Prehistory: Definition and Timeline

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When did Homo sapiens first appear?

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1. When did the Mesolithic period start?

2. What were some improvements that happened during the Mesolithic period?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Homo sapiens roamed the Earth long before they invented writing. This is the period we classify as prehistory. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your knowledge regarding prehistory, including when Homo sapiens first appeared and how they learned new skills throughout different periods in time.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Beginning and ending of prehistory
  • The Mesolithic period: events and discoveries
  • First appearance of humans

Skills Practiced

  • Information Recall - make sure you can accurately recall the time periods when humans made substantial developments, such as using tools
  • Distinguishing Differences - understand the timeline of prehistory by distinguishing how each period differed from the next
  • Knowledge Application - use the knowledge you've gained about prehistory to answer questions surrounding prehistoric events

Additional Learning

To learn more about prehistory, review the accompanying lesson on the Timeline of Prehistory. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • First appearance of Homo sapiens
  • The Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods
  • Advances in the Mesolithic period
  • The invention of farming
  • First human settlements
  • The end of prehistory
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