History Paper 2 Topical Questions On Early Man

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  1. Identify two method of dating fossils                        (2 mark) QUES 2,DIST 1
  1. Give two cultural practices of homosapiens               (2 marks)QUES 3,DIST 1
  1. State one place where the remains of Australopithecus were discovered in Africa                                                                                     (1mk) QUES 2,DIST 2
  2. a) Give five reasons why man gradually changed his main economic activities during the neo-lithic period                                       (5mrks)QUES 18a,DIST 2
  3. Name the British scientist who is credited to theory of evolution    1 Mark QUES 2,DIST 4
  4. Which was the most important development in the middle stone age?    (1mk)QUES 2,DIST 5
  5.  State three economic uses of animals by the early man                                  (3mks)QUES 17a,DIST 5
  6. Give the main reason why East Africa is believed to be the first home of man.                                         (lmk)QUES 2,DIST 6
  7. Give two physical characteristics of proconsul.                                                    (2mks)QUES 2,DIST 7

        10.a)             Give three theories that explains about the origin of human beings.                                          (3mks)

                b)            Explain six limitations of using archaeology as a source of information on History and

           Government.                                                                     QUES 18,DIST 7

      11. Give two factors which influenced the early man to domestic ate animals during the Neolithic period                                                                                                                 (2mks) QUES 2,DIST 8

     12. (a) Outline the improvements made in the way of life of early man during the  new Stone Age  

        period                                                                                                       (5mks)QUES 19a,DIST 8

     13. State two ways through which early man adapted to the environment during the Stone Age period      (2mks)                                                                QUES 2,DIST 9

     14.    Give one main reason why the early man abandoned stone tools for metals                                          (1mk)                                  QUES 3,DIST 9

    15. a)               State three factors which show that Africa was the cradle of man                                               (3mks)

                b)            Describe the way of life of Early Human beings during the middle Stone Age period  (12mks)                                                QUES 18,DIST 9

16. Identify two categories of  tools made during the old stone age period                         (2mks) QUES 3,DIST 10

         17. Explain how radio carbon dating is used as a method of dating fossils by archeologists.                                                          (1mk)QUES 2,DIST 11                                                                       

      18. Identify two hunting methods used by early man during the stone age period.                                    (2mks)QUES 2,DIST 12

     19. Name two hominids who manufactured old man tools during the Old Stone Age period.                                                                                     (2mks).QUES 3,DIST 13

  20. (a) Give any five reasons why Africa is considered the cradle land of man.                                                                                                                                     (5mks)

(b) Describe the cultural and economic practices of man during the Neolithic period                         (10mks).   QUES 15,DIST 13

  21. State two processes through which evolution took place according to Charles Darwin.                            (2mks)                        QUES 2,DIST 14

    22. State two characteristics that distinguish man from other primates.                                                    QUES 1,DIST 15

  23.Define the term anthropology. (1 mk)QUES 2,DIST 15

 24. (a) State 5 reasons why early man domesticated crops and animals.                                QUES 18a,DIST 15

 25. (a) What three factors led to the development of religious beliefs in societies.             (5mks)

                (b) Describe five characteristics of Homo erectus.             (10mks)QUES 18,DIST 16

26. Identify two aspects of culture that developed during the new stone Age (Upper Paleolithic period)

(2mks)              QUES 2,DIST 17

27. State two characteristics of Homo-erectus.                                  (2mks)QUES 1,DIST 18

28. State two uses of acheulian tools                                                      (2mks)QUES 3,DIST 18

29. What was the most important development in the middle Stone Age period?               (1mk)QUES 4,DIST 18

30.      a)        In which three ways did mans development of upright posture improve his life.           (3mks)

            b)        Explain the factors which made the early man to develop agriculture.   QUES 18,DIST 18                                      (12mks)

31. Name two economic activities of man in the pre-historic period          (2 marks)QUES 3,DIST 19

32.Give two examples of tools made by middle stone age man                    (2 marks)QUES 4,DIST 19

