AP World History : Agriculture from Prehistory to 600 BCE

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Example Question #11 : Agriculture From Prehistory To 600 Bce

Why is 8000 BCE a significant turning point in human history?

Possible Answers:

People moved out of Africa for the first time

People practiced animal domestication for the first time

People developed writing for the first time

Agriculture began to be practiced for the first time

Correct answer:

Agriculture began to be practiced for the first time

Explanation:

While all of the answer choices are significant to human history, agriculture changed the history of humankind the most dramatically because it allowed people to settle in one place, which before 8000 BCE was not something that humans were capable of doing.

Example Question #11 : Agriculture From Prehistory To 600 Bce

The legendary founder of the Xia Dynasty, Yu the Great, might best be described as __________.

Possible Answers:

a rebellion leader

a talented military commander

a corrupt politician

an esteemed philosopher and spiritual leader

a reforming bureaucrat

Correct answer:

a reforming bureaucrat

Explanation:

Yu the Great is considered to be the (somewhat legendary) founder of the Xia Dynasty and of the Chinese state. Yu the Great might best be understood as a reforming bureaucrat. His state building efforts were primarily concentrated on combating and preventing the flooding of the Yellow River. In organizing the population to resist the advances of the seasonal floods, Yu helped found the Chinese state.

Example Question #11 : Agriculture From Prehistory To 600 Bce

In which part of the world were horses first domesticated?

Possible Answers:

Western Europe

Central Asia

North America

North Africa

South Asia

Correct answer:

Central Asia

Explanation:

Horses were first domesticated on the great Eurasian steppes of Central Asia approximately six thousand years ago. The domestication of the horse had a profound impact on the nature of human development - particularly in terms of agriculture, transportation, and warfare.

Example Question #101 : Demographic And Environmental History

Which of these animals was the first to be domesticated for food?

Possible Answers:

Pigs

Cows

Sheep

Chickens

Oxen

Correct answer:

Sheep

Explanation:

Sheep were the first animals to be domesticated for food, approximately eight thousand years ago. The domestication of animals like sheep and pigs has been instrumental to the growth of human society.

Example Question #11 : Agriculture From Prehistory To 600 Bce

Where were elephants domesticated for the first time?

Possible Answers:

Ethiopia

India

Egypt

Carthage

China

Correct answer:

India

Explanation:

Evidence suggests that elephants were first domesticated in India approximately three thousand years ago. The domestication of elephants led to elephants being used on the battlefield by armies in India and by the Carthaginians in North Africa.

Example Question #12 : Agriculture From Prehistory To 600 Bce

Which of these animals was the first to be domesticated?

Possible Answers:

Pigs

Cats

Dogs

Sheep

Cows

Correct answer:

Dogs

Explanation:

Dogs were the earliest animal to be domesticated by human society. In the paleolithic era, before the establishment of the first cities and great civilizations, man and wolf were frequent collaborators - working together during hunting. From this partnership, and the domestication of wolves, emerged dogs.

Example Question #11 : Agriculture From Prehistory To 600 Bce

Where were sheep first domesticated?

Possible Answers:

East Asia

Eastern Europe

The Middle East

Western Europe

North America

Correct answer:

The Middle East

Explanation:

Sheep were the first animals to be domesticated, over eight thousand years ago, at the same time as the Neolithic Revolution was taking place. They were first domesticated in modern-day Iraq - so the correct answer is the Middle East.

 

Example Question #15 : Agriculture From Prehistory To 600 Bce

Which of these statements about the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt is incorrect?

Possible Answers:

The pyramids of Giza were built during the era of the Old Kingdom

None of these

Egyptian society was ruled by Pharaohs who had absolute power over their subjects

The Old Kingdom declined due to a series of crop failures

All of these

Correct answer:

None of these

Explanation:

The Old Kingdom of Egypt began circa 2,700 BCE and lasted until 2,200 BCE. The Old Kingdom is the period of Egyptian history that most people think of when asked about Ancient Egypt. Egyptian society was ruled by Pharaohs who had absolute power over their subjects. The famous pyramids of Giza were built during this time period. The Old Kingdom ruled for five hundred years before a series of crop failures led to a catastrophic decline.

Example Question #11 : Agriculture From Prehistory To 600 Bce

The Neolithic Revolution primarily involved __________.

Possible Answers:

the use of iron tools for the first time

the invention of agriculture

the invention of language

the manipulation of fire for the first time

the use of stone tools for the first time

Correct answer:

the invention of agriculture

Explanation:

The Neolithic Revolution is the name given to the development of agriculture, which first took place approximately ten thousand years ago. It led to the establishment of permanent settlements and the subsequent growth of cities and everything that comes with cities - politics, organized warfare, luxury, social stratification etc.

Example Question #11 : Agriculture From Prehistory To 600 Bce

Rice paddy farming originated in __________.

Possible Answers:

India

East Africa

West Africa

the Middle East

southeast Asia

Correct answer:

southeast Asia

Explanation:

Rice paddy farming is a form of intensive agriculture that developed in southeast Asia during the classical era and spread to China and India. Rice paddy farming provided the food to support a rapidly growing east and south Asian population.

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