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Early History of Human Language Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Why is it likely that writing emerged in the same part of the world that had the first cities?

Question 2 2. Where did writing first appear?

Question 3 3. The first writing emerged around _____.

Question 4 4. What do French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian have in common?

Question 5 5. What is the correct order of the following events?

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Question 6 6.

Latin would prove to be a useful, albeit temporary, tool in holding Western Europe together as a cultural entity.

Based on this quote, what role does language serve?

Question 7 7. What evidence did researchers use to estimate language may be as old as 1.75 million years ago when Acheulean tools first appeared?

Question 8 8. Based on humans being the only species with language, we can establish that language can be no older than _____ based on estimation of when we last shared an ancestor with chimpanzees.

Question 9 9. What clear evidence exists for the minimum age of language, meaning it can be no younger than a certain age?

Question 10 10. Ultimately, why was dimotiki elevated as the national dialect of modern Greece over katharevoussa?

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Question 11 11. Why did Attic become the most influential dialect of Classical Greece?

Question 12 12. Who developed the first written language in Greece?

Question 13 13. Which of the following was a reason Akkadian was so popular?

Question 14 14. How did the Egyptians try to forget an unpopular king?

Question 15 15. Which of the following was able to spread its language solely because of its ability as a trading culture?

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Question 16 16. Arabic spread largely through two factors. Military conquest was one, what was the other?

Question 17 17. What religion had a substantial impact on the spread and popularization of Arabic?

Question 18 18. Which language branch does Arabic belong to?

Question 19 19. Who is credited with deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs in modern times?

Question 20 20. Of the following types of hieroglyphs, which will always appear at the end of a word?

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Question 21 21. The Ancient Egyptian language used a:

Question 22 22. Which is the correct historical order?

Question 23 23. Why was early cuneiform such a limited form of writing?

Question 24 24. For literacy to expand and for empires to grow larger, _____.

Question 25 25. In what way did the Chinese script change during the Qin Dynasty?

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Question 26 26. China's oldest script was found almost exclusively written on what?

Question 27 27. Archeologists found early Chinese writing on bones. What were they used for?

Question 28 28. The first recorded writing was on _____.

Question 29 29. Why was the printing press such a significant invention?

Question 30 30. Mutations in the FOXP2 gene may be responsible for human language abilities. What behavior changes appear alongside the appearance of the gene between 200,000 and 150,000 years ago?

Early History of Human Language Chapter Exam Instructions

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