AP World History Practice Test!

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Welcome to another AP world history practice test. Here you are going to face 30 essential questions on world history so that you can prepare better for the upcoming AP exams. Have fun!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The metis were
    • A. 

      The Spanish administrative officials who reported back directly to the king

    • B. 

      The French equivalents of the peninsulares

    • C. 

      Individuals of French and indigenous parentage

    • D. 

      Migrants who had been born in France

    • E. 

      French Jesuit missionaries

  • 2. 
    The last emperor of the Inca empire was
    • A. 

      Atahualpa

    • B. 

      Topa Inca

    • C. 

      Motecuzuma II

    • D. 

      Pachakuti

    • E. 

      Viracocha

  • 3. 
    Which of the following countries established the first permanent settlement in Australia?
    • A. 

      The Netherlands

    • B. 

      Portugal

    • C. 

      England

    • D. 

      France

    • E. 

      Spain

  • 4. 
    The English, Dutch, and French
    • A. 

      Never showed any serious interest in the Americas

    • B. 

      Were like the Spanish in that they viewed the Americas as a land to exploit rather than a place to settle

    • C. 

      Did not play a role in the Americas until the mid-eighteenth century

    • D. 

      Discover gold and silver mines that rivaled the Spanish claims

    • E. 

      Were more interested in setting up permanent colonies than the Spanish

  • 5. 
    The conquistador who conquered the Inca was
    • A. 

      Balboa

    • B. 

      Cabral

    • C. 

      Magellan

    • D. 

      Pizzaro

    • E. 

      Cortes

  • 6. 
    To provide labor for their sugar plantations, the Portuguese
    • A. 

      Copied the Spanish repartiemiento system

    • B. 

      Copied the Spanish comiendas

    • C. 

      Made extensive use of indentured servants

    • D. 

      Offered higher wages than their Spanish counterparts did

    • E. 

      Relied on imported African slaves as laborers

  • 7. 
    The Portuguese began to show much more interest in Brazil
    • A. 

      After brazilwood became a major cash crop

    • B. 

      After the discover of gold and silver mines

    • C. 

      After the English victory over the Spanish Armada

    • D. 

      After a Spanish military loss to France removed Spain as a serious rival for Brazil

    • E. 

      After the establishment of profitable sugar plantations

  • 8. 
    Spanish migrants who were born in Europe were known as
    • A. 

      Peninsulares

    • B. 

      Encomiendas

    • C. 

      Mestizos

    • D. 

      Zambos

    • E. 

      Mulattoes

  • 9. 
    In North America, the Europeans intially found a profitable commodity when they bartered for
    • A. 

      Fur

    • B. 

      Indigo

    • C. 

      Maize

    • D. 

      Tobacco

    • E. 

      Molasses

  • 10. 
    Christopher Columbus's first plan was
    • A. 

      To form an alliance with the French before attacking the Ta'nos

    • B. 

      To build trading post where merchants could trade with local population

    • C. 

      To plunder the legendary wealth of the Aztecs

    • D. 

      To subjugate the native population as a slave race for the Spanish

    • E. 

      To form an alliance with the Aztecs against Inca

  • 11. 
    The most important factor in explaining the Spanish victory over the Aztecs and Incas was
    • A. 

      The Spanish alliance with the Maya

    • B. 

      The devestating loss of life caused by European-borne diseases

    • C. 

      The Spanish strength in numbers

    • D. 

      The military of the well-trained Spanish troops

    • E. 

      The overwhelming Spanish superiority in guns and cannons

  • 12. 
    The power of the viceroys was checked by review by
    • A. 

      The encomiendas

    • B. 

      The mestizo

    • C. 

      The conquistadores

    • D. 

      The audiencias

    • E. 

      The zambos

  • 13. 
    For the Spanish, the greatest attraction of the Americas was
    • A. 

      Precious metals

    • B. 

      Sugar

    • C. 

      Slaves

    • D. 

      A new class of trading partners to buy Spanish manufactured goods

    • E. 

      Tobacco

  • 14. 
    The encomenderos were
    • A. 

      The Spanish adminstrative officials who ruled over the colonies and reported back to Spain

    • B. 

      Individuals with indigenous and European parentage

    • C. 

      Aztec priests who viewed the Spanish as visiting Gods

    • D. 

      Spanish settlers

    • E. 

      The first society of the Americas to come into contact with the Spanish

  • 15. 
    The British intially made use of Australia
    • A. 

      As a penal colony

    • B. 

      Because of its extraordinary agricultural abundance

    • C. 

