History of the Alphabet: From Cuneiform to Greek Writing


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Which is the correct historical order?

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1. For literacy to expand and for empires to grow larger, _____.

2. How were the problems of early cuneiform solved?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This short quiz will cover topics such as types of writing systems, the history of writing systems and the first alphabet. You'll get your scores as soon as you finish answering the questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With this quiz/worksheet combo, you may test your knowledge of the following:

  • Writing systems in historical order
  • The writing system in which only consonants are represented
  • The benefits of writing systems
  • The first known writing system
  • The people who invented the first alphabet
  • The reason(s) alphabets replaced pictographs in the West

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as alphabet and pictograph
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the history of the alphabet
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding older writing systems and how they worked and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

For further insight into the steps leading up to our current alphabetical writing system, review the corresponding lesson titled History of the Alphabet: From Cuneiform to Greek Writing. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Review the limitations of pictographs
  • Define 'phonemes'
  • Explore how sounds impacted the number of symbols used in writing systems
  • Discuss how the first alphabet came about