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The Silk Road

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  • Q1
    At the time of the Han dynasty, which people particularly threatened China from the north?
    the Huns
    the Romans
    the Japanese
    the Persians
  • Q2
    Why is Zhang Qian often called the Father of the Silk Road?
    This explorer brought back word of western cultures.
    This military leader made the highway safe for traders.
    This teacher encouraged the exchange of ideas.
    This emperor forced peasants to work on construction.
  • Q3
    Why did people in China want horses from Central Asia?
    The horses were considered prettier than the ones in China.
    The horses gave the Chinese a way to sell their silk.
    The horses were larger and more powerful than Chinese horses.
    The horses were scarce in China.
  • Q4
    What made silk valuable in the West?
    The Syrians thought wool was too itchy.
    The Romans wanted to buy it to make banners.
    The Indians found cotton to be too expensive.
    The Chinese were the only ones who knew how to make it.
  • Q5
    One of the most important Roman products that trade along the Silk Road brought to China was
  • Q6
    The Silk Road split into a northern route and a southern route. What was one advantage of taking the northern route?
    Road surfaces were smoother.
    Oases were closer together
    Travelers were safer from bandits.
    Scenery was more attractive.
  • Q7
    What was the most important reason why traders formed long caravans to cross the desert?
    to prevent sandstorms
    to learn the route
    to protect each other
    to lift heavy goods
  • Q8
    Merchants used camels to move goods on the Eastern Silk Road. What animals carried goods on the Western Silk Road?
    yaks and donkeys
  • Q9
    Which part of the Silk Road exposed travelers to the dangers listed below? • Lack of oxygen • Narrow passes • Steep cliffs • Snowstorms
    the Iranian Plateau
    the Gobi Desert
    the Pamir Mountains
    the Tigris River
  • Q10
    How did trade on the Silk Road affect what people ate in China?
    Trade caused food shortages in China.
    Trade limited new foods in China
    Trade brought new foods to China.
    Trade caused Chinese people to stop eating fruit.
  • Q11
    Which of the following is an accurate statement about cultural diffusion?
    Cultural diffusion spreads ideas, knowledge, and goods.
    Cultural diffusion occurs only within one culture.
    Cultural diffusion no longer takes place today
    Cultural diffusion happened only along the Silk Road.
  • Q12
    Why did the Western Silk Road end at Mediterranean ports such as Antioch?
    After such a long journey, most traders wanted to stop.
    Goods could be loaded there onto ships to be taken to other lands.
    Most of the goods the Chinese wanted came from that region.
    The Roman Empire did not allow Chinese goods within its borders.
  • Q13
    What is the likely reason why the Roman emperor told Romans not to wear silk?
    He believed that cotton was softer and more comfortable than silk.
    He wanted to save as much silk as possible to make army banners.
    He was afraid the silkworms would eat too many leaves off the trees.
    He worried that buying silk was taking too much of the empire's gold.
  • Q14
    Which of these facts relating to the Silk Road is an example of cultural diffusion?
    China became wealthy trading silk.
    Different animals carried goods on different parts of the route.
    Europeans learned some Chinese manufacturing methods.
    Travelers faced many dangers on their journey.
  • Q15
    How did the Silk Road most affect the spread of Buddhism?
    Dangers on the route supported the Buddhist idea that life is suffering.
    Chinese philosophers wrote Buddhist texts to sell in Antioch.
    Travelers carried Buddhist beliefs from India to China.
    The Buddha encouraged people to seek enlightenment in the desert.

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