Pvhs Western Civilization Mid-term

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Western Civilization Quizzes & Trivia

This test will contain infrormation from sections 1a through and including 2a.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    _______ of years ago in what is now modern Honduras, Copán was a thriving civilization, a center of the cultural life of the Maya.
    • A. 

      Hundreds

    • B. 

      Thousands

    • C. 

      Millions

    • D. 

      Billions

  • 2. 
    The ancient Maya once occupied a vast geographic area in _________  __________. Their civilization extended to parts of what is now Mexico, Honduras, and El Salvador, and most of Guatemala and Belize.
    • A. 

      North America

    • B. 

      South America

    • C. 

      Central America

  • 3. 
    Copán was once a Classic Maya royal center, the largest site in the southeastern part of the Maya area. Covering about ____ acres, it was built on the banks of the Copán River on an artificial terrace made of close to a million cubic feet of dirt.
    • A. 

      19

    • B. 

      29

    • C. 

      39

    • D. 

      49

  • 4. 
    In spite of its wealth, power, and size, Copán collapsed. No monuments seem to have been produced after A.D. ____.
    • A. 

      228

    • B. 

      822

    • C. 

      282

    • D. 

      828

  • 5. 
    The Maya had a sophisticated and accurate calendar and a system of hieroglyphic writing.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    There are now about ________ people living in the Copán Valley, about the same number that lived there before Copán collapsed.
    • A. 

      15,000

    • B. 

      25,000

    • C. 

      35,000

    • D. 

      45,000

  • 7. 
    Obsidian blades found in Copán households show a range of dates, from A.D. _______ to ______. After A.D. 950-1000, the number of blades drops off.
    • A. 

      100, 1000

    • B. 

      200, 900

    • C. 

      300, 1500

    • D. 

      500, 1200

  • 8. 
    Why did Copán collapse?
    • A. 

      War with neighboring peoples brought on political problems and malnutrition.

    • B. 

      Overpopulation and overfarming brought on malnutrition and disease.

    • C. 

      A natural disaster caused the area to become uninhabitable because of erosion and crop shortages.

  • 9. 
    Was the end of the Copán a gradual decline or a rapid fall?
    • A. 

      Rapid (occurred within a few years)

    • B. 

      Gradual (occurred over a few hundred years)

  • 10. 
    Every society must be able to answer the basic biological needs of its members: food, drink, shelter, and hair care.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Mesopotamia was known as the land between two rivers, the ________ to the north and the ___________ to the south.
    • A. 

      Nile, Tigris

    • B. 

      Tigres, Nile

    • C. 

      Tigris, Euphrates

    • D. 

      Euphrates, Tigres

  • 12. 
    Along with factors such as ____ and changes in the environment, scientists now believe irrigation techniques played an important role in Mashkan-shapir's collapse.
    • A. 

      Illness

    • B. 

      Population

    • C. 

      War

  • 13. 
    By about _____ B.C., agricultural production in Mesopotamia was reduced to a tiny fraction of what it had been.
    • A. 

      1000

    • B. 

      1300

    • C. 

      2000

    • D. 

      2300

  • 14. 
    Could this happen today?In the United States, _____________ San Joaquin Valley faces irrigation problems that are similar to those faced by Mashkan-shapir.
    • A. 

      Washington’s

    • B. 

      California’s

    • C. 

      Nevada’s

    • D. 

      Utah’s

  • 15. 
    How the Anasazi livedThe total population of Pueblo Bonito was probably around _____ people at its height.
    • A. 

      900

    • B. 

      1,000

    • C. 

      1,100

    • D. 

      1,200

  • 16. 
    Abandoning the pueblosFrom the eleventh to the thirteenth centuries, many of the pueblos in Chaco Canyon were abandoned.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Computers have reduced the amount of paper that is thrown away.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Lower-income families buy products in smaller packages while upper-income families buy giant economy-size items.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    The arrival of sophisticated carbon-14 dating methods in the _____s caused scientists to revise their interpretation of events in Europe in prehistoric times.
    • A. 

      1920

    • B. 

      1930

    • C. 

      1940

    • D. 

      1950

  • 20. 
    Probably the most well known dating method is carbon-14 (C-14) dating. This method of absolute dating is based on the measurement of the radioactive decay of the C-14 atom.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    Seriation is a _______ dating method that is used to place types of artifacts (or sites with certain artifact types) into a chronological sequence.
    • A. 

      Absolute

    • B. 

      Relative

    • C. 

      Definitive

    • D. 

      Untrusted

  • 22. 
    Dendrochronology can determine absolute and relative dates of _____, its origin, and what climates were like in the past.
    • A. 

      Metal

    • B. 

      Wood

    • C. 

      Rock

    • D. 

      Mineral

  • 23. 
    The empire of Mali, which dated from the early thirteenth century to the late fifteenth century, rose out of what was once the empire of ______.
    • A. 

      Copan

    • B. 

      Honduras

    • C. 

      Ghana

    • D. 

      Maya

  • 24. 
    In medieval times, Timbuktu was a central spot on the trade routes.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    By ______, certain barons had castles and courts that rivaled the king's; they could be serious threats if they were not pleased in their dealings with the crown.
    • A. 

      1000

    • B. 

      1100

    • C. 

      1200

    • D. 

      1300