Traditions and Encounters, AP Edition (Bentley), 5th Edition

Chapter 2: Early Societies in Southwest Asia and the Indo-European Migrations

Multiple Choice Quiz

Gilgamesh was
A)a king of the city-state of Uruk.
B)the hero in a popular Mesopotamian epic.
C)a warrior in conflict with the city of Kish.
D)the legendary loyal friend of Enkidu.
E)All these answers are correct.
Which of the following is NOT true of the land called Mesopotamia?
A)It lies between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
B)It is a land of abundant rainfall and fertile plains.
C)It is located in modern-day Iraq.
D)It was the home of the Sumerians.
E)None of these is a correct answer; all the statements are true of Mesopotamia.
Which of the following did Sumerian cities and their governments do?
A)organize work on building projects
B)rule over the area surrounding the city
C)oversee the construction and maintenance of irrigation systems
D)organize the defense of the city against attacks
E)All these answers are correct.
Sargon of Akkad
A)was a Sumerian ruler.
B)built the capital city of Babylon.
C)inherited the kingship from his father.
D)was a gifted administrator and warrior.
E)All these answers are correct.
In Hammurabi’s code, one can find laws
A)with punishments that differ according to social class.
B)that prescribe the death penalty.
C)regulating commercial transactions, wages, and prices.
D)relying on the principle of retaliation.
E)All these answers are correct.
Which of the following peoples did NOT rule a Mesopotamian empire?
A)the Assyrians
B)the Hittites
C)the Jews
D)the Chaldeans
E)the Akkadians
Which of the following was the latest invention?
A)bronze metallurgy
B)the wheel
D)iron metallurgy
E)the chariot
Which of the following is true of the social classes of ancient Mesopotamia?
A)People became kings by winning battles.
B)The nobility were continually fighting with the kings for power.
C)Priests and priestesses were powerful rulers over temple communities.
D)There was no slavery.
E)All these answers are correct.
Cuneiform writing
A)evolved from Egyptian hieroglyphics.
B)was usually written on papyrus.
C)did not last for the duration of the Sumerian culture.
D)involved wedge-shaped symbols pressed onto clay with a reed.
E)All these answers are correct.
Which of the following was NOT a form of written documentation from Mesopotamia?
A)commercial and taxation documents
B)instructions on mummification of bodies
C)documents on astronomy and mathematics
D)epic literature
E)None of these answers is correct; all were written documents from Mesopotamia.
The Epic of Gilgamesh
A)recounts the adventures of Gilgamesh and his friend.
B)describes the hero’s efforts to attain immortality.
C)explored relations between humans and the gods.
D)contemplates the meaning of life and death.
E)All these answers are correct.
The Hebrews
A)were settled agriculturalists.
B)were led out of Palestine by Abraham.
C)were always monotheists.
D)were the first Indo-Europeans to settle in southwest Asia.
E)None of these answers is correct.
The religious beliefs of the Israelites after Moses included
A)the worship of Mesopotamian gods.
C)the worship of Allah.
D)the building of ziggurats.
E)None of these answers is correct.
After the tenth century B.C.E., the Israelites experienced
A)the division of the kingdom of Israel.
B)conquest by the Assyrians.
C)the destruction of Jerusalem by the New Babylonian empire.
D)the return of deportees to Judea, where they became known as Jews
E)All these answers are correct.
The Phoenicians
A)were prosperous, based on their sea trade and commercial networks.
B)built a large empire through conquest.
C)were an Indo-European people.
D)first settled in the Mediterranean in the tenth century.
E)All these answers are correct.
According to the excerpt, “Israelites’ Relations with Neighboring Peoples,”
A)the Israelites conquered the Phoenician city of Tyre.
B)Solomon gave cedar trees to Hiram for his temple.
C)Solomon sent laborers to Hiram.
D)the Lord punished Solomon for dealing with Hiram.
E)All these answers are correct.
Which of the following is NOT associated with the Phoenicians?
B)alphabetic script
Who first deduced the existence of an Indo-European culture?
A)nineteenth-century linguists
B)twentieth-century archeologists
C)Jewish scholars
D)cuneiform translators
E)None of these answers is correct
The key element in the expansion of the Indo-Europeans from their homeland was
A)iron weapons.
Which of the following was NOT an area to which the Indo-Europeans migrated?
A)east and southeast Asia
B)western Europe and the British Isles
C)India and Iran
D)Anatolia (modern Turkey)
E)None of these is a correct answer, because they migrated from all of these places.
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