SAT II World History : Hierarchies and Government

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Hierarchies And Government

In what century did Hammurabi promulgate the famous code of laws that are named after him?

Possible Answers:

20th century CE

6th century BCE

1st century CE

1st century BCE

18th century BCE

Correct answer:

18th century BCE

Explanation:

The Code of Hammurabi is one of the earliest known systems of law that we know about from the ancient world. Hammurabi was a Babylonian king in the 1700s B.C.E. 

Example Question #2 : Hierarchies And Government

Which of these years came first?

Possible Answers:

1212 B.C.E.

29 C.E.

432 B.C.E.

12 A.D.

1321 C.E.

Correct answer:

1212 B.C.E.

Explanation:

When you see dates written, it is traditionally in the format of B.C. (Before the birth of Jesus Christ) and A.D. (After the birth of Jesus Christ); however, in recent years, it has become more common practice to use B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and C.E. (Common Era). So this year is 2015 A.D. and 2015 C.E.; the year 432 B.C. is also the year 432 B.C.E. The years begin in the distant B.C.E., countdown to zero (Christ’s birth) and then count back up in the Common Era. So the year that is the furthest in the past is 1212 B.C.E.

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