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  • 1. 

    What was the first Greek city-state?

    • A.

      Minoan

    • B.

      Mycenae

    • C.

      Athens

    • D.

      Sparta

    Correct Answer
    B. Mycenae
    Explanation
    Mycenae is considered the first Greek city-state because it emerged as a powerful civilization in the late Bronze Age. It was located in the Peloponnese region of Greece and was known for its fortified citadel, impressive architecture, and extensive trade networks. The Mycenaeans were skilled warriors and their civilization played a significant role in shaping Greek culture and history. They are also known for their involvement in the Trojan War, as depicted in Homer's epic poem, the Iliad.

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  • 2. 

    At Thermopylae Pass, the Spartan troops

    • A.

      Were especially brave, even though they were outnumbered

    • B.

      Were all poisoned by the enemy

    • C.

      Refused to fight

    • D.

      Were defeated easily

    Correct Answer
    A. Were especially brave, even though they were outnumbered
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were especially brave, even though they were outnumbered." This is because the Spartan troops at Thermopylae Pass demonstrated exceptional courage and resilience despite being greatly outnumbered by the enemy forces. They fought valiantly and held their ground for as long as possible, showcasing their bravery and determination in the face of overwhelming odds.

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  • 3. 

    According to Greek religion, the gods lives

    • A.

      Within the hearts of the people

    • B.

      In natural objects such as rocks, trees, etc...

    • C.

      On Mount Olympus

    • D.

      On the Moon

    Correct Answer
    C. On Mount Olympus
    Explanation
    In Greek religion, it was believed that the gods resided on Mount Olympus. This mountain was considered the dwelling place of the gods and was seen as a sacred and divine location. The gods were believed to have their own palaces and lived in luxury and splendor on Mount Olympus. This belief was an important aspect of Greek mythology and played a significant role in their religious practices and rituals.

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  • 4. 

    ______ is considered by many to be the greatest historian of the ancient world.

    • A.

      Plato

    • B.

      Euripides

    • C.

      Thucydides

    • D.

      Aristotle

    Correct Answer
    C. Thucydides
    Explanation
    Thucydides is considered by many to be the greatest historian of the ancient world because of his meticulous research, objective approach, and analytical writing style. His work, "The History of the Peloponnesian War," is highly regarded for its detailed account of the war between Athens and Sparta. Thucydides' emphasis on factual accuracy and his exploration of the motivations and actions of individuals and states set him apart from his contemporaries and established him as a pioneer in the field of historical writing.

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  • 5. 

    The mathematician Euclid wrote the Elements, which was a

    • A.

      Discussion of specific gravity

    • B.

      Treatise on the geometry of spheres and cylinders

    • C.

      Revolutionary exploration of art, including the value of painting

    • D.

      A textbook on plane geometry that has been used up to modern times.

    Correct Answer
    D. A textbook on plane geometry that has been used up to modern times.
    Explanation
    Euclid's Elements is a well-known textbook on plane geometry that has been widely used throughout history, including in modern times. It is not a discussion of specific gravity, a treatise on the geometry of spheres and cylinders, or an exploration of art. The Elements is known for its systematic approach to geometry, presenting definitions, axioms, and theorems that form the foundation of Euclidean geometry. Its influence on mathematics and education has been significant, making it a timeless resource for the study of plane geometry.

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  • 6. 

    A _______ is a form of government in which the leader is not a monarch and certain citizens have the right to vote.

    • A.

      Polis

    • B.

      Monarchy

    • C.

      Republic

    • D.

      Dictatorship

    Correct Answer
    C. Republic
    Explanation
    A republic is a form of government where the leader is not a monarch and certain citizens have the right to vote. In a republic, the power is held by the people or their elected representatives, and decisions are made through a democratic process. This system allows for the participation of citizens in the decision-making process and provides a check on the power of the leader.

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  • 7. 

    _________ became the first Christian emperor of Rome.

    • A.

      Constantine

    • B.

      Diocletian

    • C.

      Nero

    • D.

      Julius Caesar

    Correct Answer
    A. Constantine
    Explanation
    Constantine became the first Christian emperor of Rome. He is known for his conversion to Christianity and his role in legalizing and promoting the religion throughout the Roman Empire. Constantine's Edict of Milan in 313 AD granted religious tolerance to Christians and ended the persecution they faced. He also played a significant role in the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, where important Christian doctrines were established. Constantine's reign marked a turning point in the history of Christianity, as it gained imperial support and eventually became the dominant religion of the Roman Empire.

