Greek City-States and Governments


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Which of the following English words is NOT derived from the Greek word Polis?

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1. Greek city states did not form kingdoms and empires like their Egyptian and Sumerian counterparts because

2. Greek city states established colonies in order to _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its associated worksheet will help you assess what you know about ancient Greek city-states, or poleis. Some of the things you'll need to know to pass the quiz include why Greek city-states did not form kingdoms and characteristics of the Greek poleis.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will test you on the following:

  • English words derived from the Greek word 'polis'
  • Why Greek city-states did not form kingdoms and empires
  • Reasons Greek city-states established colonies
  • How Pan-Hellenic competitions helped limit bloodshed between city-states
  • Characteristics of Greek city-states

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about ancient Greek government in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the differences between Greek politics and those of Mesopotamia and Egypt
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Greek poleis

Additional Learning

To learn more about Greek history, review the related lesson called Greek City-States and Governments. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss the origin of the word 'polis' and the English words derived from it
  • Compare the geography of Greece to that of Mesopotamia and Egypt
  • Discuss the impact of geography on politics
  • Explore the features of Greek city-states
  • Compare the Greek city-states to Assur and Babylon