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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 17. 
    All of the Following were tributary states of China EXCEPT 
    • A. 

      Korea

    • B. 

      Tibet

    • C. 

      Vietnam

    • D. 

      India

    • E. 

      Japan

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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