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6th Grade STAR Review



Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

A life-changing discovery made by Paleolithic people was
a.
learning to hunt for food.
c.
creating new kinds of shelters.
b.
using flint to make tools.
d.
learning to tame fire.
 

 2. 

Which civilization started in the Tigris and Euphrates River valleys?
a.
Roman
c.
Sumerian
b.
Greek
d.
Egyptian
 

 3. 

The Sumerians built ziggurats to
a.
please their gods.
c.
set up a system of laws.
b.
prevent flooding of their lands.
d.
be a palace for its kings.
 

 4. 

Who made up the upper class in Sumerian society?
a.
kings, priests, and warriors
c.
enslaved people
b.
artisans, merchants, and farmers
d.
unskilled workers
 

 5. 

Hammurabi’s Code was important because it
a.
covered only certain crimes.
b.
forced all people to follow the law in how they treated other people.
c.
did not apply to rulers.
d.
allowed rulers to treat other people any way they wanted.
 

 6. 

How was the religion of the Israelites different from other religions of the time?
a.
It focused on many gods.
b.
The beliefs were not written down.
c.
The religion had no influence on other religions.
d.
It focused on only one God.
 

 7. 

According to the Hebrew Bible, God gave the Ten Commandments to
a.
Jacob.
c.
Abraham.
b.
David.
d.
Moses.
 

 8. 

What was the first civilization to start in the region that later became Greece?
a.
the Mycenaeans
c.
the Minoans
b.
the Spartans
d.
the Athenians
 

 9. 

Which of the following groups were considered citizens in most Greek city-states?
a.
women
c.
foreign-born residents
b.
slaves
d.
free, native-born men
 

 10. 

Alexander the Great built ____ as a center of business and trade.
a.
Issus
c.
Athens
b.
Macedonia
d.
Alexandria
 

 11. 

In the Peloponnesian War, Sparta and Athens
a.
fought against each other.
b.
worked to defeat Persia.
c.
fought together against other city-states.
d.
fought against Alexander the Great.
 

 12. 

The poet who wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey is
a.
Aesop.
c.
Thucydides.
b.
Homer.
d.
Euclid.
 

 13. 

Which of the following is a way that the Aryans changed India?
a.
They founded the first Indian empire.
c.
They introduced Buddhism.
b.
They developed the Sanskrit language.
d.
They introduced steel tools.
 

 14. 

The caste system may have developed because
a.
the Aryans thought they were better than darker-skinned people they had conquered in India.
b.
the Aryans wanted the Brahmins and Kshatryas to be on the top level.
c.
the Vaisyas did not like being ranked as commoners.
d.
the Aryans did not want to be near the Untouchables.
 

 15. 

According to Buddha, people should follow the Eightfold Path to
a.
become one with the universal spirit.
c.
eliminate suffering.
b.
move up in the caste system.
d.
reach nirvana.
 
 
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 16. 

mc016-1.jpg Why did the Indus valley civilization begin near the Indus River?
a.
It had a cool climate.
c.
It provided good farmland.
b.
It helped people reach the mountains.
d.
It flowed into the Arabian Sea.
 

 17. 

mc017-1.jpg In what way might the Indus valley people have used the Arabian Sea?
a.
as a trade route
c.
to move away from the Indus Valley
b.
to irrigate crops
d.
to get to the Hindu Kush mountains
 

 18. 

mc018-1.jpg What geographic feature might have protected the Indus people from invasion?
a.
the Ganges River
c.
the Indus River
b.
the Arabian Sea
d.
the Himalaya
 

 19. 

The first civilization in China began in the
a.
Nile River valley.
c.
Tigris and Euphrates River valleys.
b.
Huang He valley.
d.
Indus River valley.
 

 20. 

This person developed the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
a.
the Buddha
c.
Laozi
b.
Confucius
d.
Dao De Jing
 

 21. 

