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The Rise and Spread of Islam Review Questions for AP World History

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Updated on Mar 4, 2011

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The Rise and Spread of Islam Review for AP World History

Review Questions

  1. With regard to the doctrines of Islam in the period 600–1450,
    1. the concept of monotheism was unknown to the inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula prior to Muhammad's teachings.
    2. their teachings of equality made them more popular among the general population of Africa than among African rulers.
    3. they were embraced by members of the lower Hindu castes in India because of their emphasis on equality.
    4. they found widespread acceptance among Buddhists of both Central Asia and Southeast Asia.
    5. they were transmitted more frequently through missionary endeavor than through commercial contacts or conquest.
  2. The area in which Islam showed the most profound change during the seventh to the fifteenth centuries was in
    1. the position of the caliph.
    2. its treatment toward people of the book.
    3. the development of the shariah.
    4. the status of slaves.
    5. the role of women.
  3. One of the weaknesses of the early Muslim empires was
    1. intolerance of the legal traditions of non- Muslim peoples.
    2. disregard for the cultural traditions of conquered peoples.
    3. failure to resolve questions of succession.
    4. insistence on conversion of non-Arabs within the empire.
    5. indifference to the Sunni/Shi'ite split.
  4. The Abbasid dynasty
    1. created a social rift between Arabs and new converts.
    2. was more interested in strengthening Arab power than in gaining converts.
    3. healed the rift between Sunnis and Shi'ites.
    4. discouraged commercial activity in an effort to focus on missionary endeavor.
    5. proved the high point of Muslim cultural achievement.
  5. Which of the following qualifies as a primary source on the teachings of Muhammad?
    1. The Quran.
    2. The Hadith.
    3. The Five Pillars.
    4. The umma.
    5. The Arabian Nights.
  6. Muhammad
    1. made provisions for the future leadership of Islam.
    2. established clear class distinctions for Islamic society.
    3. built on the religious traditions of the Arabian peninsula.
    4. went against established gender distinctions in the practice of his faith.
    5. spoke out against military conquest as a vehicle for the extension of Islam.
  7. The Five Pillars
    1. are inattentive to distinctions in social class.
    2. are included in the Quran.
    3. require religious instruction as an entrance to the Islamic faith.
    4. provide unity within Islam.
    5. address both religious and secular matters.
  8. As a new faith, Islam gained strength
    1. within portions of the former Roman Empire.
    2. when adherence to Arabic ethnicity was emphasized over adherence to Islam.
    3. first in Mecca, then throughout the Arabian peninsula.
    4. because of rules of succession established by the first caliphs.
    5. in East Asia.
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