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  • 8. 

    The ________ were the first invaders to sack Rome.

    • A.

      Ostrogoths

    • B.

      Visigoths

    • C.

      Aryans

    • D.

      Huns

    Correct Answer
    B. Visigoths
    Explanation
    The Visigoths were the first invaders to sack Rome. They were a Germanic tribe that played a significant role in the fall of the Western Roman Empire. In 410 AD, under the leadership of Alaric, the Visigoths successfully captured and looted the city of Rome. This event marked a major turning point in history, as it was the first time in almost 800 years that Rome had been sacked by an enemy force. The Visigothic sack of Rome had far-reaching consequences and is often seen as a symbol of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

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  • 9. 

    The body of laws known as the ______, was one of Rome's chief gifts to later generations.

    • A.

      Twelve Tables

    • B.

      Ten Commandments

    • C.

      Constitution of the Roman Republic

    • D.

      Law of Nations

    Correct Answer
    D. Law of Nations
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Law of Nations. This body of laws was one of Rome's chief gifts to later generations. The Law of Nations refers to the legal principles and rules that governed the relationships between different nations and their citizens. It played a significant role in shaping international law and influenced legal systems worldwide.

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  • 10. 

    The first triumvirate was made up of

    • A.

      Crassus, Marc Antony, Lepidus

    • B.

      Julius Caesar, Lepidus, Pompey

    • C.

      Julius Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey

    • D.

      Marc Antony, Lepidus, and Octavian

    Correct Answer
    C. Julius Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey
    Explanation
    The first triumvirate was an informal political alliance formed in ancient Rome. It consisted of Julius Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey. This alliance was formed in 60 BC as a way to consolidate power and influence in Rome. Julius Caesar was a prominent military leader and politician, Crassus was a wealthy Roman businessman, and Pompey was a successful military general. Together, they formed a powerful coalition that allowed them to control the Roman government and pursue their own political agendas. However, this alliance eventually broke down, leading to a civil war and the rise of Julius Caesar as the sole ruler of Rome.

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  • 11. 

    Under which emperor did Rome adopt Christianity as its official religion?

    • A.

      Constantine

    • B.

      Theodosius the Great

    • C.

      Julius Caesar

    • D.

      Nero

    Correct Answer
    B. Theodosius the Great
    Explanation
    During the reign of Theodosius the Great, Rome adopted Christianity as its official religion. Theodosius was a Roman emperor who ruled from 379 to 395 AD. He played a significant role in the spread and establishment of Christianity within the Roman Empire. In 380 AD, he issued the Edict of Thessalonica, which proclaimed Christianity as the sole authorized religion of the empire. This decision had a profound impact on the history of Christianity and solidified its position within the Roman Empire.

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  • 12. 

    It was through the Muslim world that Europeans

    • A.

      Were able to obtain products from Spain and Egypt

    • B.

      Recovered the works of Aristotle and other Greek philosophers

    • C.

      Developed an appreciation for painting and sculpture

    • D.

      Discovered tobacco

    Correct Answer
    B. Recovered the works of Aristotle and other Greek philosophers
    Explanation
    During the Middle Ages, Europe experienced a period known as the Dark Ages, where knowledge and education were limited. However, the Muslim world had preserved and expanded upon the works of ancient Greek philosophers, including Aristotle. As Europe began to interact more with the Muslim world, they were exposed to these philosophical works, leading to a rediscovery and appreciation of Greek philosophy. This exchange of knowledge played a crucial role in the European Renaissance and the development of Western intellectual thought.

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  • 13. 

    One of the Five Pillars of Islam, the hajj is

    • A.

      One's duty to give alms to the poor and unfortunate

    • B.

      A public prayer on Friday at midday

    • C.

      The observation of the holy month of July

    • D.

      A pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah)

    Correct Answer
    D. A pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a pilgrimage to Mecca (Makkah). The hajj is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and refers to the annual pilgrimage that all able-bodied Muslims are expected to make to the holy city of Mecca. It is a significant religious duty and a form of worship, where Muslims from all over the world come together to perform specific rituals and seek spiritual purification. Mecca is considered the holiest city in Islam, and the hajj is a profound and transformative experience for Muslims.

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  • 14. 

    The revolt of Hussein in the early Umayyad period led to

    • A.

      A bloody war that lasted seven hours

    • B.

      The split of Islam into two groups, the Shiites and the Sunni

    • C.

