From Gathering to Growing Food - Worksheets

 CBSE Worksheet 01

Ch - 2 From Gathering to Growing Food

  1. The earliest domesticated animals were
    1. Cow and Donkey
    2. Sheep and Goat
    3. Cow and Goat
    4. Sheep and Cow
  2. ________ took place about 12,000 years ago.
    1. Beginning of settlement at Mehrgarh
    2. Beginnings of Domestication
    3. Beginning of Mesolithic period
    4. Beginning of Neolithic age
  3. ________ was the places where people learnt to grow barley and wheat for the first time.
    1. Hallur 
    2. Gufkral
    3. Mehrgarh
    4. Koldihwa
  4. It was believed that Neolithic man aware of
    1. Weaving
    2. Breeding
    3. Spinning
    4. Rearing
  5. Match the following:
    a. Old stone ageI. Tools like chopper and hand axes
    b. Middle stone ageII. Tools like arrowhead and scrappers
    c. Upper stone ageIII. Tools were points, crescentic blades, scrapper
    Options are as follows:
    1. a(I), b(II), c(III)
    2. a(II), b(I), c(III)
    3. a(III), b(II), c(I)
    4. a(II), b(III), c(I)
  6. Match the following:
    Column AColumn B
    (i) Chirand(a) China and Myanmar
    (ii) Mesopotamia(b) Pakistan
    (iii) Mehrgarh(c) Iraq
    (iv) Daojali Hading(d) Bihar (India)
  7. Fill in the blanks:
    1. In ________ people built pit-houses, which were dug into the ground, with steps leading into them.
    2. Animals were a source of ________ and meat.
    3. Ancient wood that has hardened into stone is called ________.
    4. The first animal to be tamed was the wild ________ of the dog.
  8. State true or false:
    1. Grain was used by early people only as seed.
    2. The first animal to be tamed was the dog.
    3. Man in the Old Stone Age was able to ignite fire whenever he needed it.
    4. Neolithic man invented the wheel.
  9. Write the meaning of word/term domestication of animals in brief.
  10. Write one of the characteristics of a village-life.
  11. How did people become farmers?
  12. Describe the burials at the site of Mehrgarh.
  13. Explain about stone tools used by the people in Neolithic.
  14. How did men become food producers or farmers?

CBSE Worksheet 01
Ch - 2 From Gathering to Growing Food


  1. (b) Sheep and Goat
    Explanation: The earliest domesticated animals being dog, sheep and goat. The animals provided not only milk or meat but could also be used to draw the plough and other purposes i.e. dogs for the security of houses and to help in hunting etc.
  2. (b) Beginnings of Domestication
    Explanation: Domestication is the name given to the process in which people grow plants and look after animals. Beginnings of domestication took place about 12,000 years ago
  3. (c) Mehrgarh
    Explanation: Mehrgarh was probably one of the places where people learnt to grow barley and wheat, and rear sheep and goats for the first time in this area.
  4. (a) Weaving
    Explanation: Neolithic man began weaving cloth, using different kinds of materials, for example, cotton, that could now be grown.
  5. (a) a(I), b(II), c(III).
    Explanation: In old stone age the tools used mainly hand axes, clavers and chopping tools.
    In middle stone age the tools like arrowhead and scrappers.
    In upper stone age points, crescentic blades and scrappers etc. were used.
  6. (i) - (d), (ii) - (c), (iii) - (b), (iv) - (a).
    1. Burzahom
    2. Milk
    3. Fossil wood.
    4. ancestor
    1. False (Grain was used by early people as seed, as food, as gifts and stored as food)
    2. True
    3. True
    4. True
  7. Domestication of animals means to tame animals.
  8. One of the distinctive features (or characteristics) of a village-life is that most people who live there are engaged in food production (or farming).
  9. The man became a farmer when in search of food, he used to gather wild seeds and plants to eat. He observed that at the places where he threw the part of a plant or dropped the seeds, a new similar plant began to grow out of it. They started growing their plants. Thus, they became farmers.
  10. When people die, their relatives and friends generally pay respect to them. People look after them, perhaps in the belief that there is some form of life after death. Burial is one such arrangement. Several burial sites have been found at Mehrgarh. In one instance, the dead person was buried with goats, which were probably meant to serve as food in the next world.
    1. Stones have been found from many sites related to the New Stone Age. Many of these are different from the earlier Palaeolithic tools (that is why they are called Neolithic).
    2. Stone tools of this stage of stone age include tools that were polished to give a fine cutting edge and mortars and pestles used for grinding grain and other plant produce.
    3. At the same time, tools of the Palaeolithic types continued to be made and used.
    4. Apart from stones; bones and wood were also used for making tools and for many other purposes.
    1. As the greenery increased, people started observing the places where edible plants were found, how seeds broke off stalks, fell on the ground and how new plants sprouted from them.
    2. While it is not possible to find out exactly how we started farming, most people believe that this gradual process allowed humans to start planting the seeds they wanted and growing them for food. This was the beginning of farming.
    3. The first crops to be grown were cereal and barley.
    4. People even began to protect their crops from birds and animals. This is how they became food producers or farmers.