Cuneiform Writing: Definition, Symbols & History


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Cuneiform was originally written to represent what language?

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1. Cuneiform evolved due to a need to:

2. Evolving from pictographs, cuneiform writing largely consisted of:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your knowledge of the history of cuneiform writing. Topics you'll need to know about to pass the test include the evolution of cuneiform writing and its use.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • The first language represented by cuneiform writing
  • Original purpose of cuneiform
  • The types of markings used in cuneiform
  • When the earliest uses of cuneiform occurred
  • How many characters the alphabet was eventually pared down to

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on cuneiform writing
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about early writing in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the use of cuneiform
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the history of cuneiform

Additional Learning

To learn more about this early form of writing, review the corresponding lesson on the History of Cuneiform Writing. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn what made cuneiform different from earlier pictograph writing
  • View examples of cuneiform letters
  • Discuss the evolution of cuneiform writing