      The strengthening of the Umayyad dynasty

    • D.

      A total disregard of the burial place of Muhammad

    Correct Answer
    B. The split of Islam into two groups, the Shiites and the Sunni
    Explanation
    The revolt of Hussein in the early Umayyad period led to the split of Islam into two groups, the Shiites and the Sunni. This split occurred due to the disagreement over the rightful successor to Muhammad as the leader of the Islamic community. Hussein, the grandson of Muhammad, led a rebellion against the Umayyad dynasty, which was seen as illegitimate by his supporters. This led to a division within Islam, with some followers supporting the Umayyads (Sunni) and others supporting Hussein's descendants (Shiites). This division has persisted throughout history and remains a significant aspect of the Islamic faith.

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  • 15. 

    After Muhammad's death, Muslim scholars drew up the shari'ah, which is

    • A.

      A law code that provides believers with a set of practical laws to regulate their daily lives.

    • B.

      An elaborate burial ritual still performed at Muslim funerals today

    • C.

      A collection of Muhammad's wisdom and teachings that was added to the Q'uran.

    • D.

      Also known as the Six Pillars of Islam

    Correct Answer
    A. A law code that provides believers with a set of practical laws to regulate their daily lives.
    Explanation
    After Muhammad's death, Muslim scholars drew up the shari'ah, which refers to a law code that provides believers with a set of practical laws to regulate their daily lives. This code encompasses various aspects of life, including personal conduct, family matters, business transactions, and criminal justice. It is based on the teachings of the Quran and the Hadith (sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad). The shari'ah aims to guide Muslims in living a righteous and ethical life in accordance with Islamic principles.

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  • 16. 

    A _________ was a heavy, wheeled plow with an iron plowshare.

    • A.

      Dozer

    • B.

      Carruca

    • C.

      Shovel

    • D.

      Cabochan

    Correct Answer
    B. Carruca
    Explanation
    A carruca was a heavy, wheeled plow with an iron plowshare. It was used for tilling soil and breaking up tough ground. The iron plowshare allowed it to easily cut through the soil, making it an efficient tool for farming. The other options, such as dozer, shovel, and cabochan, are not suitable choices for this question as they do not accurately describe a heavy, wheeled plow with an iron plowshare.

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  • 17. 

    Serfs were different than peasants in that serfs

    • A.

      Owned the land they worked on

    • B.

      Could live anywhere they chose except land that was part of a lord's estate

    • C.

      Were legally bound to the land upon which they worked and lived

    • D.

      Lived in cities and were not farmers like the peasants

    Correct Answer
    C. Were legally bound to the land upon which they worked and lived
    Explanation
    Serfs were legally bound to the land upon which they worked and lived. This means that they were not allowed to leave the land or move to a different location without the permission of their lord. Unlike peasants who had more freedom to choose where they lived, serfs were tied to the land and were considered the property of the lord. They were obligated to work the land and provide labor and other services to the lord in exchange for protection and the right to live on the land.

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  • 18. 

    _______ literature was literature written in the language of everyday speech in an particular region.

    • A.

      Biblical

    • B.

      Philosophical

    • C.

      Complex

    • D.

      Vernacular

    Correct Answer
    D. Vernacular
    Explanation
    Vernacular literature refers to literature that is written in the language of everyday speech in a particular region. It is characterized by its use of common language and expressions that are easily understood by the general population. This type of literature is often contrasted with more formal or specialized forms of writing, such as biblical or philosophical literature. Vernacular literature allows for a wider audience to engage with and understand the content, making it more accessible and relatable to the general public.

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  • 19. 

    Peasants were requird to pay the local church a tithe, which was

    • A.

      A yearly amount of money based on the number of pets in their family

    • B.

      Ten percent of their produce

    • C.

      A weekly amount of money determined by the lord of the manor

    • D.

      One-third of their goats

    Correct Answer
    B. Ten percent of their produce
    Explanation
    Peasants were required to pay the local church a tithe, which means they had to give ten percent of their produce as a form of payment. This was a common practice during medieval times, where peasants would give a portion of their crops or livestock to support the church and clergy. The tithe was considered a religious obligation and was used to fund the church's activities and support the clergy.

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  • 20. 

    To achieve his political ends, Pope Innocent III, often used an interdict, which

    • A.

      Allowed the pope to choose a king's successor

    • B.

      Forbade certain groups from having children

    • C.

