The Invention and Impact of Mechanical Clocks


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1. Where were the first mechanical clocks that did not use water found?

2. Which type of clock originally started as an obelisk?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The technology of time-keeping has advanced vastly since its start. In this interactive quiz, you will be assessed on your understanding of different time-keeping inventions, where they were invented, and when they were invented.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be assessed on the definitions and facts related to:

  • Clepsydras
  • Mechanical clocks
  • Obelisks
  • Pendulum clocks

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the history of clocks and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics such as the development of clepsydras and pendulum clocks
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the invention and impact of mechanical clocks

Additional Learning

If you want to know more about the invention of clocks, check out the lesson titled The Invention and Impact of Mechanical Clocks. It covers things like:

  • History of time-keeping
  • Reasons for why different cultures have kept time
  • When certain devices were invented
  • Impacts of different time-keeping inventions
  • Examples of clocks