AP World History : Gender 600 CE to 1450

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP World History

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Gender 600 Ce To 1450

What tradition subjugated women to men by forcing them to be kept in the home, often sharing quarters with other wives or concubines? 

Possible Answers:

Zakat

Hijab

Hajj

Salat

Harem

Correct answer:

Harem

Explanation:

Harem derives from the Arabic phrase meaning "forbidden place" referring to the part of the home where women were to be kept. Islam viewed it as immodest and inappropriate for women to be in public unescorted, or having their faces or heads uncovered. The other terms listed are also Arabic words relevant to the Islamic faith, but don't refer to the same concept as a harem. 

Example Question #2 : Gender 600 Ce To 1450

What was the status of Mongol women during the Yuan Dynasty of China?

Possible Answers:

Mongol women suffered from political and cultural isolation as Mongol men adopted a preference for women who had undergone foot-binding.

Mongol women lost status due to adoption of Confucian ideals that advocated a strict gender hierarchy.

Mongol women were prevented from hunting and martial activities but maintained some power over their households.

Mongol women adopted Chinese culture, including the practice of foot-binding.

Mongol women remained relatively independent and retained their property ownership rights.

Correct answer:

Mongol women remained relatively independent and retained their property ownership rights.

Explanation:

In Mongolian society, women had several rights related to property ownership and also played roles in the political and martial spheres. Many women were trained as warriors and the wives of several Mongolian leaders, including Chingghis Khan's wife Borte, gave their husbands political advice. They maintained this status during the Yuan period and did not adopt the practice of foot-binding.

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