      Prohibited priests from giving the sacraments of the church to a particular group of people

    • D.

      Declared a holy war against the enemies of the church

    Correct Answer
    C. Prohibited priests from giving the sacraments of the church to a particular group of people
    Explanation
    Pope Innocent III used an interdict to prohibit priests from giving the sacraments of the church to a particular group of people. This was a powerful tool for the pope to exert control and influence over individuals or groups who opposed him or his objectives. By denying them access to the sacraments, which were essential for spiritual salvation according to Catholic doctrine, the pope could effectively isolate and ostracize his opponents, weakening their influence and power. This tactic allowed Pope Innocent III to assert his authority and enforce his political agenda within the church and beyond.

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  • 21. 

    The Black Death killed nearly 38 million people, resulting in

    • A.

      A collapse of the caste system

    • B.

      A severe famine

    • C.

      Severe economic consequences

    • D.

      The collapse of the Catholic church

    Correct Answer
    C. Severe economic consequences
    Explanation
    The Black Death, a devastating pandemic in the 14th century, caused severe economic consequences. The massive loss of life led to a significant decrease in the labor force, resulting in labor shortages and increased wages. This, in turn, disrupted the feudal system and led to the decline of serfdom. Additionally, the reduced population also led to a decline in trade and commerce, causing economic stagnation and decline. The Black Death had a profound impact on the economy, changing the social and economic landscape of Europe.

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  • 22. 

    ________ was the first Protestant faith.

    • A.

      Calvinism

    • B.

      Zoroastrianism

    • C.

      Christian Humanism

    • D.

      Lutheranism

    Correct Answer
    D. Lutheranism
    Explanation
    Lutheranism was the first Protestant faith because it was founded by Martin Luther in the early 16th century. Lutheranism emerged as a result of Luther's criticisms of the Catholic Church and his desire to reform it. Luther's teachings, such as the belief in justification by faith alone and the authority of scripture, challenged the traditional practices and doctrines of the Catholic Church. Lutheranism quickly gained popularity and became the first major branch of Protestantism, marking a significant shift in religious history.

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  • 23. 

    The Inquisition was

    • A.

      A court created by the Catholic church to try find and try heretics

    • B.

      A ruthless group of nuns who enjoyed torture and execution

    • C.

      Remarkably effective in its hunt for heretics because no one expected it

    • D.

      An organization whose hidden purpose was to increase the political power of the Catholic Church

    Correct Answer
    A. A court created by the Catholic church to try find and try heretics
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a court created by the Catholic church to find and try heretics. The Inquisition was established by the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages as a means to combat heresy and enforce religious orthodoxy. It was responsible for interrogating, prosecuting, and often punishing individuals who were accused of holding beliefs contrary to the teachings of the Church. The Inquisition played a significant role in maintaining the authority and influence of the Catholic Church during that time period.

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  • 24. 

    Leonardo Da Vinci was an excellent example of Renaissance Italy's social ideal because he

    • A.

      Was a politician, and politicians were considered the pinnacle of human achievement

    • B.

      Came from a wealthy family and greatly improved his family's status in society

    • C.

      Wrote grand romantic poetry an insightful political treatises.

    • D.

      Was a painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, and mathematician

    Correct Answer
    D. Was a painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, and mathematician
    Explanation
    Leonardo Da Vinci was an excellent example of Renaissance Italy's social ideal because he excelled in various fields such as painting, sculpting, architecture, invention, and mathematics. During the Renaissance period, individuals who possessed a wide range of talents and skills were highly valued and considered the embodiment of human achievement. Da Vinci's ability to master multiple disciplines showcased the Renaissance belief in the limitless potential of human intellect and creativity.

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  • 25. 

    The Peace of Augsburg formally

    • A.

      Made Martin Luther the patron saint of the Holy Roman Empire

    • B.

      Accepted the division of Christianity in Germany

    • C.

      Established the doctrine of Lutheranism

    • D.

      Ended the war between France and Morocco

    Correct Answer
    B. Accepted the division of Christianity in Germany
    Explanation
    The Peace of Augsburg was a treaty signed in 1555 that ended the religious conflict between Catholics and Lutherans in Germany. It established the principle of Cuius regio, eius religio, which means that the ruler of a territory would determine the religion of that territory. This effectively accepted the division of Christianity in Germany, allowing both Catholics and Lutherans to coexist and practice their own faith. The treaty granted legal recognition to Lutheranism and paved the way for religious tolerance in the Holy Roman Empire.

