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What first brought Islam to West Africa?
a) trade
b) war
c) Crusades
d) emperors

Which of the following is NOT an Islamic influence on education and language?
a) Muslims treasured books and used the printing press to produce many more books.
b) Classes were taught by imams--Muslim religious leaders
c) Arabic was used to write about the history and culture of West Africa.
d) Kings began to keep written records and to correspond with the rulers of other countries.

Mali first appeared on a European map in 1339. What does its appearance there reflect?
a) Mali had become an important empire.
b) Europeans had started visiting Mali.
c) Mali had only recently started trading with Europeans.
d) Europeans had only recently started selling African maps.

Which of the following is NOT evidence of Islamic influence on West African government and law?
a) The right to rule was traced through the women instead of the men.
b) Government was more centralized, and kings exercised more control over the local rulers
c) Shari-ah law replaced the traditional, customary law of West Africa, which were not written and often based on superstition.
d) Judges and courts decided if laws had been broken and if there should be a punishment.

Why did Islam spread fairly easily in Mali?
a) People in Mali practiced Islam with their traditional religions.
b) Muslim leaders visited Mali and befriended the people there.
c) Muslim leaders conquered Mali and imposed Islamic law.
d) People in Mali believed Islam was the only true religion.

Which of the following is NOT evidence of Islamic influence on West African Architectural styles?
a) West Africans build small shrines to the forces of nature--i.e., wind, rain, sun, earth.
b) The style of housing changed from round, domed structures to rectangular houses with flat roofs.
c) West Africans built mosques with minarets.
d) Taller buildings were often built using mud and projecting beams, that could be used as scaffolding.

What would be the best title for this list of changes: succession became patrilineal; government became more centralized; West Africans adopted shari-ah?
a) The Effect of Islam on West African Governments
b) Causes of the Fall of Mansa Musa
c) Causes of the Fall of the Empire of Ghana
d) The Effects of Islam on Qur-anic Laws

Which of the following is NOT evidence of Islamic influence on West African religious practices?
a) West African Muslims throw dust over their heads when the emir approaches.
b) Children who did not memorize the Qur-an were put into chains until they did.
c) West Africans kept the religious traditions they did not contradict the Five Pillars of Faith.
d) A feast is celebrated at the end of Ramadan that commemorates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac.

What was the most important feature of education in Muslim West Africa?
a) It was based on studying Islam.
b) It took place in Timbuktu.
c) It included boys and girls.
d) It led to many new inventions.

Which of the following is NOT evidence of Islamic influence on West African decorative arts?
a) West Africans decorated their clothing with leaf and flower prints.
b) Geometric designs were carved into West African spears and shields.
c) West Africans used calligraphy as decoration on their clothing.
d) West Africans wore a robe with wide, long sleeves and a long skirt.

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