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Ancient Mesopotamia Quiz
Questions on this quiz are based on information from the article titled "Ancient
Mesopotamia". You will also need the "Mesopotamia Timeline" for questions 11 & 12. Read
the article CAREFULLY, then write the letter of the correct answer on each line, looking
back at the article as needed. This is a 12 point assignment.
______1. What is Ancient Mesopotamia sometimes called? a. Cradle of Civilization
b. Birthplace of Democracy
c. The New World
d. The Far East
e. The Fertile Desert
______2. In what current country is most of Ancient Mesopotamia located? a. Turkey
b. Israel
c. Egypt
d. China
e. Iraq
______3. What river or rivers were important to the civilizations of Mesopotamia? a. Nile River
b. Tigris and Euphrates Rivers
c. Amazon River
d. Yellow and Yangtze Rivers
e. Mississippi and Ohio Rivers
______4. What was the first human civilization formed? a. Sumer
b. Babylonia
c. Assyria
d. Persia
e. Greek
______5. What people were the first to write down and record their system of law? a. Akkadians
b. Sumerians
c. Babylonians
d. Persians
e. Egyptians
______6. What major invention of the Sumerians had a large impact of the forming of the first civilization? a. Chariots
b. Iron
c. The sailboat
d. Writing
e. The ziggurat
______7. What language was spoken by most of the people throughout the history of Ancient Mesopotamia? a. Greek
b. Akkadian
c. Latin
d. Egyptian
e. Persian
______8. Which civilization was known as a warrior society? a. Athenians
b. Egyptians
c. Sumerians
d. Assyrians
e. Israelites
______9. What form of government was first used by the Sumerians? a. A monarchy with a king who ruled a city-state
b. Democracy with each citizen getting vote
c. An empire with an emperor ruling the entire land
d. They had no government
e. A king of the land with satraps governing different areas
______10. What people put an end to the rule of the Assyrians and the Babylonians? a. Greeks
b. Chinese
c. Persians
d. Egyptians
e. Romans
11. Look at the choices below. Using the Mesopotamia article and the Mesopotamian timeline, circle the 5
civilizations or empires that controlled the area known as Mesopotamia.
Assyrians Qing Dynasty
Sumer Harappans
Babylonians Mongols
12. List the 5 empires you chose in question 11 in chronological order showing when they ruled