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  • 26. 

    _____ was the best known of all Christian humanists.

    • A.

      Disiderius Erasmus

    • B.

      Filippo Brunelleschi

    • C.

      Martin Luther

    • D.

      Albrecht Durer

    Correct Answer
    A. Disiderius Erasmus
    Explanation
    Desiderius Erasmus was a prominent figure in the Christian humanist movement, known for his critical approach towards the Catholic Church and his emphasis on the study of classical texts. He was a prolific writer and his works, such as "The Praise of Folly" and "The Education of a Christian Prince," had a significant impact on the Renaissance period. Erasmus advocated for a return to the original teachings of Christianity and promoted the importance of education and the pursuit of knowledge. His ideas and writings greatly influenced the Protestant Reformation and made him the best known among all Christian humanists.

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  • 27. 

    The High Renaissance in Italy is associated with which three artists?

    • A.

      Leonardo da Vinci, Jan van Eyck, and Albrecht Durer

    • B.

      Raphael, Donatello, and Jose Suarez

    • C.

      Masaccio, Donatello, and Filippo Brunelleschi

    • D.

      Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo

    Correct Answer
    D. Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo
    Explanation
    The High Renaissance in Italy is associated with Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo because these three artists were considered the leading figures of this artistic period. They were known for their exceptional talent, technical skills, and innovative approaches to art. Leonardo da Vinci was a polymath who excelled in various fields, including painting, sculpture, and engineering. Raphael was known for his harmonious compositions and skillful use of color. Michelangelo was renowned for his mastery of sculpture, painting, and architecture, and his works, such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling and the sculpture of David, are considered iconic examples of High Renaissance art.

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  • 28. 

    The final decrees of the Council of Trent

    • A.

      Empowered the Jesuits to find and try heretics, including anyone who was a Protestant

    • B.

      Reaffirmed traditional Catholic teachings in opposition to Protestant beliefs

    • C.

      Stated that Christians should be nice people

    • D.

      Were ultimately meaningless, since they were never put into practice

    Correct Answer
    B. Reaffirmed traditional Catholic teachings in opposition to Protestant beliefs
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "reaffirmed traditional Catholic teachings in opposition to Protestant beliefs." The Council of Trent was a response to the Protestant Reformation and aimed to address the issues raised by the reformers. The decrees of the council reaffirmed key Catholic doctrines, such as the authority of the Pope, the importance of sacraments, and the doctrine of justification. These decrees were intended to counter the Protestant teachings that challenged these beliefs.

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  • 29. 

    Vasco da Gama's discovery of a route to India by sea proved to be

    • A.

      Very profitable, since da Gama returned with a cargo of spices and made a profit of several thousand percent.

    • B.

      Far too costly to be sailed on a regular basis

    • C.

      The only time any Portuguese vessel sailed the route, as Aborigines later attacked any ship that attempted the journey.

    • D.

      Much longer than the route to India by land

    Correct Answer
    A. Very profitable, since da Gama returned with a cargo of spices and made a profit of several thousand percent.
    Explanation
    Vasco da Gama's discovery of a sea route to India was very profitable because he returned with a cargo of spices and made a profit of several thousand percent. This suggests that the trade in spices was highly lucrative and that da Gama's successful voyage opened up new opportunities for profitable trade between Europe and India.

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  • 30. 

    Calvin agreed with Luther on most important doctrines EXCEPT

    • A.

      Who spoke better German

    • B.

      The leadership of the Catholic Church

    • C.

      Predestination

    • D.

      The sale of indulgences

    Correct Answer
    C. Predestination
    Explanation
    Calvin agreed with Luther on most important doctrines, such as the leadership of the Catholic Church and the sale of indulgences. However, the one area where they differed was on the concept of predestination. While Luther believed in predestination, Calvin took it a step further and developed the idea of double predestination, which states that God predestines some people to salvation and others to damnation. Therefore, the correct answer is predestination.

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  • 31. 

    Originally, African slaves were brought to the Americas to supply labor for the

    • A.

      Sugarcane plantations

    • B.

      Molasses industry

    • C.

      Tobacco fields

    • D.

      Rubber plantations

    Correct Answer
    A. Sugarcane plantations
    Explanation
    African slaves were originally brought to the Americas to supply labor for the sugarcane plantations. The cultivation of sugarcane required a large workforce, and African slaves were seen as a cheap and readily available source of labor. The demand for sugarcane was high, particularly in the Caribbean, and the profitability of the plantations relied heavily on the labor provided by enslaved Africans.

