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History of Mesopotamia: trivia facts quiz. The Mesopotamian civilization was situated between the river Tigris and Euphrates. The people in Mesopotamia were farmers and are credited for developing the first written language. Did you know that this place is actually known as Fertile Crescent by archaeologists? The people worshipped Ziggurat with a temple in each city? ? This quiz will help you learn more about the region, people and culture. Give it a shot!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who went to school in the Sumerian culture?

    • A.

      Anyone who wanted to

    • B.

      All boys

    • C.

      Only upper class boys

    • D.

      Mostly just girls

    Correct Answer
    C. Only upper class boys
    Explanation
    In the Sumerian culture, only upper class boys went to school. This suggests that education was limited to a specific social class, excluding girls and boys from lower classes. The education system in Sumeria was likely designed to maintain and perpetuate the social hierarchy, with the upper class receiving the opportunity for formal education.

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  • 2. 

    How long did they go to school?

    • A.

      Only around the lunch hour

    • B.

      All year, sunrise to sunset

    • C.

      Only half the month

    Correct Answer
    B. All year, sunrise to sunset
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "all year, sunrise to sunset". This means that they attended school every day throughout the entire year, from morning until evening. They did not have any breaks or holidays and dedicated their time to education from sunrise to sunset.

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  • 3. 

    What did males go to school to become?

    • A.

      Traders

    • B.

      Fishermen

    • C.

      Bankers

    • D.

      Scribes

    Correct Answer
    D. Scribes
    Explanation
    Males went to school to become scribes. Scribes were individuals who were trained in reading, writing, and record-keeping. They played an important role in ancient societies as they were responsible for maintaining written records, copying texts, and assisting in administrative tasks. Scribes were highly valued for their skills and knowledge, and their role was crucial in the development and functioning of various institutions such as government, religion, and commerce.

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  • 4. 

    An ancient form of writing is called...

    • A.

      Cuneiform

    • B.

      Tablet writing

    • C.

      Scrolls

    • D.

      Papyrus

    Correct Answer
    A. Cuneiform
    Explanation
    Cuneiform is the correct answer because it refers to one of the oldest known forms of writing, developed by the ancient Sumerians in Mesopotamia. It involved using a stylus to make wedge-shaped marks on clay tablets, which were then dried or fired to preserve the writing. This form of writing was widely used in ancient Mesopotamia for various purposes, including administrative, economic, and religious texts. The other options, tablet writing, scrolls, and papyrus, are not specifically associated with the ancient form of writing known as cuneiform.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following is NOT what a scribe used to copy in ancient Sumeria?

    • A.

      Myths

    • B.

      The Bible

    • C.

      Epics

    Correct Answer
    C. Epics
    Explanation
    In ancient Sumeria, a scribe was responsible for copying various texts, including myths and the Bible. However, epics were not among the texts that a scribe would typically copy. Epics were usually written by professional poets or bards, rather than scribes. Therefore, the correct answer is "epics."

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  • 6. 

    Archaelogists have named the Sumerian schools...

    • A.

      Scribe Schools

    • B.

      Scribe Houses

    • C.

      Tablet Houses

    Correct Answer
    C. Tablet Houses
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Tablet Houses". Archaeologists have named the Sumerian schools as "Tablet Houses" because tablets were the primary writing medium used in these schools. Students were taught how to read and write on clay tablets, which were then baked to preserve the information. These tablet houses served as educational institutions where aspiring scribes learned various subjects such as mathematics, literature, and administration. The term "Tablet Houses" accurately reflects the significance of these schools in Sumerian society and their focus on teaching writing skills through the use of tablets.

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  • 7. 

    Since clothes were dictated by what was available, what the Sumerians wear?

    • A.

      Things made from wool and flax

    • B.

      Things made from cotton

    • C.

      Things made from leather

    Correct Answer
    A. Things made from wool and flax
    Explanation
    The Sumerians would wear things made from wool and flax because these were the materials that were available to them. Since clothes were dictated by what was available, it can be inferred that wool and flax were the most common materials used for making clothing in Sumerian society.

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  • 8. 

    The men were bare-chested and wore skirts.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because it states that the men were bare-chested and wore skirts. If the men were indeed bare-chested and wearing skirts, then the statement is accurate.

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  • 9. 

