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
(D) MAD
(E) Perestroika
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

Followers of Mahayana Buddhism are most likely to be found in which of the following countries?

(A) Malaysia
(B) Thailand
(C) Uzbekistan
(D) Laos
(E) Taiwan
World History

Japanese emperors are traditionally seen by the Japanese people as:

A. The emissaries of celestial spirits on Earth
B.  Descendants of Amaterasu
C. Nature spirits in flesh
D. Warrior-Lords upon whom they rely on for protection
E. Rulers by virtue of the military successes of their ancestors.
World History


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

The writing form depicted in the image above illustrates which of the following advances in human civilization?

(A) The ability of the Sumerians to create published texts that were widely available to the masses
(B) The ability of the Sumerians to organize their society more effectively by keeping written records of economic transactions
(C) The ability of the Sumerians to travel to other parts of the world using advanced wagon-wheel technology
(D) The ability of the Sumerians to domesticate wild animals for human use
World History

The central element in the industrialisation of the United Kingdom during the industrial revolution was:

(A)  Colonies
(B) Cheap immigrant labor
(C) Factories
(D) Collective farming
(E) Trade with continental Europe
World History

Which of the following men were not influenced by Enlightenment thinking in Europe?

(A) Toussant L’Ouverture
(B) Benjamin Franklin
(C) Ferdinand of Aragon
(D) Simon Bolivar
(E) Voltaire
World History

During his reign, King Louis XIV of France constantly kept his nobles near his court at Versailles and gave them grand titles. What was his main reason for doing this?

(A) To win their loyalty and support
(B) To prevent them from gaining significant power
(C) To centralize rule and make governing more efficient
(D) To build a powerful network of nobles
(E) To prevent them from abusing their privileges.
World History

“Our constitution does not copy the laws of neighboring states; we are rather a pattern to others than imitators ourselves. Its administration favors the many instead of the few; this is why it is called a democracy. If we look to the laws, they afford equal justice to all in their private differences; if no social standing, advancement in public life falls to reputation for capacity, class considerations not being allowed to interfere with merit; nor again does poverty bar the way, if a man is able to serve the state, he is not hindered by the obscurity of his condition. The freedom which we enjoy in our government extends also to our ordinary life. There, far from exercising a jealous surveillance over each other, we do not feel called upon to be angry with our neighbor for doing what he likes, or even to indulge in those injurious looks which cannot fail to be offensive, although they inflict no positive penalty. But all this ease in our private relations does not make us lawless as citizens. Against this fear is our chief safeguard, teaching us to obey the magistrates and the laws, particularly such as regard the protection of the injured, whether they are actually on the statute book, or belong to that code which, although unwritten, yet cannot be broken without acknowledged disgrace.”

Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War, ca. 415 B.C.E.

According to the passage, which of the following is a characteristic of classical Greek democracy?

(A) The weighing of individual accomplishment above financial status
(B) The imitation of neighboring states’ laws and principles
(C) The ability of average people to overthrow leaders with whom they disagree
(D) The justice system’s protection of the injured only through explicitly written legal codes
World History

During his reign, King Louis XIV of France constantly kept his nobles near his court at Versailles and gave them grand titles. What was his main reason for doing this?

A. To win their loyalty and support
B. To prevent them from gaining significant power
C. To centralize rule and make governing more efficient
D. To build a powerful network of nobles
E. To prevent them from abusing their privileges