Practice Quiz for Foraging

No. of Questions= 12

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1 Which of the following is the oldest human subsistence pattern?
a) foraging
b) pastoralism
c) horticulture
d) all are equally old
2 Which of the following statements is true concerning foragers?
a) The last foraging society adopted a farming subsistence pattern during the early 19th century.
b) Foragers generally have a passive dependence on what the environment contains.
c) Most foraging societies used horses for transportation.
d) Men and women in foraging societies have a great deal of occupational choice.
3 Which of the following statements is true of historically known foraging societies?
a) They usually created permanent, year-round settlements.
b) Because of the efficiency of hunting and gathering, foraging societies have relatively high population densities.
c) They intentionally burned grasslands and woodlands.
4 In which of the following variations of foraging would people most likely concentrate their subsistence efforts on hunting large mammals from horseback?
a) aquatic
b) equestrian
c) pedestrian
5 Which of the following statements is true of a specialized foraging subsistence pattern?
a) It can be a very risky way of life in a changing environment.
b) It has been the most common subsistence strategy of hunters and gatherers in recent centuries.
c) The total amount of food acquired is often less and the amount of time required to secure it is greater compared to a diversified subsistence pattern.
6 Which of the following statements is true of pedestrian foragers?
a) There are still many of these societies following their old way of life.
b) Pedestrian foragers usually are not able to effectively respond to changing environmental conditions.
c) The pedestrian foraging way of life was highly mobile.
7 Equestrian foraging societies existed in which of the following regions?
a) grasslands of East and South Africa
b) Great Plains of North America
c) grasslands of Southern Argentina
d) b and c
e) all of the above
8 Which of the following statements is true concerning equestrian foraging societies?
a) They were easily and quickly defeated by European style armies.
b) They had highly democratic political systems without leaders.
c) They were male dominated.
d) none of the above
9 The most well known aquatic foraging societies in the Americas live on the ___________________________ .
a) Northwest Coast of North America
b) Gulf Coast of the Southeastern United States
c) New England Coast
10 Which of the following statements is true of the aquatic foragers of the Northwest Coast of North America?
a) Settlements were usually permanent rather than seasonal.
b) They had very little leisure time because their fishing was a relatively unproductive, time consuming activity.
c) These societies no longer make a living from fishing.
11 Most historically known pedestrian foraging societies ____________________________ .
a) usually had a food supply that was inadequate and unreliable
b) usually had very few people who lived beyond their 20's or early 30's
c) subsisted mainly on vegetable foods rather than meat.
12 Which of the following statements is true of the San speakers of the Kalahari Desert in Namibia and Botswana when they were still living as foragers?
a) Men provided most of the calories in their diet.
b) Most adult San spent 10-12 hours every day hunting and gathering in order to get enough food.
c) None of the San lived more than 40 years because of their hard lives and because they did not have the benefit of our modern medicines.
d) none of the above


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