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Multiple Choice Questions:
1. The term “Mesopotamia” means land:
a. outside the rivers
b. between the rivers
c. North of the rivers
d. South of the rivers
2. Which two great rivers run through Mesopotamia?
a. the Euphrates and the Nile
b. the Indus and the Nile
c. the Nile and the Tigris
d. the Tigris and the Euphrates
3. Simple pictures, called pictographs, evolved into representations of syllable
sounds known as:
4. An early form of writing using wedge-shaped marks is the definition of:
5. Which of the following is a writing instrument shaped like a triangular wedge?
6. A tall stepped structure in Mesopotamia with a shrine on the top is a:
7. The Sumerians worshiped many gods, among them Inanna, the Goddess of:
a. Love and Beauty
b. Love and Happiness
c. Love and Death
d. Love and War
8. Which of the following is an image created as a devotional offering to the
d. votive figure
9. Which adjective would best describe Sumerian votive figures?
10. As seen in the carved vessel from Uruk, the horizontal bands where visual
narratives are displayed are known as:
11. The world’s oldest epic tale, told in poetry, is called the Epic of:
12. A small stone, decorated with incised patterns, that makes an identifying
“signature” when rolled across soft clay or wax is called a:
a. cylinder seal
13. An upright stone slab decorated with writing or images, used as a marker or
memorial is a:
14. The Stele of Naram-Sin commemorates:
a. a military victory
b. the dedication of Naram-Sin’s palace
c. the first law code
d. the grave of Naram-Sin
15. In some works of art, the size of the figures denotes their importance. What is
this known as?
a. hieratic scale
16. The world’s oldest recorded code of law is found on the:
a. Stele of Naram-Sin
b. Votive statue of Gudea
c. Palette of Narmer
d. Stele of Hammurabi
17. A guardian figure found on Assyrian gateways is called a(n):
18. Of what is the relief sculpture of Assurbanipal and His Queen in the Garden a
a. a military victory celebration
b. a romantic love scene
c. an homage to the king
d. a religious ritual
19. The most well known Neo-Babylonian ruler was:
a. King Croesus
b. Nebuchadnezzar II
c. Xerxes I
d. Darius I
20. As seen in the Ishtar Gate, the notched towers can also be described as:
21. The Persians laid Persepolis out in a rectangular grid. From where did they
borrow this tradition?
a. the Babylonians and Indians
b. the Romans and Carthaginians
c. the Greeks and Egyptians
d. the Japanese and Chinese
22. Who ultimately put an end to the Persian Empire?
a. the Etruscans
b. the Romans
c. the Greeks
d. the Egyptians
Short Answer Questions:
23. How can you identify God Shamash in the Stele of Hammurabi?
24. Describe the process through which the colorful glazed bricks of the Ishtar
Gate were made?
25. Discuss the iconography on the Carved Vessel from Uruk.
26. Describe the function and appearance of Sumerian votive figures.
27. Describe the purposes for which cylinder seals were used.
28. Explain how the iconography of the Stele of Naram-Sin speaks to the
greatness of Naram-Sin.