AP World History Practice Test 8

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Questions 1-5 refer to the following information.

I walk alongside the column, ask what's going on.
A soldier says simply: "They call up more every day.
"Some of us were sent north to the Yellow River at age fifteen,
And now at forty we're heading off to the garrisons in the west.
On our first tour, the village headman had to tie our bandannas for us.
When we came back, our hair was white, but still there's more unrest.
The frontier garrisons run with blood, enough to fill an ocean,
But the Martial Emperor's territorial ambitions have yet to crest.
In the hundred districts east of the mountains, throughout the land of Han,
There must be ten thousand villages that brambles now infest.
Even if wives are strong enough to handle a hoe and plow,
The crops grow every which way, the fields are all a mess.
It's hardest for the Shanxi men, with their reputations as fighters:
They're rounded up like dogs or chickens, every male impressed.
"But sir, though it's good of you to ask,
Complaining isn't part of the soldier's task.
We can only shake our heads. Take this winter:
The Shanxi troops were never sent home.
The District Officers are demanding the land tax,
But where will it come from? You can't get blood from a stone!
I honestly think it's bad luck to bear a son now,
It's better to have a daughter: at least she can marry
And live with the neighbors next door.
But a son will end up lying on some distant prairie."

Du Fu, "Ballad of the Army Carts," ca. 750 C.E.

1. Which of the following does the poem provide direct evidence for in its discussion of taxation in the third stanza?

2. The poem provides evidence of which of the following with respect to gender relations in Tang society?

3. The poem provides evidence of which of the following as a major cause of later Tang decline?

4. The succeeding Song dynasty differed from the Tang in that

5. Based on the poem and your knowledge of history, Tang relations with western nomadic peoples and frontier peoples relied on which of the following?

Questions 6-8 refer to the following information.

Inca quipu from the Larco Museum in Lima

6. The use of the quipu in the image above best illustrates which of the following features of pre-modern civilizations?

7. Ancient Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations most commonly used which of the following activities to demonstrate their religious authority?

8. Which of the following best describes the significance of urban centers for pre-modern civilizations?

Questions 9-12 refer to the following information.

"Al-Zawawi also said 'This sultan Musa told me that at a town called ZKRY he has a copper mine from which ingots are brought to BYTY. "There is nothing in my kingdom, Musa said, on which a duty is levied except this crude copper which is brought in. Duty is collected on this and on nothing else. We send it to the land of the pagan Sudan and sell it for two-thirds of its weight in gold, so that we sell 100 measures of this copper for 66 2/3 measures of gold.' He also stated that there are pagan nations in his kingdom from whom he does not collect the tribute (jizya) but whom he simply employs in extracting the gold from its deposits. The gold is extracted by digging pits about a man's height in depth and the gold is found embedded in the sides of the pits or sometimes collected at the bottom of them."

From N. Levtzion & J.F.P. Hopkins, eds. Corpus of Early
Arabic Sources for West African History. Cambridge
University Press, 1981. Reprinted with permission of
Cambridge University Press.

Al' Umari, ca. 1300–1384

9. Based on your knowledge of world history and the passage, Mansa Musa's assertion about the lack of duties levied on goods in his kingdom most strongly reflects which of the following about the kingdom of Mali?

10. Which of the following best accounts for the spread of Islam to the lands of the kingdom of Mali?

11. Which of the following inferences is most supported by the discussion of copper and gold in the passage?

12. Which of the following statements about the period 600–1450 C.E. is supported by the passage?