Sonni Ali, Founder of the Songhai Empire: Biography & Accomplishments


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The founder of the Songhai Empire was part of which dynasty?

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1. When was Sonni Ali's reign?

2. Why did the ulama challenge Sonni Ali's legitimacy as Songhai's ruler?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Answer these quiz questions to quickly test your knowledge of Sonni Ali of the Songhai Empire. See if you know who he was and how he made his mark on history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz/worksheet set, you'll assess your understanding of:

  • The reason Sonni Ali was challenged by the ulama
  • When Sonni Ali reigned
  • The dynasty of the founder of the Songhai Empire

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as the work by Abd ar-Rahman as-Sadi that portrayed Sonni Ali as a brutal tyrant
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the two cities conquered by Sonni Ali that became the jewels of the Songhai Empire
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the challenges and accomplishments of Sonni Ali

Additional Learning

To get a better understanding of this ancient African ruler, review the lesson called Sonni Ali, Founder of the Songhai Empire: Biography & Accomplishments. You will be exposed to new information, such as:

  • The location of the Songhai Empire
  • How the San Hou assisted Sonni Ali in his rule
  • The goods traded across the trans-Saharan trade route