Prehistory Quiz: Paleolithic To Neolithic And Beyond

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Prehistory Quiz: Paleolithic To Neolithic And Beyond - Quiz

How well have you listened, read, and learned? How was your investigation? And so. . . "While most of us know plenty about human history, what do we know about prehistory? Let's discover a little more about our primitive ancestors in this quiz. . . Best of luck." Mrs. Lippolis :)
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  • 1. 

    What does prehistory mean?

    • A.

      The time before time.

    • B.

      The time period before writing/recording of events.

    • C.

      Previous history.

    Correct Answer
    B. The time period before writing/recording of events.
    Explanation
    Prehistory refers to the time period before the invention of writing or recording of historical events. It is a term used to describe the era when humans lived without written records, and therefore information about this time is primarily derived from archaeological findings. This answer accurately captures the essence of prehistory by highlighting its connection to the absence of written documentation and the need to rely on other sources of evidence to understand this period of human history.

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  • 2. 

    What are three (3) characteristics of the Paleolithic Age?  Choose the BEST choice!

    • A.

      Hunting and gathering, Nomadic, uncivilized.

    • B.

      Hunters and gatherers.

    • C.

      Nomadic wanderers.

    • D.

      Farmers and herders.

    Correct Answer
    A. Hunting and gathering, Nomadic, uncivilized.
    Explanation
    The Paleolithic Age was characterized by hunting and gathering as the primary means of obtaining food, as well as a nomadic lifestyle where people constantly moved in search of resources. Additionally, during this time period, societies were generally considered uncivilized as they lacked complex social structures and advanced technologies.

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  • 3. 

    Eugene Dubois was a Dutch physician who set out in the 1890s to find remains of early humanoids.  He located the first examples of what he called 'Pithecanthropus erectus', also known as Homo erectus, on what island in 1891?

    • A.

      Borneo

    • B.

      Java

    • C.

      Celebes

    • D.

      New Guinea

    Correct Answer
    B. Java
    Explanation
    Eugene Dubois, a Dutch physician, discovered the first examples of Homo erectus on the island of Java in 1891. He named them 'Pithecanthropus erectus'.

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  • 4. 

    What type(s) of evidence do historians have to verify that events in prehistory actually occurred? 

    • A.

      Tools

    • B.

      All of these

    • C.

      Pictures

    • D.

      Fossils

    Correct Answer
    B. All of these
    Explanation
    Historians have multiple types of evidence to verify events in prehistory. Tools used by prehistoric humans, such as stone tools or pottery, provide valuable insights into their activities and existence. Pictures, such as cave paintings or ancient artwork, offer visual representations of prehistoric life and events. Fossils, including human remains or animal bones, provide physical evidence of past life forms. By considering all of these types of evidence, historians can piece together a more comprehensive understanding of prehistoric events.

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  • 5. 

    The Stone Age is the prehistorical era in which historians believe that humans began the practise of farming and agriculture.  Within the Stone Age classification of the three aged system, there are various sub-groups that classify the evolution of humans.  Which of the following subgroups is most closely associated with agricultural development? 

    • A.

      Epipalaeolithic

    • B.

      Paleolithic

    • C.

      Neolithic

    • D.

      Mesolithic

    Correct Answer
    C. Neolithic
    Explanation
    The Neolithic period is closely associated with agricultural development. During this time, humans transitioned from being hunter-gatherers to practicing agriculture and domesticating animals. They began cultivating crops, such as wheat and barley, and raising livestock, which allowed for a more settled and sedentary lifestyle. The development of agriculture during the Neolithic period was a significant turning point in human history, leading to the establishment of permanent settlements and the development of complex societies.

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  • 6. 

    What are modern humans called? 

    • A.

      Homo erectus

    • B.

      Homo sapiens sapiens

    • C.

      Cro-Magnon

    • D.

      Homo sapiens

    Correct Answer
    B. Homo sapiens sapiens
    Explanation
    Modern humans are called Homo sapiens sapiens. This term refers to the most recent species of humans, characterized by their anatomically modern features and high cognitive abilities. The term "Homo sapiens sapiens" distinguishes modern humans from earlier hominin species such as Homo erectus and Cro-Magnon.

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  • 7. 

    What was the Neolithic Age?

    • A.

      New Copper Age

    • B.

      Old Copper Age

    • C.

      Old Stone Age

    • D.

      New Stone Age

    Correct Answer
    D. New Stone Age
    Explanation
    The Neolithic Age, also known as the New Stone Age, refers to a period in human history characterized by the development of agriculture, domestication of animals, and the use of polished stone tools. During this time, people transitioned from a nomadic lifestyle to settled communities, leading to the establishment of permanent settlements and the development of early forms of social organization. This period marked a significant shift in human civilization, as it laid the foundation for the development of complex societies and the emergence of agriculture as a primary means of subsistence.

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  • 8. 

    What two (2) beings roamed the earth at the same time as homo sapiens?

    • A.

      Homo habilius and Homo erectus.

    • B.

      Homo sapiens sapiens and Homo erectus.

    • C.

      Cro-Magnons and Homo sapiens.

    • D.

      Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals.

    Correct Answer
    D. Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals.
    Explanation
    Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals are the two beings that roamed the earth at the same time as Homo sapiens. Cro-Magnons were early modern humans who lived in Europe around 40,000 to 10,000 years ago. Neanderthals, on the other hand, were a distinct species of human that lived in Europe and parts of Asia until about 40,000 years ago. Both Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals coexisted with Homo sapiens for a period of time before eventually becoming extinct.

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  • 9. 

    The Paleolithic Period ended because the melting of the last sheet of ice allowed for fertile lands which allowed societies to develop into/advance to hunting and gathering societies that were nomadic.  This would allow civilization to begin!

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The melting of the last sheet of ice during the Paleolithic Period ends and with it ends societies based on hunting and gathering. Instead, the fertile lands help to bring about advancements in society of the Neolithic Period so that they could remain in one place and no longer relied on the hunt or for movement to where the vegitation was. Instead they would remain in one place and begin to farm and domesticate! With this, civilization begins!

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  • 10. 

    What was it that allowed for the transition from the Paleolithic Age to the Neolithic Age?

    • A.

      Industrial Revolution

    • B.

      American Revolution

    • C.

      War

    • D.

      Agricultural Revolution

    Correct Answer
    D. Agricultural Revolution
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Agricultural Revolution. The transition from the Paleolithic Age to the Neolithic Age was marked by the development of agriculture. During this period, humans shifted from a nomadic lifestyle of hunting and gathering to settled farming communities. The discovery and cultivation of crops, such as wheat and barley, and the domestication of animals, like goats and sheep, allowed for a more reliable and sustainable food supply. This led to the establishment of permanent settlements, the development of specialized skills, and the emergence of complex societies.

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