Social Studies Final Examination

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  • 1. 

    How did technology change communication in the late thirteenth century?

    • A. 

      It helped all citizens learn to read.

    • B. 

      It allowed people to quickly contact others around the world

    • C. 

      It enabled people to get information about other places and ideas

    • D. 

      It helped people to improve the living conditions in their societies.

    Correct Answer
    C. It enabled people to get information about other places and ideas
    Explanation
    In the late thirteenth century, technology, such as the printing press, made it easier for people to access information about other places and ideas. This allowed for the dissemination of knowledge and the exchange of information, which broadened people's understanding of the world and facilitated cultural and intellectual development. It did not specifically mention that technology helped all citizens learn to read, allowed quick contact with others around the world, or improved living conditions in societies, so these options can be ruled out.

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  • 2. 

       The modern Olympic Games come from the ancient Olympics in Greece. Which  statement correctly compares the ancient and modern games?   

    • A. 

      The Olympics still honor Zeus, but now winners are awarded medals.

    • B. 

      The Olympics are still an athletic competition, but now both women and men participate

    • C. 

      The Olympics are still held in Greece, but now the modern Olympic Games are not religious events are not religious events.

    • D. 

      The Olympics still only allow men, but now athletes from all over the world can participate in the modern games.

    Correct Answer
    B. The Olympics are still an athletic competition, but now both women and men participate
    Explanation
    The correct answer compares the ancient and modern games by stating that they are both athletic competitions, but now both women and men participate in the modern games. This shows a significant change from the ancient Olympics where only men were allowed to compete.

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  • 3. 

    Exploration and conquests occurred in the middle ages. How did they affect  relations between ancient societies?

    • A. 

      They caused long-lasting peace with the help of religion.

    • B. 

      They caused empires to close off access between their societies.

    • C. 

      They caused outbreaks of violence that closed all trade routes.

    • D. 

      They caused trade routes and communication to open between societies.

    Correct Answer
    D. They caused trade routes and communication to open between societies.
    Explanation
    During the middle ages, exploration and conquests led to the opening of trade routes and communication between societies. This allowed for the exchange of goods, ideas, and cultural practices, leading to increased interconnectedness and globalization. It fostered economic growth and cultural exchange, promoting the development of ancient societies.

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  • 4. 

    How were the oldest civilizations in Central and South America similar?   

    • A. 

      They were large, but not well-organized.

    • B. 

      They established extensive trade with Pacific Rim nations.

    • C. 

      They were strongly influenced by Asian and African civilizations.

    • D. 

      They were the first to develop advanced societies in the area.

    Correct Answer
    D. They were the first to develop advanced societies in the area.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the oldest civilizations in Central and South America were the first to develop advanced societies in the area. This means that these civilizations were the first to establish complex social, political, and economic systems, as well as advancements in technology, agriculture, and architecture. They laid the foundation for future civilizations in the region and made significant contributions to the development of human civilization as a whole.

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  • 5. 

    The mountains of South America made farmland difficult to find. How did ancient  people adapt to this?   

    • A. 

      They used terraced farming

    • B. 

      They grew crops in the valleys

    • C. 

      They used large farm animals to plow.

    • D. 

      They moved to a new area each growing season.

    Correct Answer
    A. They used terraced farming
    Explanation
    The mountains of South America presented a challenge for finding suitable farmland. However, ancient people adapted to this by using terraced farming. This involved carving steps into the mountainside to create flat areas for planting crops. By utilizing terraced farming, they were able to make the most of the limited available land and successfully grow crops in the mountainous regions.

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  • 6. 

    Which statement shows how trade routes influenced ancient societies?

    • A. 

      As travel over land became easier, trade by water became unnecessary.

    • B. 

      As different civilizations traded goods, they also shared cultural values and beliefs.

    • C. 

      As trade developed, long-distance travel became safe and easy for each civilization.

    • D. 

