Mystery Cults and the Early Mother Goddess


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The practice of Mother Goddess worship remains a mystery to modern historians. Why do we know so little about these ancient religions?

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1. The earliest known example of a Mother Goddess sculpture dates back to _____.

2. Which region's people are famous for their unique portrayal of the Mother Goddess figure?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ancient drawings and other remnants reveal the religious beliefs of civilizations that predate recorded history, many of which revolve around a mother goddess figure. You will be quizzed on the structure of prehistoric religions and modern opinions on ancient beliefs.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to review:

  • Limits in understanding prehistoric religion
  • Belief in a Mother Goddess
  • Minoan Civilization
  • Research of Sir Arthur Evans

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on ancient beliefs
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding prehistoric religion
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about belief in the Mother Goddess
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the important religious figures and events

Additional Learning

To learn more about prehistoric beliefs, review the accompanying lesson on Ancient Religions. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Recognize the importance of statues in prehistoric beliefs
  • Identify the challenges in studying ancient religions
  • Understand the role of the Mother Goddess in ancient religion