Quiz Skills, Concepts, & Terms

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The following is a quiz with Regents skill, concept, and terms based questions. These include cause & effect, fact verses opinion, types of social studies, primary sources verses secondary sources, and social studies terms.

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1. Which social scientist primarily studies how people change resources into goods and services?


2. Which example best represents a primary source?

a 20th-century novel about events leading up to the French Revolution
film footage taken during the liberation of Nazi concentration camps
an interview with an expert on the fall of the Roman Empire
a lecture on the impact of the African slave trade on South America

3. Historians value the writings of Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta because they

serve as primary sources about trade and culture
provide the basis for European holy books
include advice on how to be a democratic ruler
present unbiased views of life in Africa and Asia

4. The main purpose of a time line is to show the

causes and effects of wars
location of important places
benefits of modern civilizations
chronological relationship between events

5. Which social scientists are best known for studying the physical artifacts of a culture?


6. Which statement about Greek civilization is an opinion rather than a fact?

Boys in Sparta were trained to be soldiers.
Athens had a better culture than that of Sparta.
Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle were Greek philosophers.
Many adults in Athens did not have the right to vote.

7. In which field of study do people learn about the development of early human beings?

political science

8. Studying oral histories, archaeological evidence, and cultural histories are methods most often used by

political scientists

9. Which example is a primary source of information for historians?


10. Which document is an example of a primary source?

a textbook on Russian history
an encyclopedia article on religions of the Middle East
a novel on the Age of Exploration
the diary of a survivor of a Nazi death camp

11. The introduction of Buddhism into Japan and of Christianity into Africa are examples of

ethnic conflict
cultural diffusion

12. Ethnocentrism is best defined as

the belief that one’s culture is superior to all others
military preparation for a civil war
love and devotion to one’s country
a belief in one god

13. A sociologist interested in Indian culture would most likely focus on the study of

Hinduism and its influence on life in India
India's development of nuclear weapons
the parliamentary government of India
the influence of agricultural production on India's gross national product (GNP)

14. ___________________________________________________________________________________

  • Cyrillic alphabet adopted for use in Russia.
  • Russians accepted the teachings of the Orthodox Christian Church.
  • Onion-shaped domes dotted the skyline of Kievan Russia.


Which term is most closely associated with these statements?

cultural diffusion

15. The study of culture primarily involves

observing the physical environment of people
learning why various peoples live as they do
understanding the technology of modern machinery
analyzing the personalities of children in the same family

16. Which conclusion can be drawn from a study of buildings such as the Parthenon in Athens, the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, and the Taj Mahal in India?

Major architectural structures tend to fall quickly into disrepair.
Most governments commission extravagant architecture.
Architecture often reflects the values of a culture.
Military victories are often commemorated by the construction of great buildings.

17. "This was the last morning he would have to light the fire.... Now father and son could rest. There was a woman coming to the house. Never again would Wang Lung have to rise summer and winter at dawn to light the fire. He could lie in his bed and wait, and he also would have a bowl of water brought to him...." –Pearl Buck, The Good Earth

Which type of society is portrayed in this reading?


18. Which cause-and-effect relationship is accurate?

The Russian Revolution led to an absolute monarchy.
Enlightenment thoughts led to manorialism.
The Black Plague led to labor shortages.
The Commercial Revolution led to the creation of traditional economies.

19. Which statement about the Golden Age of Islam is a fact rather than an opinion?

Islamic art was more abstract than Greek art.
Muslims were the best early mathematicians.
Islamic society preserved Greek and Roman culture.
Muslim artists had more talent than European artists.

20. Which statement is an opinion rather than a fact?

China has the largest population in the world.
Subsistence farmers in Asia are satisfied with their lives.
Elected rulers who try to establish democracy have sometimes been overthrown by military coupe.
Japan exports more automobiles to the United States than the United States exports to Japan.

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