KS2 History Quiz - Ancient Greek Inventions (Questions)

In KS2 history children will look at the culture of Ancient Greece. One aspect of this is the Ancient Greek inventions and customs that are still in use today.

Ancient Greek inventions were new devices from around 2,500 years ago. Some of their ideas and inventions are still in use today. Did you know that the watermill was invented by Greek engineers somewhere between the 3rd and 1st century BC? Or that democracy began in ancient Athens? Or that theatre has its origins in Ancient Greece? Ancient Greek customs are still with us too. The Olympics began 2,500 years ago in Ancient Olympia in Greece and it was revived as the modern Olympic Games in the 19th Century.

How much do you know about Ancient Greek Inventions and customs still in use today? Play this quiz to find out.

1. When was the first Olympic Games held in Ancient Greece?
[ ] 3000 BCE
[ ] 776 BCE
[ ] 776 CE
[ ] 1896 CE
2. Who were the Olympic Games held in honour of?
[ ] Aphrodite
[ ] Athena
[ ] Hercules
[ ] Zeus
3. Which word is derived from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet?
[ ] Alpha Male
[ ] Alphabet
[ ] Numerals
[ ] Letters
4. What kind of entertainment venue originates from Ancient Greece?
[ ] Theatre
[ ] Cinema
[ ] Ballroom
[ ] Discotheque
5. Which of these is NOT a Greek architectural style?
[ ] Corinthian
[ ] Ionic
[ ] Rococo
[ ] Doric
6. What is a common feature of Ancient Greek architecture?
[ ] Column
[ ] Pointed arch
[ ] Dome
[ ] Minaret
7. Which Greek taught us about triangles?
[ ] Socrates
[ ] Pythagoras
[ ] Plato
[ ] Archimedes
8. Which political system was first developed in Ancient Greece?
[ ] Feudalism
[ ] Democracy
[ ] Communist
[ ] Dictatorship
9. Which of these also originated in Ancient Greece?
[ ] Courts and juries
[ ] Police force
[ ] Prisons
[ ] Solicitors
10. A 'screw' used to pump water and some solids is named after which Greek who invented it?
[ ] Socrates
[ ] Pythagoras
[ ] Plato
[ ] Archimedes

 

KS2 History Quiz - Ancient Greek Inventions (Answers)
1. When was the first Olympic Games held in Ancient Greece?
[ ] 3000 BCE
[x] 776 BCE
[ ] 776 CE
[ ] 1896 CE
The games were held to honour the King of the Greek gods and they were banned in 394 AD when the Roman Emperor wanted to impose Christianity as the state religion
2. Who were the Olympic Games held in honour of?
[ ] Aphrodite
[ ] Athena
[ ] Hercules
[x] Zeus
Zeus was the king of the gods
3. Which word is derived from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet?
[ ] Alpha Male
[x] Alphabet
[ ] Numerals
[ ] Letters
Alpha and Beta are the first two letters of the Greek alphabet
4. What kind of entertainment venue originates from Ancient Greece?
[x] Theatre
[ ] Cinema
[ ] Ballroom
[ ] Discotheque
The Greek plays were either comedy (funny) or tragedy (sad and serious)
5. Which of these is NOT a Greek architectural style?
[ ] Corinthian
[ ] Ionic
[x] Rococo
[ ] Doric
Rococo came in the 18th Century - 2,000 years later!
6. What is a common feature of Ancient Greek architecture?
[x] Column
[ ] Pointed arch
[ ] Dome
[ ] Minaret
Greek columns were copied by the Romans and Europeans in the 18th and 19th centuries
7. Which Greek taught us about triangles?
[ ] Socrates
[x] Pythagoras
[ ] Plato
[ ] Archimedes
Pythagoras worked out new formulas for mathematics - which you will learn at secondary school!
8. Which political system was first developed in Ancient Greece?
[ ] Feudalism
[x] Democracy
[ ] Communist
[ ] Dictatorship
Athens was the first democracy in 500 BC
9. Which of these also originated in Ancient Greece?
[x] Courts and juries
[ ] Police force
[ ] Prisons
[ ] Solicitors
The juries in Ancient Greece would put a disc in one of two jars - one for guilty and one for not guilty
10. A 'screw' used to pump water and some solids is named after which Greek who invented it?
[ ] Socrates
[ ] Pythagoras
[ ] Plato
[x] Archimedes
Archimedes also invented a heat ray which was used to burn enemy ships by focussing the light of the sun on them!