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West African Empires

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  • Q1
    Which statement correctly describes the climate of the West African empires?
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    According to the map, the West African Empires had an arctic climate because they were located between the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn.
    According to the map, the West African Empires had a temperate climate because they were located between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer.
    According to the map, the West African Empires had a tropical climate because they were located between the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn.
    According to the map, the West African Empires had a tropical climate because they were located between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer.
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  • Q2
    Civilizations in West Africa arose _____.
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    in the Sahara desert.
    along the Atlantic coast.
    along the Niger River.
    in the Atlas Mountains.
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  • Q3
    Why did the peoples of Northern Africa develop nomadic cultures?
    North Africa was a highly industrious region that produced trade goods demanded by people in other regions.
    North Africa had abundant valuable minerals that attracted frequent raids by outsiders.
    North Africa was subjected to frequent changes in political control by outside empires.
    North Africa was a desert region that lacked the natural resources needed to support permanent settlements.
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  • Q4
    Which statement describes why people most likely migrated to the kingdoms of West Africa?
    They were located in the center of the African continent, which made travel easier.
    They were located next to major waterways and important natural resources.
    They were located next to large mountain ranges that prevented attacks.
    They were located in an African desert, which made growing and selling crops easy.
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  • Q5
    How were the Shang dynasty of China, the Indus River Valley civilization of India, and the Mali Empire of Africa similar?
    All three of these civilizations were founded along rivers.
    All three of these civilizations promoted the Islamic religion.
    All three of these civilizations traded gold for salt.
    All three of these civilizations had easy access to the Atlantic Ocean.
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  • Q6
    How did the physical features of the African continent influence the location of the cities shown on the map? Choose two answers. a) The cities were developed mostly along the coastal plains of the continent as these areas were the easiest to defend against invasion. b) The cities developed only in areas away from the coastline in order to provide natural protection from invasions. c) The cities developed in areas that could support farming and/or trade without extreme hardship that would exist in the desert areas. d) The cities developed mainly in the rainforests along the Congo River due to the good conditions for farming and easy living. e) The cities developed along the Trans-Saharan trade routes between the gold mines in West Africa and the salt mines in North Africa.
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    a and d
    c and e
    b and c
    d and e
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  • Q7
    Which statement about these ancient West African empires is correct?
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    All three empires controlled ports on the Gulf of Guinea.
    All three empires controlled part of the Sahara Desert.
    Only the Ghana Empire controlled part of the Atlantic seacoast.
    Only the Songhai Empire controlled any major rivers.
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  • Q8
    Which West African empire controlled the largest territory?
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    Mali
    Songhai
    Sahara Desert
    Ghana
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  • Q9
    Which statement BEST describes the relationships between the West African kingdoms?
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    The three kingdoms were completely separate and had nothing to do with each other.
    The three kingdoms grew in a progression over time- each new kingdom expanded on the land controlled by the kingdom before it.
    The three kingdoms were trading partners and often shared resources found within each of their boundaries.
    The three kingdoms were enemies and often fought over the natural resources located in West Africa.
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  • Q10
    What does this clay figure of an equestrian suggest about the development of West African Kingdoms? Choose two answers. a. People specialized in different jobs as a result of the growth in trading cities. b. People only used camels for transportation. c. The armies of each kingdom used a wide variety of weapons in war. d. People had leisure time to develop arts. e. The kingdoms had rich and powerful leaders.
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    a and e
    c and e
    a and d
    b and c
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  • Q11
    What inference can be made from the following statement? Much of what we know about early West Africa comes from the writings of travelers and scholars from Muslim lands such as Spain and Arabia.
    The people of West Africa never traveled beyond the borders of their empires.
    Very few travelers ever visited early West African empires.
    The people of West Africa were not interested in keeping track of their histories.
    The people of West Africa left no written histories of their own.
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  • Q12
    Why was salt so valuable?
    People needed salt in their diets and as a preservative.
    Salt was used as a fertilizer for crops.
    Salt was used as medicine.
    Salt was used in many religious ceremonies.
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  • Q13
    Which statement best explains how ancient West African empires benefited from the trade routes shown on the map?
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    The empires were able to develop powerful armies by trading grain for enslaved people who became soldiers.
    The empires had a high standard of living because many types of food were imported from Europe and Asia along these routes.
    The empires grew wealthy by taxing the trade in salt and gold that took place along these routes.
    The empires became powerful by purchasing European weapons brought in from North Africa along these routes.
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  • Q14
    Which statement describes trade along the trans-Saharan trade routes?
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    People in West African kingdoms used the trans-Saharan trade routes to trade salt from the South for gold from the North.
    People in West African kingdoms used the trans-Saharan trade routes to trade fish from the South for salt from the North.
    People in West African kingdoms used the trans-Saharan trade routes to trade gold from the South for salt from the North.
    People in West African kingdoms used the trans-Saharan trade routes to trade coton from the South for wheat from the North.
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  • Q15
    What was one effect of the Trans-Saharan caravan trade during Mansa Musa’s reign?
    It spread Islam throughout West Africa.
    It brought about the decline of slavery in West African societies.
    It decreased power for rulers of West African kingdoms.
    It increased European control of West Africa.
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  • Q16
    Which statement best describes the relationship between migration and cultural diffusion in the West African Kingdom of Mali?
    Houses and stores throughout the kingdom began to reflect the different styles from around the world.
    Merchants who traveled along the trade routes began to bring new goods and ideas to trading centers like Timbuktu.
    Most of the judges and teachers in Timbuktu moved from other areas in Africa.
    Citizens of the kingdom started to become rich from selling salt to foreign markets.
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  • Q17
    How did West Africa’s trading with North African and Arab traders impact the culture of West African city-states?
    The Arab traders spoke Arabic and believed in Islam which shaped the language and religious beliefs of the West African people.
    Large amounts of gold were traded from Africa which caused an economic depression among the city-states.
    During the winter months, hotels experienced a great increase in profits as they were filled with Arab traders.
    The population in West Africa increased drastically due to the large number of Arab traders who immigrated to Africa.
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  • Q18
    Which achievement helped Ghana become such a powerful state?
    Ghana had the strongest army in all of Africa.
    Ghana gained control of the valuable trade routes.
    Ghana owned more salt than other states.
    Ghana formed alliances with other groups of people.
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  • Q19
    What can you infer about the role salt played in Ghana?
    Salt was valuable to the people of Ghana because they needed salt in their diets, and they used it to preserve food.
    Salt was not traded by the people of Ghana because it was a sacred good used only in religious ceremonies.
    Salt was disliked by the people of Ghana because it kept their crops from growing.
    Salt was a scarce good that was only used as a medicine by the people of Ghana because there weren’t reliable trade routes to the salt mines in the Sahara.
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  • Q20
    What was the significance of the people of Ghana learning to work with iron?
    They could trade iron for other precious minerals.
    They could make much stronger houses using iron.
    Iron was used to create even more spectacular artwork.
    Iron tools made farming easier and weapons much stronger.
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