KS2 History Quiz - Indus Valley (Questions)

Ancient history is explored by children in KS2 and one topic looked at is the civilisation which flourished in the Indus Valley in Asia during the Bronze Age.

The Indus Valley civilisation existed from around 3300 BC – 1700 BC during the Bronze Age. It was located in modern day Afghanistan, Pakistan and India in South Asia. It was spread over such a huge area of land that it was the largest Bronze Age civilisation known - much larger than Mesopotamia or even Ancient Egypt. Its cities were built in the basins of the Indus River, one of the major rivers of Asia. The civilisation is known for its cities built of brick, its roadside drainage system, its skill at crafting with metals and its multi-storied houses, as well as its un-deciphered writing found on thousands of ancient seals.

How much do you know about the Indus Valley civilisation? Take this quiz and find out.

1. Where is the Indus Valley Civilisation found?
[ ] China
[ ] Iraq
[ ] Pakistan and parts of India
[ ] Egypt
2. How many Indus Valley towns and cities have been found?
[ ] 14
[ ] 140
[ ] 1,400
[ ] 14,000
3. What was done before any houses were built in Indus cities?
[ ] The planting of crops
[ ] The building of a temple
[ ] The digging of wells and laying drains
[ ] The cutting down of trees
4. Which of these Indus cities is the biggest?
[ ] Harappa
[ ] Mohenjo-Daro
[ ] Banawali
[ ] Lothal
5. What might an important Indus Valley man have worn?
[ ] Armour
[ ] A crown
[ ] A richly decorated cloak
[ ] A baseball cap
6. Which of these did the Indus Valley people trade with?
[ ] Mesopotamians
[ ] Romans
[ ] Persians
[ ] Vikings
7. What did the Indus Valley people use to shape clay pots?
[ ] Potter's wheels
[ ] Moulds
[ ] Knives
[ ] Drills
8. What can we learn from Indus Valley writing?
[ ] About their religion
[ ] About their battles and wars
[ ] About their kings
[ ] Nothing at all
9. Which modern day religion may have some similarities with the Indus Valley religion?
[ ] Islam
[ ] Hinduism
[ ] Buddhism
[ ] Christianity
10. Several thousands of what have been found with pictures and writing on them?
[ ] Scrolls
[ ] Tablets
[ ] Seals
[ ] Brooches

 

KS2 History Quiz - Indus Valley (Answers)
1. Where is the Indus Valley Civilisation found?
[ ] China
[ ] Iraq
[x] Pakistan and parts of India
[ ] Egypt
The Indus river flows from the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea
2. How many Indus Valley towns and cities have been found?
[ ] 14
[ ] 140
[x] 1,400
[ ] 14,000
The Indus valley was 5 times larger than Britain
3. What was done before any houses were built in Indus cities?
[ ] The planting of crops
[ ] The building of a temple
[x] The digging of wells and laying drains
[ ] The cutting down of trees
The ancient Indus drains were more advanced than any others in the world at the time. They were even better than some in Pakistan and India today
4. Which of these Indus cities is the biggest?
[ ] Harappa
[x] Mohenjo-Daro
[ ] Banawali
[ ] Lothal
Mohenjo-Daro means Mound of the Dead in Sindhi, the local language
5. What might an important Indus Valley man have worn?
[ ] Armour
[ ] A crown
[x] A richly decorated cloak
[ ] A baseball cap
A statue was found in 1927, of a man with a fillet around his head, an armband, and a cloak decorated with patterns that were originally coloured red. This statue has been named the "Priest-King"
6. Which of these did the Indus Valley people trade with?
[x] Mesopotamians
[ ] Romans
[ ] Persians
[ ] Vikings
The Vikings, Romans and Persians were not around as early as the Indus Valley Civilisation was
7. What did the Indus Valley people use to shape clay pots?
[x] Potter's wheels
[ ] Moulds
[ ] Knives
[ ] Drills
The potter's wheel was first used by the Indus Valley people around 3500 BC
8. What can we learn from Indus Valley writing?
[ ] About their religion
[ ] About their battles and wars
[ ] About their kings
[x] Nothing at all
No one is able to read the writing so it does not tell us anything
9. Which modern day religion may have some similarities with the Indus Valley religion?
[ ] Islam
[x] Hinduism
[ ] Buddhism
[ ] Christianity
A picture of a god found in the Indus valley shows a figure with a headdress, surrounded by animals. This is thought to be an early form of the Hindu god Shiva, who is the lord of animals
10. Several thousands of what have been found with pictures and writing on them?
[ ] Scrolls
[ ] Tablets
[x] Seals
[ ] Brooches
We don't know for sure what the seals were used for - mainly because we can't decipher the writing on them