Essential Knowledge
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1.Name the 3 types of scientists who
study human origins.
2.What are artifacts?
3.Name 2 ways scientists may determine
the age of artifacts/fossils.
4.How do fossils differ from artifacts?
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5. Where would one find the Olduvai Gorge?
6. What is the significance of the Olduvai
Gorge?
7. Who is the most famous anthropological
family?
8. What is the name of the oldest, most
complete hominid skeleton found to
date?
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9. What 2 time periods make up the Stone
Age?
10. What important discovery preceded the
New Stone Age?
11. Define Domestication.
12. What type of farming began during the
New Stone Age?
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13. What were the 1st 4 River Valley
Civilizations?
14. What was the name of the earliest
known civilization?
15. What is an independent city surrounded
by farmland?
16. What is the earliest known written
language?
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17. Who was the World’s 1st Emperor?
18. Which Mesopotamian Civilization had
Hammurabi as their greatest ruler?
19. What was Hammurabi’s greatest
achievement?
20. True or False: All people were equal
under Hammurabi’s Law Code?
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21. What was the capital of the Assyrian
empire?
22. What were the Assyrians best known
for?
23. Who was the Assyrians’ best known
leader?
24. What was Sennacherib best know for?
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25. Who was the Chaldeans’ greatest ruler?
26. Which people did Nebuchadnezzar
enslave?
27. What is Nebuchadnezzar famous for
building?
28. In what science did the Chaldeans
excel?
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29. Who were the first to sail beyond the
Strait of Gibraltar?
30. What was the Phoenician’s greatest
contribution?
31. What was the Lydians’ greatest
contribution?
32. What metal are the Hittites known for?
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33. Which Persian Emperor was known for
his tolerance?
34. Which Persian Emperor was known for
conquering Egypt?
35. Which Persian Emperor built the Royal
Road?
36. Which Persian Emperor’s defeat by the
Greeks ended Persian expansion?
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37. In what 2 ways did the Persians unify
their empire?
38. Who was the Persian prophet who
influenced their religion?
39. Who was the Persian god of good?
40. Who was the Persian god of evil?
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41. Who is the founder of Judaism?
42. What is a promise between God & his
people?
43. What is the real name of ‘Israel’?
44. What did Jacob’s sons & families form?
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45. What is the Hebrew word for God?
46. Who ‘delivered’ the Hebrews from
slavery in Egypt?
47. What is this process of leaving Egypt
called?
48. What did Moses receive during the
Exodus?
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49. What city did David establish as the
Jewish capital?
50. What name is given to the Jews forced
slavery in Babylon?
51. What was written during the Exile?
52. What is the ‘scattering’ of Jews around
the world?
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53. What is considered the ‘Lifeblood’ of
Egypt?
• 54.Who united the kingdoms of Egypt?
• 55.Define Theocracy.
• 56.What enabled historians to decipher
Hieroglyphics?
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57. What 2 mountain ranges protected the
Indian Subcontinent from invasion?
58.What mountain pass did the Aryans use
to migrate to the Indus River Valley?
59. What were the 2 major cities of the
Harappan civilization?
60. What are the 2 most important rivers of
the Indian civilization?
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61. What social class system did the Aryans
introduce to India?
62. What are the Sacred writings of the
Aryans and Hindus?
63. Which Indian text is a conversation
between student and teacher?
64. Name the 2 famous Indian epics?
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65. What type of religion has one god who
takes many forms?
66. What do we call the cycle of rebirth?
67. The actions people take in this life
determine the next. What is this called?
68. What is the ultimate goal of a Hindu?
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69. Who was the founder of Buddhism?
70. What does Buddha mean?
71. What was Buddha’s answer as to why
people suffer?
72. What 2 elements of Hinduism did
Buddha reject?
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73. What religion spread from India to Asia
during the Mauryan Empire?
74. How did the Mauryans improve medical
care?
75. Which empire ushered in the Golden
Age of India?
76. What mathematical concepts did the
Guptas introduce?
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77. What was the impact of China’s
geography on its civilization?
78. What fabric did the Chinese introduce to
the world?
79. What do the Chinese call the emperor’s
divine right to rule?
80 Who was the 1st emperor of China?
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81. What system of educated workers did
the Han develop?
82. What new material did the Han invent for
writing?
