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Western Civilization I

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Some questions to help you prepare for the Western Civilization I CLEP test.

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  • 1. 
    Who opposes Henry the II's trial of churchmen in lay courts?
    • A. 

      Thomas a` Becket

    • B. 

      Girolamo Savonarola

    • C. 

      Alfred the Great

    • D. 

      Leo X

  • 2. 
    The Annales :
    • A. 

      Are love lyrics written by Catullus about his unfaithful mistress.

    • B. 

      Espouses Lucretius' epicurean worldview.

    • C. 

      Covered 1000 years of the history of Rome, as written by Ennius

    • D. 

      Were declared heretical by Gregory I

  • 3. 
    The Greek tragedian who wrote moral and religious plays focusing on the vice of hubris in which individuals call down nemesis, was:
    • A. 

      Aeschylus

    • B. 

      Aristarchus

    • C. 

      Aristotle

    • D. 

      Aristophanes

  • 4. 
    All of the following are true about the Council of Constance EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      It condemns Huss and Wycliffe, who are critical of the the church hierarchy.

    • B. 

      It elects Martin V as pope, who reigns from 1417-1431.

    • C. 

      It came about as a result of the conciliar movement.

    • D. 

      It ended the Great Schism with the idea that the power of the church lies only in the hands of the cardinals and bishops.

  • 5. 
    Plautus and Terence, who influenced Shakespeare, were:
    • A. 

      Greek Tragedians

    • B. 

      Roman Comedians

    • C. 

      Frankish Demagogues

    • D. 

      Morality Playwrights.

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Wrote The Consolation of Philosophy, a Neoplatonic text.

    • B. 

      Translated Organon, the "Tool" of Aristotelian logic.

    • C. 

      Was a Roman scholar who lived from 480 - 525

    • D. 

      All of the Above

  • 7. 
    Which political thinker of the 12th century describes society as a human body whose head is the King?
    • A. 

      Pierre Abelard

    • B. 

      John of Salisbury

    • C. 

      King Valdemar I of Denmark

    • D. 

      Thomas Aquinas

  • 8. 
    All of the following were members of the Ottomans, a Turkish dynasty established around 1300, except:
    • A. 

      Suleiman the Magnificent

    • B. 

      Mehmet II the Conqueror

    • C. 

      Huran al-Rashid

    • D. 

      Murad II Kodja

  • 9. 
    What was the result of the Battle of Mohacs in 1526?
    • A. 

      Theodoric, King of the Ostrogoths, overthrows Odoacer.

    • B. 

      Richard the III of York is defeated.

    • C. 

      Suleiman the Magnificant captures Serbia and Hungary.

    • D. 

      Pepin the Short overthrows the Merovingians.

  • 10. 
    Which Ordinal number and description of the crusade are incorrectly paired?
    • A. 

      3rd - Richard the Lion-hearted of England kills over 2,000 Muslims at acre but cannot regain Jerusalem.

    • B. 

      5th - Crusaders raid Zara and sack Constantinople in order to pay Venetians for passage.

    • C. 

      7th - This crusade is caled off when Louis IX, who is attempting to conquer Tunisia, dies.

    • D. 

      1st - Four feudal states are carved out by the conquest and massacre of Jerusalem by Frankish demagogues.

  • 11. 
    Which one of these people has nothing to do with the third crusade?
    • A. 

      Saladin, Prince of Egypt

    • B. 

      Philip II Augustus

    • C. 

      Frederick I Barbarossa

    • D. 

      Louis IX of France

  • 12. 
    The First Diet of Speyer :
    • A. 

      Results in the Lutheran Creed the Augsburg Confession

    • B. 

      Names the Lutherans as "Protestants"

    • C. 

      Gives Lutherans freedom to worship

    • D. 

      Results in the organization of the Schmalkaldic League

  • 13. 
    Which Pope allows Johann Tetzel to raise money for St. Peter's Basilica by the sales of indulgences?
    • A. 

