The Evolution of Language in Ancient Civilizations


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Which of the following was NOT discussed as a way that languages were changed in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia?

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1. Which of the following was able to spread its language solely because of its ability as a trading culture?

2. Which of the following best describes the Persian reaction to the popularity of Aramaic?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the lesson on the evolution of language in ancient civilizations. Some of the details that you will be assessed on include the reason that Akkadian was so popular and the Persian reaction to the popularity of Aramaic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Ways languages changed in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia
  • Trade and the spread of language
  • Persian reaction to the popularity of Aramaic

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on how language evolved in ancient civilizations
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained to point out a way in which languages changed in Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how the Egyptians used language to 'erase' the memory of an unpopular ruler

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson titled The Evolution of Language in Ancient Civilizations. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Name the ancient world's most famous merchants
  • Identify how trade affected changes in language
  • Understand the influence warfare had on language evolutions
  • Recognize the impact of culture in shifts in language