Practice Quiz for
Archaic Human Culture

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1 The early tool making traditions are often referred to as being paleolithic. What does "paleolithic" literally mean?
a)  technologically simple
b)  stone tool
c)  old stone
2 The Paleolithic has been divided into three successive stages of development based on sophistication of technology. Which one is the oldest?
a) Lower Paleolithic
b) Upper Paleolithic
c) Primolithic
3 The Lower Paleolithic includes which of the following tool making traditions?
a) Oldowan
b) Oldowan and Acheulian
c) Acheulian
d) Acheulian and Mousterian
4 Which of the following statements is true of the Mousterian Tradition?
a) It was created by the Neandertals and some other humans living at the same time.
b) It was marked by the progressive reduction in the use of flake tools as large core tools, such as hand axes, became more common.
c) It was primarily an adaptation to tropical environments in Africa.
5 Levallois flakes  were intended to be:
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a) waste flakes produced in the process of manufacturing stone hand axes
b) preforms for making specialized tools
c) neither of the above
6 The Neandertals apparently were the first humans to:
a) adapt to subarctic conditions
b) make stone tipped spears for hunting
c) paint animals on the walls of caves
d) a and b
e) none of the above
7 It was suggested in the tutorial that the peculiar wear pattern on the incisor teeth of a Neandertal skull found at the French site of La Ferrassie was due to the habit of:
a) chewing leather
b) eating tough raw meat
c) grinding down the teeth with a rock to enhance personal beauty
8 Which of the following statements is true of the Neandertals?
a) They hunted big game animals rather than only scavenged dead ones.
b) At times, they ate each other.
c) They intentionally buried their own dead.
d) all of the above
9 Which of the following things is true of the Neandertals?
a) They put powdered hematite on the bodies of their own dead.
b) They probably were not intelligent enough to have a belief in an afterlife or any other religious beliefs.
c) They probably did not have speech.
d) none of the above
10 Broca's and Wernicke's areas refer to:
a) parts of the brain connected with speech
b) geographic regions of Western Europe
c) geographic regions of the Near East
d) none of the above
11 The La Chapelle-aux-Saints man was a:
a) 40-50 year old man who had severe crippling arthritis that would have made walking difficult
b) Neandertal dwarf buried in Shanidar Cave, Northern Iraq
c) cannibal victim found in Moula-Guercy Cave, France
12 Stone awls were most likely used by Neandertals to:
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a) chop down trees
b) hunt bears and other large animals
c) make holes in softer materials like leather
13 The first convincing evidence of regular human fire use dates to ____________ years ago.
a) 1.5 million
b) 400,000
c) 40,000
14 Which of the following was true of the Neandertals?
a) They created open-air camps with temporary shelters.
b) They lived deep in caves and did not have open-air camps.
c) Because they cooked their meat, Neandertals lost much of the nutrient value in it.  As a consequence, they had to consume far more of it in order to survive.


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