The The Transmission of A Number System
Listen to part of a lecture in a world history class.
- What does the professor mainly discuss?
- A. The advantages and disadvantages of the Roman numeral system
- B. The importance of the number zero in tracking commercial transactions
- C. How a new number system affected trade
- D. How a number system spread from one society to another
- What does the professor imply about the record-keeping methods used by early Western Europeans?
- A. They led directly to advances in basic engineering.
- B. They required an understanding of elementary algebra.
- C. They did not require a counting system that included the number zero.
- D. They were more sophisticated than those used in the Middle East.
- What role did the Italian mathematician Fibonacci play in the example of cultural diffusion that the professor describes?
- A. He introduced a text in Europe that he had translated from Arabic.
- B. He was the first to use the number zero in higher-level mathematics.
- C. He encouraged the use of a new number system in tracking grain production.
- D. He translated an Italian text into Arabic during his travels through the Middle East.
- What is the professor’s opinion about the effects of the new number system on European society?
- A. Its most important effects were on merchants and tradespeople.
- B. It had little impact on daily life.
- C. It affected engineers more than other scientists.
- D. It quickly caused most people’s lives to change radically.
- Why does the professor mention domes in architecture?
- A. To point out a style of architecture that was not spread by traveling merchants
- B. To emphasize that the speed at which cultural diffusion occurs can vary widely
- C. To give an example of a type of engineering that is only possible with the use of zero
- D. To explain that domes were invented in Asia but were more popular in Rome
- What can be inferred about the professor when she says this: 🎧
- A. She wants the students to appreciate the mathematical significance of the Fibonacci sequence.
- B. She believes that Fibonacci’s contributions to mathematics were unoriginal.
- C. She is impressed by the breadth of Fibonacci’s genius.
- D. She is surprised at the reason that Fibonacci is primarily remembered today.
D C A B D B