      As silk grew popular, it became a common material used in clothing across civilizations

    Correct Answer
    B. As different civilizations traded goods, they also shared cultural values and beliefs.
    Explanation
    The statement "As different civilizations traded goods, they also shared cultural values and beliefs" shows how trade routes influenced ancient societies. Through trade, different civilizations had the opportunity to interact and exchange goods, which also led to the exchange of ideas, cultural practices, and beliefs. Trade acted as a catalyst for cultural diffusion and the spread of knowledge among ancient societies.

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  • 7. 

    Societies adapted to their surroundings by irrigating and building dams. Why did  they need to use these techniques?   

    • A. 

      To decrease the overcrowding of crops

    • B. 

      To increase space for people to live

    • C. 

      To increase their farmland for growing crops

    • D. 

      To decrease the numbers of animals on the land

    Correct Answer
    C. To increase their farmland for growing crops
    Explanation
    The societies needed to use techniques such as irrigation and building dams in order to increase their farmland for growing crops. By irrigating their land, they were able to provide water to their crops, ensuring their growth and productivity. Building dams allowed them to control the flow of water, preventing flooding and allowing for more efficient irrigation. By increasing their farmland, they were able to produce more crops, which would have been essential for sustaining their population and ensuring their survival.

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  • 8. 

    Findings From Ancient Burial Sites: 
    •                  About 8,000 life-size, terra-cotta clay soldiers were found about one  mile east of the first                                                                                                                                                   emperor of China’s tomb.
    •                 Tombs in Egypt were found with tools, make-up, and clothing. 
     Source: Internet Ancient History Sourcebook, Fordham University  Based on the facts above, how were the beliefs of these societies similar?   

    • A. 

      The rulers of ancient civilizations were buried in pyramids.

    • B. 

      Ancient people across civilizations did not appreciate the arts.

    • C. 

      The rulers of ancient civilizations appeared modest or humble in death.

    • D. 

      Ancient people across civilizations believed in preparing for life after death

    Correct Answer
    D. Ancient people across civilizations believed in preparing for life after death
    Explanation
    The passage mentions the finding of terra-cotta clay soldiers in China and tombs in Egypt with tools, make-up, and clothing. These findings suggest that both ancient civilizations believed in preparing for life after death. The mention of burial sites and the items found in them indicate that these societies believed in providing their rulers with the necessary resources and objects for the afterlife.

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  • 9. 

    Ancient Empire Economic Issues: 
    1.  poor management by leaders 
    2.  hoarding of wealth 
    3.  too much debt 
    How did the economic factors listed affect the ancient empires?   

    • A. 

      Empires weakened and were eventually destroyed.

    • B. 

      Armies searched other empires for new leaders to govern.

    • C. 

      Option 3

    • D. 

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    A. Empires weakened and were eventually destroyed.
    Explanation
    The poor management by leaders, hoarding of wealth, and too much debt in ancient empires led to their weakening and eventual destruction.

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  • 10. 

    Why did trading networks like the Silk Road develop?   

    • A. 

      Certain resources were not available in all areas.

    • B. 

      Option 2

    • C. 

      Option 3

    • D. 

      Travelers enjoyed exploring nearby lands after trading for spices.

    Correct Answer
    A. Certain resources were not available in all areas.
    Explanation
    Trading networks like the Silk Road developed because certain resources were not available in all areas. This created a demand for these resources, leading to the establishment of trade routes and networks to facilitate the exchange of goods between different regions. The Silk Road, for example, emerged as a major trading route connecting East Asia with the Mediterranean, allowing for the exchange of silk, spices, precious metals, and other valuable commodities.

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  • 11. 

    If you go and take the field of an enemy, the enemy will come and take your field.  Babylonian proverb, 1600 B.C.  Source: Internet Ancient History Sourcebook, Fordham University                                                                                                           Which is the likely purpose of this ancient proverb?

    • A. 

      To encourage people to tend their fields

    • B. 

      To discourage people from fighting in wars

    • C. 

