REGENTS EXAM IN GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
The University of the State of New York
REGENTS HIGH SCHOOL EXAMINATION
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 -- 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., only
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REGENTS EXAM IN GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
Answer all questions in this part.
Directions (150): For each statement or question, record on your separate answer sheet the number of the
word or expression that, of those given, best completes the statement or answers the question.
1 Keeping field notes from excavation sites 6 The rule of Shi Huangdi, legalism, and the tomb
Analyzing radiocarbon dating test results of terra cotta soldiers are most closely associated
Examining and cataloging artifacts with the
Which social scientist directly engages in these (1) Maurya Empire (3) Persian Empire
activities? (2) Qin dynasty (4) Hellenistic culture
(1) political scientist (3) historian
(2) archaeologist (4) sociologist 7 The development of which early civilization was
influenced most directly by the Tigris River, the
Zagros Mountains, and the Syrian Desert?
2 Use of terracing is an example of a society's
reaction to (1) Chinese (3) Egyptian
(1) religious beliefs (2) Maya (4) Mesopotamian
(2) social stratification
(3) geographic conditions 8 Which religion includes the Four Noble Truths,
(4) political situations the Eightfold Path, and nirvana?
(1) Buddhism (3) Judaism
3 What is a major feature of a traditional economy? (2) Hinduism (4) Christianity
(1) nationalizing foreign-owned businesses
(2) determining prices using a free market 9 Which geographic factor affected the development
of the Gupta Empire?
(3) establishing quotas based on five-year plans
(4) bartering for goods and services (1) volcanoes (3) monsoons
(2) permafrost (4) island location
4 If a son has struck his father, they shall cut off
his hand. 10 The Russian Orthodox Church developed as a
If a seignior has destroyed the eye of a member result of Russia's cultural interactions with which
of the aristocracy, they shall destroy his eye. group?
If he has broken another seignior's bone, they (1) Byzantines (3) Vikings
shall break his bone. (2) Muslims (4) Huns
Which document contains these statements?
(1) Ten Commandments 11 Which statement about the Sahara is most closely
(2) Code of Hammurabi associated with the West African civilizations of
(3) Edicts of Asoka Ghana and Mali?
(4) Twelve Tables (1) Irrigation systems made it possible to farm in
5 Which geographic feature has helped isolate (2) Salt mined in the Sahara was exchanged for
(3) Oases in the Sahara served as their capital
(1) Andes Mountains
(2) Kalahari Desert
(4) The Sahara prevented the spread of Islam to
(3) Himalaya Mountains the region.
(4) Great Rift Valley
Global Hist. & Geo. Aug. '11 
Base your answers to questions 12 and 13 on the 17 During the Ming dynasty, why did China enjoy a
speakers' statements below and on your knowledge of favorable balance of trade with Europe?
social studies. (1) The Ming dynasty imported numerous
manufactured goods from Europe.
Speaker A: We must fight to keep control of (2) China exported large quantities of opium to
Jerusalem in the hands of those who European traders.
believe in Allah. (3) Chinese silk continued to be in high demand
Speaker B: Come and battle while there is still time in Europe.
to protect the Holy Land where Christ (4) The Ming dynasty paid tribute to European
Speaker C: We must go forth to heal the split
between the churches. 18 One way the Incas adapted their environment
Speaker D: An investment in ships and knights will was by
yield control of profitable trade routes. (1) building a network of roads through the
12 Which speaker expresses a Muslim perspective (2) growing rice as a major agricultural product
during the Crusades? (3) establishing an encomienda system
(1) A (3) C (4) creating floating gardens
(2) B (4) D
Base your answers to questions 19 and 20 on the
13 Which speaker is expressing an economic motive passage below and on your knowledge of social studies.
for the Crusades?
