Ch 25: HiSET: Prehistory

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Study major pieces of the early history of man, including the last Ice Age and the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution. The video lessons and quizzes in this lesson cover a variety of prehistory topics to help you prepare for the HiSET Social Studies exam.

Prehistory - Chapter Summary

Refresh your knowledge of the prehistoric time period, from the Ice Age to the first human civilizations, with the engaging videos in this chapter. The lessons in this chapter cover:

  • Human opportunities after the Last Ice Age
  • The Neolithic Agricultural Revolution
  • Mystery cults
  • The Great Flood
  • Population migrations
  • The creation of cities
  • Tools of empire creation
  • Nomadic pastoralism

These lessons include videos taught by experienced instructors as well as transcripts and self-assessment quizzes. The videos use animations and graphics that help you easily understand and retain info about major events in the prehistory time period.

HiSET Social Studies Objectives

Similar to the GED, the HiSET is a high school equivalency exam that tests your skill levels in reading, writing, science, math and social studies. The 70-minute social studies test includes 50 multiple-choice questions that cover history, civics and government, geography and economics. History questions make up about 38% of the test and they include topics related to specific eras in U.S. and world history, which could include the prehistoric time period. Learn about the people and cultural characteristics of this era in these lessons.

9 Lessons in Chapter 25: HiSET: Prehistory
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

1. The Last Ice Age: Thawing Ice and New Human Opportunities

What is an ice age? How did the latest period of glaciation form our species? How has the abundance of this latest period of interglaciation changed our behavior? Watch this lesson to find out.

Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

2. Neolithic Agricultural Revolution: Causes and Implications

A long, long time ago, human beings roamed the earth looking for food. Then the agricultural revolution struck! What are the benefits of an agrarian society, and how have they shaped the way we live today?

Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History

3. Development of Hierarchical Structures: Chiefs to Emperors in History

This lesson will explore society's need for hierarchies, as well as kinship as a basis of hierarchical structures. Various forms of hierarchy will be briefly explored and...spoiler alert...they all come back to kinship.

Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess

4. Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess

What kind of problems do we encounter when talking about ancient religions? What are the Mother Goddess figures, and where do they pop up throughout history? Watch this lesson to learn about one of the earliest forms of religious worship.

The Great Flood and Population Migrations

5. The Great Flood and Population Migrations

The Great Flood myth has been around for over eight millennia. Could it be more than a myth? What could have caused such a flood, and what effects has it had on humans?

Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

6. Villages to Cities: How Cities Were Invented

In this video lesson, you'll meet Uruk, a lone farmer living in ancient Mesopotamia. As Uruk tries to become a successful farmer, he realizes the difficulties in sustaining a fruitful farm without the help of a community. Watch to understand how these difficulties contributed to the creation of villages and cities throughout history.

Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation

7. Walls, Roads & Bronze: Tools of Empire Creation

Learn some of the tools of the empire creation trade. In this video lesson, we'll explore the wall as a tough nut to be cracked, the strategic importance of roads and the advances made possible by bronze.

The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation

8. The Horse and Chariot: Tools of Empire Creation

Horses were first used in warfare to pull chariots. Though horses were eventually ridden by cavalry, it was the chariot that first moved soldiers faster than man. In this lesson, you'll learn about the creation of the chariot, and its benefits during wartime.

Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?

9. Horse People and Nomadic Pastoralism: What is Civilization?

This lecture examines the downsides and limits of settled agriculture and civilization. It then explores how 'civilized' forces are able to displace other systems. Horse people are introduced as a counterpoint to civilization and nomadic pastoralism as a successful alternative method of living. Finally it follows the conflict between nomadic pastoralists and settled agriculturalists throughout history.

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