European History : Nationalism

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Nationalism

By the 16th century, most Europeans lived within ___________________.

Possible Answers:

small nomadic tribes along the Rhine river

nations ruled by monarchs

feudal lands ruled by a lord

the outskirts of the Roman Empire

organized, independent towns and villages

Correct answer:

nations ruled by monarchs


The 1500s marked the rise of nations ruled by absolute monarchs in Europe. Members of a nation developed a common identity, in which they saw themselves as different from members of other nations. This process is referred to as "nationalism." The other answers are incorrect because they occurred at other points in European history.

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