AP World History : Regional and Global Groups and Organizations 600 CE to 1450

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP World History

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Regional And Global Groups And Organizations 600 Ce To 1450

Which of the following was NOT a pre-Columbian society?

Possible Answers:

Maya

Zulu

Aztec

Incan

Olmec

Correct answer:

Zulu

Explanation:

The Zulu kingdom was a 19th-century state based in South Africa that fought a series of wars with expansionist Boer and British forces primarily during the 1860s. The label of pre-Columbia society is reserved for societies that existed in the Americas before colonial expansion and contact. The Zulu kingdom, while a society that existed prior to colonial European expansion, is excluded from this definition due to simple geography.

Example Question #2 : Regional And Global Groups And Organizations 600 Ce To 1450

Tamil kingdoms arose __________.

Possible Answers:

in eastern China

in western China

in southeast Asia

in northern India

in southern India

Correct answer:

in southern India

Explanation:

Tamil kingdoms arose in southern India at various times throughout the history of the subcontinent. They were particularly influential after the fall of the Gupta in the sixth century. They were an important part of the Indian Ocean trading network.

Example Question #2 : Regional And Global Groups And Organizations 600 Ce To 1450

A person who has been excommunicated in Medieval Europe has been __________.

Possible Answers:

granted lands and titles for loyalty to the Catholic church

excluded from participating in Catholicism

recruited for the Crusades and blessed with the opportunity to die for Christendom

none of these answers are accurate

branded a heretic and sentenced to death

Correct answer:

excluded from participating in Catholicism

Explanation:

Excommunication was a potent political tool wielded by the Papacy during the medieval period. Through excommunication, the Papacy could exclude an individual, or a whole country, from the practice of Catholicism and the promise of eternal salvation. It was used throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period to reinforce the authority of the Papacy and to manipulate the decisions of secular rulers.

Example Question #4 : Regional And Global Groups And Organizations 600 Ce To 1450

Which of these was not an independent city-state in Italy during the Medieval period?

Possible Answers:

Naples

Florence

Milan

These were all independent city-states.

Venice

Correct answer:

These were all independent city-states.

Explanation:

During the Medieval period, Italy was a highly decentralized and urbanized part of Europe. People in that time period would not have recognized the concept of “Italy” and would instead have viewed themselves as members of independent city-states. The most influential during this period were Florence and Venice in the northeast, Milan in the northwest, and Naples in the south.

Example Question #3 : Regional And Global Groups And Organizations 600 Ce To 1450

During the High Middle Ages __________.

Possible Answers:

the political power of the Papacy was eclipsed by the power of the Patriarch of Constantinople

the Catholic church was heavily weakened by the Protestant Reformation

the Catholic church argued that the political power of the Pope should be supreme to any secular ruler

the political power of the Papacy waned as secular rulers throughout Europe asserted their power

the Catholic church renounced political power and accepted the supremacy of Europe’s secular rulers

Correct answer:

the Catholic church argued that the political power of the Pope should be supreme to any secular ruler

Explanation:

During the High Middle Ages, the Catholic church was locked in an interminable battle with the various monarchs of Europe over who should have ultimate secular authority. The Catholic church argued that Europe was one Christian civilization and that the Pope should have supreme power over Christendom, and thus, all the monarchs of Europe. This, naturally, led to a great deal of conflict and squabbling between Europe’s monarchs and the Papacy.

Example Question #6 : Regional And Global Groups And Organizations 600 Ce To 1450

During the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Emperor was __________.

Possible Answers:

a hereditary position, passed down to the eldest son

a hereditary position, passed down to the most capable child

chosen by the departing Emperor near the end of his reign

elected by the empire’s nobility

elected by the empire’s citizens

Correct answer:

elected by the empire’s nobility

Explanation:

During the Middle Ages (before the emergence of the dominant Hapsburg family in the fifteenth century), the Holy Roman Emperor was elected by a committee of nobles from within the empire. This was in stark contrast to most other European states at this time where authority was hereditary.

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