Daoism is based on the teachings of
a.
Laozi.
c.
Buddha.
b.
Confucius.
d.
Hanfeizi.
 

 22. 

During the Han dynasty, the empire
a.
faced constant warfare.
c.
had problems growing enough food.
b.
grew in population and in size.
d.
ended trade with other places.
 

 23. 

What trade route was most used by Chinese merchants under Han rule?
a.
the South China Sea
c.
the Great Wall
b.
the Huang He
d.
the Silk Road
 
 
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 24. 

mc024-1.jpg Which of the following describes the extent of the Silk Road?
a.
from the Himalaya to Mongolia
b.
from Persia to northeast China
c.
from southwest to northeast China
d.
from India to northeast and southeast China
 

 25. 

mc025-1.jpg What was the purpose of the Great Wall?
a.
to get across the Gobi
b.
to connect the Han Empire with Persia
c.
to use as a trade network
d.
to keep out invaders from the Gobi
 

 26. 

mc026-1.jpg What geographic feature was located south of the Silk Road?
a.
the Himalaya mountains
c.
the Pacific Ocean
b.
the Gobi
d.
the Caspian Sea
 

 27. 

What role did Italy’s large plains play in the development of Italy’s people?
a.
The plains helped to isolate the people who settled there.
b.
The plains provided fertile farmland.
c.
The plains made it difficult for people who settled there to grow enough food.
d.
The plains helped to prevent invasions.
 

 28. 

Romans were able to conquer all of Italy partly because
a.
they were skilled soldiers.
c.
the Greeks helped them.
b.
no other group fought them.
d.
they treated conquered people harshly.
 

 29. 

Which of the following Roman rulers established a lasting peace called the Pax Romana?
a.
Augustus
c.
Hadrian
b.
Julius Caesar
d.
Antoninus Pius
 

 30. 

What was a main point of Jesus’ message?
a.
to strictly follow religious laws
c.
to love and forgive others
b.
to listen to government leaders
d.
to seek revenge against others
 

 31. 

Which Roman emperor accepted Christianity?
a.
Diocletian
c.
Augustus
b.
Nero
d.
Constantine
 

 32. 

The Romans borrowed ideas in art and architecture from the
a.
Muslims.
c.
Egyptians.
b.
Mesopotamians.
d.
Greeks.
 

 33. 

What was the significance of Odoacer’s overthrow of the emperor of the Western Roman Empire?
a.
It marked the end of the Western Roman Empire.
b.
It was the beginning of the Byzantium Empire.
c.
It brought an end to the Germanic invasions.
d.
It unified all of Europe.
 

 34. 

What city became the capital of the Byzantine Empire?
a.
Egypt
c.
Rome
b.
Constantinople
d.
Athens
 

 35. 

Which of the following was a reason for the decline of Rome?
a.
efficient Germanic leaders
b.
the rise of Constantinople
c.
dishonest and corrupt Roman rulers
d.
the creation of the Byzantine Empire
 

 36. 

The first people to come to the Americas most likely came
a.
across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa.
b.
from Asia, across a land bridge to the Americas.
c.
across the Pacific Ocean from Asia.
d.
from Europe, across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas.
 

 37. 

Which of the following describes the region where the Maya settled?
a.
a grassy plain
c.
a coastal desert
b.
a rain forest
d.
a mountainous region
 

 38. 

Which of the following describes Mayan rulers?
a.
They were considered to be gods.
b.
They were equal to the people they ruled.
c.
Only men were allowed to rule.
d.
Only women were allowed to rule.
 
 
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 39. 

mc039-1.jpg What body of water made up the northern border of Mayan lands?
a.
the Pacific Ocean
c.
the Caribbean Sea
b.
the Usumacinta River
d.
the Gulf of Mexico
 

 40. 

mc040-1.jpg In what present-day country did the Yucatán Maya live?
a.
Mexico
c.
Guatemala
b.
Belize
d.
Costa Rica
 



 
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