Human Ancestors Early Hominids Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 

    1. What could Homo habilis do that Australopithecus afarensis couldn't?

    • A.

      Raise children

    • B.

      Make stone tools

    • C.

      Swim well

    • D.

      Walk upright

    Correct Answer
    B. Make stone tools
    Explanation
    Homo habilis could make stone tools, which Australopithecus afarensis couldn't. This suggests that Homo habilis had a more advanced cognitive ability and dexterity, allowing them to create and use tools for various purposes. Stone tools were a significant technological advancement in human evolution, enabling early humans to improve their ability to hunt, process food, and adapt to different environments. This skill likely played a crucial role in the survival and development of Homo habilis as a species.

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  • 2. 

    The word capability refers to 

    • A.

      A disability

    • B.

      A tool made from rocks

    • C.

      A skill

    • D.

      A technology invention

    Correct Answer
    C. A skill
    Explanation
    The word "capability" refers to a skill because it is used to describe someone's ability or capacity to do something. It implies that the person possesses the necessary knowledge, expertise, or proficiency to perform a particular task or activity effectively. It does not refer to a disability, a tool made from rocks, or a technology invention, as these options do not align with the meaning of the word "capability."

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  • 3. 

    Which is the earliest known hominid?

    • A.

      Homo habilis

    • B.

      Australopithecus afarensis

    • C.

      Homo sapiens neanderthalensis

    • D.

      Homo erectus

    Correct Answer
    B. Australopithecus afarensis
    Explanation
    Australopithecus afarensis is considered the earliest known hominid because it existed around 3.9 to 2.9 million years ago. This species is known for its bipedal locomotion and was discovered in Ethiopia. It is believed to be a direct ancestor of Homo habilis and Homo erectus, which came later in the evolutionary timeline. Homo habilis, Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, and Homo erectus are all hominid species, but they appeared later in history, making Australopithecus afarensis the earliest known hominid.

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  • 4. 

    Which type of hominid first used fire?

    • A.

      Homo habilis

    • B.

      Australopithecus afarensis

    • C.

      Homo erectus

    • D.

      Homo sapiens neaderthalensis

    Correct Answer
    C. Homo erectus
    Explanation
    Homo erectus is believed to be the first hominid species to have used fire. This is supported by archaeological evidence such as the discovery of charred bones and tools in Homo erectus sites. The controlled use of fire would have provided Homo erectus with various benefits, including warmth, protection, and the ability to cook food, which would have improved their diet and overall survival. This advancement in the use of fire is considered a significant milestone in human evolution.

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  • 5. 

    Which type of hominid lived closest to modern times?

    • A.

      Homo habilis

    • B.

      Australopithecus afarensis

    • C.

      Homo erectus

    • D.

      Homo sapiens neanderthalensis

    Correct Answer
    D. Homo sapiens neanderthalensis
    Explanation
    Homo sapiens neanderthalensis lived closest to modern times. This species of hominid is believed to have existed between 400,000 and 40,000 years ago, overlapping with the existence of Homo sapiens. Neanderthals were a closely related species to modern humans and shared many physical and genetic similarities. They were highly adapted to cold environments and had a robust build. Neanderthals are known for their tool-making abilities and evidence suggests that they had a complex social structure and culture.

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  • 6. 

    What is the special capability of homo sapiens sapiens

    • A.

      Making fire

    • B.

      Making tools

    • C.

      Living in community

    • D.

      Making art

    Correct Answer
    D. Making art
    Explanation
    Homo sapiens sapiens, or modern humans, have a special capability of making art. This ability sets them apart from other species and is a defining characteristic of their cognitive and creative abilities. Art allows humans to express their thoughts, emotions, and experiences through various mediums such as painting, sculpture, music, dance, and literature. It serves as a means of communication, cultural expression, and a way to explore and understand the world around them. The creation of art is a fundamental aspect of human culture and has played a significant role in shaping societies throughout history.

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  • 7. 

    Because his brain was larger than earlier hominids' brains, Homo sapiens neanderthalensis could

    • A.

      Walk farther

    • B.

      Speak better English

    • C.

      Make more beautiful art

    • D.

      Make better tools

    Correct Answer
    D. Make better tools
    Explanation
    Homo sapiens neanderthalensis had a larger brain compared to earlier hominids, which suggests a higher level of cognitive ability. This increased brain size likely enabled them to develop more advanced techniques and skills in tool-making, allowing them to create more effective and efficient tools. Therefore, the correct answer is that they could make better tools.

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  • 8. 

    What were 2 main capabilities of homo habilis?

    • A.

      Living in groups and making simple tools from rocks

    • B.

      Travelling together and building shelters

    • C.

      Caring for one another and making stronger weapons

    • D.

      Creating art and cutting meat

    Correct Answer
    A. Living in groups and making simple tools from rocks
    Explanation
    Homo habilis had the capability to live in groups, which allowed them to cooperate and increase their chances of survival. Additionally, they were able to make simple tools from rocks, which helped them in various activities such as hunting, gathering, and processing food. These capabilities were crucial for their adaptation and success in their environment.

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  • 9. 

    Which hominid is the following quote referring to?"Scientists believe that ___________________ had a sense of community. When members of a group died, they were laid in burial mounds along with hunting tools and flowers. This shows that [they] cared about one another.” 

    • A.

      Homo habilis

    • B.

      Australopithecus afarensis

    • C.

      Homo sapiens neanderthalensis

    • D.

      Homo erectus

    Correct Answer
    C. Homo sapiens neanderthalensis
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Homo sapiens neanderthalensis. The quote suggests that this hominid had a sense of community because they buried their dead along with hunting tools and flowers, indicating that they cared about one another.

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  • 10. 

    Which hominid is the only one that could NOT make tools? 

    • A.

      Homo habilis

    • B.

      Australopithecus afarensis

    • C.

      Homo sapiens neanderthalensis

    • D.

      Homo erectus

    Correct Answer
    B. Australopithecus afarensis
    Explanation
    Australopithecus afarensis is the correct answer because it is widely believed that this hominid species did not possess the ability to make tools. While Homo habilis, Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, and Homo erectus are known to have used and created tools, Australopithecus afarensis existed before these species and is considered to have had a more primitive level of cognitive and technological abilities.

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