Chapter 1: The Americas, Europe, and Africa Before 1492

Review Questions

1. Which of the following Native peoples built homes in cliff dwellings that still exist?

  1. Anasazi
  2. Cherokee
  3. Aztec
  4. Inca
2. Which culture developed the first writing system in the Western Hemisphere?

  1. Inca
  2. Maya
  3. Olmec
  4. Pueblo
3. Which culture developed a road system rivaling that of the Romans?

  1. Cherokee
  2. Inca
  3. Olmec
  4. Anasazi
4. What were the major differences between the societies of the Aztec, Inca, and Maya and the Native peoples of North America?
5. The series of attempts by Christian armies to retake the Holy Lands from Muslims was known as ________.

  1. the Crusades
  2. the Reconquista
  3. the Black Death
  4. the Silk Road
6. ________ became wealthy trading with the East.

  1. Carcassonne
  2. Jerusalem
  3. Rome
  4. Venice
7. In 1492, the Spanish forced these two religious groups to either convert or leave.

  1. Jews and Muslims
  2. Christians and Jews
  3. Protestants and Muslims
  4. Catholics and Jews
8. How did European feudal society operate? How was this a mutually supportive system?
9. Why did Columbus believe he could get to the Far East by sailing west? What were the problems with this plan?
10. The city of ________ became a leading center for Muslim scholarship and trade.

  1. Cairo
  2. Timbuktu
  3. Morocco
  4. Mali
11. Which of the following does not describe a form of slavery traditionally practiced in Africa?

  1. a system in which those in need of supplies or protection give themselves in servitude
  2. a system in which debtors repay those whom they owe by giving themselves in servitude
  3. a system in which people are treated as chattel—that is, as personal property to be bought and sold
  4. a system in which people are enslaved permanently on account of their race


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