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Fun History VI: History of Writing

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Fun History VI  History of Writing game quiz
"This is a short quiz on the history of writing. It should be easy if you know the subject; a little bit of knowledge gained if you don't. Please have fun and enjoy."

15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit  



1. According to a story by Socrates, who was the Egyptian God that invented writing?
    Arwritha
    Thoth
    Mayoth
    Scyoth


2. Which of these has the first recorded writings?
    Egypt
    The Indus Valley
    China
    Crete


3. What was the name of the first man to draw (not decipher) accurately the cuneiform inscriptions at Persepolis?
    Carsten Niebuhr
    Edward Hincks
    Georg Grotefend
    Michael Ventris


4. It is well known that that credit for for the full decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs goes to Jean-Francois Champollion. But what was the name of the Englishman who sent Champollion a copy of a bilingual obelisk inscription taken from the Philae Obelisk in January 1882 thus assisting his work on decipherment?
    Roger de Grouchy
    Richard Paget
    Henry Paget
    William Banks


5. Excavations at the ancient city of Uruk (in modern day Iraq) revealed clay tablets dating from around 3300 BC. These were inscribed with an early form of writing. What is the name of the form of writing dating from this period at Uruk?
    Linear B
    Cuneiform
    Pictographic
    Hieroglyphic


6. Who coined the term 'Cuneiform'?
    Frederick Catherwood
    Spencer Marlow
    John Coptic
    Thomas Hyde


7. Elamite cuneiform, though distinct, is a regional variant of which other well known form of cuneiform?
    Assyrian
    Old Persian
    Mesopotamian
    Babylonian


8. How many letters does the Elder Futhark Runic alphabet contain?
    There is no such thing as a runic alphabet
    42
    15
    24


9. The Babylonians were the first to subdivide a circle into divisions of 360 degrees. They also gave us 1 hour = sixty minutes and 1 minute = 60 seconds system which we still use to this day. What is this system called?
    sexangular
    sexagesimal
    sexintula
    sextensular


10. Which Korean king invented an alphabet of 28 letters?
    Sejong
    Phags-pa
    Uighur
    Hen-long


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Compiled Jun 28 12