History of the Arts in Various Cultures: Role & Function


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For many cultures like the Maya or ancient Chinese, what was the difference between painting/art and writing?

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1. What is an extremely common form of art used across the world as part of religious worship practices?

2. What do the nkisi of the Congo and the dances of the Lakota Sioux have in common?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Test your understanding of the cultural history of the arts with these interactive study materials. You'll be responsible for knowing about specifics, including in what way ancient cultures treated writing and painting and a form of art that was connected with religion.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz and worksheet goals are as follows:

  • Determine what the Lakota Sioux and the nkisi of the Congo had in common
  • Recognize the goal of Chinese ink brush painting and Greek statue-carving
  • Name one of the oldest art forms in existence today

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a form of art that had religious influences
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on cultural history of the arts
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of cultural history and how it was connected with different societies with regard to their own individualistic artistic expressions

Additional Learning

To delve deeper into the history of art, feel free to review the lesson named History of the Arts in Various Cultures: Role & Function. You'll be learning about these topics:

  • Why art is valuable to society
  • Ways that societies have told their own personal stories through art
  • The Noh theater of Japan
  • The concept of art as something to be enjoyed