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Ancient Sumer

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20 questions
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  • Q1
    A blue stone called lapis lazuli, used on the Standard of Ur, came from far beyond the Zagros Mountains. This shows that the city-states of Sumer engaged in ___.
    agriculture
    jewelry-making
    mining
    trade
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  • Q2
    A society has a stable food supply if ___.
    it gets food by hunting and fishing
    it buys food from other groups
    it gives food to the King
    it has enough food for its people
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  • Q3
    Which one of these inventions most affected the food supply in Sumer?
    the chariot
    the plow
    the wheel
    the arch
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  • Q4
    Which of these ancient Sumerians most likely lived in a two-story house near the center of the city?
    slaves
    a skilled metalworker
    a fisherman
    a government official
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  • Q5
    Small, mud-brick homes at the edge of the city were the homes of ___
    slaves
    potters
    traders
    farmers
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  • Q6
    Which Sumerian belief about the king helped strengthen the social order?
    He wanted everyone to be happy.
    He cared most about the poor.
    He consulted with wise advisors.
    He was chosen by the gods.
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  • Q7
    Read this list of responsibilities. *lead the army * enforce the laws * have temples built Who had these responsibilities?
    the priests
    the king
    the scribes
    the council
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  • Q8
    Why were scribes important in Sumerian government?
    to write down the laws
    to teach the royal children
    to collect people's taxes
    to entertain the rulers
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  • Q9
    The building in the picture was most closely related to which of these features of Sumerian civilization?
    Question Image
    religion
    food
    government
    writing
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  • Q10
    Which evidence shows that the Sumerians lived after the Stone Age?
    brick houses
    painted pottery
    copper jewelry
    wooden plows
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  • Q11
    Read this list of Sumerian items: drums, pipes, lyres What was the main use of these items?
    construction
    warfare
    entertainment
    irrigation
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  • Q12
    Which invention made it possible for Sumerian armies to use chariots?
    horseshoes
    wheels
    swords
    sledges
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  • Q13
    Which invention added strength and beauty to Sumerian buildings?
    concrete
    paints
    arches
    glass
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  • Q14
    What evidence found by archaeologists shows that Sumerians were not prehistoric?
    ziggurats
    stone statues
    city walls
    written records
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  • Q15
    What did Sumerians use to produce cuneiform?
    a wedge-shaped stylus
    a net woven from reeds
    feathers from large birds
    polls pulled by oxen
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  • Q16
    Records of the goods people exchanged were made on ____.
    metal coins
    animal hides
    clay tablets
    flattened reeds
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  • Q17
    This scene from the Standard of Ur shows wealthy people at a banquet. Which characteristics of civilization does this image show?
    Question Image
    social structure and stable food supply
    religion and government
    technology and government
    technology and written language
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  • Q18
    This scene from the Standard of Ur shows workers bringing fish and animals to the banquet. Which of the characteristic of civilization does this image show?
    Question Image
    arts
    technology
    stable food supply
    religion
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  • Q19
    This image from the Standard of Ur shows armies in battle. Which of the characteristics of civilization does this image show?
    Question Image
    technology and government
    religion and stable food supply
    religion and written language
    arts and written language
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  • Q20
    According to our textbook, which Sumerian invention was the most important technological invention?
    cuneiform
    irrigation system
    the plow
    the wheel
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