How Physical Settings Supported Early Civilizations


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Why was a hill a good choice for a village?

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

2. Which of the following landforms was best for farming?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Early human settlers didn't just pick their homes randomly. There was a lot to consider, including the climate, the lay of the land, and the friendliness (or lack thereof) of the neighbors. Use the quiz and worksheet to see if you know why early cultures settled where they did.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These educational materials will quiz you on the following considerations that early humans had when deciding where to live:

  • Farming capabilities
  • Proximity to a moving water source
  • Settling near a hill

Skills Practiced

Use these skills when working with the worksheet and quiz:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding early human living concerns and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about early humans and settling from the related lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding water sources and landforms

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson, How Physical Settings Supported Early Civilizations, is available to you if you're interested in learning more, and will prepare you to:

  • Debate the pros and cons of early civilizations settling on high and low ground
  • List the benefits of living near a water source
  • Expound on the ideal conditions of the areas where Egyptians and Mesopotamians settled
  • Describe the slow development of cities and the shift from hunting to farming