83. What is the term for Chinese peace?
84. List 4 inventions of the Tang dynasty.
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85. Which Chinese philosophy emphasized
politeness, respect for elders, &
education?
86. Which Chinese philosophy focused on
finding the balance in nature?
87. What symbol represents balance in both
Chinese Philosophies?
88. What Indian religion had a great impact
on China?
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89. Who was considered a citizen in Ancient
Greece?
90. List the 4 forms of government found in
Athens before the development of
Democracy.
91. Name the 2 men who tried to Reform
Athenian government.
92.What type of government was found in
Sparta?
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93. Aeschylus, Sophocles, & Euripides were
all famous Greek ________________.
94. Herodotus & Thucydides were famous
Greek _______________.
95. Socrates, Plato, & Aristotle were Greek
________________.
96. Name the 3 column styles.
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97. What do we call ‘representative
democracy?’
98. What were the 2 main classes of the
Roman Republic?
99. Who were the 2 men who represented
the Executive Branch in the Republic?
100. What name was given to the Roman
law code?
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101. What name was given to the wars
between Rome & Carthage?
102. What sea trade were they hoping to
control?
103. What was the name of the Carthaginian
general who attacked the Apennine
Peninsula?
104. Who was the victor of the
Rome/Carthage wars?
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105. Who was brought in to work the
Latifundias?
106. How did slaves impact small farmers?
107. Who fought in Rome’s 1st Civil War?
108. What title was given to the man who
ruled in time of crisis?
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109. What is the term given to 3 men who
rule simultaneously?
110. Who made up the 1st Triumvirate?
111. What river did Caesar cross to start a
2nd Civil War?
112. When was Caesar killed?
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113. Who was the 1st Emperor of Rome?
114. In what battle did Octavian defeat Marc
Antony?
115. What do we call the Roman time of
peace & prosperity?
116. How did the Emperors attempt to
‘appease’ the people?
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117. Who wrote the epic, Aeneid?
118. What are the 5 Romance languages?
119. What temple made use of the Roman
architectural element of the dome?
120. Where were the 12 Tables displayed?
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121. What is the Greek word for “Messiah?”
122. Where can we find the most
biographical information about Jesus?
123. What do we call Jesus’ followers?
124. Which man is most responsible for the
spread of Jesus’ teachings?
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125. Which Roman Emperor ‘legitimized’
Christianity?
126. Which Emperor made Christianity the
official religion of Rome?
127. Which document became the
foundation of the Christian doctrine?
128. What term is used for someone willing
to die for their faith?
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129. Which Emperor DIVIDED the Roman
Empire?
130. Which Emperor moved the capital from
Rome to Byzantium?
131. What name was given to the many
tribes who moved into the Roman Empire?
132. Which tribe settled in Gaul?
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133. What former Roman city was the
capital of the Byzantine Empire?
134. Who was the Byzantine Empire’s
greatest ruler?
135. What was Justinian’s greatest
achievement?
136. Name the church Justinian had built to
represent Christianity & Royal power?
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137. What do we call the first split in the
Christian Church?
138. In what year did the split take place?
139. What is the term for religious images?
140. What alphabet was created to enable
Slavs to read the Bible?
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141. What 3 groups influenced the
development of Russia?
142. What religion did Russia adopt?
143. What alphabet was created for the
Slavs?
144. What title did the Russian emperors
adopt?
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145. Who was considered the ‘last & the
greatest’ of the prophets?
146. What are God’s messages to
Muhammad called?
147. What is the shrine in Mecca called?
148. What is the Arabic word for God?
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149. What is Muhammad’s migration to
Yathrib called?
• 150.What name means, ‘city of the
prophet?’
• 151.Term which means, ‘submission to
the will of Allah.’
• 152.Term which means, ‘one who
submits to the will of Allah.’
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153. List the 5 Pillars of Islam.
154. What do Muslims call the pilgrimage to
Mecca?
155. During what month do Muslims fast?
156. Toward what city must Muslims pray?
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157. What is the Islamic house of worship?
158. Who are the prayer leaders in the
house of worship?
159. What is the name given to Islamic law?
160. Who do Muslims call the “People of the
Book?”
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161. What was the title given to the Islamic
rulers?
162. What were the 1st 4 rulers after
Muhammad called?
