Methods of Communication in Ancient Times


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What must be true of a full writing system?

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1. Which of these is generally believed to be the oldest true writing system?

2. Which of these ancient cultures used a writing system based on simple sounds in a language, not entire words or syllables?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Although people in ancient times lacked modern technology, they nevertheless managed to find ways to pass on important ideas. The questions in this quiz will focus on ancient civilizations and the techniques they used to communicate.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will assess your knowledge of:

  • Ancient Inca records
  • The first culture to use a writing system based on simple sounds
  • The ancient Chinese method
  • Full writing systems

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast various ancient civilizations and their communication techniques
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can demonstrate understanding of writing systems and how they work
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the oldest writing system

Additional Learning

If you'd like to learn more about this subject, check out the accompanying lesson entitled Methods of Communication in Ancient Times. The lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Analyze the use of images to represent words
  • Explore the evolution of writing systems
  • Discuss civilizations that communicated via non-writing systems