Topic 1 Assessment

Diagram of timeline for attributes of early hominid species, with a range of 5 million years ago to present, reprinted for assessment section.
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  1. Identify Major Causes of Events Using the Attributes of Early Hominids chart to gain a frame of reference, as well as lessons from this topic, write a paragraph identifying hominids who would most likely have developed and used agriculture. Be sure to support your point of view. Include physical characteristics of hominids and the tools they may have made and used.
  2. Identify Characteristics of Civilizations Write a paragraph that explains how historians identify the characteristics of early civilizations. Predict how knowing about past civilizations can help civilizations of the future. Consider what historians do in your predictions.
  3. Identify and Describe Major Causes of Events Write a paragraph describing how early humans learned to plant crops, and draw conclusions about why certain plants were domesticated. Consider what people needed, how they most likely discovered that planting was a good idea, and which methods historians have used for studying evidence.
  4. Identify Major Causes of Events Evaluate the validity of a source based on language, corroboration with other sources, and information about the author. Determine whether the following are valid sources about researching major events after the Neolithic Revolution: 1) A high school student creates a Web site called “Strategies for Survival.” 2) An article about government is translated from early writing. 3) The author of a chart which lists the economy of the Neolithic Period is a college professor. The chart has several legitimate sources and is a link on the university's Web site. 4) A historical magazine has a timeline of the Neolithic Period. 5) An archaeologist finds remains of terraced farming areas and writes a paper on her findings. 6) A spelunker discovers a cave with early tools and paintings of hunting scenes. A scientist verifies that the tools and paintings are over 5,000 years old. The spelunker takes photos of the art and publishes them in a newsletter. Answers should include an explanation of why the source is valid or not.
  5. Identify Changes Write a paragraph identifying how the Neolithic Revolution led to the establishment of early villages, and give an example. Identify the methods used by archaeologists to analyze evidence about changes in human life. Consider the transition from nomadic life, examples and descriptions of early Neolithic villages, archaeological process and analysis of artifacts, and indications of early social structure and decision-making.

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Table of Contents

World History Topic 1 Origins of Civilization (Prehistory–300 B.C.) Topic 2 The Ancient Middle East and Egypt (3200 B.C.–500 B.C.) Topic 3 Ancient India and China (2600 B.C.–A.D. 550) Topic 4 The Americas (Prehistory–A.D. 1570) Topic 5 Ancient Greece (1750 B.C.–133 B.C.) Topic 6 Ancient Rome and the Origins of Christianity (509 B.C.-A.D. 476) Topic 7 Medieval Christian Europe (330–1450) Topic 8 The Muslim World and Africa (730 B.C.-A.D. 1500) Topic 9 Civilizations of Asia (500–1650) Topic 10 The Renaissance and Reformation (1300–1650) Topic 11 New Global Connections (1415–1796) Topic 12 Absolutism and Revolution Topic 13 The Industrial Revolution Topic 14 Nationalism and the Spread of Democracy (1790–1914) Topic 15 The Age of Imperialism (1800–1914) Topic 16 World War I and the Russian Revolution (1914–1924) Topic 17 The World Between the Wars (1910–1939) Topic 18 World War II (1930–1945) Topic 19 The Cold War Era (1945–1991) Topic 20 New Nations Emerge (1945–Present) Topic 21 The World Today (1980-Present) United States Constitution Primary Sources 21st Century Skills Atlas Glossary Index Acknowledgments