Unit 1 Social Studies Exam

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This exam will test your knowledge of how humans first arrived to the Americas, what their lives were like, civilizations that existed before Europeans arrived, and the Native American tribes that were here when Europeans got here and continue to play an active role in America today. It will also test your knowledge of how events in the rest of the world led to more exploration and connections between continents and cultures.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Most experts agree that Early Humans came to the Americas by ____________, as well as some coming by boat.
    • A. 

      Crossing a land bridge from Asia

    • B. 

      Evolving right there on the continent

    • C. 

      Swimming

    • D. 

      Being left there by aliens

  • 2. 
    People who wander around looking for food (animals and plants) and do not settle in one place are called:
    • A. 

      Agrarian

    • B. 

      Hunter-gatherer

    • C. 

      Mound Builders

    • D. 

      Civilizations

  • 3. 
    True or False: When the climate changed and things got warmer, hunter-gatherers started changing the way they found food, and instead settled in one place to grow crops. After that, they became known as Agrarian. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    When an Agrarian group grows a ____ of crops, they begin to _____, since they don't all have to farm all the time and can learn new skills. They trade with each other, form governments, and become a _____. 
    • A. 

      Civilization, surplus, specialize

    • B. 

      Specialize, civilization, surplus

    • C. 

      Surplus, specialize, civilization

    • D. 

      Specialize, surplus, civilization

  • 5. 
    What led to more connections between Europe and Asia around the time of Marco Polo?
    • A. 

      Desire for more trade

    • B. 

      War and famine

    • C. 

      Boredom

    • D. 

      Religious persecution

  • 6. 
    What effect did Marco Polo's journey have on people of Asia and Europe?
    • A. 

      It gave people a fun game to play called "Marco Polo,"

    • B. 

      It made people in China use coins instead of paper money.

    • C. 

      It made them want to know more about each other.

    • D. 

      It had no effect on people at all.

  • 7. 
    What are some goods that traveled along the Silk Road? (SELECT ALL THAT APPLY)
    • A. 

      Tea

    • B. 

      Steel

    • C. 

      Silk

    • D. 

      Spice

  • 8. 
    Which two continents did the Silk Road connect?
    • A. 

      North and South America

    • B. 

      Africa and Australia

    • C. 

      Asia and North America

    • D. 

      Europe and Asia

  • 9. 
    Zheng He commanded a fleet of 300 Chinese ships. What were the goals of Zheng He's journeys?
    • A. 

      He was escaping a war.

    • B. 

      He needed a vacation.

    • C. 

      Increase demand for Chinese trade goods and show Chinese power.

    • D. 

      To steal goods from other places.

  • 10. 
    Ghana, Mali and Songhai were 3...
    • A. 

      Wise Asian emperors

    • B. 

      Powerful West African trading kingdoms

  • 11. 
    Where and when did the Renaissance begin?
    • A. 

      West Africa, around 900

    • B. 

      Italy, around 1350

    • C. 

      North America, 10,000 years ago

    • D. 

      Portugal, 1498

  • 12. 
    What does the name "Renaissance" mean?
    • A. 

      Red Sauce

    • B. 

      Rebirth

  • 13. 
    What were some main features of the Renaissance? (SELECT ALL THAT APPLY)
    • A. 

      Increased interests in other places around the world.

    • B. 

      New curiosity about arts and science

    • C. 

      A shift away from hunter-gathering to Agrarian lifestyles.

    • D. 

      Human sacrifice and new methods of irrigation.

  • 14. 
    Which innovation helped spread Renaissance ideas throughout Europe?
    • A. 

      Johan Gutenberg's printing press

    • B. 

      The magnetic compass

    • C. 

      The astrolabe

    • D. 

      New shipbuilding techniques

  • 15. 
    Which innovations helped European sailors travel farther from home for longer periods? (SELECT ALL THAT APPLY)
    • A. 

      Johan Gutenberg's printing press

    • B. 

      The magnetic compass

    • C. 

      The astrolabe

    • D. 

      New shipbuilding techniques

  • 16. 
    Which country took the lead in finding new sea routes to Asia?
    • A. 

      Spain

    • B. 

      Italy

    • C. 

      England

    • D. 

      Portugal

  • 17. 
    Why was the king's son known as "Prince Henry the Navigator,"?
    • A. 

      He sailed on every journey along the Atlantic Coast

    • B. 

      He gathered the best navigation experts from many countries.

    • C. 

      Because he invented the science of navigation

  • 18. 
    What did the Portuguese end up trading in thanks to their exploration of the African coast? (SELECT ALL THAT APPLY)
    • A. 

      Slaves

    • B. 

      Gold

    • C. 

      Exotic Animals

    • D. 

      Maps

  • 19. 
    TRUE or FALSE: Portugal became a wealthy trading nation thanks to their success at finding a sea route to Asia. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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