World History

Cuneiform tablet containing an administrative account of barley distribution, ca. 3100-2900 B.C.E.

Which of the following geographic features was a primary factor that enabled the Sumerians to farm crops such as the barley mentioned in the administrative account shown above?

(A) The river valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates
(B) The mountains of the Hindu Kush
(C) The Nile Delta
(D) The deserts of the Arabian peninsula
World History

The granting of independence to the African nations in their form by the European powers after World War 2 is frequently criticised for what?

(A) The use of arbitrary borders
(B) The imposition of reparations to be paid to the colonisers
(C) The destruction of the Qin dynasty
(D) The appointment of the colonisers of their own governments
(E) The continued genocide in countries like Botswana and Egypt
World History

Which Indian leader was in support of the partitioning of India between its Hindu majority and its Muslim minority in its struggle for independence after World War 2?

A. Muhammad Ali Jinnah
B. Jawaharlal Nehru
C. Indira Gandhi
D. Bhagat Singh
E. Mohandas Gandhi
World History

Under whom did the Aztecs reach the peak of their empire’s extent before being defeated by the Spanish?

(A) Montezuma II
(B) Huayna Capac
(C) Teotlalco
(D) Itzcoatl
(E) Ahuitzotl
World History

What was the primary grain of the Mesoamerican civilizations?

(A) Maize
(B) Rice
(C) Wheat
(D) Barley
(E) Rye
World History

The Berlin Conference eventually resulted in:

(A)  The partitioning of Africa among the European Powers
(B) The payment of war reparations to France and Britain
(C) The cession of the remaining areas of French India to the British
(D) The expansion of Russian influence in Africa and Asia
(E) The division of Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire
World History

The following quote best represents the ideas of which thinker?

[The rich] consume little more than the poor, and in spite of their natural selfishness and rapacity…they divide with the poor the produce of all their improvements. They are led by an invisible hand to make nearly the same distribution of the necessaries of life, which would have been made, had the earth been divided into equal portions among all its inhabitants, and thus without intending it, without knowing it, advance the interest of the society, and afford means to the multiplication of the species.

(A) Jean-Jacques Rosseau
(B) Adam Smith
(C) Friedrich Engels
(D) Voltaire
(E) Ricardo
World History

The religion of Sikhism, in India, was primarily influenced by which two religions?

A. Hinduism and Buddhism
B. Islam and Buddhism
C. Zoroastrianism and Hinduism
D. Hinduism and Islam
E. Buddhism and Zoroastrianism
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In the 19th and 20th century, the empire of Austria-Hungary encountered many problems primarily as a result of what?

(A) Nationalism
(B) Economic contraction due to the loss of colonies
(C) Violent Republicanism
(D) Internal difficulties in the monarchy
(E) An influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe
World History

The beginning of Nikita Khrushchev’s rule in the Soviet Union makes a drastic in change in Soviet foreign policy, from an aggressive and direct expansion of communism under Stalin into what?

(A) Peaceful Coexistence
(B) Detente
(C) Glasnost
(E) Perestroika