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Cultural Literacy Test - World History I

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1. Simon Bolivar was hero of the
American Revolution
Spanish civil war
South American wars of independence
era of exploration during the Spanish Golden Age
2. The major result of the Peloponnesian Wars was
Athens' loss of supremacy
Julius Caesar's fall from power
the rise of Islam in the Middle East and North Africa
the establishment of the Ottoman Empire
3. Which of the following is not a result of South Africa's policy of apartheld?
South Africa has left the British Commonwealth.
Black Africans in South Africa have been forbidden to own businesses.
Black Africans in South Africa have been resettled in "homelands."
Asians and black Africans in South Africa have been forced to live in separate areas.
4. The revolutions of 1848 took place in
France, Germany, Austria, and Italy
England and Ireland
Venezuela, Brazil, and Ecuador
Lithuania and Latvia
5. The World War II coalition known as the Axis consisted of
the United States, Great Britain, and France
the Soviet Union and Germany
the neutral nations
Germany, Italy, and Japan
6. Niccolo Machiavelli is best known for
his writings on the uses of political power
economic theories that led to the decline of federalism
fighting alongside Garibaldi in the wars for Italian unification
founding the Italian Communist party
7. An important event during the reign of Henry VIII was
the English civil war
the signing of Magna Carta
the Wars of the Roses
the creation of the Church of England
8. Which of the following was not a result of the Russian Revolution of 1917?
The Bolsheviks came to power under Lenin.
Czar Nicholas and his family were executed.
Karl Marx became head of the First International.
Russia signed a peace treaty with Germany and withdrew from World War I.
9. The term Third World is applied to
any area found after the discovery of the New World
a cartel of Commonwealth nations and NATO nations
any country in Africa or South America
nations that are economically underdeveloped
10. Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi is famous for
resisting British rule in India
leading India at the turn of the century
supervising the creation of Pakistan
instructing American civil rights activists in "passive resistance"
11. Charlemagne ruled a large part of western and central Europe in the years
30 B.C - 20 A.D.
800 - 814
1050 - 1070
1400 - 1410
12. In 1949 Mao Zedong
became chairman of the People's Republic of China
led the Chinese Cultural Revolution
overthrew the Ch'ing dynasty
fled to Taiwan to establish a nationalist republic
13. The countries most involved in world exploration during the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries were
Belgium, France, Austria, and Germany
Spain, France, England, Portugal, and the Netherlands
England, Scotland, Norway, Denmark, and Spain
Germany, France, Spain, and Italy
14. The Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin witnessed all of the following except
a collectivization of farms and increased industrialization
the seige of Leningrad during World War II
political repression and executions
the Hungarian revolt and the Invasion of Czechoslovakia
15. The year 1066 is the date of
the invasion of England by the Norman king William
the beginning of the English Reformation
the Children's Crusade
Caesar's triumph in the Gallic Wars
16. The term chivarly refers to
a code of laws developed by Hammurabi
a blend of Christian and military ideals
a technique of mounted warfare
the Eastern influence on Western thought
17. The first Opium War was a conflict between
samurai warriors and the emperor of Japan
China and Japan over control of poppy fields in Korea
Great Britain and China over trade and the import of opium
Russia and Great Britain over control of Afghanistan
18. The French term detente is used to describe
efforts to relax tension between the Soviet Union and the United States
the first of several nuclear test-ban treaties
the crisis that followed the French student and worker strikes of 1968
an informal alliance between France and Britain in the years before World War I
19. NATO was formed
in 1919 to maintain security in Europe against revived German military power
in 1948 to promote cooperation between Latin America and the United States
in 1949 by the United States and Western Europe to counter the Soviet threat
in 1960 to overthrow the South Vietnamese government
20. What was the Reign of Terror?
the imprisonment and execution of opponents of the French Revolution
the elimination of the political opposition under Stalin
the expulsion of Jews from Spain
the rise of the Medicis to power in Florence
21. The Victorian Age, the height of the British Empire, covered the years
1640-1688
1790-1820
1837-1901
1930-1948
22. The Hundred Years' War between France and England led to all of the following except
the decimation of the French nobility
the consolidation of the power of the French king
the expulsion of England from all but a tiny area of continental Europe
the end of the monarchy in England
23. Who was Benito Mussolini?
an Italian dictator and head of the Fascist Party
the leader of the Italian Communist Party in the 1930s
the leader of the first government of Italy following World War II
a leading figure in the art world of Renaissance Venice
24. Oliver Cromwell was responsible for
acting as chief counselor to Henry VIII
defeating the English monarchy and establishing a republican regime
establishing the Bank of England
all of the above
25. What were the Crusades?
exploratory expeditions by Europeans through Africa and the Far East
campaigns by government forces against Protestants in Germany and France
attempts by Europeans to wrest the Holy Land from the Muslims
trials and executions of so-called infidels in Spain
SCORING KEY
90-100%
Excellent. You are on your way to true cultural literacy.
80-89%
Good. You have more than a passing knowledge of this subject.
70-79%
Fair. You have a competent grasp of many aspects of this subject.
60-69%
Poor. You could use some improvement in this area.
Below 60%
Time for literacy training.
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