The Ultimate Trivia Questions On World History AP

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  • 1. 

    Which of the following is true of both Mesopotamia and Egypt?

    • A.

      Both were organized into city-states.

    • B.

      Both were ruled by a military dictatorship.

    • C.

      In both, writing systems were used.

    • D.

      Both had monotheistic belief systems.

    • E.

      Mummification was important in both.

    Correct Answer
    C. In both, writing systems were used.
    Explanation
    Both Mesopotamia and Egypt had writing systems. Writing was crucial for both civilizations as it allowed them to record and communicate information, keep records, and develop complex administrative systems. In Mesopotamia, the writing system was called cuneiform, which used wedge-shaped symbols impressed on clay tablets. In Egypt, they used hieroglyphics, a system of pictorial symbols. Both writing systems played a significant role in the cultural and intellectual development of these civilizations.

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  • 2. 

    All of the following were characteristics of classical civilizations EXCEPT

    • A.

      Central government

    • B.

      Social stratification

    • C.

      Extensive trade

    • D.

      Organized bureaucracy

    • E.

      Democratic Institutions

    Correct Answer
    E. Democratic Institutions
    Explanation
    The question asks for a characteristic that was NOT present in classical civilizations. Classical civilizations were known for their central governments, social stratification, extensive trade, and organized bureaucracies. However, democratic institutions were not a characteristic of classical civilizations. Instead, these civilizations were often ruled by monarchies or other forms of autocratic governments.

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  • 3. 

    Buddhism and Christianity have which of the following in common?

    • A.

      Belief in one god

    • B.

      A hierarchal organization

    • C.

      An emphasis on missionary activities

    • D.

      De-emphasis on rituals

    • E.

      Selective salvation

    Correct Answer
    C. An emphasis on missionary activities
    Explanation
    Buddhism and Christianity have an emphasis on missionary activities in common. Both religions actively seek to spread their beliefs and convert others to their respective faiths. They believe in the importance of sharing their teachings and values with others, and actively engage in missionary work to achieve this goal. This commonality reflects their shared commitment to spreading their religious messages and expanding their communities.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following statement most accuratly reflects a major difference between the fall of the Roman and Han Empire?

    • A.

      The effects of a decline in trade were more severe in Rome than in Han

    • B.

      Only Rome suffered from major issues with government corruption

    • C.

      While the Han had difficulty collecting taxes, the roman Empire maintained an efficient tax collection system

    • D.

      The spread of Buddhism had a large impact of the decline of Han, while Christianity had little impact on the decline of Rome

    • E.

      Nomadic invasions impacted the Han more than the Roman Empire

    Correct Answer
    A. The effects of a decline in trade were more severe in Rome than in Han
    Explanation
    The statement reflects a major difference between the fall of the Roman and Han Empire by highlighting the severity of the decline in trade in Rome compared to Han. This suggests that the economic impact of the decline in trade was more significant in Rome, potentially contributing to its downfall. In contrast, the statement does not discuss other factors such as government corruption, tax collection, or the influence of Buddhism and Christianity, indicating that these may not have been major differences between the two empires' declines. Additionally, the statement does not mention nomadic invasions, suggesting that this factor was not a major difference between the two empires' falls.

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  • 5. 

    Dharma and karma are important concepts in which of the following two religions?

    • A.

      Judaism and Buddhism

    • B.

      Daoism and Confucianism

    • C.

      Hinduism and Islam

    • D.

      Buddhism and Hinduism

    • E.

      Christianity and Judaism

    Correct Answer
    D. Buddhism and Hinduism
    Explanation
    Dharma and karma are important concepts in Buddhism and Hinduism. In Buddhism, dharma refers to the teachings of the Buddha and the path to enlightenment, while karma refers to the belief in cause and effect, where one's actions in this life will determine their future lives. In Hinduism, dharma refers to one's duty or moral responsibility, and karma refers to the consequences of one's actions, which can affect their future lives and reincarnation. Both religions emphasize the importance of living a righteous life and the belief in the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.

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  • 6. 

    All of the following contributed to the Bantu Migration EXCEPT

    • A.

      Military conquest

    • B.

      Population pressure

    • C.

      Use of iron tools

    • D.

      Cultivation of bananas

    • E.

      Spread of agriculture

    Correct Answer
    A. Military conquest
    Explanation
    The Bantu Migration was a significant movement of Bantu-speaking people across Africa. They migrated in search of fertile land for agriculture and to escape population pressure. The Bantu people were skilled in ironworking, which allowed them to clear land and cultivate crops more efficiently. Additionally, they cultivated bananas, which provided a reliable source of food during their journey. However, military conquest is not considered a direct cause of the Bantu Migration.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following statements best describe the political heritage of classical China?

    • A.

      Citizens are obligated to participate in the institution of government.

    • B.

      The emperor is to the state as the father is to family.

    • C.

      The leader with the strongest army will wield the power.

    • D.

      The emperor should be questioned by his people.

    • E.

      The leader is chosen by the wisest in the community.

