Trade Networks in the Middle Ages: Empires & Routes


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How did the status of the Silk Road trade routes during the Mongol invasions differ from the time of the Islamic caliphate?

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1. A vibrant trade existed in the Middle Ages over what body of water?

2. Why was the trans-Saharan Desert trade route highly profitable?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This practice quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of trade networks in the Middle Ages. For the quiz, you will need to know about the empire that allowed the Silk Road to reopen.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to gauge your knowledge of:

  • Key resource in the trans-Saharan Desert trade route
  • Modern European location with trade advantages
  • Concept spread via the Indian Ocean trade

Skills Practiced

The quiz allows students to work on the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on trade networks in the Middle Ages
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the empire that came to dominate Central Asia
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the body of water that facilitated a vibrant trade system in the Middle Ages

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson, Trade Networks in the Middle Ages: Empires & Routes. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the history of the Silk Road, and how it was affected by the spread of Islam
  • Recognize the impact of seasonal weather patterns on the Indian Ocean trade route
  • Understand how Italy benefited from its geography
  • Know the key goods traded through the trans-Saharan Desert route