The First Civilizations Knowledge Quiz!

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  • 1. 
    Which of the following have scholars advanced as a possible explanation for the emergence of patriarchy in the First Civilizations?
    • A. 

      The emergence of women as the primary source of labor in more intensive animal-drawn plow-based agriculture

    • B. 

      The increased role of women outside the home

    • C. 

      The decline in birthrates that accompanied civilizations

    • D. 

      The emergence of large-scale warfare with professionally led armies

  • 2. 
    Which of the following constitutes historians' usual definition of "civilization"?
    • A. 

      A human culture

    • B. 

      A community of humans living together with a sense of common ancestry

    • C. 

      A human society that includes cities and states

    • D. 

      A group of humans who recognize any form of social hierarchy

  • 3. 
    Which of the following First Civilizations relied on squash, beans and guava but no grains as its primary crops?
    • A. 

      Mesopatamia

    • B. 

      Indus Valley

    • C. 

      Egypt

    • D. 

      Norte Chico

  • 4. 
    The above map supports the assertion that
    • A. 

      Everywhere agriculture developed independently a First Civilization also developed

    • B. 

      All First Civilizations developed along a major rivers

    • C. 

      All First Civilizations were about the same size

    • D. 

      First Civilizations emerged independently in widely scattered locations

  • 5. 
    Kingship in the First Civilizations 
    • A. 

      Often depended on the belief that the office of king was divinely ordained

    • B. 

      Relied exclusively on physical force and coercion

    • C. 

      Often depended in part on the authority of a written constitution

    • D. 

      Often emerged with women as rulers, although everywhere they were rapidly replaced by men

  • 6. 
    Which of the following provided the primary economic foundation for civilization?
    • A. 

      Slavery

    • B. 

      Patriarchy

    • C. 

      Agriculture

    • D. 

      The army

  • 7. 
    Which of the following human accomplishments emerged with the First Civilizations?
    • A. 

      Agriculture

    • B. 

      Village life

    • C. 

      Writing

    • D. 

      Art

  • 8. 
    The rulers of the First Civilization held authority thanks to the Mandate of Heaven.
    • A. 

      Egypt

    • B. 

      China

    • C. 

      Olmec

    • D. 

      Mesopotamia

  • 9. 
    Which does the Ziggurat of Ur, pictured above, suggest about the Mesopotamian society that produced it?
    • A. 

      Egypt had an important influence on Mesopotamian architecture

    • B. 

      Monumental public works had an important place in Mesopotamian society

    • C. 

      Trade with the Indus Valley influenced the layout and design of Mesopotamian cities

    • D. 

      Political rulers and priests were relatively unimportant in Mesopotamian civilization

  • 10. 
    Which of the First Civilizations experienced the greatest cultural continuity from its earliest formation into modern times?
    • A. 

      Indus Valley

    • B. 

      Mesopotamia

    • C. 

      Norte Chico

    • D. 

      China

  • 11. 
    Which of the following was the last of the First Civilization to emerge 
    • A. 

      Olmec

    • B. 

      China

    • C. 

      Norte Chico

    • D. 

      Indus Valley

  • 12. 
    Scholars have advanced which of the following as a possible explanation for the origins of the First Civilizations?
    • A. 

      The settlement of peoples in particularly rich agricultural regions where there were no limits on the amount of land that could be cultivated

    • B. 

      The emergence of regions where no military elite took shape and peace reigned

    • C. 

      The forced settlement of nomads by their agriculture neighbors

    • D. 

      The need to organize large-scale irrigation projects

  • 13. 
    Which of the following was a feature of Egyptian rather than Mesopotamian civilization?
    • A. 

      Salinization of the soil leading to a collapse in the production of wheat in most areas along the upper Nile

    • B. 

      Frequent and devastating invasions of Egypt by outsiders because of a lack of physical barriers

    • C. 

      Rivalry between autonomous Egyptian city-states

    • D. 

      A more cheerful and hopeful outlook on the world, as expressed in part through Egyptian religious beliefs

  • 14. 
    Which of the following statements about ancient Egypt is true?
    • A. 

      The state was ruled by pharaohs who were believed to be gods in human form

    • B. 

      Cities were more important in Egypt than in Mesopotamia

    • C. 

      Egyptians believed that only the pharaohs enjoyed eternal life

    • D. 

      The Nile was an unpredictable river whose erratic floods regularly destroyed crops

  • 15. 
    The territory of ancient Mesopotamia is presently occupied by which country? 
    • A. 

      Iran

    • B. 

      Afghanistan

    • C. 

      Iraq

    • D. 

      India

  • 16. 
    Hunting and gathering societies 
    • A. 

      Are not able to produce art

    • B. 

      Are always warlike and require little land

    • C. 

      Organize rather small groups into political units

    • D. 

      Could not survive after Middle Eastern people developed agriculture

  • 17. 
    A characteristic of the human species before the advent of civilization was
    • A. 

      The ability to spread to various geographic settings and climate zones

    • B. 

      The ability to organize large political units

    • C. 

      The inability to communicate about abstractions such as death

    • D. 

      That all tasks were shared equally by men and women

  • 18. 
    The development of agriculture caused important changes in all of the following EXCEPT 
    • A. 

      A population size and life expectancy

    • B. 

      Male-female relations

    • C. 

      The tendency to believe in many gods

    • D. 

      The stability of human settlements

  • 19. 
    The characteristic political organization of the Tigris-Euphrates civilization was 
    • A. 

      Democracy

    • B. 

      Large, durable empires

    • C. 

      Village-level government

    • D. 

      Regional city states

  • 20. 
    The development of writing
    • A. 

      Resulted from new technologies, notably the invention of paper

    • B. 

      Helps explain why agriculture could develop

    • C. 

      Helps explain why governments could become more formal and bureaucratic

    • D. 

      Resulted from the needs of the various river valley civilizations to communicate with one another

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