The Ultimate Pre-history Knowledge Quiz!

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Are you acquainted with pre-history knowledge? This quiz can help. You will be presented with questions like why we know so little about the Indus Valley Civilization, what time in the past does prehistoric refer to, historical narratives and epic poetry are examples of which characteristic of a civilization, and why was the development of government necessary in early cities. This quiz will demonstrate your knowledge of pre-history. Good luck to you.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why do we know so little about the Indus Valley Civilization?
    • A. 

      They were wiped out by the sumerians

    • B. 

      They left no trace of them behind

    • C. 

      They were destroyed by a volcano

    • D. 

      It's written language has not yet been deciphered

  • 2. 
    What time in the past does "prehistoric" refer to?
    • A. 

      Before time

    • B. 

      Before the invention of writing

    • C. 

      Before humans came on earth

    • D. 

      Before humans studied history

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is NOT one of the reasons how we know that the people of the Indus Valley traded with the Sumerians?
    • A. 

      Indus seals were found in Sumer

    • B. 

      Documents were found concerning the Indus Valley and Sumer

    • C. 

      Sumerian items found in the Indus Valley

  • 4. 
    Which of the following was NOT used in the Neolithic age?
    • A. 

      Domesticated animals

    • B. 

      Fire

    • C. 

      Metal

    • D. 

      Irrigation

  • 5. 
    What did NOT result from safer, more settled life of agricultural villages?
    • A. 

      Specialization

    • B. 

      Cultural life

    • C. 

      Cuniform

    • D. 

      Domestication

  • 6. 
    Historical narratives and epic poetry are examples of which characteristic of a civilization?
    • A. 

      Religious beliefs

    • B. 

      Record keeping

    • C. 

      Drama

    • D. 

      Philosophy

  • 7. 
    Why was the development of government necessary in early cities?
    • A. 

      To rule the vilage

    • B. 

      To have a strong army

    • C. 

      Maintain order among soaring population

    • D. 

      For religious purposes

  • 8. 
    What did Egyptian and Mesopotamian society have in common?
    • A. 

      Women could pursue careers and own property

    • B. 

      They both mummified their dead

    • C. 

      They both drank from the Nile

    • D. 

      They both had a ziggurat

  • 9. 
    How did the Phoenicians contribute to written communication?
    • A. 

      You can read it without being able to speak it

    • B. 

      Phonetic symbols

    • C. 

      They had the first written language

    • D. 

      Phoenicians created Cuneform

  • 10. 
    Why were Egyptian farmers more fortunate than farmers of Mesopotamia?
    • A. 

      The Tigris flooded yearly

    • B. 

      The Euphrates had fertile soil around it

    • C. 

      The crops had more sun

    • D. 

      The Nile flooded at regular intervals

  • 11. 
    Hinduism and Buddhism have what in common?
    • A. 

      Karma

    • B. 

      Enlightenment

    • C. 

      Reincarnation

    • D. 

      Nirvana

  • 12. 
    What was an advantage of the Chinese system of writing?
    • A. 

      People all ofer japan could read it

    • B. 

      It was depicted with pictures

    • C. 

      People all over china could read it

    • D. 

      It had the first phonetic symbols

  • 13. 
    Who were the most able seafarers of the early Medeterranean
    • A. 

      Greeks

    • B. 

      Sumerians

    • C. 

      Indus Valley

    • D. 

      Phoenicians

  • 14. 
    How did Buddhism spread across Asia?
    • A. 

      Neighbor told neighbor

    • B. 

      It had an afterlife

    • C. 

      Trade

    • D. 

      Muhammad cast out the gods of the Kaaba

  • 15. 
    What is the most sacred writing of the Jewish religion?
    • A. 

      The Bible

    • B. 

      The Quran

    • C. 

      The Torah

    • D. 

      The Dead Sea Scrolls

  • 16. 
    In the Hebrew tradition, what is a covenant?
    • A. 

      The Sumbission to the will of god

    • B. 

      A sacred book

    • C. 

      A mutual promise between god and humanity

    • D. 

      The five pillars of Islam

  • 17. 
    What kept ancient Greece from uniting under one government?
    • A. 

      The was between Athens and Sparta

    • B. 

      The death of Sristotle

    • C. 

      The geography of the region

    • D. 

      They were beaten by Assyria

  • 18. 
    What did Moses NOT do?
    • A. 

      Led Hebrews out of Egypt

    • B. 

      Was adopted by a princess

    • C. 

      Cast the gods out of the Kah'bah

    • D. 

      Receive the Ten Commandments

  • 19. 
    What do Daoism and the concept of Yin and Yang focus on?
    • A. 

      Natural balance

    • B. 

      Natural way of life

    • C. 

      Natural order

    • D. 

      Natural government

  • 20. 
    What is not true about king Solomon?
    • A. 

      Wisdom

    • B. 

      Trading empire

    • C. 

      Greed

    • D. 

      Great temple

  • 21. 
    What is the legacy of the Chaldeans?
    • A. 

      Night watcher, armymen

    • B. 

      Astronomer, armymen

    • C. 

      Nightwatcher, astronomer

    • D. 

      Astronomer, phonetic alphabet

  • 22. 
    What was Cyrus famous for?
    • A. 

      Intolerance to diversity

    • B. 

      Wisdom

    • C. 

      Tolerance to diversity

    • D. 

      Building a great temple

  • 23. 
    What did Confucius believe society should be focused around?
    • A. 

      Natural order

    • B. 

      Government

    • C. 

      Relationships

    • D. 

      War

  • 24. 
    The triumvirate of Caesar, Crassus and Pompey ruled Rome ten years before...
    • A. 

      Caesar and Pompey clashed and went in to war

    • B. 

      Caesar was killed by the government

    • C. 

      Caesar and Pompey clashed and went to war

    • D. 

      Pompey was decapitated

  • 25. 
    Why was Alexandria, Egypt important during the Hellenistic period?
    • A. 

      Center of commerce and Hellenistic culture

    • B. 

      The Nile gave all the people life

    • C. 

      Cleopatra seduced Caesar

    • D. 

      It was the rebirth of art and learning

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