      As a busy port on the route from Acapulco to Manila

    • D. 

      As a tourist retreat

    • E. 

      Because of its rich silver mines

  • 16. 
    Which of the following sites in North America was originally a Dutch colony?
    • A. 

      New York

    • B. 

      Plymouth

    • C. 

      Quebec

    • D. 

      Jamestown

    • E. 

      Post Royal

  • 17. 
    The term "mestizo" refers to 
    • A. 

      The percentage of silver that went to the Spanish government

    • B. 

      The coins that were used in the Aztec empire

    • C. 

      An individual of indigenous and European parentage

    • D. 

      The Spanish plantations on which millions of Central and South Americans were enslaved

    • E. 

      The Aztec term for the mysterious disease that devestated their population

  • 18. 
    By the seventeenth century, the most prominent site of agriculture in Spanish America was the
    • A. 

      Metis

    • B. 

      Hacienda

    • C. 

      Quinto

    • D. 

      Repartimiento

    • E. 

      Zambo

  • 19. 
    The first people of the Americas to come into contact with Spanish were the
    • A. 

      Inca

    • B. 

      Aztecs

    • C. 

      Maya

    • D. 

      Ta'nos

    • E. 

      Chimu

  • 20. 
    Herman Cortes was responsible for conquest of the
    • A. 

      Inca

    • B. 

      Moche

    • C. 

      Chimu

    • D. 

      Aztecs

    • E. 

      Ta'nos

  • 21. 
    The Treaty of Tordesillas
    • A. 

      Limited Spanish northern expansion at modern-day Florida

    • B. 

      Ended the Seven Years' War

    • C. 

      Ended the English practice of raiding Spanish treasure galleons

    • D. 

      Granted England control over Australia

    • E. 

      Split Central and South America between Spain and Portugal

  • 22. 
    The two centers of Spanish royal authority in the Americas were
    • A. 

      Tenochtitlan and Mexico City

    • B. 

      Cuzco and Tenochtitlan

    • C. 

      Mexico City and Cuzco

    • D. 

      Lima and Chanchan

    • E. 

      Lima and Mexico City

  • 23. 
    The English colony of Jamestown
    • A. 

      Was nearly destoyed due to mass starvation

    • B. 

      Mysteriously disappeared during a period where the English too busy to send aid

    • C. 

      Served as a remarkably satisfactory location of the Puritans

    • D. 

      Was burned to the ground during a French invasion

    • E. 

      Was wildly successful and quickly recouped the original financial investment

  • 24. 
    Plantations created a demand for
    • A. 

      Cheap labor

    • B. 

      Tobacco

    • C. 

      Cash crops

    • D. 

      Education

    • E. 

      Money

  • 25. 
    Which of the following was not true of the American Indians that the English and French came into contact with?
    • A. 

      The North American Indians did not live in densely populated areas

    • B. 

      The North American Indians did not have large, centralized states like the Aztecs and Inca

    • C. 

      The Indians produced agriculture, but moved frequently in pursuit of game

    • D. 

      The Indians guarded their claims to private ownership of land even more jealously than the Europeans did

    • E. 

      The Indians lived in dozens of distinct societies

  • 26. 
    The first plentiful labor force for North America was
    • A. 

      Indentured servants

    • B. 

      Metis purchased from Canada

    • C. 

      African slaves

    • D. 

      Peninsulares from South America

    • E. 

      Native Americans who worked as a part of a complicated barter system

  • 27. 
    The Virgin of Guadalupe esentially became a national symbol for
    • A. 

      Brazil

    • B. 

      Peru

    • C. 

      Mexico

    • D. 

      Chile

    • E. 

      Argentina

  • 28. 
    The population of the Carribean went from about 4 million in 1492 to __________ in the 1540's
    • A. 

      8 million

    • B. 

      2 million

    • C. 

      A few thousand

    • D. 

      5 million

    • E. 

      4 million

  • 29. 
    The cheif Spanish royal administrators in the Americas were
    • A. 

      The conquistadors

    • B. 

      The peninsulares

    • C. 

      The encomiendas

    • D. 

      The viceroys

    • E. 

      The haciendas

  • 30. 
    The conquistadors
    • A. 

      In turn were defeated by French forces

    • B. 

      Lost control because of a bloody battle between the forces of Cortes and Pizzaro

    • C. 

      Established empires in Central and South America that lasted until eighteenth century

    • D. 

      Eventually lost control and were replaced by formal rule by the Spanish crown

    • E. 

      Eventually died of the smallpox that they unwittingly introduced to the Americas