SAT II World History : Other Southwest Asian or African History Prior to 500 C.E.

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Other Southwest Asian Or African History Prior To 500 C.E.

Nineveh was the capital of __________.

Possible Answers:

the Assyrian Empire

the Shang Dynasty

the Hittite Empire

the Zhou Dynasty

the Sumerian Empire

Correct answer:

the Assyrian Empire

Explanation:

Nineveh was the capital of the bellicose Assyrian Empire. It is most famous for its Royal Library, built under the reign of the most famous Assyrian ruler, Ashurbanipal. It was in the Royal Library that the famous work The Epic of Gilgamesh was kept and preserved. The Epic of Gilgamesh is considered the oldest known work of literature in human history.

Example Question #2 : Other Southwest Asian Or African History Prior To 500 C.E.

Which King of the Hebrew people is known for the conquest of Jerusalem? 

Possible Answers:

David

Solomon

Abraham

Joseph

Saul

Correct answer:

David

Explanation:

Saul was the first king of the Hebrews and is best remembered for facing off against the Philistines. David followed Saul and is remembered as the conqueror of Jerusalem. 

Example Question #1 : Other Southwest Asian Or African History Prior To 500 C.E.

The Akkadian Empire, sometimes called the earliest empire in human history, was formed by __________.

Possible Answers:

Sargon the Great

Hammurabi

Ashurbanipal

Menes

Nebuchadnezzar

Correct answer:

Sargon the Great

Explanation:

The Akkadian Empire is sometimes called the earliest empire in human history, although of course this is somewhat subjective as it is dependent on how exactly you define an empire. It was founded and dramatically expanded by Sargon the Great from 2234 B.C.E. until his death sixty years later. The Akkadian Empire was relatively short-lived and over time split into the Northern Assyrian Kingdom and the Southern Babylonian Kingdom. 

Example Question #4 : Other Southwest Asian Or African History Prior To 500 C.E.

Which of the following groups flourished in Southern Egypt and Sudan around 2000 BCE?

Possible Answers:

The Carthaginians

The Nubians

The Malinese

The Numidians

The Zulu

Correct answer:

The Nubians

Explanation:

The Nubian civilization is one of the earliest known civilizations in African history. It arose in modern-day Southern Egypt and Sudan in approximately 2000 BCE. 

Example Question #2 : Other Southwest Asian Or African History Prior To 500 C.E.

Studying the Bantu people reveals all of the following except _____________.

Possible Answers:

early oral traditions that would influence the development of Christianity

the spread and evolution of language, as seen in the language Swahili

the importance of kinship groups and communal property

early trade connections between Malay, Madagascar, and Africa, as seen in the spread of the banana

the transmission of technical knowledge, like how to smelt iron

Correct answer:

early oral traditions that would influence the development of Christianity

Explanation:

Although Bantu society valued oral traditions-as seen in the importance of griots, or those who told the oral history of the Bantu-these traditions did not directly influence Christianity. 

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