Test 1 - Early humans and the Neolithic Revolution

Directions: Use your “clicker” or remote to answer the following questions. DO NOT write on this test. Make sure you press the “send” button for each answer.


Indicate whether the statement is true or false. Use “A” for true and “B” for false and press send.

1.The first part of the Stone Age is also called the Paleolithic Era.

2.Permanent settlements were built when people began to raise crops and animals.

3.Once people adopted agriculture the world population shrank because agriculture provided a less reliable food supply than did hunting and gathering.

4.Early humans hunted animals and gathered wild plants, seeds, fruits, and nuts and may have even scavenged to survive..

5.An artifact is a bone that has turned into rock.

6.Early agricultural societies can best be described as nomadic.

Multiple Choice

Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question. Press the letter of the best answer and then press send.

7.Why did Louis Leakey name the hominid remains he had found Homo habilis, or “handy man”?

a. / because this hominid learned to control fire
b. / because this hominid learned to make and use crude tools
c. / because this hominid developed language
d. / because this hominid developed the work-for-wages system

8.Homo sapiens means

a. / southern ape. / c. / upright man.
b. / modern man. / d. / wise man.

9.Most Geologists and other scientists believe that the world is approximately:

a. / 5 million years old / c. / 5 billion years old
b. / 500 million years old / d. / 5 thousand years old

10.The hunter-gatherer way of life made it impossible for people to live

a. / in groups. / c. / without a spoken language.
b. / in cold climates. / d. / in permanent dwellings.

11.The Neolithic Revolution refers to a time when early humans

a. / mastered fire / c. / began to organize governments.
b. / developed agriculture. / d. / migrated from Africa.

12.Which of the following best defines the word ‘sedentary’?

a. / moving regularly from place to place. / c. / staying in one place regularly.
b. / farming. / d. / eating animals that are already dead by other means.

13.What is the term used to describe the process by which species (of plant or animal) changes over time to adapt to their environment through natural selection?

a. / Evolution / c. / Devolution
b. / History / d. / Neolithic Revolution

14.Three of the four earliest civilizations originated on which continent?

a. / Europe / c. / Asia
b. / Africa / d. / Australia

15.Which of the following geologic changes most likely made the Earth’s climate better suited to grow plants?

a. / The creation of mountains. / c. / The increased friction among the tectonic plates that lead to a warmer climate.
b. / The end of the last ice age that lead to a warmer climate. / d. / all of the above.

16.Scholars think early people might have believed in life after death because

a. / surviving cave art shows the dead being reborn.
b. / they did not bury their dead.
c. / surviving carved figurines from the period seem to be of angels.
d. / they put food and objects in graves.

17.Which of the following was one way that the lives of people in agricultural societies changed?

a. / People now had to spend all of their time producing food.
b. / Gender divisions became more blurred since everyone took part in agriculture.
c. / People could now spend time doing activities other than food production.
d. / Agricultural societies were more peaceful than nomadic societies had been.

18.Early humans living during the Stone Age most likely

a. / lived in small groups and moved to new areas as food became scarce.
b. / settled in permanent villages for common defense.
c. / were uninterested in art or music.
d. / worshipped one common god.

19.The shift from hunting and gathering to farming is called the Neolithic Revolution because it

a. / coincided with the development of wooden tools.
b. / changed life dramatically.
c. / began the process of global warming.
d. / began a long period of warfare in the Fertile Crescent.

20.Agriculture emerged

a. / after a warming trend resulted in new plants and animals.
b. / as glaciers moved toward the equator bringing water.
c. / when religious leaders forced some people to become farmers.
d. / in the Paleolithic Era.

21.Study the map titled “Early Human Migration.” From what continent did early humans migrate?

a. / Asia / c. / Australia
b. / Europe / d. / Africa

22.According to the map titled “Early Human Migration,” what part of the world did humans reach last?

a. / Africa / c. / the Americas
b. / Europe / d. / Australia

23.All of the the earliest civilizations developed near which of the following geographic feature?

a. / Mountains / c. / Deserts
b. / Rivers / d. / Peninsulas

24.What led to the emergence of more defined social ranking?

a. / the growth of settled communities / c. / the emergence of Neanderthals
b. / the adoption of a nomadic lifestyle / d. / migration to the Americas

25.Where did the world’s first civilizations arise?

a. / in sub-Saharan Africa / c. / in sparsely populated areas
b. / in North America / d. / along fertile river valleys

Short Answer

26.Choose one of the following - five points - do not skip!

1. Jared Diamond argues in his article “The worst mistake in the history of the human race” that the movement to agriculture created many health problems in common people. Define one of those problems and briefly discuss its’ impact on people’s health.

2. In the article mentioned above, the author explains some of the negative developments (other than peoples’ health) in human society that resulted from the movement to agriculture. Define one and explain how agriculture helped to cause it.

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Test 1 - Early humans and the Neolithic Revolution

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