Introduction To World History

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World History Quizzes & Trivia

Here is a quiz to help familiarize yourself with some of the basics. If you don't do as well as you expected the first time, keep practicing. . . This stuff will show up on an exam. Have fun!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following is a primary source document?
    • A. 

      A diary

    • B. 

      A photograph

    • C. 

      A sculpture

    • D. 

      A DNA sample

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    Which of the following is a secondary source document?
    • A. 

      A personal interview

    • B. 

      A history textbook

    • C. 

      A birth certificate

    • D. 

      An artifact

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is NOT a primary source document?
    • A. 

      The Egyptian Book of the Dead

    • B. 

      The diary of Anne Frank

    • C. 

      A movie about Alexander the Great

    • D. 

      The Declaration of Independence

    • E. 

      All of these are primary source documents.

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is NOT a secondary source document?
    • A. 

      A recorded interview with your grandmother about her life

    • B. 

      An entry in Wikipedia

    • C. 

      A biography of Cleopatra

    • D. 

      An online student essay about Napoleon

    • E. 

      All of these are secondary source documents

  • 5. 
    Which of the following would be considered UNreliable sources for historical research?
    • A. 

      A recorded interview with your grandmother about her life

    • B. 

      An entry in Wikipedia

    • C. 

      A Harvard University Press publication on the life of Siddhartha

    • D. 

      An online student essay about Napoleon

    • E. 

      A and D only

    • F. 

      B and D only

  • 6. 
    Which of the following statements defines chronology?
    • A. 

      From the ancient Greek meaning "study of time"

    • B. 

      The science of arranging time in periods

    • C. 

      Placing events in the order in which they occurred

    • D. 

      All of the above define chronology

  • 7. 
    How many years are in a millennium?
    • A. 

      10

    • B. 

      100

    • C. 

      1000

    • D. 

      10,000

  • 8. 
    How many centuries are in a millennium?
    • A. 

      10

    • B. 

      100

    • C. 

      1000

    • D. 

      10,000

  • 9. 
    What century are we living in now?
    • A. 

      19th century CE

    • B. 

      20th century BCE

    • C. 

      21st century CE

    • D. 

      22nd century BC

  • 10. 
    What does the abbreviation B.C. stand for?
    • A. 

      Before chimps

    • B. 

      Before Christianity

    • C. 

      Before Christ

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 11. 
    What does the abbreviation A.D. stand for?
    • A. 

      After death

    • B. 

      Anno Domini (Latin for "in the year of our lord"

    • C. 

      After democracy

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 12. 
    Why is the BC/AD date terminology not universally accepted?
    • A. 

      It's based on Christian belief, and not everybody is Christian

    • B. 

      Most people can't remember what the initials stand for

    • C. 

      The BCE/CE system is more precise

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 13. 
    What does the symbol  c.  mean when placed before a date?
    • A. 

      Latin for "circa" which means around or about

    • B. 

      Indicates an approximate date, not an absolute date

    • C. 

      Stands for "checked" to indicate that a date has been verified

    • D. 

      Both A and C

    • E. 

      Both A and B

  • 14. 
    If an empire began in 1000 BCE and ended in 100 CE, how long did the empire last?
    • A. 

      100 years

    • B. 

      900 years

    • C. 

      1100 years

    • D. 

      10,000 years

  • 15. 
    If a king took throne in 675 BCE and died in 645 BCE, how long did he rule?
    • A. 

      10 years

    • B. 

      20 years

    • C. 

      30 years

    • D. 

      40 years