Notions of Afterlife & Kingship in Urban Planning in the Ancient Middle East


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1. How did ancient Sumerians plan their cities?

2. Which of these Near East cultures focused their cities more on displaying the military power of the king than religion?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The urban planning of ancient cities in the Near East took into consideration many factors: the afterlife, kingship, and art, to name a few. See what you know about this topic by reviewing the worksheet/quiz pairing. The quiz ask questions about many of the prominent civilizations found in the ancient Near East.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use the assessment to test your knowledge of:

  • Ancient Sumerian city planning
  • The tombs of Egyptian pharaohs
  • A civilization that designed their cities to reflect their military power
  • The Fertile Crescent
  • Ziggurats

Skills Practiced

Implement these important skills while you work on the quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the urban planning, the afterlife, kingship, and art of the ancient Near East from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your knowledge of Egyptian pharaohs to correctly identify why they built cities near their tombs
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the Fertile Crescent and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about urban planning of different Near East civilizations

Additional Learning

To find out more, check out the comprehensive lesson entitled Notions of Afterlife & Kingship in Urban Planning in the Ancient Middle East. Learning objectives included in the lesson are:

  • Learn the many key beliefs considered during city planning in the Middle East
  • Understand how the Akkadian and Babylonian cultures modified an existing design feature to showcase their societies
  • Describe the shape and importance of Egyptian pyramids