesian

    • D. 

      Agamemnon's home

    • E. 

      A huge party school

  • 55. 
    By the fifth century BC, Greeks believed the only way to the good life was through
    • A. 

      Loyalty to the family

    • B. 

      Amassing enough wealth to live without fear

    • C. 

      The polis

    • D. 

      Devotion to the gods of their city

    • E. 

      Virtual reality

  • 56. 
    The early inhabotants of the area around Sparta
    • A. 

      Assimilated with their conquerors

    • B. 

      Moved to Athens

    • C. 

      Become known as helots

    • D. 

      Were trained as slave-warriors

    • E. 

      Were sheep

  • 57. 
    Which period in Greek History is known as the Dark Age
    • A. 

      1400-1230 BC

    • B. 

      1100-800 BC

    • C. 

      800-500 BC

    • D. 

      2000-1900 BC

    • E. 

      Bush's presidency

  • 58. 
    The Greek term arete means
    • A. 

      A theory of the absolutist state

    • B. 

      The notuon that laws had divine sanction

    • C. 

      The recognition that political power and morality could be separated

    • D. 

      Excellence

    • E. 

      Stop! for you're love! jump in! and make it happen!

  • 59. 
    Of the following, the pair that is least well matched is
    • A. 

      Homer - Illiad

    • B. 

      Solon - Spartan military leader

    • C. 

      Draco - Law code

    • D. 

      Pesistratus - Tryrant

    • E. 

      Emma Marsh - Harry Potter

  • 60. 
    Helots were
    • A. 

      Agricultural slaves of the Spartans

    • B. 

      Athenian light infantry

    • C. 

      Oarsmen in the city-states' fleet

    • D. 

      Spartan hoplites

    • E. 

      Violet wooled sheep

  • 61. 
    The reputation of Cleisthenes tests upon his work as
    • A. 

      A demogogue who rallied Athens agsinst Sparta

    • B. 

      The father of Athenian democracy

    • C. 

      The oracle at Delphi

    • D. 

      A compiler of medical texts

    • E. 

      A doctor in the Peace Corps

  • 62. 
    The Athenian conception of excellence is best associated with
    • A. 

      Participating in civic affairs

    • B. 

      Loyalty to the clan

    • C. 

      Harmony of physical and mental attributes

    • D. 

      The full development and enrichment of the human personality

    • E. 

      Strait A's

  • 63. 
    The First Persian Invasion of Greece was brought on by
    • A. 

      Persian king Darius' hatred of Greek Culture

    • B. 

      Spartan raids on Persian territory in Phoenicia

    • C. 

      A Spartan invitation to the Persians to intervene in their war with Athens

    • D. 

      Athenian support for a Greek rebellion in Asia Minor

    • E. 

      A love of baklava

  • 64. 
    The Athenian statesmen Solon wanted to
    • A. 

      Restore aristocracy

    • B. 

      Concentrate weath in the hands of a few to make easier tax collection

    • C. 

      Balance the interests of the wealthy aristocrats and ordinary Athenians in politics

    • D. 

      Establish order in Athens with a law code enforcing very harsh punishments

    • E. 

      Breed dragons but his dad made him study at Universities instead

  • 65. 
    During the era of the Delian League
    • A. 

      Athens dominated and abused other Greek states

    • B. 

      States could withdraw from the league only after pauing a crushing fine

    • C. 

      Money from the League treasury was ditributed equally to each member state

    • D. 

      There was increaded admiration and loyalty to Athens among Greeks

    • E. 

      Was a dark age for Major League Baseball because they were loosing all of their fans.

  • 66. 
    The oration delivered by Pericles demonstrated Athenian concern for
    • A. 

      The conditions of slaves

    • B. 

      Civic freedom

    • C. 

      Personal freedom

    • D. 

      Both b and c

    • E. 

      Wasn't that the flying horse thingy hercules had?