Mesopotamia And The Fertile Crescent Quiz

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Mesopotamia and Fertile Crescent


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  • 1. 
    Which two land features gave Mesopotamia it's name?
    • A. 

      The Fertile Crescent and the Mediterranean Sea

    • B. 

      The Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea

    • C. 

      The northern plateau and the southern plateau

    • D. 

      The Tigris River and the Euphrates River

  • 2. 
    What did Sargon's empire have in common with other Mesopotamian city-states?
    • A. 

      It extended over a greater territory than anyone had ever conquered before.

    • B. 

      It fought with surrounding city-states

    • C. 

      It covered an area from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf.

    • D. 

      It had a professional army.

  • 3. 
    Which is the best explanation for why Mesopotamian built canals??
    • A. 

      They needed a way to control the river's flow

    • B. 

      They needed a way to control flooding

    • C. 

      They needed a way to control low water levels

    • D. 

      They needed a way to control the surplus.

  • 4. 
    Who served as the link between the Sumerians and the goods?
    • A. 

      Farmers

    • B. 

      Priests

    • C. 

      War chiefs

    • D. 

      Political leaders

  • 5. 
    Which is an inference about why city-states fought each other for farmland?
    • A. 

      Each city-state owned crops that had been destroyed by natural causes.

    • B. 

      Each city-state wanted to build walls around its farms.

    • C. 

      Each city-state had only one kill, which was farming.

    • D. 

      Each city-state wanted to have enough farmland to grow food.

  • 6. 
    Which of the following best describes cuneiform?
    • A. 

      A form of writing using picture symboles

    • B. 

      A form of writing using wedge-shaped symbols

    • C. 

      A form of writing using complex ideas such as joy

    • D. 

      A form of writing using proverbs and songs

  • 7. 
    What was most likely the reason that ziggurats were tall?
    • A. 

      To honor the gods

    • B. 

      So they could easily be found

    • C. 

      So architects could display their work

    • D. 

      To mark the center of the city

  • 8. 
    The resource for which Phoenicia was well known was
    • A. 

      Iron ore

    • B. 

      Cedar wood

    • C. 

      Fertile sol

    • D. 

      Gold and silver

  • 9. 
    What technology did the Hittites and Assyrians use in battle?
    • A. 

      Fire and chariots

    • B. 

      Bows and arrows

    • C. 

      Iron weapons and chariots

    • D. 

      Battleships and iron weapons

  • 10. 
    Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar both
    • A. 

      Built beautiful places

    • B. 

      Used chariots in battle

    • C. 

      Captured Phoenicia

    • D. 

      Built up Babylon

  • 11. 
    What was the relationship between trade and the spread of the Phoenician alphabet. 
    • A. 

      Phoenicians traded knowledge of their alphabet for goods and services they needed.

    • B. 

      Trade increased in places where the Phoenician alphabet was not used.

    • C. 

      The Phoenician alphabet spread along their trade routes.

    • D. 

      Phoenicians would only trade with people who could write in Phoenician.

  • 12. 
    Hunter-gatherer groups first settled in Mesopotamia more than 20,000 years ago.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    The amount of land controlled by each city-state depended on its population.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    Sumerian women could be important religious leaders
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Sumerians developed a math system based on the number 100
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Babylon was located near present day Baghdad, Iraq.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    The army of _________________ defeated all the city-states of Sumer and conquered northern Mesopotamia (Sargon I/ Kish)
  • 18. 
    A King known as _______________________ became a legendary figure in Sumerian Literature. (Ur-Zababa/Gilgamesh) 
  • 19. 
    Sumerian city centers were dominated by __________________ (palaces/ Temples)
  • 20. 
    Sumerians used sharp ________________ to make symbols on clay tablets. (reed/ knives)
  • 21. 
    The city-state of ________________ rose to power after the death of Sargon I. (Babylon/ Ur)
  • 22. 
    What factor may have limited the growth of Sargon's empire?
    • A. 

      The Akkadian army stopped the empire from expanding to the south

    • B. 

      The Euphrates River often flooded, making farming difficult

    • C. 

      The Syrian Desert did not have enough good farmland

    • D. 

      Ninevah did not have enough water to support its population