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  • 32. 

    The Treaty of Tordesillas, signed in 1494,

    • A.

      Put an end to the war between Portugal and Turkey

    • B.

      Ended the violence between Portuguese and Muslim traders

    • C.

      Made Portuguese the official language of the Americas

    • D.

      Established a line of demarcation between territories controlled by Portugal and those controlled by Spain

    Correct Answer
    D. Established a line of demarcation between territories controlled by Portugal and those controlled by Spain
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "established a line of demarcation between territories controlled by Portugal and those controlled by Spain." The Treaty of Tordesillas was signed in 1494 and aimed to resolve conflicts between Portugal and Spain over newly discovered lands. It established a line of demarcation, known as the Line of Tordesillas, which divided the newly discovered territories between the two countries. This line gave Portugal control over lands to the east of the line, including Brazil, while Spain gained control over lands to the west, including most of the Americas.

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  • 33. 

    _________ explored the coastline of New England for the English

    • A.

      Vespucci

    • B.

      Columbus

    • C.

      Cabot

    • D.

      Vasco d'Aquillera

    Correct Answer
    C. Cabot
    Explanation
    Cabot explored the coastline of New England for the English. This is supported by historical records which show that John Cabot, an Italian explorer sailing under the English flag, embarked on a voyage in 1497 to find a westward route to Asia. During this expedition, Cabot reached the coast of North America, specifically Newfoundland and Labrador, making him the first known European to explore these regions for England.

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  • 34. 

    The African society of ________ was changed from a brilliant society to a corrupt and brutal place by the slave trade.

    • A.

      Algeria

    • B.

      Congo

    • C.

      Ibo

    • D.

      Benin

    Correct Answer
    D. Benin
    Explanation
    The African society of Benin was changed from a brilliant society to a corrupt and brutal place by the slave trade. The slave trade involved the capture and forced enslavement of African individuals, resulting in the disruption of social structures and the exploitation of resources. This led to the decline of Benin's once prosperous and advanced society, as the slave trade brought about violence, economic exploitation, and social instability.

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  • 35. 

    Aggressive Dutch traders were able to

    • A.

      Reduce the English influence on the spice market to a single port on the southern coast of Sumatra

    • B.

      Take over control of the slave trade by striking deals with nearly all of the African kingdoms of the Gold Coast

    • C.

      Drive up the price of sugar from the Americas by creating artificial sugar

    • D.

      Make their country the richest in Europe in just a few short years

    Correct Answer
    A. Reduce the English influence on the spice market to a single port on the southern coast of Sumatra
    Explanation
    Aggressive Dutch traders were able to reduce the English influence on the spice market to a single port on the southern coast of Sumatra. This means that the Dutch traders were successful in pushing out or limiting the English presence in the spice trade, confining them to only one port in Sumatra. This suggests that the Dutch traders were able to gain dominance and control over the lucrative spice market, possibly through tactics such as competition, negotiation, or force.

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  • 36. 

    The Moluccas were known to Europeans as the

    • A.

      Gold Coast

    • B.

      Spice Islands

    • C.

      Middle Passage

    • D.

      West Indies

    Correct Answer
    B. Spice Islands
    Explanation
    The Moluccas, also known as the Spice Islands, were famous for their abundance of valuable spices such as cloves, nutmeg, and mace. These spices were highly sought after by Europeans during the Age of Exploration, as they were used to flavor and preserve food, as well as for medicinal purposes. The Moluccas played a significant role in the European spice trade and were a major source of wealth and power for colonial powers such as Portugal, the Netherlands, and Spain. The term "Spice Islands" accurately describes the region's importance and association with valuable spices.

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  • 37. 

    To Portuguese explorers, the southern coast of West Africa became known as the

    • A.

      Gold Coast

    • B.

      Cape of Good Hope

    • C.

      Land of Salt

    • D.

      Burning Land

    Correct Answer
    A. Gold Coast
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Gold Coast. Portuguese explorers referred to the southern coast of West Africa as the Gold Coast because they discovered that the region was rich in gold resources. This name was given due to the abundance of gold found in the area, which attracted European traders and explorers in search of wealth and resources. The Gold Coast became an important trading hub for gold and other commodities during the Age of Exploration.

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  • 38. 

    The _________ is the difference in value between what a nation imports and what it exports over time.

    • A.

      Ideal of mercantilism

    • B.

