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The journals of early travelers such as Ibn Battuta of Morrocco, Zheng He of China, and Mansa Musa of Mali are examples of
a) Works of fiction intended to describe the adventures of the travelers
b) Secondary sources that record the travelers’ interpretations of history
c) Primary sources describing observations of the travelers
d) Outdated resources for historical research

The wealth and power of Mali’s ruler, Mansa Musa, were significant because they contributed to the
a) Start of the Crusades
b) Spread of Islam
c) Growth of European imperialism
d) Rise of Arab nationalism

Which economic activity was the basis for most of the wealth and power of the West African empires of Ghana and Mali?
a) Hunting and gathering
b) Farming and cattle ranching
c) Trading in gold and salt
d) Working in bronze and brass

Between A.D. 800 and 1600, the West African city of Timbuktu became prosperous with the trading of
a) Spices and silk
b) Iron ore and coal
c) Rifles and diamonds
d) Gold and salt

The use of the Silk Road in Asia and caravan routes in northern Arica and southwestern Asia encouraged
a) Self- sufficiency
b) Ethnocentrism
c) Cultural diffusion
d) Cultural isolation

The rise of the West African kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai can be attributed to
a) Their locations near the trans-Sahara trade routes
b) Their emphasis on nationalism
c) The spread of Christianity
d) The rise of European imperialism

A similarity between the ancient western African kingdoms of Mali, Ghana, and Songhai is that these kingdoms
a) Limited the power of their rulers
b) Practiced Christianity
c) Established economies based on trade
d) Isolated themselves from contact with other cultures

Which statement explains a cause rather then an effect of the Bantu migration between 500 B.C. and A.D. 1500?
a) Techniques for herding and cultivation were spread to other peoples
b) More than sixty million people now speak a Bantu language
c) Trading cities developed along the coast of east Africa
d) Population increases put pressure on agriculture

Which statement about the geography of Africa is most accurate?
a) Much of the land in Africa is below sea level.
b) The variety of geography barriers has served to promote cultural diversity
c) Africa has an irregular coastline with many natural harbors
d) Much of the land in Africa is tundra and forest

The Tang dynasty of China, the Gupta Empire of India, and the Mali Empire of Africa were similar in that each experienced a period of
a) Prosperity and artistic creativity
b) Feudalism and oppression
c) War and constant invasion
d) Mercantilism and industrial expansion

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