World Civilization Basic Questions! Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 

    Early human beings similar to present day man existed on every continent but ________ no later than ________.

    • A.

      Australia; 200 A.D.

    • B.

      India; 30,000 B.C.E.

    • C.

      Africa; 1,000 B.C.E.

    • D.

      Antarctica; 20,000 B.C.E.

    Correct Answer
    D. Antarctica; 20,000 B.C.E.
    Explanation
    Early human beings similar to present day man existed on every continent but Antarctica no later than 20,000 B.C.E. This means that there is evidence to suggest that humans lived on every continent, including Antarctica, but the latest evidence of human presence in Antarctica dates back to 20,000 B.C.E. This implies that humans did not continue to inhabit Antarctica after this time.

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  • 2. 

    Rudimentary forms of art and ________ are primary indicators of the development of the hominids.

    • A.

      Discovery of fire

    • B.

      Walking upright

    • C.

      House building

    • D.

      Tool-making

    • E.

    Correct Answer
    D. Tool-making
    Explanation
    Tool-making is a primary indicator of the development of hominids because it demonstrates their ability to manipulate their environment and create objects that serve a specific purpose. The ability to create tools shows a higher level of cognitive and physical abilities, as well as problem-solving skills. Tool-making also suggests the development of social and cultural behaviors, as the sharing and passing down of tool-making techniques would have been necessary for their continued use and improvement. Therefore, the presence of rudimentary forms of art and tool-making indicates the advancement and progress of hominids.

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  • 3. 

    ________ is a complex, developed culture usually associated with specific achievements such as agriculture, urban life, specialized labor and a system of writing.

    • A.

      Culture

    • B.

      Utopia

    • C.

      Civilization

    • D.

      History

    • E.

      a. b. c. d.

    Correct Answer
    C. Civilization
    Explanation
    Civilization is the correct answer because it refers to a complex and developed culture that is associated with specific achievements such as agriculture, urban life, specialized labor, and a system of writing. This term encompasses the various aspects of a society that indicate a high level of advancement and organization, distinguishing it from other forms of culture or societal structures.

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  • 4. 

    What is an example of a failed species that lived in Germany about 30,000 years ago and then disappeared?

    • A.

      Neanderthal Man

    • B.

      Homo sapiens

    • C.

      Australopithecus afarensis

    • D.

      All of these choices

    Correct Answer
    A. Neanderthal Man
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Neanderthal Man. Neanderthals were a species of early humans that lived in Europe, including Germany, around 30,000 years ago. They were closely related to Homo sapiens but eventually went extinct, possibly due to competition with modern humans or environmental factors. Their disappearance is believed to be a result of their inability to adapt to changing conditions and the success of Homo sapiens in outcompeting them for resources.

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  • 5. 

    Four major changes occurred because of the Agricultural Revolution. Which is NOT one of theses major changes?

    • A.

      Privately owned property.

    • B.

      Specialization of labor.

    • C.

      Enlarged public role for women.

    • D.

      Decreasing population.

    • E.

    Correct Answer
    D. Decreasing population.
    Explanation
    The Agricultural Revolution brought about significant changes in society, including the establishment of privately owned property, specialization of labor, and an enlarged public role for women. However, it did not result in a decreasing population. In fact, the Agricultural Revolution led to increased food production and improved living conditions, which in turn contributed to population growth.

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  • 6. 

    Agriculture led to a change in women's roles in Neolithic Society. Which is incorrect?

    • A.

      Female centered religious cults became popular.

    • B.

      Male gods and priests replaced female centered cults.

    • C.

      Enlarged public role for women.

    • D.

      First farmers were probably women.

    • E.

    Correct Answer
    B. Male gods and priests replaced female centered cults.
    Explanation
    Agriculture led to a change in women's roles in Neolithic Society, including an enlarged public role for women and the first farmers likely being women. However, there is no evidence to suggest that male gods and priests replaced female-centered cults.

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  • 7. 

    What was the first metal used by humans?

    • A.

      Copper

    • B.

      Nickel

    • C.

      Iron ore

    • D.

      Aluminum

    Correct Answer
    A. Copper
    Explanation
    Copper was the first metal used by humans because it is one of the few metals that can be found in its natural state. It was easily accessible and had desirable properties such as being malleable and having good conductivity. Copper was used for making tools, weapons, and jewelry, and played a crucial role in the development of early civilizations.

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  • 8. 

    The discovery of how to smelt iron was a major turning point in the civilized development of every people. It led to the end of the ________ Age and the beginning of the ________ Age.

    • A.

      Bronze; Iron

    • B.

      Iron; Bronze

    • C.

      Gold; Iron

    • D.

      Copper; Iron

    • E.

    Correct Answer
    A. Bronze; Iron
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Bronze; Iron. The discovery of how to smelt iron marked a significant shift in the development of civilizations. Prior to this discovery, the Bronze Age was characterized by the use of bronze, a copper and tin alloy, for tools and weapons. However, the ability to smelt iron allowed for the production of stronger and more durable tools and weapons, leading to the end of the Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age.

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  • 9. 

    Who were the first people to smelt iron? a. Hittites   b. Assyrians   c. Africans   d. Chinese

    • A.

      Chinese

    • B.

      Assyrians

    • C.

      Africans

    • D.

      Hittites

    Correct Answer
    D. Hittites
    Explanation
    The Hittites were the first people to smelt iron. This means that they were the first to extract iron from its ore and use it to create tools and weapons. Smelting iron was a significant technological advancement in ancient times, as it allowed for the production of stronger and more durable tools. The Hittites, an ancient Anatolian civilization, were known for their mastery of ironworking and their use of iron weapons in warfare.

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  • 10. 

    The diffusion theory:

    • A.

      Is a proven fact

    • B.

      Argues that knowledge of new techniques spread through human contact.

    • C.

      Says developments occur simultaneously and separately

    • D.

      All of these choices

    Correct Answer
    B. Argues that knowledge of new techniques spread through human contact.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "argues that knowledge of new techniques spread through human contact." The diffusion theory suggests that the spread of knowledge and new techniques occurs through human contact. This theory emphasizes the role of communication and social interactions in the dissemination of information and the adoption of innovations. It suggests that individuals learn from each other and that the diffusion of knowledge is a social process.

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