Quiz: Can You Ace This Quiz About Ancient World History?
Can You Ace This Quiz About Ancient World History?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

We humans instinctively know that we are just tiny flashes of life in a much bigger arc of existence. Our careers, families and our own bodies appear and disappear in just a few decades — just a blink of an eye compared to the history of our species. For thousands of years, humans have roamed most of planet Earth, building agricultural resources, domesticating animals, building basic tools and, of course, gathering in both small villages and massive metropolitan areas. In this quiz, what do you really think you know about ancient history?

From the birthplace of humanity to the first towns and cities, our civilizations are nothing new. Cities have been built, destroyed, and rebuilt, often dozens or hundreds of times since human beings populated areas suited for farming and livestock production. What do you know about the earliest successful settlements?

Primitive humans relied on caves and basic structures for shelter. Some mastered things like the wheel — others somehow managed to build amazing buildings without ever realizing the wheel’s potential. From the Stone Age to the Iron Age, what do you know about humankind’s advances in history?

The ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians wielded immense power in their lands. Kings and queens dominated cultural affairs, dictated the lives of their subjects, and sometimes enslaved or even sacrificed their own people.

Grab your Indiana Jones whip and get ready for a true quiz adventure! Take our ancient history quiz now!

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Massive ancient pyramids are famous in which modern country?
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How was the ancient Roman city of Pompeii destroyed?
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The rise and fall of the _____ Empire is one of the most consequential events of ancient history.
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Tenochtitlan was a massive capital city in which society?
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What was the original purpose of Stonehenge, an iconic stone monument located in England?
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Ancient Rome began growing in the area that is now ____.
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Which country is famous for its amazing (and very old) terracotta army?
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Classical Greek culture expended a lot of time and energy on which issue?
9 of 30
Julius Caesar was a mighty Roman emperor. How did he die?
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The Mayans were a powerful civilization in the area that is now_____.
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Which great warrior conquered Egypt in 332 BC?
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The Aztecs were noted for their participation in which ceremony?
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True or false, do modern researchers have access to most of the historical documents that the Romans produced during their empire?
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They Mayans were the only ancient society in the area of Latin America that accomplished which feat?
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The surface of Egypt’s ancient pyramids were covered with what?
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Herodotus was a famous ancient Greek who was known for which skill?
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Where would you find the world-famous Colosseum?
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Hernan Cortes had a major impact on which ancient society?
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The construction of Stonehenge was begun around 2400 BC. How much do some of the stones weigh?
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The Great Wall of China was begun in the third century BC. It is now about how long?
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Mesopotamia is known as a birthplace of what?
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Cleopatra VII was a legendary ruler of which area?
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When did humans first begin to use bronze?
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Ancient Puebloans are renowned for the ruins of their amazing ______.
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Scientists think it took about 2,000 people _____ years to built the Great Pyramid in Egypt.
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The "Fertile Crescent" is sometimes called what?
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In 1922, excited explorers found the tomb of which famous ancient ruler?
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The Mayans loved to write. They wrote on paper made from _____.
30 of 30
Which age followed the Bronze Age?
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