Ancient West African Kingdoms


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In order to prevent over-inflation of gold, people in the Mali Empire rarely carried solid gold. What did they use instead?

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1. What city in the Songhai Empire became a major education capital in West Africa?

2. The Ghana Empire was able to develop extensive trade routes, thanks mostly to:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the kingdoms of Ancient Africa. Questions will ask you to identify key characteristics of them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These questions will test your knowledge of:

  • What the people of Mali carried instead of solid gold
  • The city in the Songhai Empire that became a major educational capital
  • What let the Ghana Empire develop extensive trade routes

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as which empire invaded the Songhai Empire in the 16th century
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what goods the Mali Empire traded in
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what allowed the Ghana Empire to develop wide ranging trade routes

Additional Learning

To get a more in depth understanding of these ancient nations, read the lesson titled Ancient West African Kingdoms. It will explore new information, such as:

  • When these empires first appeared in Africa
  • Where the majority of our information on these kingdoms comes from
  • What the Songhai were known to have traded