Ancient Near East Art As a Reflection of History, Politics & Culture


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Which of the following is a writing system that used wedge-shaped markings in clay?

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1. Which of the following records a law code given by a Babylonian king to his subjects?

2. Which of the following is a massive rectangular temple built by the Sumerians?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Human civilization as we know it, especially in the western world, can be traced to the early civilizations of the ancient near east. This online quiz will test you on elements of ancient near eastern culture and society. Some things you'll be tested on include ancient near eastern laws and notable works of art.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Early writing systems
  • Babylonian codes of law
  • Notable temples of the Sumerians
  • Artwork that commemorates military victories
  • Famous palaces of ancient Persia

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - recall some of the important facts from the attached lesson on the history, art, culture, and politics of ancient near eastern civilizations
  • Reading comprehension - make sure that you understand the various ancient near eastern cultures and their contributions to law, art, architecture, etc
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of ancient near eastern civilizations to identify some key examples of art, politics, and religion from that time and place

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more about the ancient near east, you can read over the attached lesson called Ancient Near East Art As a Reflection of History, Politics & Culture. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Civilizations of the ancient near east
  • Early writing systems
  • The Code of Hammurabi
  • Notable artwork from the ancient near east
  • Examples of ancient near eastern architecture