AP World History Practice Test 14

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Question 11 questions

Time 11 minutes

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Questions 1-4 refer to the following information.

Source 1:

"Moreover, Sir, in our Kingdoms there is another great inconvenience which is of little service to God, and this is that many of our people, keenly desirous as they are of the wares and things of your Kingdoms, which are brought here by your people, and in order to satisfy their voracious appetite, seize many of our people, freed and exempt men, and very often it happens that they kidnap even noblemen and our relatives, and take them to be sold to the white men who are in our kingdoms."

Letter from King Afonso I of Kongo to King John III of Portugal, 1526

Source 2:

"This expedition has cost us much: it would be unreasonable to send it home with empty hands. Although our [principal] wish is to serve God and the pleasure of the king of Kongo, none the less you will make him understand—as though speaking in our name—what he should do to fill the ships, whether with slaves, or copper, or ivory."

Instructions from King Manuel of Portugal to his envoy in Kongo, 1512

1. The interactions described in the letters are best understood in the context of which of the following?

2. The tone of the second letter best reflects which of the following developments in early modern Europe?

3. The two letters best support which of the following conclusions?

4. The tone of the first letter best reflects which of the following developments in early modern Africa?

Questions 5-8 refer to the following information.

"The question as to who, and what, is responsible for African underdevelopment can be answered at two levels. Firstly, the answer is that the operation of the imperialist system bears major responsibility for African economic retardation by draining African wealth and by making it impossible to develop more rapidly the resources of the continent. Secondly, one has to deal with those who manipulate the system and those who are either agents or unwitting accomplices of the said system. The capitalists of Western Europe were the ones who actively extended their exploitation from inside Europe to cover the whole of Africa."

Walter Rodney, historian, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, 1974

5. Rodney's argument in the passage is most likely a response to which of the following developments of the period 1450 to 1750 C.E.?

6. Which of the following would best support the author's assertion that Western European capitalists were responsible for African underdevelopment?

7. Based on your knowledge of world history, which of the following contributed LEAST to Europe's ability to penetrate Africa in the period 1750 to 1900 C.E.?

8. Which of the following best explains the importance of trading contacts with Europeans for Sub-Saharan Africans in the period 1450 to 1750 C.E.?

Questions 9-11 refer to the following information.

Plan of the City of Batavia, Capital of the Dutch East India Company on the Island of Java, 1667 C.E.

Image courtesy of Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures


1. Fort
2. Residence Blocks
3. Dutch East India CompanyAdministration Building
4. Marketplace
5. Muslim Mosque
6. Calvinist Chapel
7. Buddhist Stupa
8. Garrison Barracks

9. Based on the map and your knowledge of world history, which of the following likely encouraged the development of the city of Batavia?

10. The layout of the city as shown in the map most clearly demonstrates which of the following developments of the time period?

11. The variety of places of worship shown on the map of Batavia was most likely the result of which of the following broader processes from 600 to 1450 C.E.?