Mesopotamia

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Mesopotamia Quizzes & Trivia

Hello.   This quiz will check your knowledge of the vocabulary associated with this unit.   Several of the words will be used with other civilizations of different time periods, so best to get a real understanding of them now.   Have fun!


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  • 1. 
    The word "Mesopotamia" comes from the ancient Greek words meaning...
    • A. 

      Between the valleys

    • B. 

      Between the rivers

    • C. 

      Between the deserts

    • D. 

      Between the mesas

    • E. 

      Between the seas

  • 2. 
    A ziggurat is....
    • A. 

      A Mesopotamian stepped temple

    • B. 

      A market place and political center

    • C. 

      A temple priest

    • D. 

      A and B

    • E. 

      A and C

  • 3. 
  • 4. 
    Which of the following is NOT a Sumerian technological development?
    • A. 

      Sundial

    • B. 

      Wheel

    • C. 

      Sail boat

    • D. 

      Gun powder

    • E. 

      Arch

  • 5. 
    Boys who were specially trained to be professional record keepers were called_________.
  • 6. 
    Which of the following statements is an example of patriarchal society in Mesopotamia?
    • A. 

      All must obey and serve the gods

    • B. 

      Women must obey men

    • C. 

      Men are the leaders of government, religion, and individual households

    • D. 

      Men and women get married in their early teens

    • E. 

      Both A and B

    • F. 

      Both B and C

  • 7. 
    What do we call the ranking of people in a community by power, wealth, or social status?
    • A. 

      Heresy

    • B. 

      Hieroglyph

    • C. 

      Hierarchy

    • D. 

      Heraldry

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 8. 
    What is the name of the Mesopotamian form of writing?  Hint: it means "wedge shaped"
  • 9. 
    This story is the earliest known work of literature.
  • 10. 
    What Akkadian king was the earliest known empire builder?
  • 11. 
    Which of the following statements describes a city-state?
    • A. 

      A city with its own government

    • B. 

      A city with its own military

    • C. 

      A city with its own laws

    • D. 

      A city that is essentially a small independent country

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 12. 
    A government that is believed to be ruled by gods or a semi divine god/king  is called a___
  • 13. 
    A large political unit, usually under a single leader, that controls many different peoples and territories is called an ___________________
  • 14. 
    What is the Code of Hammurabi?
    • A. 

      The earliest known written code of laws

    • B. 

      The writing system developed by Babylonians

    • C. 

      A Mesopotamian law code that emphasizes the principle of retribution ("an eye for an eye")

    • D. 

      A collection of 282 laws wherein punishments were equal regardless of social class

    • E. 

      A and C

    • F. 

      A and D

  • 15. 
    Which of the following are the 5 elements of civilization?
    • A. 

      Cities

    • B. 

      Specialized labor

    • C. 

      Paved roads

    • D. 

      Sewage systems

    • E. 

      Institutions of power such as governments and religions

    • F. 

      Public education

    • G. 

      Advanced technology

    • H. 

      Hospitals

    • I. 

      Record keeping

  • 16. 
    Mesopotamia was a united nation under the rule of King Hammurabi.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    Which of the following is true about the Mesopotamians'  attitude toward their lives and the world around them?  Check all that are true.
    • A. 

      Their attitudes and beliefs were affected by the geography and environment.

    • B. 

      Mesopotamians had a positive outlook on nature.

    • C. 

      They were polytheistic.

    • D. 

      They believed that life was unpredictable and full of dispair.

    • E. 

      They believed that the gods were trustworthy and existed to help humans through tough times.

    • F. 

      Mesopotamians believed in one god, who ruled over the entire universe.

  • 18. 
    A city-state is...
    • A. 

      A city that functions as an independent country.

    • B. 

      The basic unit of Sumerian civilization.

    • C. 

      A city that gains economic and political control over the surrounding countryside.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

    • E. 

      B and C only.

  • 19. 
    What modern day country now exists in the area of ancient Mesopotamia?
  • 20. 
    The two rivers that served as the sources of water for all of Mesopotamia were the Tigris and the Ganges rivers.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False