Iron vs. Bronze: History of Metallurgy


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Iron was first used in the near east around

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1. Which of these metals is the most common

2. Which of these metals is the most rare

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess what you know about the transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age. Some of the things you'll need to know for the quiz include how steel is made and why bronze continued to be used for certain applications after the Bronze Age ended.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The practice questions will ask you about the following:

  • Iron's first use in the Near East
  • Most common and most rare metals
  • Composition of steel
  • Reasons steel replaced bronze
  • Continued use of bronze during the Iron Age

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about metallurgy in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the differences between steel and bronze
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the transition from bronze to iron

Additional Learning

To learn more about this period in history, review the related lesson titled Iron vs. Bronze: History of Metallurgy. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss the impact of the collapse of the Bronze Age
  • Explore the reasons steel began to replace bronze
  • Learn about the availability of different metals used by metallurgists
  • Discuss the composition of steel
  • Explore the impact of the transition from bronze to iron
  • Review reasons for bronze's continued use