Senior Humanities Paleolithic Origins Quiz

22 Questions | Total Attempts: 35

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This quiz covers the Paleolithic Era, hunter gatherers, human species, early art, and the transition into the Neolithic era


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    You would have most likely FIRST seen this upright walking bipedal human species, Homo erectus, in what part of the world?
    • A. 

      Africa

    • B. 

      North America

    • C. 

      Asia

    • D. 

      Australia

  • 2. 
    Our earliest discovered ancestor, an Australopithecus, found in modern day Ethiopia
  • 3. 
    Why was Lucy an important link in our developmental family tree?
    • A. 

      She had opposable thumbs

    • B. 

      She had a developed brain

    • C. 

      She was bipedal

    • D. 

      She had binocular vision

  • 4. 
    Homo habilis literally translates to
  • 5. 
    The Paleolithic Era is heavily characterized by
    • A. 

      Stone tools

    • B. 

      Agriculture

    • C. 

      Hunting and gathering

    • D. 

      Extinction of Neanderthals

  • 6. 
    An archaeologist finds a simple stone tool buried in a stream bed in Africa from 1.8 million years ago. What human species most likely created this tool?
    • A. 

      Homo erectus

    • B. 

      Homo sapien

    • C. 

      Australopithecus

    • D. 

      Homo habilis

  • 7. 
    Neanderthals are commonly associated with axes and cleaving tools
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    ______________ developed in Europe and Eurasia and are closely related to humans but were not as developed psychologically
  • 9. 
    An archaeologist comes across a skeleton near a cave from an individual that died 200,000 years ago at thirty two years of age. The skull Is large and rounded and the individual appears to be very short. What species can the archaeologist assume this is?
    • A. 

      Neanderthal

    • B. 

      Homo erectus

    • C. 

      Homo habilis

    • D. 

      Australopithecus

  • 10. 
    Approximately 2% of all humans have Neanderthal DNA in their genes
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    What important development specifically led to cooperative behavior and enrichment of human life through trade, expression, and song?
    • A. 

      Fire

    • B. 

      Agriculture

    • C. 

      Speech

    • D. 

      Irrigation

  • 12. 
    This describes the period marked by a cultural explosion connected to speech.
    • A. 

      Neolithic Era

    • B. 

      Great Leap

    • C. 

      Paleolithic Era

    • D. 

      Lascaux Period

  • 13. 
    The earliest creative artifact ever found was the statue Venus
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    What significance do the Lascaux Caves hold?
    • A. 

      There are remains of rock houses

    • B. 

      Cave paintings remain on the walls

    • C. 

      Bombos beads were saved in the thousands

    • D. 

      Large pottery for storing food was discovered

  • 15. 
    What was the most probable reasoning for the cave paintings found in Lascaux
    • A. 

      Documented hunting expeditions

    • B. 

      Decoration

    • C. 

      Expressed spirituality

    • D. 

      Used to tell stories to women and children

  • 16. 
    Explain the greatest development of mankind through this point. How did it give humans an advantage? What are the  2 sources of it and why was it such an important tool?
  • 17. 
    Where do the ancestors of modern day humans originate?
    • A. 

      Africa

    • B. 

      Asia

    • C. 

      North America

    • D. 

      Australia

  • 18. 
    Only 78% of the human genetic code is the same from person to person
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    Our ancestors originated in the same place... why do we look different? check all that apply
    • A. 

      Adaptation

    • B. 

      Impulsive body mutilation

    • C. 

      Genetic mutations

    • D. 

      Sun exposure

  • 20. 
    A human living 13,000 years ago is out collecting plants and hunting deer. What can we assume about this individual?
    • A. 

      They were of the Species Australopithecus

    • B. 

      They were a hunter gatherer

    • C. 

      They lived in the Neolithic Era

    • D. 

      They lived in Asia

  • 21. 
    Which of the following is an example of a modern day hunter gatherer tribe?
    • A. 

      Cherokees

    • B. 

      Mayans

    • C. 

      Haitians

    • D. 

      Aboriginals

  • 22. 
    The name of a hand sized limestone statue discovered in Willendorf that depicts a large woman with enlarged breasts and genitalia
  • 23. 
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