Shang Dynasty: Economy & Agriculture


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Cowrie shells were used as Shang currency. What was it that made them valuable?

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1. Which Shang industry was a monopoly?

2. Which statement about the farmers in Shang society is TRUE?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These study assessments will help you to discover what you know about the economy and agriculture of the Shang Dynasty. On the quiz, you'll be answering questions on key subjects like the use of Cowrie shells and an industry that was a monopoly.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on the following areas of study:

  • Farmers in the Shang society
  • Labor for the construction of large temples
  • Innovations associated with this society

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the agriculture and economy of the Shang Dynasty
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the role of farmers during the dynasty and those who provided labor for the building of temples
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Cowie shells and their role in the Shang economy

Additional Learning

You can learn more about the ancient Chinese empire by reviewing the lesson entitled Shang Dynasty: Economy & Agriculture. We've listed the following bullet points to help you remain focused:

  • Time period of the Shang Dynasty
  • Details about trade that occurred during the dynasty
  • Agriculture as the foundation of their economy
  • Specialized jobs such as architects and craftspeople