    Women's clothes stopped at their knees.

    • A.

      True.

    • B.

      False.

    Correct Answer
    B. False.
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that women's clothes stopped at their knees, but there is no evidence or context provided to support this claim. Without any further information, it is not possible to determine the accuracy of the statement. Therefore, the correct answer is false as it cannot be confirmed.

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  • 10. 

    How did the women fix their hair?

    • A.

      Long and free.

    • B.

      Braided and wrapped around their heads.

    • C.

      Curled and clipped up.

    Correct Answer
    B. Braided and wrapped around their heads.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Braided and wrapped around their heads." This suggests that the women fixed their hair by braiding it and then wrapping the braids around their heads. This hairstyle is likely to be a traditional or cultural practice, as it is not specified in the question.

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  • 11. 

    Men and women wore earrings and necklaces.

    • A.

      True.

    • B.

      False.

    Correct Answer
    A. True.
    Explanation
    The statement states that both men and women wore earrings and necklaces, which implies that it is true. There is no information provided to suggest that only one gender wore these accessories, so it can be assumed that both genders did.

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following were NOT used to make Sumerian jewelry?

    • A.

      Bronze

    • B.

      Gold

    • C.

      Silver

    • D.

      Lapis (a blue stone)

    Correct Answer
    A. Bronze
    Explanation
    Bronze was not used to make Sumerian jewelry. The Sumerians primarily used gold, silver, and lapis (a blue stone) to create their jewelry. Bronze, which is an alloy of copper and tin, was not commonly used by the Sumerians for jewelry making. Instead, bronze was mainly utilized for tools, weapons, and other functional items.

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  • 13. 

    Craftmanship was an important skill in Sumer and was developed for.....

    • A.

      Fun

    • B.

      To help against boredom

    • C.

      To be educated

    • D.

      For survival

    Correct Answer
    D. For survival
    Explanation
    Craftsmanship was an important skill in Sumer because it was necessary for survival. In ancient times, people relied heavily on their ability to craft tools, weapons, and other essential items for everyday life. Without the ability to create these items, individuals would not have been able to hunt, gather food, build shelter, or protect themselves from danger. Therefore, developing craftsmanship skills was crucial for the survival and well-being of the people in Sumer.

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  • 14. 

    The most important craftsmen were...

    • A.

      Fishermen

    • B.

      Copper/bronze workers

    • C.

      Weavers

    • D.

      Paper makers

    Correct Answer
    B. Copper/bronze workers
    Explanation
    Copper/bronze workers were considered the most important craftsmen because they played a crucial role in creating tools, weapons, and decorative items using these metals. Copper and bronze were highly valued materials during ancient times, as they were durable and versatile. The craftsmanship of copper/bronze workers was essential for the development of societies, as their creations were used for various purposes, including agriculture, warfare, and trade. Their skills and expertise were highly sought after, making them indispensable members of the community.

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  • 15. 

    Which was NOT made from the copper and bronze work?

    • A.

      Knives

    • B.

      Hoes

    • C.

      Plows

    • D.

      Blankets

    Correct Answer
    D. Blankets
    Explanation
    Blankets were not made from copper and bronze work. Copper and bronze were primarily used for making tools and weapons such as knives, hoes, and plows. However, blankets are typically made from materials such as wool, cotton, or synthetic fibers, which do not involve the use of copper or bronze.

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  • 16. 

    Another important craft was carpentry. Which was NOT made from the carpentry work in Sumer?

    • A.

      Furniture

    • B.

      Chariots

    • C.

      Clothing

    • D.

      Boats

    Correct Answer
    C. Clothing
    Explanation
    Carpentry in Sumer was a significant craft, and it was involved in the creation of various items such as furniture, chariots, and boats. However, clothing was not made from carpentry work. Clothing in Sumer was typically made from textiles and fabrics, which were produced through weaving and sewing techniques rather than carpentry.

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  • 17. 

    Which was NOT another type of craft in Sumer?

    • A.

      Leather workers

    • B.

      Basket weavers

    • C.

      Candy makers

    Correct Answer
    C. Candy makers
    Explanation
    In Sumer, leather workers and basket weavers were common types of crafts, as they were skilled in working with leather and weaving baskets respectively. However, candy making was not mentioned as a craft in Sumer. Therefore, candy makers were not another type of craft in Sumer.

