AP World History Final Exam Practice Test

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Today’s the day! It’s time to put your money where your mouth is and put those AP World History studies to the test and see if you’ve really learned anything. Take this AP World History Final Exam Practice Test and see once and for all if you’re ready for your finals!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The transformation that was most responsible for moving humans toward civilizations was the...
    • A. 

      Use of fire.

    • B. 

      Growth of towns and cities.

    • C. 

      Rise of specialized classes.

    • D. 

      Rise of agriculture.

  • 2. 
    The start of sedentary agriculture...
    • A. 

      Occurred simultaneously in various places and spread around the world.

    • B. 

      Began only in the savannas of West Africa.

    • C. 

      Began after the abandonment of hunting and gathering.

    • D. 

      Started in the Middle East first but developed independently in other areas.

  • 3. 
    All of the following are methods used by archaeologists to learn how pre-historic people lived, EXCEPT...?
    • A. 

      Studying traces of early settlements.

    • B. 

      Determining the age and meaning of ancient artifacts.

    • C. 

      Mapping ancient trade routes to determine the distribution of goods.

    • D. 

      Studying each region's cultural identities.

    • E. 

      Discovering and interpreting fossils.

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is NOT one of the Five Characteristics of Human Civilization?
    • A. 

      A Centralized Government

    • B. 

      Job Specialization/Social Classes

    • C. 

      Use of Tools

    • D. 

      A Surplus of Food

    • E. 

      Arts/Architecture

    • F. 

      A Writing System

  • 5. 
    Stone tools, hunting and gathering, and an increasing number of Homo sapiens sapiens are features of the...
    • A. 

      Late Paleolithic Age

    • B. 

      Mesolithic Age

    • C. 

      Neolithic Age

    • D. 

      Stone Age

  • 6. 
    Confucian social relationships...
    • A. 

      Taught its practitioners to seek inner harmony with the natural way.

    • B. 

      Were based on universal love and forgiveness.

    • C. 

      Stressed the welfare and the interests of the state.

    • D. 

      Established a hierarchy and insisted upon reciprocal duties between people.

  • 7. 
    Which of the following groups would have most likely supported the Qin Dynasty?
    • A. 

      Confucian scholars.

    • B. 

      Trained bureaucrats from non-aristocratic groups.

    • C. 

      Traditional aristocrats who lost their lands and positions.

    • D. 

      Daoist priests.

  • 8. 
    Chinese belief systems differ from single-deity religions and polytheism most in...
    • A. 

      Their secular emphasis and lack of identifiable gods to worship.

    • B. 

      Emphasizing correct behavior and performance of rituals and rites.

    • C. 

      Concentrating on the need for the gods' saving grace.

    • D. 

      Supporting a relative legally and social equality for women.

  • 9. 
    All of the following are characteristics of Chandragupta Maurya's grandson, Ashoka, EXCEPT...?
    • A. 

      His extremely kind and outgoing attitude towards his subjects.

    • B. 

      He followed the teachings of Buddhism.

    • C. 

      He created the "Rock Edicts" and issued laws concerning the treatment of other humans.

    • D. 

      His religious tolerance for all beliefs.

  • 10. 
    A major difference between Buddhism and Hinduism was that...?
    • A. 

      Buddhism denied the need for caste, rites, and sacrifice to achieve nirvana.

    • B. 

      Hinduism was monotheistic, while Buddhism was polytheistic.

    • C. 

      Buddhism encouraged its followers to renounce the political world.

    • D. 

      Hinduism taught respect for all living things and prohibited killing.

  • 11. 
    All of the following are achievements of the Golden Age of the Gupta Empire, EXCEPT...?
    • A. 

      The virtual freedom of women from their male counterparts.

    • B. 

      The making of a strong, less-centralized state.

    • C. 

      The use of Hinduism as the main religion, with a clear use of the Caste System.

    • D. 

      The discovery of π (Pi) and Zero, as well as the use of a decimal system.

  • 12. 
    Buddhism spread primarily as a result of...
    • A. 

      Gupta rulers.

    • B. 

      Its monastic community.

    • C. 

      Warfare with Brahman opponents.

    • D. 

      The appeal of ritualistic sacrifice and the performing of intricate rites flawlessly.

  • 13. 
    Alexander the Great's invasion of India...
    • A. 

      Led to the spread of Hinduism and Buddhism to the Mediterranean world.