    Correct Answer
    B. The emperor is to the state as the father is to family.
    Explanation
    In classical China, the political heritage was characterized by the belief that the emperor held a paternalistic role in governing the state, similar to the father's role in a family. This means that the emperor was seen as the ultimate authority figure and had the responsibility to protect and provide for his subjects, just as a father would for his family. This concept emphasized the hierarchical nature of the political system, where the emperor's power and authority were unquestioned, and the well-being of the state depended on his leadership.

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  • 8. 

    Christianity spread to all of the following areas by 600 ce EXCEPT

    • A.

      Middle East

    • B.

      Western Europe

    • C.

      East Africa

    • D.

      Central Asia

    • E.

      East Asia

    Correct Answer
    E. East Asia
    Explanation
    Christianity spread to the Middle East, Western Europe, East Africa, and Central Asia by 600 CE. However, it did not spread to East Asia by that time. This can be attributed to various factors such as cultural and religious differences, geographical barriers, and the dominance of other religions in East Asia, such as Buddhism and Confucianism.

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  • 9. 

    After the expansion of Islam into West Africa,

    • A.

      Native animist beliefs disappeared.

    • B.

      The economy slowed.

    • C.

      A decentralized government developed.

    • D.

      Civil war broke out.

    • E.

      Trade increased.

    Correct Answer
    E. Trade increased.
    Explanation
    After the expansion of Islam into West Africa, trade increased. This is because Islam brought with it a strong trading network and a focus on commerce. Islamic merchants and traders established new trade routes and connections, leading to an expansion of trade in the region. Additionally, the spread of Islam encouraged the growth of urban centers, which further facilitated trade and economic activities. Therefore, trade flourished as a result of Islam's expansion into West Africa.

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  • 10. 

    According to Confucius, the most important role of the scholar-gentry class was to

    • A.

      Help decide who would rule the nation

    • B.

      Found universities for teaching the young.

    • C.

      Create a large bureaucracy.

    • D.

      Rewrite the civil service exam every year.

    • E.

      Promote harmony through the administration of the state.

    Correct Answer
    E. Promote harmony through the administration of the state.
    Explanation
    According to Confucius, the scholar-gentry class had the most important role of promoting harmony through the administration of the state. This means that their main responsibility was to ensure that the government and society functioned smoothly and harmoniously. They were expected to provide moral guidance, uphold Confucian principles, and maintain social order. Their role was not primarily about deciding who would rule the nation or founding universities, but rather about using their knowledge and influence to promote harmony and good governance within the state.

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  • 11. 

    Which of the following two religions have had the greatest impact on Japan through the centuries?

    • A.

      Daoism and Buddhism

    • B.

      Shinto and Buddhism

    • C.

      Animism and Hinduism

    • D.

      Christianity and Confucianism

    • E.

      Judaism and Daoism

    Correct Answer
    B. Shinto and Buddhism
    Explanation
    Shinto and Buddhism have had the greatest impact on Japan through the centuries. Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan, characterized by the worship of kami (spirits or gods) and a deep connection to nature. Buddhism was introduced to Japan from China and Korea in the 6th century and has since become a major religious and cultural influence. The combination of Shinto and Buddhist beliefs and practices has shaped Japanese society, art, and architecture, and continues to play a significant role in the lives of the Japanese people.

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  • 12. 

    In the time perod 600 to 1450 ce, Dunhuang, Kashgar, and Samarkand were examples of

    • A.

      Oasis towns of the Silk Road.

    • B.

      Political capitals in East Africa.

    • C.

      Economic centers on the Mediterranean Sea.

    • D.

      Religious pilgrimage sites in South Asia.

    • E.

      Port cities along the Indian Ocean.

    Correct Answer
    A. Oasis towns of the Silk Road.
    Explanation
    During the time period of 600 to 1450 CE, Dunhuang, Kashgar, and Samarkand were examples of oasis towns along the Silk Road. The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that connected East Asia with the Mediterranean, passing through various regions including Central Asia. These oasis towns were strategically located along the Silk Road, providing vital rest and supply points for merchants and travelers. They were characterized by their proximity to oases, which provided water and fertile land in the otherwise arid desert regions. These towns played a significant role in facilitating trade and cultural exchange along the Silk Road.

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  • 13. 

    The collapse of empire was more severe in Western Europe than it was in the eastern Mediterranean or China because 

    • A.

      Only Rome lost political control of the empire.

    • B.

      Continual waves of nomadic invasions made recovery difficult.

    • C.

      The increase in Rome's population made feeding the population difficult.

    • D.

      The Han dynasty in China was able to recover power

    • E.

      The eastern Mediterranean developed feudalism, which restored order.

    Correct Answer
    B. Continual waves of nomadic invasions made recovery difficult.
    Explanation
    The collapse of the empire was more severe in Western Europe than in the eastern Mediterranean or China because of continual waves of nomadic invasions. These invasions made it difficult for Western Europe to recover and maintain political control. The constant attacks disrupted the stability and infrastructure of the region, making it challenging to rebuild and regain control. In contrast, the eastern Mediterranean and China were able to recover and maintain power due to different factors such as the development of feudalism in the eastern Mediterranean and the ability of the Han dynasty in China to regain control.

