Grade 8, Social Studies, Reading Comprehension Test

12 Questions | Total Attempts: 1086

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8th Grade Quizzes & Trivia

Students have read about Thomas Malthus theories. In addition, they have read content-related knowledge about trends in Chinese demographics during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Moreover, they are familiar with Confucianism.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    As China's population increased, _____ decreased in Ming China.
    • A. 

      The number of babies born

    • B. 

      The amount of rural land

    • C. 

      The number of people using cars and bicyles

    • D. 

      The number of people speaking Chinese

  • 2. 
    "Nearly 85 percent of Chinese people were farmers" means that ___.
    • A. 

      Farmers were a minority group

    • B. 

      The royal Chinese family was farmers

    • C. 

      All farmers were very rich

    • D. 

      Farmers were the majority of the population

  • 3. 
    Shortages of land in rural areas led to unrest and revolt.  The underlined words are _____.
    • A. 

      A cause

    • B. 

      An effect

    • C. 

      A reason to remain in China

    • D. 

      A reason to study English at PAIS

  • 4. 
    One reason that China did not develop commercial capitalism was that _____.
    • A. 

      Many Chinese respected merchants

    • B. 

      Farmers were taxed heavily

    • C. 

      Trade was strictly controlled by the government

    • D. 

      Farmers were not respected by society

  • 5. 
    Which one of the following was not performed by Chinese families based upon Confucian ideals?
    • A. 

      Education of children.

    • B. 

      Care of the elderly.

    • C. 

      Support of unmarried daughters.

    • D. 

      Destruction of religous shrines.

  • 6. 
    Three or four generations lived under one roof in extended families in Qing China.  This means that ___.
    • A. 

      Only grandparents lived together

    • B. 

      Extended families were quite small

    • C. 

      Elderly Chinese were sent to nursing homes

    • D. 

      Parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren lived in the same household

  • 7. 
    A(n) _____ consists of dozens or even hundreds of families.
    • A. 

      Burgh

    • B. 

      Clan

    • C. 

      Porcelain

    • D. 

      Anti-Manchu

  • 8. 
    Which one of the following statements supports the idea that women were considered inferior to men in Ming and Qing society?
    • A. 

      Women's mobility was limited as a result of footbinding.

    • B. 

      Legally, women can have a second husband.

    • C. 

      Legally, a wife could divorce her husband for any reason.

    • D. 

      Legally, women could inherit property.

  • 9. 
    The Chinese novel, _____, is considered by many as the first realistic social novel.
    • A. 

      The Dream of the Red Chamber

    • B. 

      The Golden Lotus

    • C. 

      Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    • D. 

      Woman of Iron

  • 10. 
    Why did arts and literature flourish during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties?
    • A. 

      With prosperity, people had more money to buy books and art.

    • B. 

      Europeans did not like Chinese art during the Ming Era.

    • C. 

      Chinese clans fell apart.

    • D. 

      Footbinding ended during this period.

  • 11. 
    Which one of the following was a Chinese cash crop?
    • A. 

      Gold

    • B. 

      Porcelain

    • C. 

      Indigo

    • D. 

      Tobacco

  • 12. 
    According to Thomas Malthus, the food supply is _____.
    • A. 

      Without end or limit.

    • B. 

      Lower than increases in the population.

    • C. 

      Higher than increases in population.

    • D. 

      Always constant.