Ancient Mesopotamia Trivia Facts: Quiz!

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Ancient Mesopotamia Trivia Facts: Quiz!

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following was NOT an invention of the Mesopotamians?
    • A. 

      The wheel

    • B. 

      The plow

    • C. 

      Writing

    • D. 

      Horse -drawn buggy

  • 2. 
    What was the first thing that the Sumerians accomplished?
    • A. 

      Nomadic hunting and gatherering

    • B. 

      Trading over long distances

    • C. 

      Founding new city-states

    • D. 

      Farming and domestication of animals

  • 3. 
    Why was Mesopotamia such a good area for growing crops?
    • A. 

      The rivers flooded and deposited rich soil.

    • B. 

      The land was covered with heavy vegetation.

    • C. 

      The area did not have any agricultural pests.

    • D. 

      The rivers flooded, making it easier for planters to pull out weeds that might harm crops.

  • 4. 
    How did the Sumerians solve the problem of flooding?
    • A. 

      They built terraces on the mountains.

    • B. 

      They dug irrigation ditches and built levees.

    • C. 

      They rotated farming with nomadic herding.

    • D. 

      They diverted the flow of the rivers into other areas.

  • 5. 
    What tools did the Mesopotamians use for writing?
    • A. 

      A large, feather pen that they dipped in ink

    • B. 

      A darkened reed that they dipped into a mixture of charcoal and water

    • C. 

      A sharpened piece of reed, called a stylus, used on clay tablets

    • D. 

      A slender piece of wood that they dipped into colorful dyes

  • 6. 
    What was a result of the invention of the wheel?
    • A. 

      It allowed the Sumerians to keep track of time.

    • B. 

      It controlled the irrigation devices to prevent flooding.

    • C. 

      It made people more dependent on human strength for transportation.

    • D. 

      It gave the Sumerians more freedom of movement.

  • 7. 
    Besides the ruler, who had the highest position in the social structure?
    • A. 

      Priest

    • B. 

      A scribe

    • C. 

      The upper class

    • D. 

      Soldiers

  • 8. 
    Why were ziggurats important to the Sumerians?
    • A. 

      They protected the city from invaders.

    • B. 

      They were built as tombs for the kings.

    • C. 

      They were built as temples to honor the gods and goddesses.

    • D. 

      Scrolls that documented Mesopotamian history were encased in ziggurats.

  • 9. 
    Which of the following is the correct order of social structure in Mesopotamia?  The order should be from those who have the most power in Mesopotamia to the least.
    • A. 

      Priest, Upper Class, Lower Class, Slaves

    • B. 

      Slaves, Priest, Scribes, Lower Class

    • C. 

      Scribes, Priest, Upper Class, Merchants

    • D. 

      King, Slaves, Lower Class, Priest

  • 10. 
    What is the correct order for the creation of major city-states in Mesopotamia from the oldest to the most recent?
    • A. 

      Babylon, Sumer, Assyria

    • B. 

      Assyria, Babylon, Sumer

    • C. 

      Ur, Babylon, Sumer

    • D. 

      Sumer, Babylon, Assyria

  • 11. 
    Which of the five themes of geography does the sentence below BEST fit into? Ancient Sumerians built leeves.
    • A. 

      Absolute Location

    • B. 

      Region

    • C. 

      Human-Environmental Interaction

    • D. 

      Movement

  • 12. 
    Which of the five themes of geography does the sentence below BEST fit into? Ancient Mesopotamia is located on the continent of Africa.
    • A. 

      Absolute Location

    • B. 

      Relative Location

    • C. 

      Physical Characteristics of Place

    • D. 

      Human Characteristics of Place

  • 13. 
    Which of the five themes of geography does the following sentence best fit into? Merchants in Babylon traded with different city-states.
    • A. 

      Movement

    • B. 

      Human Characteristics of Place

    • C. 

      Region

    • D. 

      Location

  • 14. 
    Which of the following themes of geography does the sentence below BEST describe? Ziggurats could be found in the city-states of Mesopotamia.
    • A. 

      Human Characteristics of Place

    • B. 

      Movement

    • C. 

      Location

    • D. 

      Human- Environmental Interaction

  • 15. 
    Which of the five themes of geography does the sentence below BEST describe? Mesopotamia had two main rivers.
    • A. 

      Physical Characteristics of Place

    • B. 

      Relative Location

    • C. 

      Movement

    • D. 

      Region

  • 16. 
    In which present-day country is Mesopotamia located?
    • A. 

      Iraq

    • B. 

      Iran

    • C. 

      Japan

    • D. 

      Africa

  • 17. 
    Which of the following statements did BEST describe the purpose of Hammurabi's Code of Law?
    • A. 

      The code allowed priest to do what they wanted to.

    • B. 

      The code helped parents make sure their kids behaved.

    • C. 

      The code was designed to ensure everyone behaved appropriately in Babylon.

    • D. 

      The code was Hammurabi's way of being mean to his people.

  • 18. 
    Mesopotamia's government was a combination of a monarchy and a democracy.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    Before becoming a civilization, the people of Mesopotamia were farmers.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    The Euphrates river was located on the eastern side of Mesopotamia.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    The people of Ancient Mesopotamia inveneted the wheel.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    Mesopotamia actually means "the land between the rivers"
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    Each year after the snow on the mountains melted, the melted water would run down the mountains and deposit rich silt which made the land in Mesopotamia very fertile.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    The belief in one god is polytheism.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    The Sumerians used cuneiform to write the Code of Hammurabi.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False