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University Entrance Exam --> Exercise --> Reading Comprehension

Read the passage and choose the correct answer:

The Stone Age was a period of history which began in approximately 2 million B.C and lasted until 3000 B.C. It name was derived from the stone tools and weapons that modern scientists found. This period was divided into the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic Ages. Turing the first period (2 million to 8000 B.C), the first hatchet and use of fire for heating and cooking were developed. As a result of the Ice Age, which evolved about 1 million years into the Paleolithic Age, people were forced to seek shelter in caves, wear clothing, and develop new tools.
During the Mesolithic Age (8000 to 6000 B.C), people made crude pottery and the first fish hooks, took dogs hunting, and developed the bow and arrow, which were used until the fourteenth century A.D.
The Neolithic Age (6000 to 3000 B.C) saw humankind domesticating sheep, goats, pigs, and cattle, being less nomadic than in previous eras, establishing permanent settlements, and creating governments.


1. Into how many periods was the Stone Age divided?
A. 5
B. 4
C. 2
D. 3
Explain:


2. The word "derived" is the closest in meaning to ................
A. originated
B. destroyed
C. discussed
D. hallucinated
Explain:


3. Which of the following was developed earliest?
A. Fish hook
B. Pottery
C. Hatched
D. Bow and arrow
Explain:


4. Which of the following developments is not related to the conditions of the Ice Age?
A. Living indoors
B. Using fire
C. Clothing
D. Farming
Explain:


5. The word "crude" is closest in meaning to ................
A. primitive
B. vulgar
C. complex
D. extravagant
Explain:


6. The author states that the Stone Age was so named because ................
A. there was little vegetation
B. the tools and weapons were made stone
C. it was very durable like stone
D. the people lived in stone caves
Explain:


7. The word "nomadic" is closest in meaning to ................
A. primitive
B. inquisitive
C. wandering
D. sedentary
Explain:


8. With what subject is the passage mainly concerned?
A. The Neolithic
B. The Paleolithic
C. The Ice Age
D. The Stone Age
Explain:


9. Which of the following best describes the Mesolithic Age?
A. People stayed indoors all the time
B. People were crude
C. People were inventive
D. People were warriors
Explain:


10. The word "eras" is closest in meaning to ................
A. herds
B. periods
C. tools
D. families
Explain:
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