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  • 18. 

    What is the word for a large block of stone used to illustrate events in Mesopotamian history?

    • A.

      Crate

    • B.

      Tablet house

    • C.

      Stele

    • D.

      Law tablet

    Correct Answer
    C. Stele
    Explanation
    A stele is a large block of stone that was commonly used in Mesopotamia to depict and commemorate important events in their history. These stone monuments were often inscribed with texts or images that conveyed historical, religious, or political information. Steles served as a visual representation of the past and were typically placed in public spaces or temples for people to see and learn from. They played a significant role in preserving and transmitting historical knowledge in ancient Mesopotamia.

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  • 19. 

    One of the most noted steles was the Standard of

    • A.

      Meopotamia

    • B.

      Sumer

    • C.

      Ur

    • D.

      Sumerians

    Correct Answer
    C. Ur
    Explanation
    Ur is the correct answer because it is a well-known city in Mesopotamia, located in modern-day Iraq. Ur was an important Sumerian city-state and is famous for its archaeological site, which includes the ruins of a ziggurat and royal tombs. The city was a center of trade, culture, and religious worship in ancient Mesopotamia. The "Standard of Ur" is a famous artifact discovered in the royal tombs of Ur, depicting scenes of war and peace and providing valuable insights into Sumerian society and art.

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  • 20. 

    What technique decorated homes and temples in Sumer?

    • A.

      Mosaics

    • B.

      Paintings

    • C.

      Drawings

    • D.

      Clay work

    Correct Answer
    A. Mosaics
    Explanation
    Mosaics were the technique used to decorate homes and temples in Sumer. Mosaics involve creating images or patterns by arranging small colored pieces of materials, such as stones, glass, or tiles, to form a larger design. This technique was popular in Sumer and was used to adorn walls, floors, and even furniture. Mosaics added vibrant and intricate designs to the architecture of Sumerian buildings, showcasing their artistic skills and cultural aesthetics.

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  • 21. 

    The cones for mosaics were arranged in what kind of shape?

    • A.

      Vertical

    • B.

      Geometric

    • C.

      Random

    Correct Answer
    B. Geometric
    Explanation
    The cones for mosaics were arranged in a geometric shape. This means that they were organized in a specific pattern or design, rather than being placed randomly or in a vertical formation. Geometric shapes often include straight lines, angles, and symmetry, suggesting a deliberate arrangement of the cones for aesthetic or structural purposes.

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  • 22. 

    What is the reason Sumer became so important?

    • A.

      Its water

    • B.

      Trading

    • C.

      Trees

    • D.

      Education

    Correct Answer
    B. Trading
    Explanation
    Sumer became important because of trading. Trading allowed the Sumerians to establish economic relationships with neighboring regions, leading to the growth of their civilization. Through trade, Sumerians were able to acquire valuable resources and goods from distant lands, which contributed to their prosperity and influence. The exchange of goods also facilitated cultural exchange and the spread of new ideas, technologies, and knowledge. Thus, trading played a crucial role in the development and significance of Sumer.

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  • 23. 

    Which type of resource did Sumer NOT desperately need?

    • A.

      Stone

    • B.

      Wood

    • C.

      Metals like copper

    • D.

      Mud bricks

    Correct Answer
    D. Mud bricks
    Explanation
    Sumer did not desperately need mud bricks as a resource. While stone, wood, and metals like copper were essential for various purposes such as construction, tools, and trade, mud bricks were readily available in the region and easily made by mixing mud with water and straw. Therefore, mud bricks were not a scarce resource that Sumer desperately needed.

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  • 24. 

    What did the people who lived in Zagros and Taurus mountains NOT need from Sumer?

    • A.

      Wheat

    • B.

      Barley

    • C.

      Gold

    Correct Answer
    C. Gold
    Explanation
    The people who lived in the Zagros and Taurus mountains did not need gold from Sumer. This suggests that gold was either not valuable or not useful to them in their daily lives. It is possible that they had other sources of wealth or resources that they relied on instead.

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  • 25. 

    What is the name of the riverboat used to transport the items for trade?

    • A.

      Long boat

    • B.

      Canopy

    • C.

      Turnip

    • D.

      Marsh boat

    Correct Answer
    C. Turnip
  • 26. 

