AP World History Practice Test 31

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Question 12 questions

Time 12 minutes

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Questions 1-5 refer to the following information.

By what principle of reason then, should these foreigners send in return a poisonous drug? Without meaning to say that the foreigners harbor such destructive intentions in their hearts, we yet positively assert that from their inordinate thirst after gain, they are perfectly careless about the injuries they inflict upon us! And such being the case, we should like to ask what has become of that conscience which heaven has implanted in the breasts of all men? We have heard that in your own country opium is prohibited with the utmost strictness and severity. This is a strong proof that you know full well how hurtful it is to mankind. Since you do not permit it to injure your own country, you ought not to have this injurious drug transferred to another country, and above all others, how much less to the Inner Land! Of the products which China exports to your foreign countries, there is not one which is not beneficial to mankind in some shape or other.

Lin Zexu, Chinese trade commissioner, letter to Queen Victoria, 1839

1. The passage is most closely related with which of the following broad developments?

2. Which of the following most likely prompted the complaint voiced in the passage?

3. On which of the following arguments does the author of the passage principally base his appeal?

4. Which of the following background facts persuaded Europeans to engage in the actions described in the passage?

5. Which of the outcomes listed below followed the delivery of Lin Zexu's letter?

Questions 6-8 refer to the following information.

World Human Population Growth:

1 C.E.–1999

Year Population
1 C.E. 200 million
1650 500 million
1850 1 billion
1930 2 billion
1975 4 billion
1999 6 billion

6. Which of the following would most historians consider the best explanation for the rapid changes depicted in the chart shown above?

7. Based on the information presented in the chart, the highest rate of growth was experienced during which of the following periods?

8. Which of the following statements about recent and future population growth is best supported by the data contained in the chart above?

Questions 9-12 refer to the following information.


Woodcut of Japanese musket troops, ca. late 1500s


Senegalese troops in French service, ca. late 1800s–early 1900s

9. Taken together, both images are most closely connected with which of the following historical developments?

10. Deployment of the weapons depicted in the first image

11. Which of the following can be most safely concluded about the African troops pictured in the second image?

12. Viewed from a comparative perspective, the Senegalese troops depicted in the second image most resemble