Sumer's Protoliterate Period & the Origin of Writing

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Which of the following dates is closest to the period when true writing was likely first developed?

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1. The first forms of written notation were _____ which were impressed upon clay tablets.

2. Writing first developed in which of the following sites of ancient civilizations?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo focuses on the Sumerian civilization and its early writing forms. To pass, you should be familiar with the date surrounding the earliest writing as well as the specific site it was discovered.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • The history of writing
  • Different forms of writing
  • Cultural impact of writing

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about what the most likely reason for early notation was
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the different forms of writing
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the date in history that is closest to when true writing was likely first developed

Additional Learning

To find out more, review the accompanying lesson called Sumer's Protoliterate Period & the Origin of Writing. This lesson focuses on these topics:

  • Definition of true writing
  • The many applications of early writing
  • A neighboring population's literacy rates
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