U.S. History : Indigenous Cultures and Life before European Contact

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for U.S. History

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Early History Up To 1607

To what does the term Poverty Point Culture refer?

Possible Answers:

None of these

The culture of the very earliest European settlements in North America

The culture that develops in economically disadvantaged areas

A pre-historic North American society of which evidence has been found, dating to about 2200-650 BCE

Correct answer:

A pre-historic North American society of which evidence has been found, dating to about 2200-650 BCE

Explanation:

Poverty point culture is a term for a group of Ancient North American people from the Archaic Era. Evidence of the group has been found in many sites, but is concentrated around Poverty Point, Louisiana. Artifacts of this culture include clay pottery, intricate stone beads, crude representational human figures, and stone cooking balls.

Example Question #2 : Early History Up To 1607

The Great Peacemaker (often called Dekanawida) was most notable for _________________.

Possible Answers:

his role in the formation of the US Bureau of Indian Affairs

his prominent role in the creation of the Iroquois Confederacy, which united the five largest Iroquois-speaking tribes

None of these

his role in the long-standing conflict with Western settlers in the 19th century

Correct answer:

his prominent role in the creation of the Iroquois Confederacy, which united the five largest Iroquois-speaking tribes

Explanation:

The Great Peacemaker was the key figure in the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy, which socially and politically unified the five largest Iroquois-speaking tribes. Historians estimate that this occurred sometime in the 12th century CE. He is worshipped by many North American members of the Baha'i faith.

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