How Writing Was Invented


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Which of the following best describes cuneiform?

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1. Which of the following best describes hieroglyphs?

2. Compared to earlier Egyptian writing, documents written on papyrus could be carried in one hand. This statement infers that:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several milestones featured in the history of writing, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding writing's development through the ages.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Development of cuneiform
  • Characteristics of hieroglyphs
  • Advantages of papyrus over stone
  • Why writing was developed
  • Evolution of cuneiform over time

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the history of writing
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the significant developments in writing
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about cuneiform and hieroglyphs

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called How Writing Was Invented. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the societies where writing developed
  • Explain who scribes were
  • Identify the origins of the alphabet