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  • 1. 

    The Neolithic Revolution occurred when people discovered how to ---   

    • A.

      Grow food and domesticate animals

    • B.

      Trade with others in the same river valley

    • C.

      Fight wars using metal weapons

    • D.

      Make stone temples for religious ceremonies

    Correct Answer
    A. Grow food and domesticate animals
    Explanation
    The Neolithic Revolution refers to a significant period in human history when humans transitioned from a nomadic lifestyle to a settled agricultural one. This involved the discovery and development of farming techniques, such as growing crops and domesticating animals for food production. This shift allowed for the establishment of permanent settlements and the development of complex societies. The other options, such as trade, warfare, and building stone temples, are not directly related to the Neolithic Revolution and do not encompass the fundamental changes that occurred during this period.

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  • 2. 

    Archaeological discoveries suggest that ---   

    • A.

      The Sumerians in Mesopotamia invented the sailboat

    • B.

      Farming societies developed before hunting and gathering societies

    • C.

      All the continents were settled at the same time

    • D.

      The wheel was first used in ancient China

    Correct Answer
    A. The Sumerians in Mesopotamia invented the sailboat
    Explanation
    Archaeological discoveries provide evidence that the Sumerians in Mesopotamia invented the sailboat. This suggests that they were the first civilization to develop the technology and use it for transportation and trade purposes. The discovery of ancient boat remains, artifacts, and depictions of sailboats in Sumerian art further support this claim. The sailboat invention revolutionized travel and trade, allowing the Sumerians to navigate rivers and seas more efficiently and expand their influence beyond their immediate region.

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  • 3. 

    The river valleys of the Tigris-Euphrates, the Nile, and the Indus were centers of civilization because they ---   

    • A.

      Had rich deposits of iron ore and coal

    • B.

      Were isolated from other cultural influences

    • C.

      Had fertile soil, fresh water, and warm climates

    • D.

      Were easy to defend from invasion

    Correct Answer
    C. Had fertile soil, fresh water, and warm climates
    Explanation
    The river valleys of the Tigris-Euphrates, the Nile, and the Indus were centers of civilization because they had fertile soil, fresh water, and warm climates. These factors were essential for agricultural productivity, allowing civilizations to develop and thrive. The fertile soil provided the necessary nutrients for crops to grow, the fresh water from the rivers allowed for irrigation and drinking water, and the warm climates provided favorable conditions for agriculture. These factors attracted early human settlements, leading to the development of complex societies and the emergence of civilization in these river valleys.

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  • 4. 

    Which is a major characteristic of Judaism?   

    • A.

      Belief in a single just and all-powerful God (Monotheism)

    • B.

      Praying five times a day

    • C.

      Following the Eightfold Path

    • D.

      Worshipping many gods (Polytheism)

    Correct Answer
    A. Belief in a single just and all-powerful God (Monotheism)
    Explanation
    Judaism is characterized by its belief in a single just and all-powerful God, known as monotheism. This belief sets Judaism apart from other religions that may worship multiple gods (polytheism) or follow different spiritual paths. The monotheistic nature of Judaism is evident in its teachings and practices, emphasizing the importance of a personal relationship with God and adherence to His commandments. This belief in one God is a fundamental aspect of Jewish faith and is central to Jewish theology and worship.

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  • 5. 

    What was one similarity between the ancient civilizations of Egypt and China?   

    • A.

      They both had a democratic government

    • B.

      They both believed in one God

    • C.

      They both had written forms of communication

    • D.

      They both carried on trade with the Americas

    Correct Answer
    C. They both had written forms of communication
    Explanation
    Both ancient civilizations of Egypt and China had written forms of communication. In Egypt, hieroglyphics were used as a form of writing, while in China, they used a system of writing called Chinese characters. These written forms of communication allowed both civilizations to record and preserve important information, such as religious texts, historical events, and administrative records. It also facilitated the spread of knowledge and ideas within their respective societies.

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  • 6. 

    Which of these DEVELOPMENTS led to the other three? In other words, which came first?

    • A.

      Complex civilizations

    • B.

      Surplus of food

    • C.

      Division of labor

    • D.

      Domestication of plants and animals

    Correct Answer
    D. Domestication of plants and animals
    Explanation
    The domestication of plants and animals came first among the given developments. This is because the domestication of plants and animals allowed early humans to settle down in one place and establish permanent settlements. This led to a surplus of food, as they were able to cultivate crops and raise animals for food. With the surplus of food, complex civilizations began to emerge, as people had more time to specialize in different tasks, leading to the division of labor. Therefore, the domestication of plants and animals was the initial development that set in motion the other three.

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  • 7. 

    The Code of Hammurabi was a major contribution to the development of civilization because it ---   

    • A.

      Treated citizens and slaves equally

    • B.

      Ended all physical punishment

    • C.

      Established written laws

    • D.

      Rejected the principle of monotheism

    Correct Answer
    C. Established written laws
    Explanation
    The Code of Hammurabi was a major contribution to the development of civilization because it established written laws. This was significant because it provided a clear and consistent set of rules that governed society, promoting fairness and justice. It allowed for greater transparency and accountability, as people could refer to the written laws to understand their rights and responsibilities. This system of written laws laid the foundation for the legal systems that exist in many societies today.

