SAT II World History : Transportation

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Global Developments

Which of these empires did the most to facilitate trade between the Far East and the European and Arabian worlds?

Possible Answers:

The Mughal Empire

The Iberian Empire

The Hunnic Empire

The Mongol Empire

The Olmec Empire

Correct answer:

The Mongol Empire

Explanation:

The Mongol Empire is the largest land empire the world has ever seen. At its height, it stretched from Siberia down to the Middle East and from China to Eastern Europe. The Mongols committed some of the worst atrocities in human history to conquer their empire, but once their empire was conquered, it facilitated trade in a way unseen previously in human history. The fact that all territory between China and the Mediterranean was effectively governed by one administration ensured that trade could flow freely and people could move safely as never before.

Example Question #1 : Transportation

Who is credited with connecting Europe and Asia into one trade network?

Possible Answers:

Kublai Khan 

Attila the Hun 

Justinian I

Otto von Bismarck 

Genghis Khan 

Correct answer:

Genghis Khan 

Explanation:

Genghis Khan conquered the largest empire the world has ever seen. His empire stretched from China all the way to Central Europe and from Northern Russia down to the Middle East. It was the first incidence in human history where the massive stretch of land between Asia and Europe could be considered somewhat unified and organized. This connected Europe and Asia into one cohesive trade network for the first time in human history and helped facilitate the exchange of ideas, produce, and disease across the entire landmass.

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