      Pope Alexander III

    • B. 

      Pope Leo X

    • C. 

      Pope Innocent III

    • D. 

      Pope Boniface VIII

  • 14. 
    The Edict of Milan:
    • A. 

      Grants Calvinists the freedom to worship

    • B. 

      Reverses the persecution of the Christians by the previous emperor Diocletian.

    • C. 

      Challenges the power of the state and forces emperor Theodosius to do public penance.

    • D. 

      Condemned the teaching of monophysitism, which holds that Jesus is divine but not human.

  • 15. 
    Hugh Capet:
    • A. 

      Is forbidden to invade England by Pope Innocent III

    • B. 

      Seizes Normandy from King John

    • C. 

      Seizes the French title from the Carolingians

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 16. 
    Gattamelata is an equestrian statue by:
    • A. 

      Giotto

    • B. 

      Donatello

    • C. 

      Leonardo

    • D. 

      Michelangelo

  • 17. 
    Which is associated with the Battle of Crecy ?
    • A. 

      During the Hundred Year's War, longbowmen halt the charges of knights, heralding the end of chivalric warfare.EF

    • B. 

      Louis the Pious is forced to divide his empire between Charles the Bald, Lothair, and Louis the German.

    • C. 

      Edward the Black Prince captures John II Valois and takes him prisoner.

    • D. 

      Philip IV the fair destroys the Knights Templar.

  • 18. 
    • A. 

      Galen

    • B. 

      Ptolemy

    • C. 

      Apuleius

    • D. 

      Macrobius

  • 19. 
    Which council condemned Nestorius' teaching that human and divine natures of Jesus make him two persons?
    • A. 

      None of the Below

    • B. 

      Council of Chalcedon, 451

    • C. 

      Council of Nicaea, 325

    • D. 

      Council of Ephesus, 431

  • 20. 
    Who is defeated at Legano?
    • A. 

      Frederick I Barbarossa of the Hohenstaufens

    • B. 

      The alliance of North Italian Cities called the Lombard League

    • C. 

      Emperor Romulus Augustus

    • D. 

      Attila of the Huns

  • 21. 
    The Synod of Whitby partially occured because:
    • A. 

      The double monastary of Benedictine monks needed to protect themselves from the Vikings.

    • B. 

      St. Columba from Ireland converts the Picts and Augustine of Canterbury converts the Anglo-Saxons.

    • C. 

      Latin practices did not allow for individualized rites at Easter, which the Ionans, or Celts, accepted.

    • D. 

      The town of Munster had been seized and established as a theocracy called New Zion.

  • 22. 
    Almagest was a book of:
    • A. 

      Medicine, written by Galen

    • B. 

      Geocentric theory, written by Ptolemy

    • C. 

      Speeches, by Cicero

    • D. 

      Historical monographs, by Appianus

  • 23. 
    The Old Babylonian Dynasty disintegrated around 1600 BC after it was attacked by the:
    • A. 

      Amorites

    • B. 

      Hurrians from Mitanni

    • C. 

      Hittites and Kassites

    • D. 

      The Sumerians of the Third Dynasty of Ur

  • 24. 
    During this period in Egypt, the pharaohs' control weakened and the nomarchs fought among themselves for supremacy in a series of civil wars, which led to widespread famine.
    • A. 

      Old Kingdom (2700 - 2200 BCE)

    • B. 

      First Intermediate Period (2200 - 2050 BCE)

    • C. 

      Middle Kingdom (2050 - 1700 BCE)

    • D. 

      Second Intermediate Period (1700-1550 BCE)

  • 25. 
    Cyrus the Great:
    • A. 

      Adapted the alphabet to a more usable form.

    • B. 

      Conquered the Near East by applying a rule of terror in which rebellious populations were deported.

    • C. 

      Led the Persians in an uprising against the Medes.

    • D. 

      United the small kingdoms of warriors that made up his eastern Mediterranean homeland.