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  • 8. 

    We remember the Code of Hammurabi as the first legal code. Why do we remember the Ten Commandments?

    • A.

      Because it was written by the Jews.

    • B.

      It was the first moral code.

    • C.

      It was also written by Hammurabi

    • D.

      It was written by the Egyptians

    Correct Answer
    B. It was the first moral code.
    Explanation
    The Ten Commandments are remembered because they were the first moral code. This set of ethical principles provided guidance on how individuals should behave towards God and towards one another. It is significant because it established a foundation for moral values and influenced subsequent legal systems and religious beliefs. The fact that it was written by the Jews is not the main reason for its remembrance, but rather its role in shaping moral and ethical standards.

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  • 9. 

    The Chinese gave us papyrus.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is incorrect. Papyrus was actually invented by the ancient Egyptians, not the Chinese. Papyrus was widely used in ancient Egypt as a writing material, made from the pith of the papyrus plant. The Chinese, on the other hand, invented paper made from silk fibers and later from wood pulp. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 10. 

    Domestication of plants and animals was the beginning of the Neolithic Revolution?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The domestication of plants and animals marked the beginning of the Neolithic Revolution because it allowed humans to transition from a nomadic lifestyle to a settled agricultural one. This revolution brought about significant changes in human society, including the development of permanent settlements, the establishment of agriculture as the primary means of subsistence, and the emergence of complex social structures. Domestication provided a stable food source and allowed humans to control their environment, leading to the development of civilizations. Therefore, it is correct to say that the domestication of plants and animals was the beginning of the Neolithic Revolution.

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  • 11. 

    The people of Mesopotamia were the creators of the Ziggurat.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The people of Mesopotamia were indeed the creators of the Ziggurat. Mesopotamia, which is now modern-day Iraq, was home to one of the earliest civilizations in human history. The Ziggurat was a massive temple tower built by the ancient Mesopotamians. It was constructed using sun-dried bricks and was often dedicated to a specific deity. The Ziggurat served as a religious center and was believed to be a connection between heaven and earth. Its distinct stepped pyramid shape made it a prominent architectural feature in Mesopotamian cities. Therefore, the statement "The people of Mesopotamia were the creators of the Ziggurat" is true.

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  • 12. 

    The Egyptians gave us silk textiles.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "The Egyptians gave us silk textiles" is false. Silk textiles were actually first produced in ancient China around 2700 BC. The Chinese kept the process of silk production a closely guarded secret for many centuries, and it was not until the Silk Road trade routes were established that silk textiles eventually made their way to Egypt and other parts of the world. Therefore, it is incorrect to attribute the invention or introduction of silk textiles to the Egyptians.

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  • 13. 

    Cities that were laid out in a grid pattern, and the use of outside sewer systems were used by the Indus Valley populations.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the cities in the Indus Valley civilization were indeed laid out in a grid pattern, with streets and buildings aligned in a systematic manner. Additionally, archaeological evidence suggests that the Indus Valley populations had a sophisticated system of underground sewerage, with well-planned and efficient drainage systems.

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  • 14. 

    Select the people who gave us pyramids.

    • A.

      Egyptians

    • B.

      Mesopotamians

    • C.

      Indus Valley Civilization (Harappans)

    • D.

      Chinese

    Correct Answer
    A. Egyptians
    Explanation
    The Egyptians are the correct answer because they are known for building the iconic pyramids. These structures were constructed as tombs for their pharaohs and were a significant part of ancient Egyptian culture and religion. The pyramids, such as the Great Pyramid of Giza, showcase the advanced architectural and engineering skills of the Egyptians. They are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and continue to be a symbol of Egypt's rich history and civilization.

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  • 15. 

    Select the people who gave us sailboats.

    • A.

      Egyptians

    • B.

      Mesopotamians

    • C.

      Indus Valley Civilization (Harappans)

    • D.

      Chinese

    Correct Answer
    B. Mesopotamians
    Explanation
    The Mesopotamians should be selected as the people who gave us sailboats because they were one of the earliest civilizations to develop and use sailing vessels. Located in the region of modern-day Iraq, the Mesopotamians had access to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, which they utilized for transportation and trade. They developed various types of boats, including sailboats, which allowed them to navigate and explore the waters more efficiently. The invention of sailboats by the Mesopotamians played a significant role in the advancement of maritime technology and facilitated trade and cultural exchange in ancient times.

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  • 16. 

    people who used pictograms as their written language. (Select two)

    • A.

      Egyptians

    • B.

      Mesopotamians

    • C.

      Indus Valley Civilization (Harappans)

    • D.

      Chinese

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Egyptians
    D. Chinese
    Explanation
    The Egyptians and Chinese used pictograms as their written language. Pictograms are symbols or pictures that represent words or ideas. In ancient Egypt, hieroglyphics were a form of pictographic writing used on walls, tombs, and papyrus scrolls. Similarly, the Chinese script includes characters that originally represented objects or concepts. Both civilizations developed complex systems of writing using pictograms, which allowed them to communicate and record information.

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