      To encourage people to obey government laws

    • D. 

      To discourage people from defending their land

    Correct Answer
    B. To discourage people from fighting in wars
    Explanation
    The purpose of this ancient proverb is likely to discourage people from fighting in wars. The proverb suggests that if one goes and takes the field of an enemy, the enemy will retaliate and take their field in return. This implies that engaging in warfare will only lead to a cycle of violence and loss, ultimately resulting in the destruction of one's own land. Therefore, the proverb serves as a cautionary message, advising people to avoid conflict and prioritize peace instead.

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  • 12. 

    Why did some ancient civilizations write and publish their laws?

    • A. 

      To allow patricians and plebeians to read and vote for the laws

    • B. 

      To record the laws so that historians would understand ancient culture

    • C. 

      To ensure that citizens of the civilization would read and understand the laws

    • D. 

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    C. To ensure that citizens of the civilization would read and understand the laws
    Explanation
    Ancient civilizations wrote and published their laws to ensure that citizens of the civilization would read and understand the laws. By making the laws accessible and available to the public, it allowed individuals to be aware of their rights and responsibilities. This promoted transparency and accountability within the society, as citizens could hold their leaders accountable for any breaches of the law. Additionally, publishing the laws also served as a means of educating the population about the legal system and promoting a sense of order and justice within the civilization.

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  • 13. 

    Order of Ruling Powers in Ancient Greece    1. Monarchy  2. Oligarchy  3. Tyranny  4. Democracy     Which statement explains the list above?

    • A. 

      Some city-states of Ancient Greece went from being governed by their citizens to being ruled by a king. citizens to being ruled by a king.

    • B. 

      Some city-states of Ancient Greece went from being ruled by nobility to being governed by their citizens. being governed by their citizens.

    • C. 

      Option 3

    • D. 

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    B. Some city-states of Ancient Greece went from being ruled by nobility to being governed by their citizens. being governed by their citizens.
    Explanation
    The correct answer explains that in Ancient Greece, some city-states transitioned from being ruled by nobility (oligarchy) to being governed by their citizens (democracy). This indicates a shift in power from a small group of elites to the general population.

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  • 14. 

    How was being a citizen of Sparta different from being a citizen of Athens?   

    • A. 

      Spartans were expected to be educated, so they could participate in government.

    • B. 

      Option 2

    • C. 

      Option 3

    • D. 

      Spartans were expected to protect their city through military service and physical strength. physical strength.

    Correct Answer
    D. Spartans were expected to protect their city through military service and physical strength. physical strength.
    Explanation
    Being a citizen of Sparta was different from being a citizen of Athens because Spartans were expected to protect their city through military service and physical strength. This was a key aspect of Spartan society and citizenship, as they believed in the importance of a strong military and the ability to defend their city. In contrast, Athenian citizenship focused more on education and participation in government.

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  • 15. 

    Egyptian Myth of the Creation of the World   I am he who came into being in the form of the god Khepera . . . I am the creator  of everything which came into being: now the things which I created, and which  came forth out of my mouth after that I had come into being myself were  exceedingly many. The sky (or heaven) had not come into being, the earth did not  exist, and the children of the earth, and the creeping things, had not been made  at that time. I myself raised them up out of Nu . . .    Source: Trinicenter.com, translation by E.A. Wallis Budge, 1912    The Egyptians had many myths about the world. How did these myths reflect their  values and beliefs about civilization?   

    • A. 

      Option 1

    • B. 

      They told about the gods and goddesses that they worshiped.

    • C. 

      Option 3

    • D. 

      They told about the great pharaohs from the three great kingdoms

    Correct Answer
    B. They told about the gods and goddesses that they worshiped.
    Explanation
    The given passage from the Egyptian myth of the creation of the world mentions the god Khepera as the creator of everything. This suggests that the Egyptians believed in a pantheon of gods and goddesses who were involved in the creation of the world. Therefore, option 1, which states that the myths reflected the gods and goddesses that they worshiped, is the correct answer. The passage does not mention anything about the great pharaohs or the three great kingdoms, so option 3 is incorrect.