. . . It recounts the life of the officials, the notaries,
(1) A (3) C the deputies, the proprietors of Indian labour, the
(2) B (4) D priests, the miners and the Spaniards who travel
from post to post along the roads and rivers of
Peru; the visitors, the judges, the Indian chiefs
14 The bubonic plague affected economic and their subjects, including the very poor.
development in medieval times by In my work I have always tried to obtain the
(1) encouraging the introduction of new types of most truthful accounts, accepting those which
crops seemed to be substantial and which were
(2) causing production to decline and prices to confirmed from various sources. I have only
rise reported those facts which several people agreed
(3) sparking the ideas of socialism and reform upon as being true. . . .
(4) destroying the guild system -- Huamn Poma, Letter to a King: A Peruvian Chief's
Account of Life Under the Incas and Under Spanish Rule,
E. P. Dutton
15 One reason the Renaissance began in Italy was
that Italian city-states 19 This author is describing the process he used in
(1) defeated the Spanish Armada (1) formulating a scientific theory from earlier
(2) were unified as a nation under the Pope experiments
(3) were unaffected by the Commercial (2) developing a historical account from primary
(4) dominated key Mediterranean trade routes (3) comparing details of differing religions
(4) explaining the importance of obeying laws
16 In The Prince, Machiavelli advises rulers to
(1) seek the approval of the people 20 According to this author, accounts used in making
(2) establish and maintain power statements of fact must be
(3) promote openness in government (1) brief (3) verified
(4) learn and follow the commandments of the (2) interesting (4) unbiased
Global Hist. & Geo. Aug. '11  [OVER]
Base your answer to question 21 on the map below and on your knowledge of social studies.
The African Diaspora, 15th Century 19th Century
Source: Stanley I. Kutler, ed., Dictionary of American History, Third Edition, Volume 7,
Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003 (adapted)
21 The arrows on this map, "The African Diaspora," represent the
(1) development of trade routes in North Africa
(2) expansion of African kingdoms involved in the slave trade
(3) forced migration of African peoples from their homeland
(4) dependence by Africans on imports for economic development
Global Hist. & Geo. Aug. '11 
22 Akbar the Great, Suleiman the Magnificent, and 27 Which statement represents a central idea of
Louis XIV are all rulers associated with laissez-faire economics?
(1) natural rights (3) religious toleration (1) Class struggles are based on inequities.
(2) filial piety (4) absolutism (2) Workers should form unions to better their
23 What was a major effect of the Magna Carta and (3) Prices are best determined by supply and
the English Bill of Rights on Great Britain? demand.
(1) The power of the monarch was limited. (4) The government should own all means of
(2) Ireland revolted against the monarchy.
(3) Parliament was abolished.
(4) A renewed interest in Greek and Roman 28 A major goal of both the Sepoy Mutiny and the
culture developed. Boxer Rebellion was to
(1) remove foreign influences
24 Which event is most closely associated with the (2) restore parliamentary government
French Revolution? (3) improve access to civil service examinations
(1) Council of Trent (4) outlaw caste systems
(2) Thirty Years' War
(3) Reign of Terror 29 In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan
(4) Paris Peace Conference rapidly industrialized. During which period did
this change take place?
25 A. Toussaint L'Ouverture declares Haiti (1) Heian Court (3) Yuan dynasty
independent. (2) Song dynasty (4) Meiji Restoration
B. Declaration of the Rights of Man and the
Citizen is written in France. 30 The Amritsar Massacre and the Salt March are both
C. The thirteen colonies gain independence from associated with the independence movement in
Great Britain. (1) Iraq (3) China
D. Simn Bolvar frees Colombia from Spanish (2) India (4) Kenya
31 Which factor led to the rise of communist
What is the correct chronological order for these revolutions in Russia and in China?
events? (1) increase in agricultural production around
(1) A B D C (3) A D C B the world
(2) C B A D (4) D C B A (2) onset of the global depression that restricted
(3) scarcity of workers for available jobs
26 Irregular coastline
(4) unequal distribution of wealth between social
Abundant mineral resources
Large labor force
Which country had these characteristics and used
them to industrialize in the 1700s?
(1) Germany (3) Great Britain
(2) Italy (4) Japan
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