Preliterate Cultures: Paleolithic vs Neolithic


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Approximately how long ago did Homo sapiens appear?

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1. What is the most important difference between Paleolithic and Neolithic society?

2. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of Neolithic society?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

It's a bit difficult to understand the history of human cultures in the time before anyone could write anything down, but we do know a few things about the preliterate cultures in the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras. This online assessment will go over some basic information on these eras of prehistory. Some things you'll be tested on include characteristics of each era and the differences between Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • When Homo sapiens first appeared
  • Important differences between Paleolithic and Neolithic societies
  • Characteristics of each society
  • The Paleolithic lifestyle
  • Paleolithic artistic expression

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - test your recollection of the defining characteristics of both the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods and their timeline in the history of the human race
  • Distinguishing differences - make sure you can articulate the differences between Paleolithic and Neolithic societies
  • Knowledge application - apply information you've gained from the attached lesson to answer questions identifying and differentiating the characteristics and timelines of both prehistoric eras

Additional Learning

To learn more about the characteristics of prehistoric civilization, review the corresponding lesson called Preliterate Cultures: Paleolithic vs Neolithic. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Pre-literate cultures
  • Origins of humanity
  • The Paleolithic era
  • The Neolithic era