Traditions and Encounters, AP Edition (Bentley), 5th Edition

Chapter 18: States and Societies of Sub-Saharan Africa

Multiple Choice Quiz

The remarkable oral tradition of sub-Saharan Africa was preserved primarily by
A)Muslim African scholars.
B)professional singers and griots.
C)village chiefs and diviners.
E)None of these answers is correct.
The story of Sundiata was about
A)the heroic deeds of the lion prince in establishing the Mali empire.
B)the misery of slaves captured and traded in the Mediterranean basin network.
C)the coming of Islam as a dominant faith in sub-Saharan societies.
D)the rise of the Swahili city-states.
E)None of these answers is correct.
Trade and communications networks were slower to penetrate sub-Saharan Africa compared to other regions because
A)Africans had little contact with each other.
B)Africans did not have any goods that others wanted to trade for.
C)there was a language barrier.
D)there were formidable geographic barriers to overcome.
E)All these answers are correct.
The earliest Bantu migrants were
A)aggressive warriors.
B)hunting and gathering peoples.
C)fishing peoples.
All of the following stimulated African migrations EXCEPT
A)iron metallurgy.
B)bubonic plague.
D)population pressure.
Before the tenth century, the dominant form of social organization in sub-Saharan Africa was the
C)kin-based system.
Which of the following statements describes a typical kin-based society?
A)Male heads of families presided over village affairs.
B)The most prominent of the family heads acted as chief.
C)A group of villages constituted a district.
D)Ethnic loyalties were focused at the district level.
E)All these answers are correct.
The kingdom of Kongo
A)emerged as a powerful state through trading with Muslim merchants of north Africa.
B)maintained a royal currency system based on cowries from the Indian Ocean.
C)was a loosely organized government with little authority over officials.
D)was destroyed by the expansion of the Swahili.
E)None of these answers is correct.
The arrival of camels in Africa
A)made communication across the Sahara possible.
B)quickened the pace of communication across the Sahara.
C)replaced elephants as the preferred transport animals throughout the Sahara.
D)still did not make travel across the Sahara possible.
E)None of these answers is correct.
Koumbi-Saleh was to the kingdom of Ghana as
A)Mansa Musa was to the Mali empire.
B)Niani was to the Mali empire.
C)Sundiata was to the Mali empire.
D)Zaire was to the kingdom of Kongo.
E)Axum was to the Christians.
The conversion to Islam of rulers of the kingdom of Ghana and the Mali empire
A)stimulated commercial relations with Muslim merchants.
B)meant that Islamic faith was imposed forcibly on their entire societies.
C)facilitated the export of Muslim African slaves by these two states to other Islamic countries.
D)transformed the role of women in those cultures.
E)All these answers are correct.
A)was an Arabic language.
B)refers to the peoples of the east African coast.
C)refers to the slave traders of Africa.
D)is a dead language.
E)was the language of the Mali empire.
All of the following were Swahili city-states EXCEPT
A)Sofala and Mogadishu.
B)Zimbabwe and Ife.
C)Malindi and Kilwa.
D)Zanzibar and Mozambique.
E)None of these answers is correct, because all were Swahili city-states.
Great Zimbabwe was
A)a powerful guild of gold merchants.
B)the king of an empire.
C)an anti-Islamic organization of Zimbabwe.
D)a capital city built of stone.
E)None of these answers is correct.
According to Ibn Battuta, Mogadishu
A)had only hunters, gatherers, and fishers.
B)was a large, inland, overland trade city.
C)had not yet converted to Islam.
D)was hostile to strangers.
E)None of these answers is correct.
In societies of sub-Saharan Africa,
A)slaves did not exist.
B)private ownership of land did not exist.
C)gender differentiation did not exist.
D)war did not exist.
E)currency did not exist.
After the eleventh century, the slave trade became increasingly important in Africa because
A)demand for slaves in foreign markets outstripped the supply.
B)a population explosion created a ready surplus.
C)slaves were needed on the other side of the Atlantic.
D)Africans readily sold their children into slavery.
E)All these answers are correct.
Unlike many other religions, African religion did not
A)concern itself with morality and proper behavior.
B)concern itself with matters of theology.
C)concern itself with world order.
D)worship a creator god.
E)include religious specialists in society.
Compared with Islam, Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa was
A)located in a much smaller region.
B)equally important.
C)more true to original Christian theology than African Islam was to original Islamic theology.
D)had little to do with merchants or missionaries.
E)None of these answers is correct.
Upon adopting Islamic faith, African women
A)were increasingly confined in their social and economic activities.
B)did not experience much change in their social status.
C)enjoyed higher honor than before.
D)took the veil.
E)could no longer talk to men in public.
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