33.Identify two factors that forced early man to change from hunting and gathering to food production                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (2 marks)QUES 5,DIST 19

34. State two distinct features of homoerectus  (2mks)QUES 2,DIST 20

35.Identify two stages of Evolution according to Charles Darwin (2 mks)QUES 3,DIST 20

                                             EARLY MAN 

  1. Identify two method of dating fossils
    1. Geological periods
    1. Chemical dating e.g. Radio carbon & potassium argon
    1. Stratography
    1. Fission track dating
    1. Lexicon statistics dating
    1. Statistical dating

                                                               Any 2 x 1 = 2 mks)

  1. Give two cultural practices of Homo sapiens.
    1. Food preservation through pots, fire, and baskets
    1. Sedentary life/built permanent shelter
    1. Art e.g. rock painting and body decoration
    1. Religious beliefs/burials were conducted.

                                                                                                                              Any 2 x 1 = 2 marks

      3. Olduvai Gorge

  • Turkana
  • Baringo
  • taung (Botswana)
  • Laetoki (Tanzania).                         1×1 = 1mk

4. a).

  • Natural environment could not provide enough food for the high population
  • Climatic changes led to increased drought –  most animals died and plants dried up leading to food shortages
  • Competition for food between human beings and animals led to shortage of food for human being making men to adopt other sources of food
  • Over hunting highly reduced wild animals which were a major source of food to men leading men to adopt agriculture
  • Hunting and gathering was a tiresome economic activity since men led to warder over a large area looking for food
  • Calamities like bush fire and floods destroyed vegetation and made animals to run away leading to shortage of food.                                                                        Any 5×1 = 5mks

    5. British scientist credited with the evolution theory

–      Charles Darwin                                                                                                                          1 x 1 = 1 mark

    6. – The invention of fire                                                                          (1 x 1 = 1mk)QUES 2,DIST 5

   7. a)   – Animals were used as a measure of wealth

                                – Dogs were used for hunting

                                – Oxen were used in ploughing land

                                – Some animals were used for transport

                                – Some animals produced manure which greatly improved agricultural products.

                                                                                                (any 3 x 1 = 3mks) QUES 17a,DIST 5

8. Give the main reason why East Africa is believed to be the first home of man                                (lmk)

– Remains of the earliest known hominids have been found here. (1 mk)

9.            Give two physical characteristics of proconsul.                                                                                   

                –              Like chimpanzee in size

                –              Had quadrupedal Movement

                –              Had smooth forehead

                –              had long teeth like that of animals.

                –              Appearance of his skull is a little closer to man and was ape like.

   EARLY MAN

  1. Identify two method of dating fossils
    1. Geological periods
    1. Chemical dating e.g. Radio carbon & potassium argon
    1. Stratography
    1. Fission track dating
    1. Lexicon statistics dating
    1. Statistical dating

                                                               Any 2 x 1 = 2 mks) QUES 2,DIST 1

  1. Give two cultural practices of Homo sapiens.
    1. Food preservation through pots, fire, and baskets
    1. Sedentary life/built permanent shelter
    1. Art e.g. rock painting and body decoration
    1. Religious beliefs/burials were conducted.            Any 2 QUES 3,DIST 1

       3. Olduvai Gorge

  • Turkana
  • Baringo
  • taung (Botswana)
  • Laetoki (Tanzania).                         1×1 = 1mk         QUES 2,DIST 2

4. a).

