Bentley Ch. 18 Test Africa And Indian Ocean Trade

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Africa Quizzes & Trivia

Trade is one of the things that brought most colonizers to the African Continent and this was mainly because of the accessibility of transporting rare materials unique to the continent. The quiz below is from Bentley chapter 188 and covers trade in Africa and Indian Ocean trade. Give it a shot!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In regard to gender issues in sub-Saharan Africa,
    • A. 

      The position of women was essentially the same as in other societies of the time

    • B. 

      Women played a dominant role in society

    • C. 

      Women played a strictly subservient role

    • D. 

      Women had more opportunities open to them than did their counterparts in other societies

  • 2. 
    One of the central factors in the establishment of the trans-Saharan trade was
    • A. 

      The invention of lighter, but still powerful, artillery

    • B. 

      The domestication of the camel

    • C. 

      The spread of a common religion

    • D. 

      The use of large caravans of donkey

  • 3. 
    Ethiopian Christianity
    • A. 

      Was identical to Roman Catholicism

    • B. 

      Was influenced much more profoundly by the Greek Orthodox Church

    • C. 

      Retained both traditional African and Christian beliefs

    • D. 

      Was much closer to certain Islamic beliefs than to Roman Catholicism

  • 4. 
    In the smaller states of sub-Saharan Africa, the chief considerations for determining social position were
    • A. 

      Personal wealth and landholdings

    • B. 

      Military might and personal courage in battle

    • C. 

      Kinship, age groupings, and sex and gender expectations

    • D. 

      The ownership of slaves and weapons

  • 5. 
    The conversion to Islam by east African merchangs and princes did all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Completely eliminate the animistic religions

    • B. 

      Allow for the formation of alliance with other Islamic princes

    • C. 

      Give a greater sense of legitimacy for east African princes

    • D. 

      Allow for greater cooperation with other Islamic merchants

  • 6. 
    In sub-Saharan Africa, an age grade was
    • A. 

      A publicly recognized gorup that performed tasks based on their strength and maturity

    • B. 

      A ceremony marking the passage from childhood to adulthood

    • C. 

      One aspect of the elaborate educational system

    • D. 

      The ritual suicide of tribal members, who were too old to contribute to the tribe

  • 7. 
    The Swahili city-states
    • A. 

      Succeeded in uniting Africa for the first time

    • B. 

      Strongly maintained their Christian roots

    • C. 

      Dominated trade along the east Africa coast

    • D. 

      Became the dominant political force in west Africa after the collapse of the Mali kingdom

  • 8. 
    Historians estimate that between 750 and 1500 C.E., the number of slaves transported north as part of the trans-Saharan slave was
    • A. 

      500,000

    • B. 

      Two million

    • C. 

      Ten million

    • D. 

      Fifty million

  • 9. 
    In regard to political sturcture, the early Bantu societies
    • A. 

      Governed themselves mostly through family and kinship groups

    • B. 

      Depended on a strong, centralized kingship

    • C. 

      Developed an elaborate hierarchy of officials

    • D. 

      Were influenced by their trading contacts with Rome

  • 10. 
    Ibn Battuta
    • A. 

      Was a Moroccan jurist who traveled throughout Africa

    • B. 

      Was an Islamic merchant who converted many Africans

    • C. 

      Wrote the SUNDIATA

    • D. 

      Was the powerful Islamic official who dominated trade in the Indian Ocean

  • 11. 
    Since there was no concept of private ownership of land in sub-Saharan Africa,
    • A. 

      All members of the tribe live din complete social equality

    • B. 

      Slave ownership formed an important aspect of determining personal wealth

    • C. 

      Social differentiation was based entirely on physical strength and military prowess

    • D. 

      All land was owned by the chief

  • 12. 
    First domesticated in southeast Asia, this food provided a nutritious supplement to Bantu diets and allowed the Bantu to expand into forested regions
    • A. 

      Yams

    • B. 

      Wheat

    • C. 

      Potatoes

    • D. 

      Bananas

  • 13. 
    By the nineteenth century, the kin-based society of Tiv in Nigeria numbered around
    • A. 

      50,000

    • B. 

      200,000

    • C. 

      500,000

    • D. 

      One million