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Cultural Literacy Test - World History II

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1. The European powers fought each other in World War I during the years
2. Who was Genghis Khan?
the leader of the Huns who terrified Europe in the 300s
the leader of the Visigoths who sacked Rome in 410
the leader of the Mongols who conquered Persia and much of China in the 1200s
the leader of the Chinese who led the Long March in the 1930s
3. The Boer War was a conflict between
blacks and Dutch settlers in southern Africa
Belgians and the indigenous peoples of the Belgian Congo
the British government in India and the Indians
Dutch-settler republics in southern Africa and the British
4. The empire of Alexander the Great included
Russia, Italy, Greece, and Palestine
Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, and Greece
Britian, Gaul, Iberia, and Asia Minor
Arabia, Egypt, Gaul, and Asia Minor
5. The area that became Israel in 1948 had formerly been known as
6. The guilds of the Middle Ages were
fairs held in large towns to increase trade
military expeditions to the Middle East to reclaim Jerusalem for Christendom
organizations of merchants and skilled workers
workers bound to the land and their lord
7. The French Revolution was not a result of
inequality among the classes of society
rising taxes and prices of food and clothing
the influx of immigrants from eastern Europe
the weak monarchies of Louis XV and Louis XVI
8. The Thirty Years' War broke out because of
religious differences between Protestants and Catholics in the seventeenth-century central Europe
clashes between Yorkists and Lancastrians in fifteenth-century England
the death of Czar Peter the Great in the eighteenth century
the feud between Pope Boniface VIII and Philip IV of Spain in the thirteenth century.
9. In a historical context the term Holocaust refers to
the pogroms that took place in Russia under the nineteenth-century czars
the Great Fire of 1871 that destroyed much of Chicago
the explosions of the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagaski
the systematic murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazis
10. The Vikings were
trader from Denmark
explorers from Britain
troubadours from Gaul
warriors from Scandinavia
11. Napoleon Bonaparte is not known for
codifying French law
freeing the serfs
becoming emperor of France
losing a vital battle at Waterloo
12. Who wrote the story of Ulysses, a sailor who faced danger and adventure on his way home from the Trojan War?
James Joyce
13. The Humanists of Renaissance Europe believed that
religion was a useless and dangerous thing
human beings were in danger of damnation unless they became more spiritual
a classical education led to individual achievement and the ability to lead a moral life
the teachings of Martin Luther were the answer to a corrupt church
14. Which of these did not contribute to the Cold War?
the division of Germany into two separate states
the German-Soviet Nonagression Pact
the Soviet Union's development of the atomic bomb
the suppression of the revolt in Hungary
15. Who was Joan of Arc?
a French peasant who was burned at the stake for witchcraft
the mistress of King Louis XIV
the mother of King Richard Lionheart and King John
the queen of France responsible for the St. Bartholemew's Day massacre
16. The Berlin Wall was built to
keep the Mongol invaders out of Germany
halt the advance of Russian troops
protect Berlin against the peasant uprisings in Germany
stop the flow of refugees from East Germany to the West
17. What was the Weimar Republic?
the wartime German government under Adolf Hitler
the post-World War I German government
the Austrian government after the fall of the Hapsburgs
the government established in East Germany after World War II
18. The Holy Roman Empire existed from
31 B.C. to the 400s
800 to the early 1800s
527 A.D. to 1453
1 A.D. to the 1500s
19. What did Adolf Hitler and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain agree on at Munich in 1938?
to permit Germany to occupy parts of Czechoslovakia
to release Germany from its responsibility to pay reparations for World War I
the permit Germany to annex Austria
to form a German-British alliance against the Soviet Union
20. For which of the following is Julius Caesar not known?
invading Britian
being assassinated while attending a session of the Roman Senate
persecuting Christians
establishing the 365-day calendar
21. The Industrial Revolution is generally considered to have begun
in the United States at the start of the nineteenth century
in Germany in the middle of the nineteenth century
in France following the French Revolution
in Great Britain at the end of the eighteenth century
22. Which of the following was not a feature of the Byzantine Empire?
the widespread use of mosaics in art
intense devotion to the Eastern Orthodox church
the worship of Buddha in Zen monasteries
codification of the laws in Justinian's Code
23. The Sino-Japanese War was fought
between Japan and England over control of the opium trade
between Japan and China over control of Korea
between Japan and the United States over control of the Philippines
between Japan and Siam over control of trade in the South China Sea
24. Why was the Magna Carta written?
to bring an end to the Hundred Years' War
to declare America's Independence from Great Britain
to limit the power of King John of England
to prevent Julius Caesar from becoming emperor
25. The Easter Rebellion of 1916 took place
in St. Petersburg, Russis, in an attempt to overthrow the czar
in Dublin, in an effort to gain independence from Great Britain for Ireland
in Berlin, in protest against the rising toll of World War I
in Beijing, in an attempt by Chinese republicans to overthrow the child emperor Pu-Yi
26. The Spanish Armada was defeated by the
Americans under Theodore Roosevelt
Germans under Adolf Hitler
English under Elizabeth I
French under Napoleon
Excellent. You are on your way to true cultural literacy.
Good. You have more than a passing knowledge of this subject.
Fair. You have a competent grasp of many aspects of this subject.
Poor. You could use some improvement in this area.
Below 60%
Time for literacy training.
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