  • Natural environment could not provide enough food for the high population
  • Climatic changes led to increased drought –  most animals died and plants dried up leading to food shortages
  • Competition for food between human beings and animals led to shortage of food for human being making men to adopt other sources of food
  • Over hunting highly reduced wild animals which were a major source of food to men leading men to adopt agriculture
  • Hunting and gathering was a tiresome economic activity since men led to warder over a large area looking for food
  • Calamities like bush fire and floods destroyed vegetation and made animals to run away leading to shortage of food.                                                                     Any 5×1 = 5mks QUES 18a,DIST 2

  5.British scientist credited with the evolution theory

–     Charles Darwin                                                                 1 x 1 = 1 mark  QUES 2,DIST 4

         6. – The invention of fire                                                            (1 x 1 = 1mk) QUES 2,DIST 5

         7. – Animals were used as a measure of wealth

                        – Dogs were used for hunting

                        – Oxen were used in ploughing land

                        – Some animals were used for transport

                        – Some animals produced manure which greatly improved agricultural products.

                                                                        (any 3 x 1 = 3mks) QUES 17a,DIST 5

               8. Give the main reason why East Africa is believed to be the first home of man                  (lmk)

– Remains of the earliest known hominids have been found here. (1 mk) QUES 2,DIST 6

                9. Give two physical characteristics of proconsul.                                                            

            –           Like chimpanzee in size        

            –           Had quadrupedal Movement

            –           Had smooth forehead

            –           had long teeth like that of animals.

            –           Appearance of his skull is a little closer to man and was ape like.     QUES 2,DIST 7

             10. a)  Give three theories that explains about the origin of human beings.                         ( 3 mk)

                        –           Creation theory explains that all living were created by God / Allah.

–           The evolution theory which explains human beings evolved which explain human beings evolved from simple life types that transformed slowly over millions of years.

–           Myths / Traditional which describe the origin of certain communities.

              b) Explain six limitations of using archaeology as a source of information on history and

government.                                                                                                    ( 12 mks

            –           It is limited to the study of the ancient period only.

            –           It is time consuming.

            –           Artifacts can be destroyed by weather or man’s activities.

            –           The information is inaccurate because the information that is gathered is scanty.

            –           The dates are not accurate, they are estimated.

            –           Some artifacts and fossils can break during excavation.

–           It is expensive source of information as one has to hire laborers and take artifacts and fossils to the laboratory for analysis.    QUES 18,DIST 7

           11. Factors which influenced the early man to domesticate animals

            -Some animal were friends to man

            -Over hunting by man led to scarcity of wild game

            -Hunting was found to be tedious / cumber some    2×1=2mks   QUES 2,DIST 8

       12. Outline the improvements made in the way of life of early man during the new Stone Age period

-Made advanced tools called microlithic which included arrow, knives, sickles,    spears, dagger

            -Improved way of hunting, gathering, fishing due to improved tools

-Improved and better shelters other than caves due to improved tools that were used to cut tree branches and grass

-Beginning of domestication of plants / animals (agriculture) due to improved   tools

            -Settled life and building of semi-permanent shelters inorder to carry out farming activities

            -Improved social way of life which led to setting up of rules and laws / equlations

-Beginning religious beliefs as they began to depend more on natural forces like rain

-Beginning of political organization and government as leadership emerged inorder to organize the larger social groups and activities

-Beginning of specialization in art craft, pottery, basketry because with settle life and        agriculture, they now had free time                                        5×1=5mks  QUES 19a,DIST 8

13. State two ways through which early man adapted to the environment during the Stone Age period

i)          Developed an upright posture to see enemies far and for defence.

            ii)         Started living in caves for security efficient

            iii)        Improved the manufacture of tools for work.

            iv)        Migrated to warmer place to escape cold seasons

            v)         Invented fire for warmth and cook his food.

            vi)        Started making cloths using animal skin                    1 x 2 = 2mks QUES 2,DIST 9

14.Give one main reason why the early man abandoned stone tools for metals                         (1mk)

i)          They were heavy / not easy to work with.

            ii)         They were not durable

            iii)        Stone cutting/ shaping was time consuming.    QUES 3,DIST 9

15.       a)         State three factors which show that Africa was the cradle of man.                     (3mks)

i) The numerous archaeological sites where fossils were found which resemble man.

