AP World History Practice Question 1
Cuneiform tablet containing an administrative account of barley distribution, ca. 3100-2900 B.C.E.
The writing form depicted in the image above illustrates which of the following advances in human civilization?
Correct Answer: B
One of the major effects of the development of cuneiform writing was that the civilizations that used it were able to organize effectively, develop written legal codes, keep transaction receipts, sign contracts, and so on, making (B) the best answer. Choice (A) goes too far, as published texts were not widely available until the printing press was invented in early modern Europe. Choices (C) and (D) describe things that the Sumerians did, but the tablet is a record of barley distribution, and thus wheel technology and the domestication of animals are too off-topic for this context.