SAT II World History : Southeast Asia Prior to 500 C.E.

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Southeast Asia Prior To 500 C.E.

Polynesian peoples were able to reach most islands of the South Pacific through

Possible Answers:

conventional maps.

celestial navigation.

longitude and latitude.

steam powered ships.

well-established trade routes.

Correct answer:

celestial navigation.

Explanation:

Beginning in roughly 300 CE, the Polynesian peoples of the South Pacific began sailing to the various islands across the Pacific Ocean, reaching the Hawaiian islands by at least 800 CE. Using outrigger canoes and rafts built with sails, the Polynesians used a system of celestial navigation that was complimented by memorizing wind routes and swells.

Example Question #2 : Southeast Asia Prior To 500 C.E.

The philosophies of Legalism, Confucianism, and Daoism arose during which Chinese Dynasty? 

Possible Answers:

Qin Dynasty. 

Han Dynasty. 

Ming Dynasty. 

Shang Dynasty. 

Zhou Dynasty. 

Correct answer:

Zhou Dynasty. 

Explanation:

The Zhou Dynasty is the longest lasting in Chinese history, ruling from circa 1000 B.C.E. to 256 B.C.E. During the Zhou Dynasty the Chinese philosophies of Daoism, Legalism, and Confucianism were founded and formalized. These three philosophies (or religions in some cases) have been influential to the direction of Chinese culture, society, and government. 

Example Question #3 : Southeast Asia Prior To 500 C.E.

The Bhagavad Gita is a literary work of __________ and __________

Possible Answers:

Japan; Shinto

China; Daoism

India; Hinduism

India; Buddhism

China; Confucianism

Correct answer:

India; Hinduism

Explanation:

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important works of ancient Hinduism that continues to be relevant in Indian society to this day.

Example Question #4 : Southeast Asia Prior To 500 C.E.

Ashoka the Great was a ruler of __________.

Possible Answers:

Japan

Afghanistan

Burma

India

China

Correct answer:

India

Explanation:

Ashoka the Great was a ruler of the Indian subcontinent from around 270 BCE to 230 BCE. Despite his violent military conquests, he is most remembered as a man who promoted peace and spread Buddhism around the country.

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