West African Empires Trivia Questions

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Today we’ll be testing you on West African Empires – which include The Nok Civilisation, The Kingdom of Nri, The Oyo Empire, Kaabu Empire, Benin Empire, Aro Confederacy, Bonoman, Kong Empire and more. What do you know about them?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which statement best describes how far the religion of Islam had spread by the 1100's?
    • A. 

      Islam spread throughout Africa, Europe, and Southwest Asia

    • B. 

      Islam spread to northern Africa, Southwest Asia, and parts of Europe

    • C. 

      Islam had not spread beyond Southwest Asia

  • 2. 
    Islam had spread to Timbuktu, Tadmekka and Mogadishu by what year?
    • A. 

      750 AD

    • B. 

      900 AD

    • C. 

      1100 AD

    • D. 

      1500 AD

  • 3. 
    The traders from Arabia traveled _______________ (north, south, east or west) to ___________________ ( a city on the Niger River) to trade salt for _____________.
    • A. 

      East; Taghaza; gold

    • B. 

      West; Taghaza; salt

    • C. 

      North; Cairo; gold

    • D. 

      West; Timbuktu; gold

  • 4. 
    Mansa Musa ruled Mali from 1312 to 1337 and is famous for _____________________________.
    • A. 

      Spreading Islam throughout the empire and making a journey to Mecca

    • B. 

      Forcing people to convert to Islam or have them killed

    • C. 

      Starting the Ghana Empire

    • D. 

      Bringing the end to the Mali Empire

  • 5. 
    Define "trans-Sahara trade"
    • A. 

      Trade with silent exchanges

    • B. 

      Trade across the desert, Sahara

    • C. 

      Trade through bribery

    • D. 

      Under the Sahara trade

  • 6. 
    Check all the boxes of what is TRUE abou the Songhai Empire.
    • A. 

      Askia Muhammed became king and spread Islam

    • B. 

      They were the first empire in West Africa

    • C. 

      They were strong because they controlled the trans-Saharan trade

  • 7. 
    Both Mansa Musa and Askia Muhammed demonstrated their Muslim faith by:
    • A. 

      Baptizing their first born sons in the Jordan River

    • B. 

      Worshipping God in Jewish temples

    • C. 

      Being crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope

    • D. 

      Making a pilgrimage, or hajj, to Mecca

  • 8. 
    I am the name of the first ancient west African empire and the name of a modern day country, as well.
    • A. 

      Nigeria

    • B. 

      Songhai

    • C. 

      Ghana

    • D. 

      Morocco

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