    Money wasn't usually used for goods that were traded.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In ancient times, bartering was a common practice where goods and services were exchanged directly without the use of money. Money as we know it today was not commonly used for trading goods. Instead, people would trade items such as food, tools, or livestock. Therefore, the statement that money wasn't usually used for goods that were traded is true.

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  • 27. 

    The Hanging Gardens was one of the ...

    • A.

      Newest archaelogical findings

    • B.

      Seven Wonders of the World

    • C.

      Easiest places to water

    • D.

      Smallest structures in the ancient world

    Correct Answer
    B. Seven Wonders of the World
    Explanation
    The Hanging Gardens is referred to as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This suggests that it was considered a remarkable and extraordinary architectural marvel during ancient times. The Hanging Gardens were known for their unique design and were considered a symbol of beauty and grandeur.

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  • 28. 

    Why did Nebuchadnizzer build the Hanging Gardens for his wife?

    • A.

      She was fussy.

    • B.

      She was sick and needed to be cheered up.

    • C.

      She missed the nature of her homeland Persia.

    • D.

      She insisted on it.

    Correct Answer
    C. She missed the nature of her homeland Persia.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "She missed the nature of her homeland Persia." This suggests that Nebuchadnezzar built the Hanging Gardens to recreate the natural beauty of Persia for his wife, who was homesick and longing for the familiar landscapes of her homeland.

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  • 29. 

    Who watered the Hanging Gardens?

    • A.

      Slaves

    • B.

      The King himself

    • C.

      The Queen

    • D.

      The butler

    Correct Answer
    A. Slaves
    Explanation
    The Hanging Gardens were watered by slaves. This explanation suggests that the responsibility of watering the gardens was delegated to slaves, indicating that they were the ones who performed this task.

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  • 30. 

    What were the tablets like that the Sumerians used?

    • A.

      Hard

    • B.

      Paper-like

    • C.

      Soft

    • D.

      Dry

    Correct Answer
    C. Soft
    Explanation
    The Sumerians used soft tablets.

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  • 31. 

    What was the writing utensil called used to make wedge-like impressions in the clay?

    • A.

      Pencil

    • B.

      Pluma

    • C.

      Stylus

    • D.

      Kalem

    Correct Answer
    C. Stylus
    Explanation
    The writing utensil used to make wedge-like impressions in clay is called a stylus. A stylus is a pointed instrument that was commonly used in ancient times to write on various surfaces, including clay tablets. It was typically made of materials such as bone, metal, or wood. The pointed end of the stylus would be pressed into the clay, creating wedge-shaped marks that represented different symbols or characters. The use of a stylus allowed for the recording of information and communication in ancient civilizations.

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  • 32. 

    What was the stylus NOT made of?

    • A.

      Reed

    • B.

      Bone

    • C.

      Wood

    • D.

      Clay

    Correct Answer
    D. Clay
    Explanation
    The stylus was not made of clay. The materials listed in the question are reed, bone, wood, and clay. The question asks for the material that the stylus was not made of, and the correct answer is clay.

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  • 33. 

    How could someone know if their tablet had been opened and read?

    • A.

      The Sumerians were honest and told them.

    • B.

      They were in envelopes made of clay that showed it had been opened.

    • C.

      The postman kept good records.

    Correct Answer
    B. They were in envelopes made of clay that showed it had been opened.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the tablets were in envelopes made of clay that showed if they had been opened. This suggests that the Sumerians used a method of sealing the clay envelopes in such a way that any tampering or opening would be evident. This would have allowed the recipients to know if their tablet had been accessed or read by someone else.

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  • 34. 

    Sumerian parties consisted of all of the following EXCEPT:

    • A.

      Food like lamb, fish and grains

    • B.

      Unleavened bread

    • C.

      Music with harps, tambourines, and drums

    • D.

      Games, especially board games

    • E.

      Writing scrolls

    Correct Answer
    E. Writing scrolls
    Explanation
    Sumerian parties were known for their lavish feasts, musical entertainment, and games, particularly board games. However, writing scrolls were not typically part of Sumerian parties. Writing was an important aspect of Sumerian civilization, but it was more commonly associated with administrative and religious purposes rather than social gatherings. Therefore, writing scrolls were not included in Sumerian parties.

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