Written & Oral Traditions in Africa (500-1800 CE)


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What is defined as a tale passed down through a people group which is usually based on superstition?

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1. What is defined as a short saying which uses things from everyday life to teach a lesson or give advice?

2. In Africa, what was the name given to those tasked to pass down oral traditions?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you understand the written and oral traditions of Africa from 500 CE to 1800 CE. To do well on the assessment, you'll need to recognize key terms for African oral traditions as well as recognize events that impacted written traditions on the continent.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on African written and oral traditions, including:

  • The individuals responsible for passing down oral stories
  • Ibn Battuta's travel log
  • The different methods of storytelling

Skills Practiced

When you complete the assessment, you'll be practicing the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most relevant information about how the written tradition was spread throughout Africa
  • Information recall - access the information you've learned about oral traditions of Africa
  • Knowledge application - assess your knowledge about Ibn Battuta by answering a question about his contribution to the written tradition of Africa

Additional Learning

Explore these traditions even more by viewing the lesson called Written & Oral Traditions in Africa (500-1800 CE). Once you finish it, you should feel comfortable with the following tasks:

  • Learn the manner in which stories were passed down
  • Recall who was charged with the preservation of these oral traditions within Africa
  • Understand the important events that lead to the emergence of Africa's written tradition