Great Kingdom Of Benin

11 Questions
Great Kingdom Of Benin

To test knowledge of the Great Kingdom of Benin, one of the most powerful kingdoms to have existed in Africa. It remained the most formidable power along the coast of West Africa right up to the 19th century when the scramble for Africa began by the European powers.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    European merchant ships first arrived along the coast of West Africa in
    • A. 

      The 19th century

    • B. 

      The 15th Century

    • C. 

      The 4th century

    • D. 

      The 17th century

  • 2. 
    Most of the Benin bronzes date back as far as the
    • A. 

      14th century

    • B. 

      15th century

    • C. 

      20th century

    • D. 

      19th century

  • 3. 
    The Benin bronze plaques show a wide variety of  _____  of the time.
  • 4. 
    The plaques did not show children.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    The plaques did not show women.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    The plaques show _______ pictures of the royal court  and the Kingdom over time.
  • 7. 
    The Portuguese first arrived in the coastal territories of Benin in ______.
  • 8. 
    Regular contact between the two countries lasted for over four hundred years.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    The Benin king supplied Portuguese traders with
    • A. 

      Pepper, ivory, rubber, leopard skin

    • B. 

      Manilla

    • C. 

      Slaves

    • D. 

      Sugar cane

  • 10. 
    The West Africans invented the smelting of copper and zinc ores and the casting of brass as long ago as the 10th century, why did the kings of Benin not source the kingdom’s casting industry locally? Explain your answer as fully as possible.
  • 11. 
    Describe how the Kings of Benin controlled trade with the Europeans and other foreign traders. Explain fully.