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World History Warm Ups
Week 1: Mesopotamia

1. This word means 'land between the rivers'. What is the word and to which rivers does it refer?

Answer: Mesopotamia; Tigris and Euphrates

2. In which modern day country does Mesopotamia lie?

Answer: Iraq

3. Which ancient Middle Eastern civilization invented the wheel?

Answer: Sumerians

4. What is the name of the Sumerian writing system, and who translated it in the 19th century?

Answer: Cuneiform; Henry Rawlinson

5. Which Sumerian and later Akkadian poem has a great king searching for immortality?

Answer: Epic of Gilgamesh

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