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Unit 1

1.8 Multiple Choice Questions

4 min readnovember 19, 2021


AP World History 🌍

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Facts about the test: The AP World History has 55 multiple choice questions and you will be given 55 minutes to complete the section. That means it should take you around a minute to complete a question.
*The following questions were not written by College Board and, although they cover information outlined in the AP World History Course and Exam Description, the formatting on the exam may be different.

1.  The Chinese desire to limit trade with other nations best reflects which of the following cultural beliefs?
A. Ethnocentrism
B. Confucianism
C. Nationalism
D. Selectivism

2.  All of the following statements regarding China from 1200-1450 are true EXCEPT
A.  The success of the individual was more important than the success of the community
B. Women's standing in society was very low, as demonstrated by footbinding
C. Chinese political systems and cultural beliefs were adopted by other nations in East Asia
D. Trade routes were nearly abandoned as a result of less Chinese focus on trade

3.  Pre Islamic Arabian society can BEST be described as
A.  Urban
B. Sedentary
C. Nomadic
D. Cosmopolitan

4. All of the following are reasons for Islamic conquering success EXCEPT
A.  Equal treatment of all members of the empire after conquest
B. The desire to convert others to the Islamic faith
C. The weakness of kingdoms near the caliphates made conquering easier
D. Strong organization and strategies of the Islamic armies

5. One way that Buddhism differed from Hinduism was
A.  The belief that multiple lifetimes were needed to accomplish its religious goal
B. Buddhism originated in a different region than Hinduism
C. a belief in the equality of all followers
D. material possessions were important in the quest for happiness

6. One similarity between Buddhism and Hinduism was
A. Prayer to multiple deities
B. the belief of reincarnation
C. a social hierarchical system
D. the insistence in religious leaders being female

7. The Aztec use of Chinampas best demonstrates which of the following AP themes?
A.  Governance
B. Development and interaction of cultures
C. Interactions between humans and the environment
D. development and transformation of social structures

8.  One way the Incans differed from the Aztecs was
A.  the Incans did not believe in sacrifice in any way
B. The Incans promoted monotheism, while the Aztecs promoted polytheism
C. Travel within the Incan empire was much easier than that in the Aztec Empire
D. The Incans used the labor tax to benefit the citizens of the empire, not just the government

9. All of the following led to feudal government EXCEPT
A.  a lack of trade across western Europe
B. Invasions into western Europe from multiple groups
C. The collapse of a centralized government system
D. Lack of a strong, unified western European army

10. One of the most important roles of Christianity in western Europe was to
A.  Provide education to all classes of people
B. Provide a sense of hope and unity to the people
C. Ensure the success of trade and economic growth in western Europe
D. Promote religious tolerance to reduce attacks into western Europe

11. A key similarity between Islamic and Chinese systems of government was
A. Both systems promoted decentralized rule
B. Both systems were based on religious law
C. Both systems used a form of meritocracy to recruit officials
D. Both systems promoted increased rights for women

12. Sub-Saharan Africa, from 1200-1450, became more active in interregional trade as a result of:
A.  Contact with Islamic missionaries and merchants promoting trade between North and West Africa
B. Increasing strength of European empires who promoted Christianity's growth
C. The efforts of Animistic shamans wanting to spread their religious beliefs
D. Improved navigation technologies that connected North Africa to sub-Saharan Africa

13. When Islam was introduced into western Africa, the general response of the African people was to:
A.  Fully adopt all elements of Islam and promote continued Islamic conversions
B. Blend elements of Islam and Animism, creating a new syncretic religion
C. Rejected Islam as they saw it as an affront to their beliefs
D. Chose, instead, to turn towards Christianity as their preferred monotheistic belief

14. One key takeaway from Unit 1, the Global Tapestry is that
A.  There was significant interaction among nations in the eastern hemisphere, leading to cultural diffusion
B. Governments tended to progress to more democratic systems
C. Western European development was outpacing Asian development
D. Religions tended to be static and limited to practice in only their places of origin

15. A historian studying this time period, wanting to evaluate the extent to cross cultural exchange would find which of the following sources useful?
A. a western European account of Viking and Muslim attacks in Gaul
B. a map showing the trade routes used during this time period
C. an Islamic merchant's records during his trips to various regions in the Indian Ocean
D. a journal from a Chinese scholar explaining the benefits of Confucianism

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