SAT II World History : Frank and Germanic History

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT II World History

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Example Questions

Example Question #3 : 500 C.E. To 1500 C.E.

Which of these men was primarily responsible for the creation of the Frankish Kingdom in the sixth century? 

Possible Answers:

Augustus Caesar

Charles the Bald

Clovis

Charlemagne

Alaric

Correct answer:

Clovis

Explanation:

The Frankish Kingdom arose in the sixth century in an area that comprises most of modern-day France and the Low Countries. It was built on the conquest of Clovis, who converted to Christianity having won a major battle; however, in Frankish culture, the territory of a ruler is divided between his sons, so the Frankish Kingdom continued to fracture and be reformed through conquest for the next few hundred years.

Example Question #4 : 500 C.E. To 1500 C.E.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, __________ was the first person to be crowned "Emperor of the Romans."

Possible Answers:

Genghis Khan

Atilla 

Pepin

Octavian

Charlemagne

Correct answer:

Charlemagne

Explanation:

Charlemagne is the most famous and most successful (in terms of military conquests) of all the Frankish kings. At the height of his empire in the year 800 CE, he controlled all of modern-day France, and much of modern-day Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, and the Low Countries. Because he was a powerful and devout Christian ruler, he was invited to become the first "Emperor of the Romans" in a few hundred years, an invitation he gleefully accepted.

Example Question #3 : Frank And Germanic History

Which of these Germanic tribes invaded the British Isles?

Possible Answers:

Angles, Jutes, and Saxons

Jutes

None of the other answer choices are correct. 

Angles

Saxons

Correct answer:

Angles, Jutes, and Saxons

Explanation:

The British Isles were originally held primarily by the Iceni, Gallic, and Celtic people; however, they were conquered by the Roman Empire in 44 BCE. During and after the fall of the Roman Empire, the British Isles were conquered by various Germanic tribes, most notably the Angles, the Saxons, and the Jutes. English people are often called Anglo-Saxon to this day.

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