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West African Empires

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West African Empires

Quiz over Ghana, Mali and Songhai Empires.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      In rain forest areas

    • B. 

      In mountainous terrain

    • C. 

      On major trading routes

    • D. 

      On the European border

  • 2. 
    How did the ruler of Ghana profit from the trade routes that met in his empire?
    • A. 

      By ambushing merchants and stealing their goods.

    • B. 

      By collecting a tax on all merchants or traders who went through their land

    • C. 

      By allowing trade only on certain days of the week

    • D. 

      By bribing traders who came to them

  • 3. 
    A major trading town in the African savanna was?
    • A. 

      Timbuktu

    • B. 

      Zimbabwe

    • C. 

      Accra

    • D. 

      Cairo

  • 4. 
    Ancient African kingdoms, such as Ghana and Mali, based their economic systems on which of the following:
    • A. 

      Oil exports

    • B. 

      Fishing

    • C. 

      Hunting and gathering

    • D. 

      Trade and agriculture

  • 5. 
    Mali reached the height of its wealth, power, and fame under _____________________, its most famous ruler.
    • A. 

      Ramses II

    • B. 

      Askia Muhammed

    • C. 

      Mansa Musa

    • D. 

      The Hittites

  • 6. 
    Griots are _____________________.
    • A. 

      A group of people who formed the empire of Mali

    • B. 

      West African storytellers

    • C. 

      Bandits who hung out on the trade route

    • D. 

      People who opposed the king

  • 7. 
    Visitors traveled to Timbuktu because _______________________.
    • A. 

      They wanted to relax in the sun and swim in the ocean

    • B. 

      It was loaded with Egypt's treasures

    • C. 

      They charged no tax to stay in the city

    • D. 

      It was the center of Islamic learning with schools and mosques.

  • 8. 
    Which statement best describes how far the religion of Islam had spread by the 1100's?
    • A. 

      Islam spread throughout Africa, Europe, and Southwest Asia

    • B. 

      Islam spread to northern Africa, Southwest Asia, and parts of Europe

    • C. 

      Islam had not spread beyond Southwest Asia

  • 9. 
    Islam had spread to Timbuktu, Tadmekka and Mogadishu by what year?
    • A. 

      750 AD

    • B. 

      900 AD

    • C. 

      1100 AD

    • D. 

      1500 AD

  • 10. 
    The traders from Arabia traveled _______________ (north, south, east or west) to ___________________ ( a city on the Niger River) to trade salt for _____________.
    • A. 

      East; Taghaza; gold

    • B. 

      West; Taghaza; salt

    • C. 

      North; Cairo; gold

    • D. 

      West; Timbuktu; gold

  • 11. 
    Mansa Musa ruled Mali from 1312 to 1337 and is famous for _____________________________.
    • A. 

      Spreading Islam throughout the empire and making a journey to Mecca

    • B. 

      Forcing people to convert to Islam or have them killed

    • C. 

      Starting the Ghana Empire

    • D. 

      Bringing the end to the Mali Empire

  • 12. 
    Define "trans-Sahara trade"
    • A. 

      Trade with silent exchanges

    • B. 

      Trade across the desert, Sahara

    • C. 

      Trade through bribery

    • D. 

      Under the Sahara trade

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      Askia Muhammed became king and spread Islam

    • B. 

      They were the first empire in West Africa

    • C. 

      They were strong because they controlled the trans-Saharan trade

  • 14. 
    • A. 

      Chinese traders

    • B. 

      European warriors

    • C. 

      Egyptian warriors

    • D. 

      Southwest Asian traders

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      Nigeria

    • B. 

      Songhai

    • C. 

      Ghana

    • D. 

      Morocco