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Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Contributions from Early Civilizations Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which of the following did the development of agriculture aid?

Question 2 2. The invention of chariots led to distinct advantages in warfare. Bronze armor worn by charioteers decreased the effectiveness of missiles fired from city wall. Chariots were also fast enough to catch people before they had time to adequately prepare for a siege. What would have happened to a city with independent walls when attacked by armies with chariots?

Question 3 3. Mesopotamia means:

Question 4 4. What important shift happened in the history of money around 700 BCE?

Question 5 5. What were weather conditions like in Mesopotamia?

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Question 6 6. Which is older: walls or cities?

Question 7 7. What is the nickname of the area between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers which encouraged the first human settlements?

Question 8 8. The first city to gain dominion over the Fertile Crescent region was:

Question 9 9. Scholars believe Jericho has been a site of human habitation for thousands of years because of its

Question 10 10. Which of the following best describes how humans decided to settle in villages?

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Question 11 11. How does a commodity economy differ from a gift economy?

Question 12 12. Which of these was one of the first walled cities?

Question 13 13. Ancient authority figures began marking commodities with seals in order to

Question 14 14. Today we think of horses as an old-fashioned mode of transportation that was replaced by the automobile. In contrast, how would humans, who were first in contact with horses, have viewed them?

Question 15 15. The remains of a collapsed building, forming a mound upon which a new building is constructed is called a:

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Question 16 16. Writing was developed as a way to:

Question 17 17. The advantages of civilization do not work against horse people because _____.

Question 18 18. Why do coins also have limitations as a form of currency?

Question 19 19. Which of the following best describes hieroglyphs?

Question 20 20. Why was barter likely NOT the basis of the economy?

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Question 21 21. Before humans discovered how to make bronze, they used which of the following for tools?

Question 22 22. Which of the following statements about the development of the alphabet is FALSE?

Question 23 23. In early Mesopotamia, why did priests make decisions regarding land and commercial trade?

Question 24 24. When did the first city states emerge in Mesopotamia?

Question 25 25. Civilization displaced other systems because civilized people _____.

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Question 26 26. When did the Steppe Nomads of Eurasia have the patience to break horses for riding?

Question 27 27. Which of the following items has NOT been found in a Sumerian tomb?

Question 28 28. Which of these were the first highways of empire?

Question 29 29. What was the father of the gods known as in Sumer?

Question 30 30. Which of the following practices may even predate the rise of agriculture?

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Contributions from Early Civilizations Chapter Exam Instructions

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