Before History – take this quiz

World History Quiz Chapter 1

1. Ancient humans went through a series of evolutionary steps to reach, what we now call, the modern human. Which of these series is the right one?


2. By 15,000 B.C.E., Homo Sapiens has populated almost every corner of the planet, due to their intelligence which had allowed them to make tools and shelter. They also contributed to the changes in environment. Which of the following is true?


3. Paleolithic era represents the longest developmental stage in human existence, extending from the evolution of the first hominids until about 12,000 years ago. What is the principal characteristic of this period?


4. Like today, people in paleolithic produced art. Some have survived until today. Which ones?


5. Archeological discoveries of polished stone tools and early cultivation of crops are the signs of a new stage in human development, after paleolithic. Today, we call that stage:


6. The term, Neolithic, refers to early stages of an agricultural society, from about 12,000 to 6,000 years ago. Choose the true statement bellow:



7. Slush-and-burn was an early method of preparing the land for agriculture. People would slash the bark of trees and when the trees had died and dried, they would burn them, thus clearing out lands for cultivation, which lasted a few years after being invaded by weeds. What was the most important result of this method?



8. As a result of practicing agriculture and domesticating animals, people settled in villages near the cultivated land. Because there was a surplus of food and they didn’t have to spend their days hunting and gathering, now people had more time in their hands, which translated in:


9. As a result of specialization of labor, a few very important industries developed:  pottery making, metalworking and textile production. What was the earlier known metal that Neolithic people used?



10. In the areas where agriculture was successfully practiced, around 4000 to 3500 B.C.E people build the first cities in the human history. The earliest known cities are in:



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