Meso Culture Flashcards


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1

Cuneiform is the earliest form of writing because _____________ .

it used marks representing the sounds of words

2

The earliest systems of writing in the city-states arose from _____________ .

a need to keep records

3

The form of writing used by the people of Mesopotamia is known as _____________ .

cuneiform

4

Written records kept by scribes _____________ .

allowed the city-states to maintain order

5

Prehistoric cave artists used the colors black, white, red, and yellow. The black color came form ________________.

charcoal

6

What do we call symbols used to show actual things?

pictograms

7

Who could become scribes in ancient Mesopotamia?

boys only

8

Scribes used _____________________ to write

wedge-shaped tools and clay tablets

9

Ancient Mesopotamians recorded all of the following on their tablets except
____________.

steel production

10

Where was Cuneiform developed?

Mesopotamia

11

] Scribes wrote on clay tablets with a/an ___________.

stylus

12

By studying the Sun, Mesopotamians developed _____________

a calendar

13

The Mesopotamians developed a number system based on the number _________.

60

14

Mesopotamians also were the first to use ___________.

the wheel, sail and plow

15

What information is in a code of laws that every person needs to know?

rules

16

Symbols that were used to show an actual thing were called __________.

pictograms

17

The cuneiform system of writing used symbols that represented ______________.

whole words, parts of words, and groups of words

18

People who can read ancient writing probably know _____________ extremely well.

alphabets and history

19

What is the Mesopotamian number system based on the number 60 used for today?

to tell time

20

Which two rivers in Mesopotamia provided the soft clay to make tablets?

the Euphrates and the Tigris