SAT World History Full-length Practice Test 1: Part D

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1. In 212 CE, Roman citizenship was extended to

A. slaves and indentured servants
B. all free inhabitants of the Republic
C. all military personnel and veterans
D. educated native-born landowners
E. all free inhabitants of the empire

2. The events that took place at Masada in 72-73 CE showed that the early Jews of Israel were

A. great reformers in economy and society
B. fierce conquerors of opposing kingdoms
C. mediators of conflicts between neighbors
D. determined defenders of their homeland
E. enlightened scholars of philosophy

3. Which of these shows the correct chronological order in which different types of metals were discovered and used?

A. Bronze, iron, steel, copper
B. Copper, bronze, iron, steel
C. Iron, steel, copper, bronze
D. Steel, copper, iron, bronze
E. Bronze, copper, steel, iron

4. London was originally developed from a village into a major walled city by the

A. Vikings, circa 865 CE
B. Normans, circa 1066 CE
C. Anglo-Saxons, circa 670 CE
D. Celts, circa 50 BCE
E. Romans, circa 43 CE

5. The kingdom of Great Zimbabwe was most notable in the African Iron Age for its extensive system of

A. military formations
B. walls and stonework
C. ports and markets
D. silver mines
E. salt mines

6. The Russo-Japanese War became the first event in modern history in which

A. colonial and imperial ambitions led to armed conflict
B. an Asian nation achieved victory over a European power
C. two major world powers clashed over territory
D. a conflict took place simultaneously on the land and sea
E. territory rather than ideology was the motivating factor

7. The writings of Charles Dickens were BEST known for their criticism of

A. apparent hypocrisy in religious ethics
B. universal suffrage movements
C. British colonial ambitions and trade
D. economic inequality and poverty
E. racist practices and world slavery

8. In ancient times, the most common route for the Chinese to trade with the Roman Empire and Europe was

A. Via Maris
B. Silk Roads
C. Appian Way
D. Middle Passage
E. King's Highway

9. The Four Noble Truths, traditionally believed to have been articulated by the Buddha in his first sermon after enlightenment, include all of the following EXCEPT

A. suffering is caused by desire and other negative actions
B. dissemination of beliefs is necessary to a religion
C. human life is inevitably filled with sorrow
D. nirvana may be reached via the path of the Middle Way
E. cessation of desires can lead to the peace of nirvana

10. Chinese leader Kublai Khan was known for all of the following, EXCEPT

A. introducing Buddhism to China
B. completing the Mongol conquest of China
C. establishing a capital city in Beijing
D. serving as host and benefactor to Marco Polo
E. launching unsuccessful invasions of Japan

11. In seventeenth-century Holland, a major economic bubble resulted from speculative frenzy over the sale of

A. artwork
B. religious relics
C. Chinese silks
D. houses
E. tulips


This embroidery of England's King Harold was created to memorialize the

A. invasion of the Anglo-Saxons
B. Roman takeover of England
C. Irish resistance to English oppression
D. Norman takeover of England
E. English domination of Wales and Scotland

13. Which of these was the primary obstacle to French construction of the Panama Canal in the 1880s?

A. Diseases carried by mosquitoes
B. Negotiations with labor unions
C. Encroachments by the British
D. Conflicts with the natives
E. Battles of the Spanish-American War

14. The Chinese concept of t'ien ming, or mandate of heaven, most closely resembled the European ideal of

A. indentured labor
B. feudal manorialism
C. the "city on the hill"
D. divine right of kings
E. royal appanage

15. Which of these does NOT describe one of the reasons Mexico declined an alliance with Germany during World War I?

A. British blockades would prevent armament shipments to Mexico.
B. Americans in former Mexican territories would refuse to assimilate.
C. Mexican ships felt too threatened by German U-boats.
D. Attacking the United States would endanger South American alliances.
E. The United States would be too powerful an enemy for Mexico.

16. Ancient imperialism MOST differed from modern imperialism in that

A. modern imperialism focuses more on taxation of conquered people
B. ancient imperialism was undertaken mostly by Britain and France
C. modern imperialism has generally involved very few nations
D. ancient imperialism focused more strongly on Asia and Africa
E. modern imperialism is focused primarily on industrialist pursuits

17. The Songhai Empire in Western Africa collapsed in 1591 as an immediate result of

A. attempts to promote trade on the Niger River
B. an invasion by Morocco into the Songhai territory
C. fluctuations in the trading of gold and salt
D. conflict between Islam and traditional religions
E. the conquering of Gao by the Mali Empire

18. Alchemy is best defined as the practice of

A. paying reparations for damages caused by warfare
B. banning religious services in a particular region
C. making a government's political processes transparent
D. manufacturing interchangeable parts on assembly lines
E. attempting to transform metals and find immortality

19. The 1955 Warsaw Pact created a communist counterbalance to the

A. European Union
B. United Nations
C. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
D. European Economic Community
E. North Atlantic Treaty Organization

20. The Zapatista National Liberation Army, which arose in Mexico in the 1990s, chose the name Zapatista to evoke the

A. glories of Mexican monarchs
B. spirit of peasant rebellion
C. fervor of Islamic extremists
D. plight of migrant workers
E. anger of South American warriors