World History Practice

WorldHistory-49156_16Subject Area Practice – World History

Subject area certifications (Social Science or Social studies) cover  Geography; U.S. History; Economics; World History; and Civics and Government.   For the world history section the following areas are generally covered :

  1. Prehistoric cultures and early civilizations (e.g., Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Indus Valley, Chinese).
  2. Influence of ancient civilizations (e.g., Greek, Roman, Indian, Chinese) on modern civilization.
  3. Contributions of African, Asian, and Meso-american societies before 1500.
  4. Contributions of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation period to Western civilization.
  5. Identify the social, cultural, political, and economic characteristics of African, Asian, and eastern European societies from 1500 to 1900.
  6. Evaluate the significant scientific, intellectual, and philosophical contributions of the Age of Reason through the Age of Enlightenment.
  7. Identify the causes, effects, events, and significant individuals associated with the Age of Exploration.
  8. Assess the social, political, and economic effects of the Industrial Revolution.
  9. Identify the causes, effects, events, and significant individuals associated with the Age of Revolution.
  10. Evaluate the impact of imperialism and nationalism on global social, political, geographic, and economic development.
  11. Analyze the causes and effects of political transformations and military conflicts in the 20th century.
  12. Analyze major contemporary global political, social, economic, and geographic issues and trends.
  13. Identify major world religions and ideologies.


Free World History Practice Questions

1. What is an early human civilization that smelted copper and alloyed it with tin?

a. The Tin Age
b. The Bronze Age
c. The Stone Age
d. The Iron Age

2. Which of these are NOT a trait of Classical Greece (4th and 5th centuries BCE)?

a. The Punic Wars
b. The Persian Wars
c. The Parthenon
d. The philosopher Socrates

3. What political practice, that still influences governments today, was started in Classical Greece?

a. Dictatorship
b. Communism
c. Capitalism
d. Democracy

4. What are Ares, Aphrodite, Demeter and Athena examples of?

a. Greek gods
b. Roman gods
c. Egyptian gods
d. Norse gods

5. Which of these did NOT contribute to the fall of the Roman Empire?

a. The spread of Christianity
b. Political instability
c. Invasion by Egyptian forces
d. Over reliance on slave labor

6. What is/are the Vedas in ancient Indian history?

a. A time period in which the region saw great economic, social and religious freedom.
b. The ruling class
c. A group of people who took over the original Harappan people of India.
d. Texts discussing the history and religion of Indian peoples and transmitted orally.

7. What was the first recorded Chinese dynasty?

a. Xia Dynasty
b. Han Dynasty
c. Tang Dynasty
d. Qing Dynasty

8. Which of these inventions were NOT invented by the Chinese?

a. Paper making
b. Chemical warfare
c. Gunpowder
d. Calculus

9. Which religion allows people to follow the Eightfold Path to Nirvana?

a. Buddhism
b. Hinduism
c. Islam
d. Taoism

10. What major religion emerged through the prophet Muhammad in Arabia in 7th century CE?

a. Christianity
b. Islam
c. Judaism
d. Zoroastrianism

11. Which of these factors was NOT important in the development of European Nation States?

a. Breaking of the Catholic Church from the state in England
b. Establishment of national languages
c. Napoleon Bonaparte in France
d. Centralization of European governments

12. Which of these was the main reason for mass migrations of people into Western Europe during the Dark Ages?

a. Violence in Eastern Europe that caused people to flee
b. Rapid increases in population that forced people to migrate
c. Economic and agricultural prosperity in Rome that encouraged others to move there
d. Refusal of Roman elite to support the military that would have stopped migration


Answer Key


1. B
Combining copper and tin creates bronze. Choice A is incorrect, there is no Tin Age.  Choice C is incorrect, The Stone Age came before The Bronze Age and is known for its use of stone, not metal.  Choice D is incorrect, The Iron Age came after The Bronze Age and is known for its use of iron.

2. A
The Punic Wars happened in Rome in the 3rd century BCE.

Choice B is incorrect, the Persian Wars happened in the 5th century BCE.  Choice C is incorrect, the Parthenon was constructed during the 5th century BCE. Choice D is incorrect, Socrates lived in Greece during the 5th century BCE.

3. D
Democracy was first introduced in Athens in the 6th century. Choice A is incorrect, dictatorships were first introduced in Rome in the 6th century. Choice B is incorrect, Communism was first introduced in Russia in the 19th century.

Choice C is incorrect, Capitalism was first introduced in Europe in the MIddle Ages.

4. A
Ares, Aphrodite, Demeter and Athena are the names of four ancient Greek gods. Choice B is incorrect, when Rome overtook Greece, they adopted some of their gods, but called them by different names. Choices C and are incorrect, Egyptian and Norse gods had different names.

5. C
Egypt attacking Rome at that time did not contribute to the fall of the Roman Empire. All the other choice were contributing factors. Choice A is incorrect, the spread of Christianity displaced Roman religion. Choice B is incorrect, Rome had grown very large and had become difficult to govern leading to civil war. Choice D is incorrect, as Rome stopped expanding they were no longer gaining slaves and were unable to support themselves.

6. D
Vedas are ancient texts composed in Vedic Sandskrit. Choice A is incorrect, this was not a time period in history. Choice B is incorrect, this was not the name of the ruling class. Choice C is incorrect, it is unknown what happened to the Harappan people and the next people who invaded were the Aryans.

7. A
There is some doubt as to whether the Xia Dynasty existed, but there is some recorded and archeological evidence that hints that it does.

Choice B is incorrect, the Han dynasty is was a golden age in Chinese history where Imperial China started, but it was not the first dynasty.

Choice C is incorrect, the Tang dynasty is another golden age of culture and society of Chinese history, Chang’an the capital of China was the largest city in the world at the time. Scholar officials ran the day-to-day operations of the empire, the only way to become a scholar official was to take examinations that were open to anyone.

Choice D is incorrect, the Qing Dynasty was the last imperial dynasty of China, not the first.

8. D
Calculus was discovered by both Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz independently and not in any way invented by the Chinese. The other choices are all inventions by the Chines, paper making was invented by the Chinese around 200 BCE, the Chinese first utilized chemical warfare during about 400 BCE with the smoke of burnt mustard plants to kill their enemies, and the first use of gunpowder by the Chinese was before 1000 CE.

9. A
Buddhism maintains anyone can follow the Eightfold path to correct behavior and reach Nirvana. Choice B is incorrect, in Hinduism someone must go through a series of reincarnations before they can reach enlightenment.  Choice C is incorrect, Islam follows the teachings the Qur’an. Choice D is incorrect, Taoism is a Chinese philosophy of living.

10. B
Islam emerged in Arabia in 7th century CE. Choice A is incorrect, Christianity emerged in Rome in 1st century CE.

Choice C is incorrect, Judaism emerged in Israel in 6th century BCE.  Choice D is incorrect, Zoroastrianism emerged in Indo-Iran in 2nd century BCE.

11. B
There does not need to be a national language to form a Nation. Choice A is incorrect, breaking with the Catholic Church gave more power to the monarchy and increased nationalism in England. Choice C is incorrect, Napoleon was influential in unifying France and also caused other European nations to band together to fight against him.  Choice D is incorrect, the creation of central governments caused laws and policy to be uniform across nations.

12. D
Following the fall of the Roman Empire, the Roman army was no longer supported by tax. Choice A is incorrect, Eastern Europe did not experience violence during this time. Choice B is incorrect, there was not rapid increases in population causing people to migrate. Choice C is incorrect, the Roman Empire was not experiencing prosperity.


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Modified: May 23rd, 2018
Published: August 22nd, 2016

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