SAT II World History : Trade

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Trade

Which of the following is true of the Silk Roads?

Possible Answers:

The Silk Roads involved exchange only by sea.

The Silk Roads inhibited the exchange of goods and ideas from China.

The Silk Roads were established during the fourteenth century CE.

The Silk Roads involved exchange only by land.

The Silk Roads involved exchange by both land and sea.

Correct answer:

The Silk Roads involved exchange by both land and sea.

Explanation:

Despite the connotation of the word "roads," exchange along the Silk Roads took place by both land and sea. These passageways greatly facilitated—rather than inhibited—the exchange of goods and ideas to and from China. The Silk Roads were established well before the fourteenth century CE.

Example Question #2 : Trade

The Phonecian people of Europe and the Near East are best described as __________.

Possible Answers:

barbarian invaders

pacifists

aggressive expansionists

devoutly pious

seafaring traders

Correct answer:

seafaring traders

Explanation:

The Phoencian people were seafaring traders who established trading outposts all over the Mediterranean from approximatley 1200 BCE to 500 BCE. Their importance in human history is twofold: they helped connect the peoples and cultues of Mediterranean Europe, and their alphabet developed into the Greek and Latin alphabets.

 

Example Question #3 : Trade

The Silk Road ran __________

Possible Answers:

from India to Persia

from Rome to China

from India to Rome

from Spain to China

from China to the Mediterranean

Correct answer:

from China to the Mediterranean

Explanation:

The Silk Road is the name given to a series of trading routes that ran from Han China to the Mediterranean. First established in the second century CE, the Silk Road connected the East to the West via trade for the first time in human history. This would facilitate the spread of ideas, religions, resources, as well as disease and economic catastrophes.

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