    • B. 

      Led to the rise of the Mauryans.

    • C. 

      Disrupted the existing trade routes between India and the Mediterranean.

    • D. 

      Had little lasting influence on either region.

  • 14. 
    All of the following were characteristics of leaders of Ancient Egypt, EXCEPT...?
    • A. 

      They were the political and religious leaders of Egypt.

    • B. 

      The rulers of Egypt were usually the sons or declared heirs of the preceding ruler.

    • C. 

      They appointed priests and were very involved in the construction of temples.

    • D. 

      They were to maintain "Universal Harmony" throughout Egypt.

  • 15. 
    All of the following are differences between the Athenian Culture and the Spartan Culture, EXCEPT...?
    • A. 

      Athens was economically based on trade, while Sparta was economically based on agriculture.

    • B. 

      Military service was optional in Athens, while mandatory in Sparta.

    • C. 

      Athens had a democratic government, while Sparta had an Oligarchic government.

    • D. 

      Athens encouraged education for women, while Sparta did not.

  • 16. 
    While the types of government in the early Greek polis (city-states) varied, they were LEAST likely to have been...
    • A. 

      Aristocracies

    • B. 

      Monarchies

    • C. 

      Democracies

    • D. 

      Theocracies

  • 17. 
    In comparison to the Hindus, Persians, and Chinese, religiously the Greeks...
    • A. 

      Developed a compassionate system similar to Buddhism.

    • B. 

      Sought universal harmony in manner similar to Daoism.

    • C. 

      Never developed a major religion.

    • D. 

      Avoided portraying gods with human characteristics.

  • 18. 
    Rome successfully expanded for all of the reasons, EXCEPT...?
    • A. 

      It possessed a disciplined, trained military.

    • B. 

      Roman government proved flexible and tolerant.

    • C. 

      Roman leaders made citizens out of conquered elites.

    • D. 

      Rome had no organized and powerful rivals to oppose expansion in the area.

  • 19. 
    Roman classic culture...
    • A. 

      Developed in relative isolation.

    • B. 

      Influenced heavily the cultures of Africa and Southwest Asia.

    • C. 

      Was highly innovative in the arts and sciences.

    • D. 

      Borrowed heavily, especially from the Greek and Hellenistic States.

  • 20. 
    All of these contributed to the decline and fall of Rome, EXCEPT...?
    • A. 

      Nomadic invasions.

    • B. 

      The collapse of effective government.

    • C. 

      Plagues which decimated populations.

    • D. 

      The spread of Christianity.

  • 21. 
    The fall of the Roman Empire...
    • A. 

      Left behind a common culture unifying the Mediterranean Basin.

    • B. 

      Divided Christianity into Catholic and Orthodox (Greek) sects.

    • C. 

      Had little effect on artistic and cultural traditions.

    • D. 

      Divided the Mediterranean into three different cultural zones.

  • 22. 
    Christianity differed from classic Mediterranean culture in all of the following ways, EXCEPT...?
    • A. 

      It offered salvation to the poor and slaves.

    • B. 

      It adapted classical Roman governmental institutions to organize the Church.

    • C. 

      It granted equal importance to the souls of men and women.

    • D. 

      It emphasized eternal salvation instead of the pursuits of the secular world.

  • 23. 
    At the end of the Classical Age...
    • A. 

      Belief systems failed to survive the collapse of Classical Civilizations.

    • B. 

      There was a religious upsurge as a result of social and economical problems.

    • C. 

      Only the Mediterranean Greco-Roman Civilization experienced upheavals.

    • D. 

      The Huns (Hsiung-Nu) destroyed all great Eurasian Classical Civilizations.

  • 24. 
    The "Mandate of Heaven" concept was designed to promote all of the following, EXCEPT...?
    • A. 

      Loyalty to the Emperor.

    • B. 

      The remoteness of the Emperor to his subjects.

    • C. 

      Priests' control of the state.

    • D. 

      An explanation for the decline of dynasties.

  • 25. 
    One of the strengths of Islam which made it a successful universalizing religion similar to Christianity was its...
    • A. 

      Use of a common language, Arabic, to unite all members.

    • B. 

      Insistence that there was only one God.

    • C. 

      Condemnation of violence and incompatible with faith.

    • D. 

      Egalitarianism that transcended previous loyalties, ethnicities, or allegiances.

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