The Roman Colosseum: History & Facts


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What was the original name for the Colosseum?

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1. Besides gladiator bouts, what other event occurred at the Colosseum?

2. What interior feature is still used in modern sporting arenas today?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of the Roman Colosseum. Some of the information you'll be assessed on includes the original name for this huge arena as well as the events that occurred within its walls.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Original name for the Colosseum
  • Interior features still used in modern sporting arenas
  • System of underground tunnels and cages below the arena floor
  • Events that occurred in the Colosseum
  • Location of the Colosseum construction

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 Roman Colosseum
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the construction of the Colosseum and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the term 'hypogeum'
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Emperor Titus Flavius Vespasian

Additional Learning

To learn more about early Roman culture, review the accompanying lesson on The Roman Colosseum. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain Emperor Titus Flavius Vespasian's role in the construction of the Colosseum
  • Tell the original name for the Colosseum
  • Relate the events that transpired within the arena's walls
  • Define the term 'hypogeum'
  • Understand the significance of the Colosseum to Roman culture