      Triangular trade

    • C.

      Gross national product

    • D.

      Balance of trade

    Correct Answer
    D. Balance of trade
    Explanation
    The balance of trade refers to the difference in value between a nation's imports and exports over time. It is a measure of the economic relationship between a country and its trading partners. A positive balance of trade occurs when a nation exports more than it imports, resulting in a trade surplus. Conversely, a negative balance of trade, or trade deficit, occurs when a nation imports more than it exports. The balance of trade is an important indicator of a country's economic competitiveness and can impact its currency value and overall economic health.

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  • 39. 

    James I of England believe din divine right of kings, which is

    • A.

      Belief that a king was granted the wisdom of God upon ascending to the throne, and therefore was faultless

    • B.

      The concept that kings were equal to God, and therefore did not have to live by the laws of the Church.

    • C.

      The theory that kings alone could know the mind of God, and therefore could determine the future through divination

    • D.

      The idea that kings receive their power from God and are responsible only to God

    Correct Answer
    D. The idea that kings receive their power from God and are responsible only to God
    Explanation
    James I of England believed in the divine right of kings, which is the idea that kings receive their power from God and are responsible only to God. This belief suggests that kings have a direct connection to God and therefore their authority is absolute and cannot be questioned by anyone else, including the Church. This concept was used to justify the king's power and to discourage any opposition or rebellion against the monarch.

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  • 40. 

    The ________ were Protestants in England who were inspired by Calvinist ideas.

    • A.

      Puritans

    • B.

      Royalists

    • C.

      Roundheads

    • D.

      Cavaliers

    Correct Answer
    A. Puritans
    Explanation
    The Puritans were a group of Protestants in England who were influenced by Calvinist ideas. They sought to purify the Church of England from what they believed to be remnants of Catholic practices. The Puritans were known for their strict religious beliefs and moral codes, and they played a significant role in the English Civil War and the establishment of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in America.

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  • 41. 

    What is absolutism?

    • A.

      The practice by monarchs of undergoing daily absolution to keep states free of the burden of sin

    • B.

      The belief that all citizens within a state must conform to one religion

    • C.

      An offshoot of Islam, in which it is believed that baptism absolves all past and future sins

    • D.

      A system of government in which a ruler holds total power

    Correct Answer
    D. A system of government in which a ruler holds total power
    Explanation
    Absolutism refers to a system of government in which a ruler holds total power. In an absolutist government, the ruler has unlimited authority and is not bound by any constitutional or legal restraints. This means that the ruler can make decisions and enforce laws without any checks or balances from other branches of government or the people. The ruler's power is absolute and not subject to any limitations or restrictions. This form of government was prevalent in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries, with famous examples including Louis XIV of France and Peter the Great of Russia.

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  • 42. 

    The foundation for a constitutional monarchy in England was laid by the

    • A.

      Toleration Act of of 1489

    • B.

      English Bill of Rights

    • C.

      "Glorious Revolution"

    • D.

      Rump Parliament

    Correct Answer
    B. English Bill of Rights
    Explanation
    The English Bill of Rights, passed in 1689, played a significant role in establishing a constitutional monarchy in England. This legislation limited the powers of the monarchy and granted certain rights and freedoms to the people. It ensured that the monarch could not suspend laws or levy taxes without Parliament's consent, and it guaranteed the right to a fair trial and the freedom of speech in Parliament. The English Bill of Rights marked a shift in power from the monarchy to Parliament, laying the foundation for a constitutional monarchy where the monarch's authority is limited by law.

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  • 43. 

    Louis XIV maintained complete authority as a monarch by

    • A.

      Executing the previous monarch's entire family

    • B.

      Maintaining a network of spies to find conspirators against him

    • C.

      Distracting nobles and royal princes with court life, to keep them out of politics

    • D.

      Bestowing lavish riches on any serf who supported his right to rule

    Correct Answer
    C. Distracting nobles and royal princes with court life, to keep them out of politics
    Explanation
    Louis XIV maintained complete authority as a monarch by distracting nobles and royal princes with court life, to keep them out of politics. By keeping the nobles and princes occupied with the opulent lifestyle and social events at court, Louis XIV effectively prevented them from engaging in political activities or forming alliances against him. This strategy helped him consolidate his power and maintain control over the monarchy.

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  • 44. 

    The work of William Shakespeare is perhaps the best example of ________ literature.

    • A.

      Elizabethan

    • B.

      Baroque

    • C.

