African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai


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Around 4th or 5th century C.E, trade routes between North Africa and West Africa, going across the Sahara Desert, were established. Who is credited with establishing those routes?

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1. How did the Berber traders contribute to the establishment of kingdoms of Mali, Ghana and Songhai?

2. Name the Arab group which captured the Ghanaian capital in the 11th century and triggered the downfall of Ghanaian empires.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you quickly assess your understanding of the empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. You will need to be able to identify the leaders of these empires, as well as their achievements and expansions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The first empire in West Africa
  • Tribal leaders
  • Emperors
  • Capitals of these empires
  • Governing systems

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 related lesson on the cultures of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
  • Making connections - understand how trade encourages growth
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding these three African empires of the High Middle Ages

Additional Learning

To learn more about these empires, review the accompanying lesson on Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Differentiate between these three historic kingdoms
  • Understand the growth of these countries
  • Learn how these empires rose and fell
  • Understand the importance of the trans-Saharan gold trade