KS2 History Quiz - Romans - Everyday Life (Questions)

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.

1. What was the name of the centre of a Roman town where news was given out?
[ ] Amphitheatre
[ ] Forum
[ ] Square
[ ] Plaza
2. How were Roman towns laid out?
[ ] In parallel lines
[ ] In a grid pattern
[ ] In circles
[ ] In wavy lines
3. 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
4. What was a hypocaust?
[ ] A sewer system
[ ] A type of building
[ ] A type of cart
[ ] A central heating system
5. What were the largest Roman houses called?
[ ] Castles
[ ] Villas
[ ] Lodges
[ ] Cottages
6. What did the Romans often use to decorate floors?
[ ] Paint
[ ] Wood
[ ] Mosaics
[ ] Carpet
7. What did most Romans wear on their feet?
[ ] Wellies
[ ] Leather sandals
[ ] Flip flops
[ ] Nothing
8. 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
9. What did the Romans write with at school?
[ ] Wax tablet and stylus
[ ] Whiteboard and pen
[ ] Blackboard and chalk
[ ] Paper and pencil
10. What language did the Romans use?
[ ] English
[ ] Italian
[ ] Latin
[ ] Greek

 

KS2 History Quiz - Romans - Everyday Life (Answers)
1. What was the name of the centre of a Roman town where news was given out?
[ ] Amphitheatre
[x] Forum
[ ] Square
[ ] Plaza
Meetings and a market were also held at the forum
2. How were Roman towns laid out?
[ ] In parallel lines
[x] In a grid pattern
[ ] In circles
[ ] In wavy lines
Roman towns were planned carefully
3. What did the aqueduct do?
[ ] It was a bridge over a river
[x] 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
4. What was a hypocaust?
[ ] A sewer system
[ ] A type of building
[ ] A type of cart
[x] A central heating system
Only rich Romans could afford to heat their house with a hypocaust
5. What were the largest Roman houses called?
[ ] Castles
[x] Villas
[ ] Lodges
[ ] Cottages
Villas were large country houses often with huge areas of farmland
6. What did the Romans often use to decorate floors?
[ ] Paint
[ ] Wood
[x] Mosaics
[ ] Carpet
Roman mosaics showed scenes of myth or history as well as everyday Roman life
7. What did most Romans wear on their feet?
[ ] Wellies
[x] Leather sandals
[ ] Flip flops
[ ] Nothing
Some rich Romans would employ a slave to carry their sandals for them!
8. What was a toga?
[ ] A type of hat
[ ] An item of clothing worn by young boys
[ ] A wedding dress
[x] An item of clothing worn by men on special occasions
The toga was the equivalent of a modern smart suit
9. What did the Romans write with at school?
[x] Wax tablet and stylus
[ ] Whiteboard and pen
[ ] Blackboard and chalk
[ ] Paper and pencil
For important documents they used ink and animal skin
10. What language did the Romans use?
[ ] English
[ ] Italian
[x] Latin
[ ] Greek
Latin is still in use today as the language of science and law