The following questions are multiple choice and each question is a key idea from Chapter One.
What important discovery did four teenagers make at Lascaux, France, in 1940? A wooden stick used for throwing a spear. The stone wall of an ancient storage shed. Clay sculptures of an army of soldiers. A cave filled with paintings of animals.
Why do historians read diaries and letters from the past? To learn to speak an ancient language. To find out what happened and why. To agree on plans for the future. To compare their ideas of history.
A prehistoric object is one that comes from a time that is _________________. before history was written before electricity was discovered before people lived in cities before humans hunted animals
What is the evidence that prehistoric cave artists built wooden structures (scaffolding) to stand on? Pictures of the scaffolding have been found. Many trees grew in the area. Some paintings are too high to be reached from the floor. The ancient planks are still there.
Some paintings are too high to be reached from the floor.
If ancient paintings were found in a cave, which of these questions would be hardest to answer? What did people paint pictures of? Why did people paint in caves? How did people make the paint? What did people use for paint brushes?
Which clue to the past has been found near the artwork displayed in parts of caves? Masks in the shapes of birds. Maps of the land nearby. Lamps for burning animal fat. Prayer books for ceremonies.
About how long ago were the objects and art described in this chapter created? About 2 to 3 million years ago. About 10,000 – 18,000 years ago. About 500-800 years ago. About 2,000 – 3,000 years ago.
Why are ancient handprints found on cave walls very small? The cave ceilings were very low. The prints were made by children. The smallest members of the group stayed home to paint. People long ago were not as big as people today.
What does an ancient spear thrower artifact, with it’s detailed carving, indicate about the person who may have used it? This person was very strong. This person was a hunter. This person was a skilled painter. This person prayed to animals.
Which question about the past does cave art most help to answer? What did geometric shapes mean? What language did the people speak? What did the people look like? What animals lived in the area?
What do scientists think may have been the reason why ancient artists made paint by grinding minerals and mixing powder with fat or oil? To make different colors of paint for their art. To find out which paint would last longest. To make the paint dry in different lengths of time. To use the paint in ceremonies for hunting different animals.
To make different colors of paint for their art.
Be prepared to look at some cave paintings and based on a description of when and where it was found, make some theories and educated guesses about the people who made these cave paintings.