SAT II World History : Printing Press

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : 1500 C.E. To 1900 C.E.

The printing press was invented in Europe by which of the following individuals?

Possible Answers:

Galileo Galilei

Eli Whitney

Tycho Brahe

Johannes Gutenberg

Robert Fulton

Correct answer:

Johannes Gutenberg


The world's first printing press was invented in China, several centuries before its independent invention in Europe, but the history of the world is often Eurocentric, and so when we ask the question "Who invented the printing press?" the most common answer is a German named Johannes Gutenberg, who invented his printing press in 1439. The printing press allowed manuscripts to be mass-produced for the first time in European history, allowing a far greater number of people to access literature and education.

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