            ii)         The savannah grassland which provided space for early man to  effectively hunt

and gather.

            iii)        Tropical climate was suitable for early man.

            iv)        The many all season rivers that provided water and trapping wild animals were present.

            v)         Africa was at centre of pangea .                                                                     3  x 1 = 3mks

b)         Describe the way of life of Early Human beings during the middle Stone Age period

                                                                                                                                                (12mks)

i)          Made improved tools using the levallois technique like flakes blades .

            ii)         Early man lived in caves and rock shelters e.g gamble cave for protection.

            iii)        Man hunted using improved hunting methods – used tools gathered wild fruits, fishing.

            iv)        He decorated his body using red ochre, animal oil, wore shells and neckless

            v)         Early man communicated using clicks and grunts from gestures

vi)        Early man developed the art of writing – pictoral writing – telling / show activities he performed

            vii)       Early  man ate cooked food                          QUES 18,DIST 9

   16. Identify two categories of  tools made during the old stone age period            (2mks)

  1. Oldowan (pebble) tools found at Olduvai Gorge
    1.      Acheulian tools found at St. Acheul – France.            2×1 = 2marks

                                    QUES 3,DIST 10

History Paper 2 Topical Questions On Early Man

17. Archeologists determine the amount of carbon in an object / skeleton / rock and the more carbon there is in an object the younger it is.   (1×1 = 1 mk)     QUES 2,DIST 11

18. Used stone bolars to entangle animals then kill them.

  • Chased the animals until they caught them.
  • Dug holes to which animals fell and kill them.
  • Used traps.
  • Chased them into swamps
  • Chased them over cliffs                                                    2×1=2mks QUES 2,DIST 12

19. .  Hominids who made oldowan tools.                                                             

              (i) Australopithecus

             (ii) Homohabilis.                                                    2×1=  (2mks) QUES 3,DIST 13

20. . Why Africa is the cradle land of man.

             (i) Oldest fossils- Africa has produced the oldest fossils than other continents.

      (ii) Highest number of fossils – Africa has the highest number of human fossils                     than other continents.

             (iii) Many rivers – Africa has many rivers which could have provided water to                         early man.

              (iv) Availability of the savanna grass land- they provided suitable hunting                                            grounds for early man /availability of food.

             (v) Central location – it is from a central location like Africa that early man could                              have travelled to other worlds.

              (vi) Suitable climate –Africa doesn’t have extremes of temperature hence could                    have favored early man.

              (vii) Forests availability- forests could have provided suitable habitat  for early                     man                                                                                                             5×1(5mks).

  (b) Cultural and economic practices of early man in the Neolithic period.

              (i)  Made stone tool called microliths.

              (ii) used sign language(rudimentary language).

             (ii) was hunter and gatherer.

             (iii) Practised rock painting.

             (iv) Practised simple religion.

             (v)   Grew crops

              (vi) Reared animals.

             (vii) Led settled life.

              (viii) Invented and used fire.                                  5×2=(10mks)    QUES 15,DIST 13                                 

21. State two processes through which evolution took place according to Charles Darwin.    

(2mks)

  • Mutation
  • Adaptation
  • Natural selection
  • Isolation.

2 x 1 = 2mks  QUES 2,DIST 14

22. State two characteristics that distinguish man from other primates.

  • Development of the speech
  • Development of the brain
  • Upright posture/bipedalism.
    • x1 = 2mks           QUES 1,DIST 15

23.Define the term anthropology. (1 mk)

  • It is the study of social and cultural; institution of man that is his origins, development, customs, kinship ties, marriage religions, practices and economic activities.                                                         QUES 2,DIST 15

24.  (a) State 5 reasons why early man domesticated crops and animals.

