Was Ancient Sumer A Civilization?

10 Questions
Civilization Quizzes & Trivia

The answer is yes! Sumer was an urban civilisation in the historical region of southern Mesopotamia during the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze ages. What else can you tell us about the Sumerians? Let’s find out!

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Sumerians believed that merchants sold goods for the king.

    • B. 

      Sumerians believed that the king got his powers from the gods.

    • C. 

      Sumerians recorded their prayers on clay tablets

    • D. 

      Sumerians recorded the movements of the planets.

  • 2. 
    What does the Standard of Ur represents?
    • A. 

      The characteristics of a civilization

    • B. 

      The power of the gods

    • C. 

      Advances in technology

    • D. 

      War and peace

  • 3. 
    "I live in a two story house near the center of the city. I like to throw parties where my guests eat from gold plates and drink from gold cups."  I am a Sumerian ____________________.
    • A. 

      Farmer

    • B. 

      Government official

    • C. 

      Craftsperson

    • D. 

      Merchant

  • 4. 
    Whose duty was it to do these jobs: build temples, lead the army and enforce the laws?
    • A. 

      The king's

    • B. 

      The priests'

    • C. 

      The scribes'

    • D. 

      The governors

  • 5. 
    The Sumerians invented something that made it possible for their armies to use chariots. What was it?
    • A. 

      A harness

    • B. 

      Swords

    • C. 

      Wheels

    • D. 

      Horseshoes

  • 6. 
    What are two inventions that helped Sumer become a civilization?
    • A. 

      The tire and the pencil

    • B. 

      The irrigation systems and the wheel

    • C. 

      Weapons of mass destruction

    • D. 

      The standards and the levees

  • 7. 
    The scribes were very important in Sumer. Why?
    • A. 

      They helped the city keep tracks of its records.

    • B. 

      They were in charge of cleaning the levee and the canals.

    • C. 

      They helped the city keep tracks of the food supply.

    • D. 

      They were in charge of cleaning the palace and the temples.

  • 8. 
    Ancient Sumerians invented the irrigation systems and plows. What did these two inventions help provide?
    • A. 

      A system of government

    • B. 

      A partner with whom to trade

    • C. 

      A steady supply of food

    • D. 

      An honor for the gods

  • 9. 
    What is a Ziggurat?
    • A. 

      They were massive levees built in the ancient Mesopotamian valley.

    • B. 

      They were massive irrigations systems built in the ancient Mesopotamian valley.

    • C. 

      They were massive monuments built in the ancient Mesopotamian valley.

    • D. 

      They were very small, tiny monuments built in the ancient Mesopotamian valley.

  • 10. 
    Sumerians were the first ones to  ________________________________.
    • A. 

      Have gods

    • B. 

      Write their laws

    • C. 

      To have slaves

    • D. 

      To have merchants