The Ultimate World History Exam Practice Test!

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  • 1. 
    During the early modern era, which non-European peoples explored the Indian Ocean?
    • A. 

      Japanese

    • B. 

      Chinese

    • C. 

      Mongols

    • D. 

      Filipinos

  • 2. 
    The Portuguese viewed the Atlantic Ocean islands as the perfect location for the cultivation of what crop?
    • A. 

      Cotton

    • B. 

      Indigo

    • C. 

      Maize

    • D. 

      None of these is correct

  • 3. 
    Columbus’ decision to sail west to reach Asia was based on…
    • A. 

      Assistance from an experienced Muslim sailor

    • B. 

      Secret information on trade routes that he had received indirectly from Chinese sources

    • C. 

      Legends left over from the earlier Viking voyages

    • D. 

      His miscalculation of the distance from the Canary Islands to Japan

  • 4. 
    In the end, Portugal was unable to maintain its early domination of trade because
    • A. 

      It was a small country with a small population

    • B. 

      A Chinese resurgence of naval exploration forced the Portuguese to desist

    • C. 

      A late outbreak of the plague in the 17th century killed most mariners

    • D. 

      The English, French, and Dutch formed an alliance designed to break Portugal

  • 5. 
    Under the Spanish rule of the Philippines, what happened to the native population?
    • A. 

      They were pressured to convert to Roman Catholicism and many died in warfare

    • B. 

      They were converted to Islam and lived a subsistence lifestyle

    • C. 

      They were encouraged to pursue a syncretic brand of Christianity

    • D. 

      They followed a classical European north-south Protestant-Catholic geographic split

  • 6. 
    Russian merchants and explorers began the expansion into Siberia in the quest for
    • A. 

      Lumber

    • B. 

      Gold

    • C. 

      Oil

    • D. 

      Furs

  • 7. 
    From 1500 to 1800, the largest contingent of migrants consisted of
    • A. 

      Enslaved Africans

    • B. 

      Hindu Indians fleeing religious persecution

    • C. 

      Chinese peasant families fleeing outbreaks of disease

    • D. 

      Southern Europeans seeking political freedom in the Americas

  • 8. 
    By 1750, all parts of the world participated in a global trade network in which Europeans played dominant roles EXCEPT 
    • A. 

      Ottoman Empire

    • B. 

      Korea

    • C. 

      South Africa

    • D. 

      Australia

  • 9. 
    Luther’s initial stimulus for formulating the Ninety-Five Theses was
    • A. 

      None of these is correct

    • B. 

      His objection to the requirement of daily prayers

    • C. 

      The inaccurate King James translation of the Bible

    • D. 

      The dogma of Mary as a saint

  • 10. 
    To what purpose was the Council of Trent convened?
    • A. 

      As opposition to the Protestant Reformation

    • B. 

      Discuss the sale of indulgences

    • C. 

      Debate the celibacy and education of priests

    • D. 

      All of these purposes are correct

  • 11. 
    What was the final result of the religious struggle in the Dutch provinces?
    • A. 

      A geographic split between the Protestant north and Catholic south

    • B. 

      A total union of Christian believers

    • C. 

      A compromise wherein the king remained Catholic but the Protestants were allowed to remain

    • D. 

      The loss of Dutch independence to Spanish control

  • 12. 
    The most destructive European conflict before the twentieth century was…
    • A. 

      Seven Years War

    • B. 

      Thirty Years War

    • C. 

      Pugachev's Rebellion

    • D. 

      Self-Strengthening Movement

  • 13. 
    Catherine the Great’s attempts at reform in Russia were essentially ended by
    • A. 

      The Great Northern War

    • B. 

      The "Time of Troubles"

    • C. 

      The English Civil War

    • D. 

      Pugachev's Rebellion

  • 14. 
    The usual victims of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century witch-hunts were women, but what other characteristic did they share?
    • A. 

      A marginalized position in society

    • B. 

      A belief in witchcraft

    • C. 

      A prominent and threatening role in society

    • D. 

      A religious threat to the local parish

  • 15. 
    Why was Charles V ultimately unable to strengthen the Holy Roman Empire?
    • A. 

      He was distracted by the internal demands of the Spanish government.

    • B. 

      He was confronted with religious and political problems.

    • C. 

      The Holy Roman Empire was too loosely connected.

    • D. 

      He was Spanish and the empire was German.

  • 16. 
    For the Spanish, the greatest attraction of the Americas was
    • A. 

      Gold

    • B. 

      Slaves and sugar

    • C. 

      Precious metals

    • D. 

      Tobacco and sugar

  • 17. 
    The most important factor in explaining the Spanish victory over the Aztecs and Incas was
    • A. 

      The overwhelming Spanish superiority in guns and cannons

    • B. 

      The devastating loss of life caused by European-borne diseases

    • C. 

      The military strength in numbers

    • D. 

      The Spanish alliance with the Maya

  • 18. 
    The ENCOMENDEROS were
    • A. 

      Aztec priests who viewed the Spanish as visiting gods

    • B. 

      People of mixed indigenous and European heritage

    • C. 

      The Spanish administrative officials who ruled over the colonies

    • D. 

      Spanish settlers

  • 19. 
    What did the Portuguese do to provide labor for their plantations?
    • A. 

      Offered higher wages than their Spanish counterparts

    • B. 

      Copied the Spanish REPARTIMENTO system

    • C. 

      Relied on imported African slaves as laborers

    • D. 

      Made extensive use of indentured servants

  • 20. 
    The last emperor of the Inca empires was
    • A. 

      Motecuzoma II

    • B. 

      Viracocha

    • C. 

      Pachakuti

    • D. 

      Atahualpa

  • 21. 
    In the English colonies a higher percentage of women settlers ensured that the migrants mainly married among themselves. This situation is similar to what Spanish or Portuguese colonial area?
    • A. 

      Chile

    • B. 

      Medico

    • C. 

      Brazil

    • D. 

      Peru

  • 22. 
    The Indian population in the present-day United States stood at five million to ten million in 1492 and at ____ in 1800.
    • A. 

      60,000

    • B. 

      600,000

    • C. 

      6,000,000

    • D. 

      60,000,000

  • 23. 
    The term MESTIZO refers to
    • A. 

      The Aztec term for a person who betrayed the king

    • B. 

      Coins that were used by the Inca

    • C. 

      An individual of indigenous American and European parentage

    • D. 

      A person of black African and European parentage

  • 24. 
    A key difference between the indigenous peoples of North America and those of South America was
    • A. 

      English common law offered the indigenous peoples of North America more protection than did the viceroys of South America

    • B. 

      The conquistadores were much more interested in claiming individual landownership than were the English farmers.

    • C. 

      The Indians of North America were more resistant to European-borne diseases and therefore were better able to resist the European settlers than were the decimated Aztecs and Incas

    • D. 

      The Indians of North America were farmers and hunters who frequently moved their villages, rather than residents of large centralized empires as in South America

    • E. 

      The Indians of North America welcomed the Europeans as fellow farmers, rather than perceiving them as military enemies

  • 25. 
    Throughout the period of trans-Atlantic slavery, the mortality rate for the middle passage was
    • A. 

      15 percent

    • B. 

      25 percent

    • C. 

      35 percent

    • D. 

      50 percent

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