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008mt1_2007 KEY - p 1 Mid-term Exam 1 Anth 008 Spring...

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p. 1 Mid-term Exam 1, Anth. 008, Spring Semester 2007 NAME (print clearly)______________________________ Last 4 digits of ID #_________________. 100 points. Remember that if there is any difference between information presented in class lectures and/or the web site as opposed to readings or any other source, the appropriate response is the lecture/web information. Part I . Multiple choice: circle the letter of the best answer (2 points each): 1) Mexica nobles were distinguished from commoners in many ways. Which of the following was emphasized in class? a) Nobles spoke a different language than commoners; b) Nobles were descended from a different group of migrants than commoners; c) Sumptuary laws gave noble access to restricted symbols of rank and class; d) Nobles were not required to serve in warfare; e) Commoners were never allowed to attend the schools reserved for nobles. 2) Mesoamerica is composed of all or part of several modern countries. Which of the following is not one of them? a) Honduras; b) Guatemala; c) Belize; d) Panama; e) Mexico. 3) Which of the following is true of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican agriculture as discussed in class? a) Slash and burn agriculture is only found in the flat, low-lying, hot environments of Mesoamerica; b) Irrigation is very important in the lowland Maya regions of eastern Mesoamerica because of the abundance of rivers found everywhere there; c) Slash and burn agriculture is a very inefficient and laborious way of producing food; d) Maize was highly productive in part because of the addition of fertilizer derived from large domestic animals; e) When population densities are low, slash and burn agriculture is productive and efficient. 4) According to the film we saw in class, which of the following was not a common tribute item sent to Tenochtitlan by members of the Aztec empire: a) cacao (chocolate); b ) iron weapons; c) warrior costumes; d) maize (corn); e) jade. 5) Which is true concerning the Aztec tradition of writing and literacy? a) Surviving documents heavily convey information concerning places, tribute, and events such as wars. b) Unfortunately no Spaniards learned to speak Nahuatl or read the books, so much information has been lost; c) As in Yucatan the Spaniards ruthlessly stamped out all literacy as soon as they took control of Tenochtitlan; d) Their writing system is so similar to that of the Maya that it must have been invented by the Maya; e) Their books only included information on ritual, sacrifice, and religion, and so they enraged the Spaniards. 6) The Spaniards lead by Hernan Cortes in 1519 a) had a great advantage over the Aztecs because each soldier was mounted on a horse; b) were able to defeat native armies much larger than their own because the Spaniards were all well-trained professional soldiers; c) numbered only about 500; d) immediately besieged the Mexica capital, Tenochtitlan, when they first arrived in the Basin of Mexico;
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