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Romans - Everyday Life
Romans often used mosaics to decorate their floors.

Romans - Everyday Life

The culture of Ancient Rome is a significant part of KS2 history and this is the second of four quizzes on the subject. Specifically it looks at what everyday life was like for ordinary Romans living at the time.

Everyday life for the ordinary Romans living in Ancient Rome was quite advanced for the time. They enjoyed many luxuries that were lost for a thousand years after the fall of Roman Empire. In Roman towns, public baths were popular. They were a place for relaxing and meeting friends or for merchants to do business. All men and women would try to go to the public baths at least once a day. There were also aqueducts which ensured Romans had a clean water supply, sewers which disposed of human waste cleanly, central heating systems which warmed the inside of people's houses and paved roads which allowed easy travel between towns.

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of everyday life for the ordinary people in Ancient Rome.

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1.
What did the Romans often use to decorate floors?
Paint
Wood
Mosaics
Carpet
Roman mosaics showed scenes of myth or history as well as everyday Roman life
2.
What language did the Romans use?
English
Italian
Latin
Greek
Latin is still in use today as the language of science and law
3.
How were Roman towns laid out?
In parallel lines
In a grid pattern
In circles
In wavy lines
Roman towns were planned carefully
4.
What did most Romans wear on their feet?
Wellies
Leather sandals
Flip flops
Nothing
Some rich Romans would employ a slave to carry their sandals for them!
5.
What was the name of the centre of a Roman town where news was given out?
Amphitheatre
Forum
Square
Plaza
Meetings and a market were also held at the forum
6.
What did the Romans write with at school?
Wax tablet and stylus
Whiteboard and pen
Blackboard and chalk
Paper and pencil
For important documents they used ink and animal skin
7.
What did the aqueduct do?
It was a bridge over a river
It carried water into towns
It washed away dirty water
It heated Roman houses
The Romans were great engineers and they built lots of aqueducts to supply their towns with water
8.
What was a hypocaust?
A sewer system
A type of building
A type of cart
A central heating system
Only rich Romans could afford to heat their house with a hypocaust
9.
What was a toga?
A type of hat
An item of clothing worn by young boys
A wedding dress
An item of clothing worn by men on special occasions
The toga was the equivalent of a modern smart suit
10.
What were the largest Roman houses called?
Castles
Villas
Lodges
Cottages
Villas were large country houses often with huge areas of farmland

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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