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  • 14. 

    All of the following are true statements about Islam EXCEPT

    • A.

      Mohammed was the messenger of God

    • B.

      All are equal under the eyes of God

    • C.

      Muslims should pray five times a day

    • D.

      A clear line of succession was established after Mohammed's death

    • E.

      The hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca

    Correct Answer
    D. A clear line of succession was established after Mohammed's death
    Explanation
    The given answer is correct because after Mohammed's death, there was no clear and agreed-upon line of succession in Islam. This led to a division among Muslims, with some believing that the successor should be chosen through election or consensus, while others believed it should be based on bloodline. This division ultimately led to the split between Sunni and Shia Muslims.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following had the most advanced naval technology in the time period 600 to 1450?

    • A.

      Western Europe

    • B.

      China

    • C.

      West Africa

    • D.

      Byzantine Empire

    • E.

      India

    Correct Answer
    B. China
    Explanation
    China had the most advanced naval technology in the time period 600 to 1450. During this time, China had developed advanced shipbuilding techniques, such as the invention of the sternpost rudder and multiple masts, which allowed for greater maneuverability and larger ships. They also had advanced navigation techniques, including the use of compasses and accurate maps. China's naval technology enabled them to explore and trade throughout the Indian Ocean and beyond, establishing a dominant presence in maritime trade during this time period.

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  • 16. 

    Which of the following empired existed more than five hundred years after the other four?

    • A.

      Han

    • B.

      Roman

    • C.

      Mauryan

    • D.

      Gupta

    • E.

      Song

    Correct Answer
    E. Song
    Explanation
    The Song Empire existed more than five hundred years after the other four empires mentioned. The Han Empire existed from 206 BC to 220 AD, the Roman Empire existed from 27 BC to 476 AD, the Mauryan Empire existed from 322 BC to 185 BC, and the Gupta Empire existed from 320 AD to 550 AD. In contrast, the Song Empire existed from 960 AD to 1279 AD, making it the empire that lasted the longest out of the given options.

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  • 17. 

    All of the Following were tributary states of China EXCEPT 

    • A.

      Korea

    • B.

      Tibet

    • C.

      Vietnam

    • D.

      India

    • E.

      Japan

    Correct Answer
    D. India
    Explanation
    All of the given options, except for India, were tributary states of China. Korea, Tibet, Vietnam, and Japan all had historical periods where they paid tribute to China as a sign of their subordination and recognition of Chinese authority. However, India was never a tributary state of China. India had its own complex history and interactions with China, but it was not under direct Chinese control or influence as a tributary state.

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  • 18. 

    "The unexamined life is not worth living." This quotation was an important part of philosophy in which classical civilization?

    • A.

      China

    • B.

      India

    • C.

      Southeast Asia

    • D.

      Greece

    • E.

      Feudal Europe

    Correct Answer
    D. Greece
    Explanation
    This quotation, "The unexamined life is not worth living," is attributed to the Greek philosopher Socrates. It reflects the importance of self-reflection and introspection in leading a meaningful life. Socrates believed that individuals should constantly question and examine their beliefs, values, and actions in order to live a life of purpose and fulfillment. This quotation is therefore associated with classical civilization in Greece.

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  • 19. 

    All of the following were advancements that occured during the Tang or Song dynasties EXCEPT

    • A.

      First use of the compass

    • B.

      Invention of gunpowder

    • C.

      Printing press with movable type

    • D.

      Paper money

    • E.

      Decimal system

    Correct Answer
    E. Decimal system
    Explanation
    During the Tang and Song dynasties, several advancements took place, including the first use of the compass, the invention of gunpowder, the printing press with movable type, and the introduction of paper money. However, the decimal system was not one of the advancements that occurred during this time period. The decimal system, which is based on the number 10 and the use of place value, was actually developed in ancient India and later adopted by various civilizations around the world. Therefore, the decimal system is the correct answer as it did not occur during the Tang or Song dynasties.

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  • 20. 

    The term Dar al-Islam refers to

    • A.

      Areas that share a common Muslim culture as a basis for society

    • B.

      Lands that are enemies of the Muslim religion

    • C.

      Religious leaders influential in the community

    • D.

      Conquered areas that refuse to convert to Islam

    • E.

      Trade routes that link the Islamic world to the non-Muslim world

    Correct Answer
    A. Areas that share a common Muslim culture as a basis for society
    Explanation
    The term Dar al-Islam refers to areas that share a common Muslim culture as a basis for society. This term is used to describe regions where Islam is the dominant religion and where Muslims can freely practice their faith without persecution. It signifies a geographical area where Islamic laws and customs are followed, and where the Muslim community can live according to their religious beliefs and traditions. Dar al-Islam is a concept that emphasizes the unity and solidarity of Muslims living in a particular region, and it highlights the importance of cultural and religious cohesion within Muslim societies.

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