Practice Quiz for Overview of Dating

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1 Which of the following is not a chronometric date?
a)  October 23, 1999 A.D.
b)  5730 40 B.P.
c)  John is 4 years younger than Maria
d)  all of the above are chronometric dates
2 Which of the following dates is the earliest?
a) 1233 B.C.
b) 1934 B.P.
c) 223 A.D.
d) 545 years ago
3 Which of the following statements is true about most chronometric dates used by paleoanthropologists?
a) They should be considered to be accurate to at least a single year.
b) They should be considered to be only close approximations.
c) They are given with a plus or minus factor which is an indication of their probable accuracy.
d) b and c
4 Which of the following would a paleoanthropologist most likely do in order to be more certain about the dating of an ancient artifact?
a) use a number of different dating methods
b) date the artifact with the same dating method a number of times and then take the average date
c) only date the geological strata in which the artifact was found, rather than the artifact itself
5 The date 23000 2000 B.P. means that there is a high probability that the true date is:
a) within the range 23000-25000 years ago
b) within the range 21000-25000 years ago
c) 23000 years ago
d) 24950 years ago (23000 plus 1950 to correct for B.C. dates)
6 Relative dates can tell us:
a) that some event is older or younger than another
b) how many years ago something happened
c) a and b
d) none of the above
7 In Israel, museums often use B.C.E. and A.C.E. dates. A.C.E. is the same as:
a) A.D.
b) B.C.
c) B.P.



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