AP World History Semester 1 Final Exam Practice Test

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AP World History Semester 1 Final Exam Practice Test

Created by Graham Vogtman, INQuestions used from Zionsville High School (IN), Parkway North High School (MO), and Evansville Memorial High School (IN).


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    One important early symptom of Rome's decline was...?
    • A. 

      The replacement of the Republic by an Empire.

    • B. 

      Acceptance of Christianity.

    • C. 

      The weakness of the Eastern Roman Empire compared to the Western Roman Empire.

    • D. 

      The drop in population due to a series of plagues.

  • 2. 
    The "lessons" of late Han China and the Roman Empire are that the decline of the civilization, whether temporary or permanent...
    • A. 

      Follows inevitably from a centralized, unrepresentative government.

    • B. 

      Results from social rebellion in which the poor attack the rich and tear down their institutions.

    • C. 

      Results from a lack of religious conviction.

    • D. 

      Is not simply the result of attack from outside invaders.

  • 3. 
    Despite major differences, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism all show interest in...?
    • A. 

      Strong priesthood.

    • B. 

      Life after death.

    • C. 

      Polytheism.

    • D. 

      Clearly organized Church structures.

  • 4. 
    By 600 A.D., looking at the entire world, a good definition of a "barbarian" world be...?
    • A. 

      Someone who fights better than a peasant-soldier.

    • B. 

      Someone who is illiterate.

    • C. 

      Someone who is not part of a civilization.

    • D. 

      Someone who is not Christian.

  • 5. 
    The two centers of American civilization included Mexico and the...?
    • A. 

      Yucatan Peninsula.

    • B. 

      Andean River Valleys and the plateaus of Ecuador and Peru.

    • C. 

      American Southwest (present-day Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah).

    • D. 

      Rio Plata and Parana river systems of Argentina.

  • 6. 
    The core civilization for other civilizations in Mesoamerica was the...?
    • A. 

      Olmecs.

    • B. 

      Aztecs.

    • C. 

      Mayans.

    • D. 

      Chavin peoples.

  • 7. 
    What were the characteristics of Hunter-Gatherer Societies?
    • A. 

      Small groups of between 20 and 30 people, constantly moving, and using slash-and-burn farming and hunting for food.

    • B. 

      Large bands of sedentary peoples devoted to religious offerings.

    • C. 

      Relatively small tribes who relied on iron tools for all of their basic needs.

    • D. 

      Large Empires, led by an authoritarian who established different "leagues" of people for farming, hunting, and construction.

  • 8. 
    The Paleolithic Age refers to...?
    • A. 

      The development of advanced civilizations.

    • B. 

      The dawn of mankind.

    • C. 

      The first recorded use of farming.

    • D. 

      The period when simple stone tools were developed.

  • 9. 
    A characteristic of the human species before the advent of civilization was...?
    • A. 

      The ability to organize large political units.

    • B. 

      The inability to communicate about abstractions, such as death.

    • C. 

      The ability to spread to various geographic and climate settings.

    • D. 

      That all tasks were shared equally by men and women.

  • 10. 
    The development of agriculture caused changes in all of the following EXCEPT...?
    • A. 

      The role of women in society.

    • B. 

      The movements of hunter-gatherer societies.

    • C. 

      The tendency to believe in many gods.

    • D. 

      Communication between different peoples.

  • 11. 
    The Neolithic Revolution occurred first in...?
    • A. 

      The Middle East.

    • B. 

      Egypt.

    • C. 

      China.

    • D. 

      India.

  • 12. 
    A society is almost certainly a civilization if...?
    • A. 

      It practices sedentary agriculture.

    • B. 

      It has a written law code.

    • C. 

      It is polytheistic.

    • D. 

      It lives in a fertile river valley.

  • 13. 
    Which of the following is NOT one of the 5 key traits for a society to be a civilization?
    • A. 

      Centralized Government.

    • B. 

      Use of Tools.

    • C. 

      A Surplus of Food.

    • D. 

      Job Specialization/Social Classes.

    • E. 

      Arts/Architecture.

    • F. 

      Writing System.

  • 14. 
    The development of writing...
    • A. 

      Resulted from new technologies, mainly the discovery of paper.

    • B. 

      Helps explain why agriculture could develop.

    • C. 

      Resulted from the needs of various river valley civilizations to communicate with one another.

    • D. 

      Helps explain why governments could become more bureaucratic and formal.

  • 15. 
    Egypt differed from Mesopotamian Civilization by stressing...?
    • A. 

      Extensive trade.

    • B. 

      Well-organized, durable empires.

    • C. 

      Greater social equality.

    • D. 

      More modest building projects.

  • 16. 
    The transformation that was most responsible for moving humans toward civilization was the...?
    • A. 

      Use of fire.

    • B. 

      Rise of agriculture.

    • C. 

      Rise of specialized classes.

    • D. 

      Growth of towns and cities.

  • 17. 
    The start of sedentary agriculture...
    • A. 

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

    • B. 

      Occurred simultaneously in various places and spread around the world.

    • C. 

      Arose in the Yangtze and Huang He river valleys.

    • D. 

      Began after the abandonment of hunting and gathering.

  • 18. 
    Which of the following was NOT part of the Sumerian Civilization?
    • A. 

      Ziggurats.

    • B. 

      Cuneiform.

    • C. 

      A simplified alphabet of around 22 different letters.

    • D. 

      A numeric system based on 10, 60, and 360.

  • 19. 
    Unlike Sumer, the Indus River Civilization, and the Harappan Civilization, Egypt...
    • A. 

      Did not have an effective method for irrigation.

    • B. 

      Lacked a coherent writing system.

    • C. 

      Worshipped many gods.

    • D. 

      Retained a unified state throughout most of its history.

  • 20. 
    Stone tools, hunting and gathering, and an increasing number of Homo sapiens sapiens are features of the...?
    • A. 

      Late Paleolithic Age.

    • B. 

      Bronze Age.

    • C. 

      Neolithic Age.

    • D. 

      Mesolithic Age.

  • 21. 
    A "Dynasty" in Chinese history was...? 
    • A. 

      A family that passed the imperial title from generation to generation.

    • B. 

      Kings dominated by foreign interests.

    • C. 

      Any emperor who lasted more than two decades.

    • D. 

      Powerful bureaucrats who ran the state.

  • 22. 
    The "Son of Heaven" concept was designed to promote all of the following EXCEPT...? 
    • A. 

      Priests' control of the state.

    • B. 

      Loyalty to the Emperor.

    • C. 

      The remoteness of the Emperor to his subjects.

    • D. 

      An explantation for the decline of dynasties.

  • 23. 
    The Qin Dynasty differed from the Zhou in that...
    • A. 

      It practiced Confucianism.

    • B. 

      It was more centralized.

    • C. 

      It eventually declined and fell.

    • D. 

      It lasted longer.

  • 24. 
    Chinese views of nature emphasized...
    • A. 

      A powerful, all-seeing God.

    • B. 

      Deities that punished sinful people.

    • C. 

      Harmony and balance.

    • D. 

      That nature was uncontrollable.

  • 25. 
    Which of the following was a Confucian belief?
    • A. 

      A good society has a hierarchy both in family and state.

    • B. 

      Governments must not interfere with individual rights.

    • C. 

      People of all social classes and abilities should be actively involved in the government.

    • D. 

      Merchants must be valued for their money-making skills.

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