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  • 16. 

    How did early Christianity spread around the world?

    • A. 

      Missionaries followed conquerors and colonists.

    • B. 

      Bibles were published in all languages.

    • C. 

      Option 3

    • D. 

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    A. Missionaries followed conquerors and colonists.
    Explanation
    Early Christianity spread around the world through the efforts of missionaries who followed conquerors and colonists. As conquerors and colonists expanded their territories, they brought Christianity with them and missionaries were sent to convert the local populations. These missionaries played a crucial role in spreading the teachings of Christianity, establishing churches, and converting people to the faith. They traveled to different regions, learned local languages, and adapted their message to the cultural context, making it more accessible to the people they were trying to reach. This strategy of following conquerors and colonists allowed Christianity to reach new territories and gain followers across the globe.

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  • 17. 

    Social Classes 
    •  King or Monarch 
    •  Lord or Noble 
    • Knight or Warrior 
    •  Serf or Peasant 
     Which type of social structure divided its citizens this way?

    • A. 

      Socialism

    • B. 

      Feudalism

    • C. 

      Option 3

    • D. 

      Caste system

    Correct Answer
    B. Feudalism
    Explanation
    The correct answer is feudalism. Feudalism was a social structure that divided its citizens into different classes, including the king or monarch, lord or noble, knight or warrior, and serf or peasant. In this system, the king or monarch held the highest position of power, followed by the lords and nobles who owned land and had vassals. Knights were warriors who served the lords, and serfs or peasants were the lowest class who worked the land and were tied to the landowners. This hierarchical structure defined the social relationships and obligations in feudal society.

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  • 18. 

    Which was a long-term effect of ancient trade routes?

    • A. 

      The spread of religions throughout the trade routes

    • B. 

      Option 2

    • C. 

      Colonization of weaker nations along the trade routes

    • D. 

      Use of silk throughout ancient and modern societies

    Correct Answer
    A. The spread of religions throughout the trade routes
    Explanation
    The spread of religions throughout the trade routes was a long-term effect of ancient trade routes. As merchants traveled along these routes, they not only exchanged goods but also ideas, beliefs, and cultural practices. This led to the spread of various religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism, as traders encountered different cultures and societies. The trade routes provided a platform for the exchange and dissemination of religious teachings, resulting in the spread and adoption of these religions in new regions.

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  • 19. 

    Which statement explains changes in government from absolute monarchy to  constitutional monarchy?

    • A. 

      Kings and queens wished to maintain authority and contro

    • B. 

      Option 2

    • C. 

      Citizens wanted a stronger voice in their government.

    • D. 

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    C. Citizens wanted a stronger voice in their government.
    Explanation
    The transition from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy occurred because citizens desired a stronger voice in their government. This shift was driven by the desire for more democratic participation and the recognition that power should be shared between the monarch and the people.

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  • 20. 

    There were many advancements during the Age of Exploration. Which led to the  settlement of the Americas?   

    • A. 

      Better farming technology

    • B. 

      Option 2

    • C. 

      Better sailing technology

    • D. 

      Option 4

    Correct Answer
    C. Better sailing technology
    Explanation
    During the Age of Exploration, one of the advancements that contributed to the settlement of the Americas was better sailing technology. This allowed explorers to navigate the vast oceans more efficiently and reach previously unknown lands. With improved ships and navigational tools, explorers were able to undertake longer and more daring voyages, ultimately leading to the discovery and colonization of the Americas.

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  • 21. 

    No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned . . . or in any way destroyed. Nor will we  proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers . . .  Magna Carta, 1215                                        Based on this quote, how were the legal rights of freemen changed?

    • A. 

      Freemen were given the right to live without government interference.

    • B. 

      The king was granted the power to exclude freemen from the laws.

    • C. 

