Ancient Civilizations- Unit 1 Diagnostic

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Civilization Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz will help you decide what skills you are weakest in. This will help you maximize your study time to prepare for the Unit 1 Test. Take the quiz honestly to the best of your ability- don't use your notes. This will help YOU know what you DO know and what you DON'T know. If you don't know something, that's OK! You will review it. :)


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why did people stop moving around and choose to settle by rivers? (check all that apply)
    • A. 

      They built farms

    • B. 

      Hunter-gatherer way of life was risky; you might not always find food

    • C. 

      People found ways to domesticate animals

    • D. 

      People became more tired more quickly and stopped moving

    • E. 

      To irrigate their crops

    • F. 

      To make sure their animals had enough water, then they could hunt them

    • G. 

      The yearly floods made the soil fertile

  • 2. 
    What is monotheism, and which ancient civilization had many citizens who followed a monotheistic religion?
    • A. 

      Belief in one god; Egypt

    • B. 

      Belief in one god; Ghana

    • C. 

      Belief in many gods; Egypt

    • D. 

      Belief in many gods; Mali

  • 3. 
    What were the pyramids used for?
    • A. 

      National monuments for Egyptians

    • B. 

      Storage for crops

    • C. 

      Tombs for the pharaohs

    • D. 

      Housing for slaves

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is a difference between the ancient Olympics and Olympics today?
    • A. 

      Ancient Olympics were held to honor the gods; modern Olympics are solely an athletic competition

    • B. 

      Ancient Olympics were held as a competition between polis; today all countries are friendly and don't compete in this same way

    • C. 

      Ancient and modern Olympics were held to honor the gods

    • D. 

      Ancient Olympics didn't have winners and losers; today athletes compete for the gold medal

  • 5. 
    How could the emperor use the Colosseum as a political tool?
    • A. 

      He chose who lived and who died

    • B. 

      He chose which animals and people fought when and how

    • C. 

      He chose what events occurred in the Colosseum

    • D. 

      He had prime seating- all viewers could see him from their seat

    • E. 

      He was able to control when and how the people viewed him

  • 6. 
    Which of these are the 5 themes of geography?
    • A. 

      Location

    • B. 

      Place

    • C. 

      Latitude

    • D. 

      Society

    • E. 

      Movement

    • F. 

      Human-environment interaction

    • G. 

      Culture

    • H. 

      Region

  • 7. 
    _______ were early people who moved from place to place, usually following animal herds.
  • 8. 
    In the gold-salt trade of West Africa, Ghana supplied the gold and North Africa supplied the salt.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    _________________________ was the first set of written laws that we have from ancient civilizations. They were written by a king of Babylon, and included such punishments as an "eye for an eye."
  • 10. 
    What is another name for Mesopotamia, or the civilizations that grew in this area between two rivers?
  • 11. 
    Polytheism is belief in one god.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Greece was a monotheistic society.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Why did Egyptians mummify bodies? (check all that apply)
    • A. 

      So the ka (spirit) could go on to the afterlife

    • B. 

      To follow the instructions in the Book of the Dead

    • C. 

      To provide the ka with everything they needed for the next world

    • D. 

      In order to be resurrected, their bodies first had to be perfected through mummification

  • 14. 
    What is the main purpose of written language?
    • A. 

      Without it, we cannot communicate

    • B. 

      To provide the deaf with alternative methods of communication

    • C. 

      To keep records and histories

    • D. 

      To be able to talk to each other

  • 15. 
    What Roman invention carried water from a lake into a city?
  • 16. 
    When people settled by rivers and began farming, they had extra time. They were able to start making things and trading each other for goods. What is the concept in which everyone works at one job and becomes good at making one specific items, and trades for whatever they don't have?