  • Increase in population thus the environment could not provided adequate food.
  • Change in climate made it impossible for human beings to rely on nature for food.
  • Competition for food among people and animals.
  • Over-hunting leading to the need for domesticating of some animals.
  • Hunting and gathering was tiresome
  • Some animals e.g. cattle were domesticated for sacrificial purposes.
  • Some were social and learnt to tolerate and accept man e.g. dog, cattle, sheep and goats.
  • Need for security e.g. dog                  QUES 18a,DIST 15

    25. (a) Three factors that led to the development of religious beliefs in Societies

  • Desire to understand things that were beyond human understanding e.g. moon, floods and drought.
  • Search for security in the face of uncertainties to human existence e.g. death
  • Attempts by the human race to explain their existence on earth.
  • Desire to keep the community together
  • Desire for unity
  • Direct and indirect divine revelation to certain individuals in society

b) The characteristics of Homo erectus

  • Was upright/bipedal/walked on two legs
  • More intelligent than the earlier apes/higher thinking capacity
  • Had a bigger brain capacity 775 – 1225cc
  • Had more developed speech than earlier apes
  • Had more developed hand for grasping tools.
  • Had a long skull
  • Had long protruding jaws
  • Made more refined tools than Homo Habilis e.g. archeulian tool     2 x 5 = 10   QUES 18,DIST 16

26. –     Started agriculture

–           Permanent settlement (houses)

–           Microlithic tools (light, sharp and different tools)

–           Developed government

–           Developed religion

–           Advanced language

–           Advanced crafts like basketry, pottery and weaving

–           Body decorations                                (Any 2 x 1=2mks)   QUES 2,DIST 17

27. i) Stood upright / bipedal

         ii)      Higher thinking ability / more intelligent

  1. Bigger brain capacity (775-1225CC)
  2. Had a more developed speech than earlier ones
  3. Had a developed  hand for grasping tools             (2×1=2mks)QUES 1,DIST 18

28. i) Skinning

         ii)      Cutting

  1. Scrapping
  2. Digging                                                     (2×1=2mks) QUES 3,DIST 18

29.    Invention of fire                                                             (1×1=1mk) QUES 4,DIST 18

30. a)         i)       He was able to defend himself effectively

                  ii)      He was able to see oncoming danger

  1. He could effectively handle his tools
  2. He was able to spot his prey / hunted animals
  3. His body temperature would be lowered considerably by exposing only a small part the sun                                                                                                      (3×1=3mks)

         b)      i)       Need to replace tedious hunting and gathering methods

                  ii)      Man’s realization that some animals were social

  1. Decrease in the hunted animals due to migration / climatic changes
  2. Development of improved tools
  3. The discovery of fire which saw him take an interest as he saw burnt crops regrow.
  4. Population increase which led to diminishing of hunting grounds
  5. Competition for food between man and the predators
  6. Natural disasters e.g. floods or fires would kill animals and cause survivors to migrate further away from man.                (any 6×2=12mks)   QUES 18,DIST 18  

  31Name two economic activities of man in the pre-historic period                                  (2marks)

  1. Hunting
    1. Gathering
    1. Fishing (2×1=2marks)                                QUES 3,DIST 19

32.Give two examples of tools made by middle stone age man                                            (2marks)

  1. Choppers
  2. Daggers
  3. Scrapers
  4. Tang (2×1=2marks )                                         QUES 4,DIST 19

33.Identify two factors that forced early man to change from hunting and gathering to food production.                                                                                                                                                (2marks)

  1. Increased population which could not be provided with adequate food by the environment  
  2. Climatic changes like drought that threatened life of animals and plants.
  3. Competition for food among human beings and between human beings and animals.   

      (2pts x 1= 2marks)                                                QUES 5,DIST 19

34. State two distinct features of homoerectus (2mks)

  • Had a high thinking capacity
  • Walked upright
  • Had refined speech
  • Small jaws
  • Ability to grasp objects
  • Thicky and heavy build                     QUES 2,DIST 20

35.Identify two stages of evolution according to Charles Darwin (2mk)

  • Mutation
  • Natural selection
  • Adaptation                                                                   QUES 3,DIST 20