      The king acquired the power to imprison freemen at his will.

    • D. 

      Freemen gained the right to trial by a jury of citizens.

    Correct Answer
    D. Freemen gained the right to trial by a jury of citizens.
    Explanation
    The quote from the Magna Carta states that no freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, or destroyed except by the lawful judgment of his peers. This suggests that freemen were given the right to a fair trial by a jury of their peers, which indicates a change in their legal rights.

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  • 22. 

    How did ancient societies change their environment to  bring water into cities?  

    • A. 

      Abacus

    • B. 

      Aqueducts

    • C. 

      Option 3

    • D. 

      Columns

    Correct Answer
    B. Aqueducts
    Explanation
    Ancient societies changed their environment to bring water into cities by constructing aqueducts. Aqueducts were systems of channels, pipes, and tunnels that were built to transport water from a distant source, such as a river or spring, to the cities. These structures allowed for the efficient and controlled distribution of water, providing a reliable water supply for the population. Aqueducts were a significant engineering achievement of ancient civilizations and played a crucial role in the development and sustainability of cities.

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  • 23. 

    Three days after I captured this city, some of the Indians who lived here came to  offer to make peace. . . . I received them . . . making them understand the  purpose of my coming to this country, which is, in the name of His Majesty . . .  that they and all others in this province should become Christians.  Coronado’s Report to Viceroy Mendoza, 1540                                                     According to the excerpt, what caused Coronado to conquer this city?   

    • A. 

      He was seeking trade with the native people.

    • B. 

      Option 2

    • C. 

      Option 3

    • D. 

      He wanted to Christianize the native population

    Correct Answer
    D. He wanted to Christianize the native population
    Explanation
    Coronado conquered the city because he wanted to Christianize the native population. This is evident from the excerpt where he mentions that the purpose of his coming to this country, in the name of His Majesty, is to make the people in this province become Christians. This indicates that his main motivation for capturing the city was to spread Christianity among the native population.

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  • 24. 

    Hymn to the Nile, c. 2100 BCE   Hail to thee, O Nile! Who manifests thyself over this land, and comes to give life to  Egypt! Mysterious is thy issuing forth from the darkness, on this day whereon it is  celebrated! Watering the orchards created by Re, to cause all the cattle to live,  you give the earth to drink, inexhaustible one! . . . You cause the workshops of  Ptah to prosper!  Source: Oliver J. Thatcher,ed.,  The Library of Original Sources, Vol. I: The Ancient World, 1907                      How does this hymn reflect the values and beliefs of the ancient civilizations?

    • A. 

      It shows that all plant and animal life was sacred.

    • B. 

      It demonstrates a respect for the forces of nature

    • C. 

      It promotes the belief in life beyond death.

    • D. 

      It reveals that people were peaceful.

    Correct Answer
    B. It demonstrates a respect for the forces of nature
    Explanation
    The hymn to the Nile praises and acknowledges the power and importance of the river in sustaining life in Egypt. This reflects the ancient civilization's belief in the forces of nature and their respect for them. The hymn recognizes the Nile as a life-giving force, watering the orchards and providing sustenance for the cattle. This demonstrates the ancient Egyptians' understanding of the interconnectedness of nature and their reverence for the natural world.

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  • 25. 

    An absolute monarchy is a type of government structure. Which of the statements  describes this type of structure?

    • A. 

      The citizens have an equal say in their government.

    • B. 

      The citizens elect representatives to run the government.

    • C. 

      The ruler has complete power over the citizens or inhabitants.

    • D. 

      The ruler has control of the government, but citizens have rights.

    Correct Answer
    C. The ruler has complete power over the citizens or inhabitants.
    Explanation
    An absolute monarchy is a government structure where the ruler has complete power over the citizens or inhabitants. In this type of government, the ruler has ultimate authority and control, and the citizens do not have an equal say in their government. They do not elect representatives to run the government, and although citizens may have certain rights, the ruler's power is not limited by these rights.

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