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The Neolithic (Essays 1-3) (Quiz 2)

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1. Seeking the probable region of earliest domestication of wheat, Robert Braidwood chose the foothills of the Zagros-Taurus mountain range on the hunch that
one should look where genetically related plants grow wild 
one should look where beer was first brewed 
one should look near the first city states 
one should look in China, but it was not politically possible to work in China at the time 
one should take advantage of political opportunities, and both Iraq and Iran were friendly to the United States at the time 
No Answer
2. The site of Jiahu in China is discussed because it provides the earliest archaeological evidence so far of
maize in Eurasia 
non-fractionating rice 
genetic variation in sorghum 
domestic goats 
deliberate use of fermentation 
No Answer
3. The non-fractionating grains found at Jarmo were taken as evidence of domestication because such plants
cannot easily reseed themselves 
are resistant to plant diseases 
produce huge stalks suitable for use as fuel and animal fodder 
are easily fermented to make beer 
were visible as impressions in clay, showing they were kept in storage vessels 
No Answer
4. Sickle Sheen
is contagious 
is edible but far less nutritious than other grain crops 
is found on the microliths making up ancient sickle blades 
is caused when stone blades are used to work other stones 
was the archaeologist who first realized that microliths were used to make sickles before metal was available 
was the name of a 1950s music group in which archaeologist Robert Braidwood was a drummer while he was learning to knap stone 
No Answer
5. The so-called "Fertile Crescent" extends in an arc across parts of (Select three.)
6. The Natufians are referred to as "terminal foragers" because their way of life involved
massive structures designed for food storage, even though they were apparently not involved in farming of any kind 
the climate changes associated with the end of the Ice Age 
a mix of foraging and of food production 
a relatively abrupt shift from foraging to pastoralism within a single century 
looking for food in railway stations 
No Answer
7. According to the "wave-of-advance" model
agricultural populations expanded across Europe like a wave, probably at a rate of about a kilometer every year, displacing earlier foragers 
very few people migrated across Europe, but the ideas involved in food production spread, producing a gradual change in the way of life as foragers became agriculturalists 
human society was planned by God to progress from foraging to agriculture and eventually to produce the peak of human civilization under Queen Victoria 
knowledge of the ox-drawn plow spread from China to India 
knowledge of the ox-drawn plow spread from India to China 
No Answer
8. Which of the following foods was not a staple of the aboriginal Mexican diet? (Select as many as apply.)
einkorn wheat 

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