AP World History : Agriculture 1750 to 1900

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP World History

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Example Questions

Example Question #111 : Demographic And Environmental History

The significant increase in population that occurred in Japan during the Edo period can be most closely attributed to which of the following?

Possible Answers:

Extensive trade with China and importation of New World crops.

Technological improvements in cultivation, especially rice, taking place during a period of stable government rule.

Large-scale emigration of the Japanese population to Korea, which freed up more land for cultivation

The development of extensive terrance farming in mountainous regions.

Government incentive programs designed to reward families that produced large numbers of children.

Correct answer:

Technological improvements in cultivation, especially rice, taking place during a period of stable government rule.

Explanation:

During the Edo period, technological developments that allowed for higher rice yields allowed for population growth. Additionally, the lack of warfare as a result of Tokugawa control of the whole country prevented large-scale death as a result of war.

Example Question #2 : Agriculture 1750 To 1900

A shortage of what key crop led to a great famine in Ireland in the mid-1800s?

Possible Answers:

Potatoes

Apples

Tobacco 

Wheat

Cabbage

Correct answer:

Potatoes

Explanation:

The Irish Potato Famine had significant repercussions in the 19th century. It drove millions of Irish immigrants to America in search of prosperity, and created the deep-seated bitterness to England (for not providing support) that would cause violent tension for the next century.

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