SAT World History Full-length Practice Test 2: Part B

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1. After solidifying his control over Russia following civil war in 1918, Lenin's immediate goal was to

A. create a new communist government
B. reclaim Russian territory lost in World War I
C. eliminate any remaining political dissidents
D. institute his own totalitarian political regime
E. stabilize the Russian economy

2. Early Vietnamese resistance to the French imperialists who controlled their country was primarily a response to

A. abusive labor practices
B. destructive agricultural policies
C. racially discriminatory governance
D. suppression of native religion
E. violent police tactics

3. The city of Great Zimbabwe and the kingdom of Aksum were MOST similar in that both

A. became predominantly Christian societies
B. were located along the banks of the Red Sea
C. were eventually toppled by Muslim invaders
D. thrived on income derived from trade routes
E. incorporated Greek as their primary language

4. During the expansion of the Muslim Empire in the seventh century, all of these were true EXCEPT

A. conquered people who converted to Islam were not required to pay a poll tax
B. the ability to read Arabic was highly valued in regions conquered by Muslims
C. pagan members of conquered societies were expected to convert to Islam or face death
D. conquered people of Christian or Jewish faiths were required to submit to military service
E. conquered people who refused to convert to Islam were prevented from spreading their faith

5. The native Japanese religion of Shinto is primarily focused on

A. deity worship
B. personal enlightenment
C. ancestral veneration
D. dogmatic occultism
E. penitent self-denial

6. Which of these was NOT true of the spread of Islam in eastern and central Africa?

A. The conversion of Africans to Islam was largely the result of trade.
B. African women readily accepted Islam's traditional attitudes toward women.
C. The elite of the African business community saw conversion as commercially valuable.
D. Many Africans who converted to Islam were allowed to retain some tribal customs.
E. The agricultural population was more reluctant to convert than others.

7. The spread of ancient Greek culture throughout the Mediterranean region was primarily the result of Greece's

A. unique geography
B. military conquests
C. diverse population
D. democratic government
E. economic prosperity

8. "It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity."

This quote was most likely spoken by a leader who supported what philosophy of government?

A. Republicanism
B. Absolute monarchism
C. Enlightened despotism
D. Fascism
E. Constitutional monarchism

9. The concept of the mandate of heaven provided a rationalization for

A. maintaining strict standards of morality
B. invading and conquering foreign civilizations
C. transferring power from one dynasty to another
D. believing in the moral superiority of the Chinese
E. adopting largely male-dominated gender roles

10. The Incan civilization was unique among pre-Columbian civilizations most notably because the Inca

A. used irrigation systems to increase agricultural yield
B. practiced a polytheistic form of religion
C. developed a complex written language
D. expanded their empire through conquest
E. built an advanced system of roads

11. For the majority of the eighteenth century, South Africa was controlled by the

A. Dutch
B. English
C. Spanish
D. French
E. Portuguese

12. Fear over the domino theory led the United States to enter which military conflict?

A. World War I
B. World War II
C. Korean War
D. Vietnam War
E. Persian Gulf War

13. Which of these Roman authors produced both the Annals and Germania?

A. Cicero
B. Tacitus
C. Virgil
D. Seneca
E. Horace

14. Both England and Egypt experienced all of the following as a result of the Industrial Revolution, EXCEPT

A. improved communication methods
B. expertise in glassmaking
C. increased levels of foreign trade
D. thriving cotton textile factories
E. commercial agriculture profits

15. The earliest significant civilization in Mesoamerica developed around the settlement of

A. Tenochtitlán
B. Cuzco
C. Chichén Itzá
D. Tula
E. Tikal

16. Japan turned to militarism in the 1930s primarily as a result of the

A. series of Chinese threats along the borders
B. belief that democracy had failed
C. desire to retake control of nearby foreign colonies
D. rash of violent civil unrest in the cities
E. desire to be completely isolated from the West

17. In order to restore peace in Europe after the Napoleonic Wars, the Congress of Vienna did all of the following EXCEPT

A. formally recognize Swiss independence
B. introduce the German Confederation
C. require France to disband its military
D. create the Kingdom of the Netherlands
E. restore the legitimacy of the monarchy

18. The Later Ly dynasty incorporated many aspects of the Chinese bureaucratic and civil service practices as it established a new centralized form of government in present-day

A. Vietnam
B. Cambodia
C. Korea
D. Thailand
E. Laos


What famous trade route is shown on the map?

A. Via Appia
B. Silk Roads
C. Via Maris
D. Amber Road
E. King's Highway

20. During his reign, Alexander the Great conquered all of the following EXCEPT

A. Syria
B. Egypt
C. Mesopotamia
D. India
E. Asia Minor

21. The Maoist version of communism practiced in China during the 1950s and 1960s differed from the concurrent Soviet version of communism in that it

A. promoted a peaceful coexistence with capitalist countries
B. viewed the proletariat as a nation rather than a class
C. favored the redistribution of wealth among the peasantry
D. advocated the censorship of artistic and literary endeavors
E. espoused the value of state-run agricultural programs

22. Which civilization's code of law was written in the Twelve Tables?

A. Greece
B. Egypt
C. England
D. France
E. Rome

23. Which of these BEST describes the Taiping Rebellion?

A. National uprising against imperialist rule
B. Militant communist insurgency
C. Battle for dynastic control of China
D. Religious and political civil war
E. Revolt against the Mongol occupation

24. Among the Bantu-speaking peoples of Africa, the term griots referred to

A. leaders
B. storytellers
C. priests
D. warriors
E. slaves

25. The navigator Ferdinand Magellan is most famous for

A. leading the first expedition around the Cape of Good Hope
B. being the first European to reach the Pacific Ocean
C. leading the first attempt to locate the Northwest Passage
D. making the first landing in the New World
E. being the first person to circumnavigate the globe