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Griots were
a) the legendary kings of Mali.
b) aqueducts that were essential for life in the oasis towns of the Sahara.
c) singers and storytellers.
d) Swahili slave traders.

Mali became the wealthiest kingdom in Sub-Saharan Africa because of
a) its control of the gold trade.
b) its technological leadership.
c) its alliance with Spain.
d) its control of the spice trade.

First domesticated in southeast Asia, this food provided a nutritious supplement to Bantu diets and allowed the Bantu to expand into forested regions.
a) Yams
b) Potatoes
c) Bananas
d) Pineapple

In regard to political structure, the early Bantu societies
a) governed themselves mostly through family and kinship groups.
b) depended on strong, centralized kingship.
c) developed an elaborate hierarchy of officials.
d) were governed by a centralized, theocratic structure.

One of the central factors in the establishment of trans-Saharan trade was
a) the invention of lighter, but still powerful, artillery.
b) the spread of a common religion.
c) the invention of a wider horseshoe.
d) the domestication of the camel.

The most powerful state in West Africa at the time of the arrival of Islam was
a) Swahili.
b) Ghana.
c) Axum.
d) Kongo.

Mali would reach its peak during the reign of
a) Sundiata.
b) Ibn Battuta.
c) Mansa Musa.
d) Zanj.

The Swahili city-states
a) succeeded in uniting Africa for the first time.
b) strongly maintained their Christian roots.
c) dominated trade along the east African coast.
d) spread Islam throughout Africa.

Just as the kingdoms of west Africa depended on trans-Saharan trade, the kingdoms of east Africa depended on
a) Egyptian trade.
b) Indian Ocean trade.
c) trans-Atlantic trade.
d) Persian Gulf trade.

Ibn Battuta
a) was a Moroccan jurist who traveled throughout Africa.
b) founded the Mali empire.
c) was an Islamic merchant who converted many Africans.
d) was the powerful Islamic official who dominated trade in the Indian Ocean.

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