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The Rise of Sumerian City-States
Which
of the following
a topic
that
would
Mesopotamia
is located inisthe
modern
country
of be
included in the study of ancient history?
A.
B.
C.
D.
Iran.
Turkey.
Iraq.
Jordan.
1 Row one
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
Ghana,
Songhai,
and
Mali
were
_____ that
Where
was
the ancient
land
known
as three
Mesopotamia?
arose.
A. in northern Africa near the Nile River
B. in Eastern Europe along the Danube River
C. in central Asia between the Syr Darya and Amu
Darya
D. in southwest Asia between the Tigris and
Euphrates Rivers
2 Row one
A.The
In earliest
West Africa
between
about 500were
andlike
1600
C.E.,
settlements
in Mesopotamia
small,
Ghana,
Songhai,countries.
and MaliThey
werearethree
independent
called_____ that
arose.
A.
B.
C.
D.
fiefdoms.
city-states.
vassal states.
nations.
3 Row one
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
What
made Mesopotamia
a difficult
environment
to livethat
in?
Ghana,
Songhai, and
Mali were
three _____
arose.
A. The daily rain showers made the
soil soggy and unworkable.
B. The short growing seasons made
it hard to grow enough food.
C. The sun was hot, and there was
little rain.
D. Farmland was scarce because of the dense
forests.
4 Row one
A. In
InNeolithic
West Africa
aboutto500
and
1600 inC.E.,
times,between
the first people
begin
farming
Ghana, Songhai,
and Malilived
were three _____ that
Mesopotamia
arose.
A.
B.
C.
D.
in the Pyrenees Mountains.
in the Rocky Mountains.
in the Zagros Mountains.
in the Pontic Mountains.
1 Row two
A. In
Africa
between about
500 population
and 1600 growth
C.E.,
What
wasWest
the major
disadvantage
to the rapid
Ghana, Songhai,in and
Mali were three _____ that
the foothills?
arose.
A.
B.
C.
D.
crowded living conditions
food shortages
lack of job opportunities
competition for land
2 Row two
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
What drove people to move out of the foothills
Ghana, Songhai,
and Mali were three _____ that
to the plains of Sumer?
arose.
A.
B.
C.
D.
the desire for a new beginning
the search for gold
the need for food
the need to escape enemies
3 Row two
A. foothills
In Westprovided
Africaconditions
between that
about
500
andfor1600
C.E.,
The
were
good
farming
and
Ghana,
Songhai,
Mali were
three
_____
that
building
shelters.
Whatand
conclusion
can you
draw
from this
statement?
arose.
A. People had to remain nomads in order to survive.
B. People came to the foothills to learn farming
before returning to their homes elsewhere.
C. The foothills did not have what was necessary to
sustain life.
D. People settled in one place, and the population
grew.
4 Row two
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
In Sumer, and
the water
was _____ that
Ghana, Songhai,
Malisupply
were three
arose.
A. inadequate. Farmers never had
enough water.
B. unreliable. Farmers had either
too much water or too little.
C. extreme. Farmers had too much
water all the time.
D. contaminated. Farmers rarely
had enough clean water.
1 Row three
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
What was
the key toand
successful
farming
in Sumer?
Ghana,
Songhai,
Mali were
three
_____ that
arose.
A. planting crops before the floods came
B. growing crops in the foothills and not on the
plains
C. controlling the water supply
D. hiring workers from nearby communities
2 Row three
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
How
did Sumerian
control
thethree
water _____
supply?that
Ghana,
Songhai,farmers
and Mali
were
arose.
A. They built levees to prevent flooding.
B. They dug canals to shape the paths the water
took.
C. They built reservoirs to store water for later use.
D. all of the above
3 Row three
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
is to reservoir
moneythree
is to _____ that
Ghana,Water
Songhai,
and Maliaswere
arose.
A.
B.
C.
D.
spending spree.
bank.
credit card.
purchase.
4 Row three
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
Why
did farmers
Ghana,
Songhai,
andclean
Malicanals
wereregularly?
three _____ that
arose.
A.
B.
C.
D.
A dirty canal was bad for the tourist industry.
A clogged canal could spoil the entire system.
An unsanitary canal would make villagers ill.
all of the above
1 Row four
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
When
farmers
cleanedand
the canals,
they were
Ghana,
Songhai,
Mali were
threeworking
_____for
that
arose.
A.
B.
C.
D.
the king.
their own benefit.
a regular paycheck.
the common good.
2 Row four
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
What
caused
Sumerians
buildwere
largerthree
communities?
Ghana,
Songhai,
andtoMali
_____ that
arose.
A.
B.
C.
D.
the need to maintain irrigation systems
the desire for a more diverse community
the hunger for power and authority
the need to protect themselves from their enemies
3 Row four
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
Suppose
you areSonghai,
a Sumerian
farmer,
youthree
don’t _____
like having
Ghana,
and
Maliand
were
thatto
clean out canals. What might happen if you refused to help?
arose.
A. Your crops would be fine as long as you kept the
canal on your land clear.
B. Nothing; the canals are not that important to
farmers.
C. The system could clog up and ruin everyone’s
crops.
D. all of the above
4 Row four
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
Whichand
statement
true?three _____ that
Ghana, Songhai,
Mali iswere
arose.
A. Sumerians had a peaceful civilization
in which they shared water equally.
B. Sumerians fought when one city kept
water away from another city.
C. Sumerians had massive mountain
ranges to protect them from their enemies.
D. Sumerians bribed their enemies with
water to keep them from attacking.
1 Row five
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
Why did Songhai,
Sumeriansand
buildMali
wallswere
around
their_____
cities? that
Ghana,
three
arose.
A. to grow vine crops, such as pumpkins and beans
B. to insulate themselves from the bitter winter
winds
C. to protect themselves against attacking neighbors
D. to honor their gods with memorials
2 Row five
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
What is the major flaw in the Sumerian system of canals that
Ghana,flowed
Songhai,
and Mali were three _____ that
through many different cities?
arose.
A. Cities located upriver could block the water flow
for cities downriver.
B. Water was only available to the lucky few who
lived next to the canals.
C. No one could make money from the water
because it was freely available to everyone.
D. People who lived downriver could use all the
water before it reached the cities upriver.
3 Row five
A. In West Africa between about 500 and 1600 C.E.,
HowGhana,
did the Sumerian
the environment?
Songhai,city
andwalls
Malirelate
weretothree
_____ that
arose.
A. The walls were made of wood cut from trees in
the foothills.
B. The walls were made of bricks using local mud
C. The walls were made of stones from a quarry in
the Zagros Mountains
D. The walls were made of steel obtained through
trade with Egypt.
4 Row five

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