Ancient Asian Civilizations
Ancient Asian Civilizations

Ancient Asian Civilizations

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This question pack looks at ancient civilizations in India and China.

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Ancient Chinese Civilization 1

The Eastern Chou is also known as which of the following?

A

The Warring States Period

B

The Spring and Autumn Period

C

Mandate of Heaven

D

Both A and B

E

Both A and C

Ancient Chinese Civilization 2

Which of the following statements about the Shang Dynasty is false?

A

The Shang Dynasty emerged along the Yellow River.

B

The Shang Dynasty was an oligarchy.

C

The Shang Dynasty used court records written on bamboo strips .

D

The Shang Dynasty worshipped "Shang Ti"

E

The Shang Dynasty made human sacrifices

Ancient Chinese Civilization 3

Who created the Mandate of Heaven?

A

Shang Ti

B

The Shang

C

The Chou

D

Kung Fu Tzu

E

Mo Tzu

Ancient Chinese Civilization 4

All of the following statements accurately characterize the Qin Dynasty, EXCEPT:

A

The Qin Dynasty was originally a small state.

B

The Qin Dynasty was an autocracy.

C

The Qin Dynasty was rooted in legalist philosophy.

D

The Qin Dynasty encouraged commerce.

E

The Qin Dynasty created a bureaucracy.

Ancient Chinese Civilization 5

All of the following were functions of the Han state, EXCEPT:

A

Attacking warrior-landlords.

B

Promoting Confucianism.

C

Implementing civil-service examinations.

D

Detachment from the lives of the Chinese masses.

E

Sponsored developments in science and technology.

Ancient Chinese Civilization 6

The Qin and Han dynasties did which of the following?

A

Formed political parties b. c. d. e.

B

Increased commerce

C

Reduced Chinese territory

D

Created a bureaucracy

E

Embraced Legalism

Ancient Chinese Civilization 7

Which of the following is the Chinese philosophy that is based on passivity and "wu wei"?

A

Legalist philosophy

B

I Ching

C

Moism

D

Confucianism

E

Taoism

Ancient Chinese Civilization 8

Which of the following occurred during the Qin Dynasty?

A

Confucianism was outlawed. b. c. d.e.

B

The feudal system was abolished.

C

The Great Wall was built.

D

Both B and C

E

Both A and B

Ancient Chinese Civilization 9

Which of the following statements about the Han Dynasty is false?

A

The Han Dynasty was markedly different from the Qin Dynasty.

B

The Han Dynasty rejected bureaucracy.

C

The Han Dynasty adopted Legalism as the state philosophy.

D

The Han Dynasty is also commonly referred as “The Three Kingdoms.”

E

All of the above

Ancient Chinese Civilization 10

Who had the lowest status in classical China?

A

Merchants

B

Students

C

Clergy

D

Artisans

E

Peasants

Ancient Chinese Civilization 11

Who was a pragmatic Chinese philosopher who sought to reform government?

A

Buddha

B

Confucius

C

Lao Tzu

D

Mo Tzu

E

Mencius

Early history of the Indian subcontinent 1

All of the following occurred in Mauryan India after Asoka's religious conversion, EXCEPT:

A

There was more religious toleration.

B

The first written literature in India emerged.

C

Veganism took root.

D

A state ruled according to "dharma."

E

There was a renewed emphasis on peaceful society

Early history of the Indian subcontinent 2

All of the following statements characterize Siddhartha Gautama, EXCEPT:

A

He was the son of a priest of the Shakyas. .

B

He was born in northern India.

C

He led an ascetic life.

D

He devoted himself to the "Middle Way."

E

He was a member of the Ksatriya caste.

Early history of the Indian subcontinent 4

Buddhism emerged as a result of which of the following?

A

The collapse of the Brahmans b. c. d. Both A and B e. Both B and C

B

Resistance to orthodox vedism

C

The injustice of the caste system

D

Both A and B

E

Both B and C

Early history of the Indian subcontinent 3

Jainism subscribes to all of the following beliefs, EXCEPT:

A

There are five categories for living things.

B

The five categories for living things are divided according to karma.

C

All living things should be respected unconditionally.

D

Non-violence should be practiced toward all living things.

E

Salvation occurs only when one's soul has been freed of all karmic matter.

Early history of the Indian subcontinent 5

King Asoka converted to which religion after the conquest of Kalinga?

A

Jainism

B

Buddhism

C

Hinduism

D

Christianity

E

Vedic religion

Early history of the Indian subcontinent 6

The Four Noble Truths contain all of the following precepts, EXCEPT:

A

All of life is suffering.

B

Escape from suffering can only be achieved by ending desire.

C

Ceasing desire can only be achieved by following the Eightfold Path.

D

The cause of suffering is desire.

E

Ending desire can only be achieved through the "Middle Way."

Early history of the Indian subcontinent 7

Which of the following statements is true of the Gupta Dynasty?

A

The Gupta Dynasty was known as India's "Golden Age."

B

The Gupta Dynasty was overrun by the Huns.

C

The Gupta Dynasty rejected Buddhism.

D

Both A and B

E

Both B and C

Early history of the Indian subcontinent 8

When did the Mauryan Empire begin?

A

When Alexander the Great withdrew from Gandahara b. c. d. e.

B

With the defeat of the Seleucids

C

When Chandragupta conquered the Indus Valley

D

All of the above

E

None of the above

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