Stearns Chapter 1 Reading Quiz

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Stearns Chapter 1 Reading Quiz

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  • 1. 
    The Paleolithic Age refers to
    • A. 

      The period at which agriculture was developed.

    • B. 

      The period in which simple stone tools were developed.

    • C. 

      The period before people learned how to communicate.

    • D. 

      The latest of the two stone ages.

  • 2. 
    A characteristic of the human species before the advent of civilization was
    • A. 

      The ability to spread to various geographic settings and climate zones.

    • B. 

      The ability to organize large political units.

    • C. 

      The inability to communicate about abstractions such as death.

    • D. 

      Land ownership was equal.

  • 3. 
    The development of agriculture caused important changes in all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Population size and life expectancy.

    • B. 

      Male-female relations.

    • C. 

      The tendency to believe in many gods.

    • D. 

      The development of complex social patterns.

  • 4. 
    The Neolithic revolution occurred first in
    • A. 

      Egypt.

    • B. 

      The Middle East.

    • C. 

      Central America.

    • D. 

      China

  • 5. 
    Why did the original inhabitants of Australia not develop agriculture?
    • A. 

      Australian soil was too barren to grow crops.

    • B. 

      The Australian climate was too severe.

    • C. 

      They were too isolated to learn of developments elsewhere until recently.

    • D. 

      Australia never experienced an ice age.

  • 6. 
    A society is almost certainly a civilization if
    • A. 

      It practices sedentary agriculture.

    • B. 

      It involves tool use.

    • C. 

      It has religious rituals.

    • D. 

      It gathers food to survive.

  • 7. 
    The earliest known writing in a civilization first developed in
    • A. 

      Mesoamerica

    • B. 

      Egypt

    • C. 

      China

    • D. 

      The Middle East

  • 8. 
    Sumerian civilization produced the first
    • A. 

      Written law code.

    • B. 

      Monotheistic religion.

    • C. 

      Examples of warfare among people.

    • D. 

      Mass literacy.

  • 9. 
    The characteristic political organization of the Tigris-Euphrates civilization was
    • A. 

      Democracy.

    • B. 

      Large, durable empires.

    • C. 

      Village-level government.

    • D. 

      Regional city states.

  • 10. 
    Which river valley civilization was most completely destroyed by natural disasters such as climate change?
    • A. 

      Hwanghe

    • B. 

      Indus

    • C. 

      Nile

    • D. 

      Tigris-Euphrates

  • 11. 
    Jewish monotheism 
    • A. 

      Was spread actively by Jewish missionaries throughout the Middle East.

    • B. 

      Emphasized the power and abstraction of God.

    • C. 

      Included worship of various lesser gods.

    • D. 

      Influenced no other religions.

  • 12. 
    Which of the following areas was NOT one of the earliest civilizations to develop?
    • A. 

      Middle East

    • B. 

      Northeastern Africa

    • C. 

      West Africa

    • D. 

      Northern China

  • 13. 
    Egypt differed from Mesopotamian civilization by stressing
    • A. 

      Well-organized, durable empires.

    • B. 

      Extensive trade.

    • C. 

      Greater social equality.

    • D. 

      More modest building projects.

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