      Gothic

    • D.

      Mannerist

    Correct Answer
    A. Elizabethan
    Explanation
    The work of William Shakespeare is often considered the epitome of Elizabethan literature. Shakespeare was a prominent playwright and poet during the Elizabethan era, which refers to the period of English history when Queen Elizabeth I ruled (1558-1603). His plays, such as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth, are renowned for their poetic language, complex characters, and exploration of human emotions. Therefore, the correct answer is Elizabethan.

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  • 45. 

    The ________ granted Puritans, but not Catholics, the right of public worship in England.

    • A.

      Bill of Rights

    • B.

      Council of Trent

    • C.

      Toleration Act of 1689

    • D.

      Peace of Westphalia

    Correct Answer
    C. Toleration Act of 1689
    Explanation
    The Toleration Act of 1689 granted Puritans, but not Catholics, the right of public worship in England. This act was passed by the English Parliament and aimed to provide religious freedom and tolerance to non-conformist Protestant groups. It allowed Puritans to worship publicly and hold their own religious services without fear of persecution. However, Catholics were still excluded from these rights due to ongoing tensions and conflicts between the Protestant majority and the Catholic minority in England.

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  • 46. 

    The ideas of _____ can be found in the American Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution

    • A.

      Thomas Wilson

    • B.

      Miguel de Cervantes

    • C.

      John Locke

    • D.

      John Calvin

    Correct Answer
    C. John Locke
    Explanation
    The correct answer is John Locke. John Locke was an influential Enlightenment thinker whose ideas heavily influenced the American Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. His philosophy emphasized natural rights, including the rights to life, liberty, and property, which are reflected in these foundational documents of American democracy. Locke's ideas on limited government, consent of the governed, and the right to revolution also had a significant impact on the development of American political thought and the formation of the United States as a nation.

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  • 47. 

    To Voltaire and many other philosophes, the universe was

    • A.

      Like a clock

    • B.

      A divine creation

    • C.

      Unknowable at all

    • D.

      Constructed like a flower

    Correct Answer
    A. Like a clock
    Explanation
    I think this is a terrible question because choice "B" is technically correct also, in my opinion.

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  • 48. 

    The Constitutional Convention began as

    • A.

      A meeting to draft the Declaration of Independence

    • B.

      The result of a vote by the new Congress to adopt amendments that guaranteed certain freedoms

    • C.

      A meeting of delegates to revise the Articles of Confederation

    • D.

      A plan to divide up the lands of the thirteen colonies into states

    Correct Answer
    C. A meeting of delegates to revise the Articles of Confederation
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a meeting of delegates to revise the Articles of Confederation. The Constitutional Convention was convened in 1787 with the purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation, the first governing document of the United States. However, the delegates ultimately decided to draft a new constitution instead, which led to the creation of the United States Constitution. This decision was made due to the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation in providing a strong central government and addressing various issues faced by the young nation.

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  • 49. 

    ________ wrote On the Fabric of the Human Body, which presented a careful and accurate examination of human anatomy.

    • A.

      Shakespeare

    • B.

      Andreas Vesalius

    • C.

      William Harvey

    • D.

      Robert Boyle

    Correct Answer
    B. Andreas Vesalius
    Explanation
    Andreas Vesalius is the correct answer because he wrote "On the Fabric of the Human Body," which is a renowned and influential book on human anatomy. This book presented a meticulous and precise examination of human anatomy, making significant contributions to the field. Shakespeare, William Harvey, and Robert Boyle were not known for their work in human anatomy, so they are not the correct answers.

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  • 50. 

    In Jean-Jacques Rousseau's concept of a social contract,

    • A.

      An entire society agrees to be governed by its general will

    • B.

      Punishments are not exercises in brutality, and capital punishment is discarded

    • C.

      The government should not interfere in economic matters

    • D.

      Women should be granted rights nearly equal to those of men

    Correct Answer
    A. An entire society agrees to be governed by its general will
    Explanation
    In Jean-Jacques Rousseau's concept of a social contract, the idea is that the members of a society willingly come together and agree to be governed by the general will of the society as a whole. This means that decisions and laws are made based on what is best for the collective rather than individual interests. Punishments under this concept are not meant to be brutal, and capital punishment is rejected. Additionally, Rousseau believed that the government should not interfere in economic matters, allowing for individual freedom in economic pursuits. Lastly, Rousseau argued that women should have rights that are almost equal to those of men, promoting gender equality in society.

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