163. What were the 2 dynasties of the
Islamic Empire?
164. After the split, what were the 2 divisions
of the Islamic Religion?
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165. Why were Muslims interested in Education?
166. What was the Muslims’ first ‘university’?
167. Match the following Muslims to their correct
field of study: Al-Razi, Al-Khwarizmi, Ibn alHaythim (Medicine, Mathematics, Optics)
168. From where do the Arabic Numerals
originate?
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169. What is the art of beautiful handwriting?
170. Name India’s most classic form of
Islamic architecture?
171. What art form, borrowed from the
Byzantines, uses small pieces of tile/glass
to create images?
172. What battle is credited with stopping
the Muslim advance on Europe?
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173. What 3 elements mixed together to
form Western Europe during the Middle
Ages?
174. What title was given to Charlemagne?
175. On what date was Charlemagne
crowned?
176. What was the only institution which
provided stability during the Dark Ages?
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177. What is the term for a land grant?
178. What is the term for someone who
pledges their allegiance to a Noble?
179. What word is a synonym for peasant?
180. What was the political system in
Medieval Europe? The economic system?
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181. What are religious communities for
men? Women?
• 182.Which Pope expanded the role of
the papacy?
• 183. What is the term for the king giving
the symbols of the church to the
bishops?
• 184.What is term for bishops selling
positions in the church?
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185. Name the Pope who called for the first
crusade?
186. What was the name of the territory
founded by Crusaders in Palestine?
187. What Christian city was sacked by the
Crusaders?
188. What is the name of the Muslim leader
who defeated the Crusaders?
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189. What is the name of the Spanish effort to
drive out Muslims & Jews?
190. What is the name of the tribunal held to try &
punish heretics?
191.True or False: Feudalism became stronger at
the conclusion of the Crusades.
192. True or False: The Crusades resulted in the
opening of trade between Europe & Asia.
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193. What battle in 1066 resulted in a French duke
ascending to the throne of England?
194. What type of English law developed during
the reign of Henry II?
195. What legislative body allowed for citizens to
participate in English government?
196. What document, signed by King John, limited
the king’s power?
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197. What dynasty replaced the Carolingian
dynasty in France?
198. What city became the heart of the new
French government?
199. What French legislative body was
similar to England’s Parliament?
200. Which estate in France rose up to
overthrow the French king?
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201. In what event were the Moors expelled
from Spain?
202. Which royal couple wanted a Christian
kingdom in Spain?
203. What was the name of the Spanish
navy.
204. Which European country failed to form
a sustainable central government during
the Middle Ages?
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205. What 2 countries fought in the Hundred
Years’ War?
206. What did both countries experience as
a result of the War?
207. Who replaced the knights as the
significant warriors in the Hundred Years’
War?
208. What woman is credited with turning
the war in France’s favor?
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209. What English Civil war was fought
between the Houses of Lancaster & York?
210. What other name was given to the
Bubonic Plague?
211. What fraction of Europe’s population
was killed because of the Plague?
212. What 5 elements declined because of
the plague?
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217. What artist/scientist was considered to be
the true ‘Renaissance Man?’
218. What famous artist was commissioned to
paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?
219. What writer was famous for his sonnets &
was called the ‘Father of Humanism?’
220. What philosophy focused on Human
potential & achievement?
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221. Who wrote the famous book The Prince?
222. The Prince was a study of government
referred to as ___________ ___________.
223. In The Prince, Machiavelli advocated the
use of ___________ by a ruler if necessary.
224. A word that best sums up Machiavelli’s
advice is ___________.
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225. Northern Renaissance writers
combined the ideas of the Italian
Renaissance with _______________.
226. What invention revolutionized the
production of literature?
227. Who wrote the famous book Utopia?
228. Who wrote the famous book The
Praise of Folly?
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229. What trans-Saharan trade was
important to the West African Kingdoms?
230. What religion found its way to West
Africa through traders?
231. What East African kingdom traded with
Asia?
232. What South African kingdom’s name
means ‘Stone Enclosure?’
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233. Which 2 American civilizations were
found in Mexico?
234. Along what mountain range did the Inca
live?
235. What did the Inca have in common with
the Roman & Persian Empires?
236. Besides record keeping, what did each
civilization produce?
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