October 25, 2017

CLEP Western Civilization I Exam Practice Questions

1. Which of the following is not a common characteristic of all early civilizations?

a. Agricultural surplus.
b. Clear division of labor.
c. A pictographic writing system.
d. Population centers such as towns and cities.
e. Some form of government.

2. Which of the following rivers did NOT play an important role in the development of the earliest civilizations?

a. The Tiber River.
b. The Yangtze River.
c. The Euphrates River.
d. The Nile River.
e. The Indus River.

3. “The river was easy to navigate because of a peculiar trait: Its strong winds blew in the opposite direction of its water’s flow. The winds blew down from the north, but the river flowed up from the south. This unusual feature made it easy to transport goods back and forth from the Mediterranean Sea, which lay to the north.”
Which river is most likely being described in the above passage?

a. The Tiber River.
b. The Tigris River.
c. The Euphrates Rivers.
d. The Yangtze River.
e. The Indus River.

4. Which of the following rulers was female?

a. Sargon.
b. Hammurabi.
c. Hatshepsut.
d. Nebuchadnezzar.
e. Amenhotep IV.

5. “Because of the central role religion played in Sumerian culture, priests held much of the real power, despite the existence of a king. Beneath them a class of warrior nobles, responsible for protecting the city, held the next level of power. Less powerful than the nobles but still influential were the lower priests, scholars, and merchants who took responsibility for many of the daily operations of the government.”

Which characteristic of most early civilizations does this passage reflect?

a. Agricultural surplus.
b. Population centers.
c. Religious practice.
d. Development of technology.
e. Government.

6. In what modern day country is the remains of Mesopotamian civilization found?

a. Afghanistan.
b. Iraq.
c. Turkey.
d. Egypt.
e. Lebanon.

7. “The king allowed the conquered the right to maintain their own religious practices, local laws, and customs. This practice, however, shares no similarities with our present-day principals of tolerance. In effect, allowing conquered people to maintain their own religions and customs forged a bond of loyalty between the conqueror and the conquered. Though the conquered preserved many rights and customs, local governors called Satraps, along with a network of spies, maintained order and reported back to the King.”

Which empire does the above passage describe?

a. Persians.
b. Akkadians.
c. Babylonians.
d. Egyptians.
e. Sumerians.

8. A monotheistic religious practice was central to which of the following cultures?

a. Egyptians.
b. Hebrews.
c. Sumerians.
d. Babylonians.
e. Hittites.

9. Which of the following is a character from the Epic of Gilgamesh?

a. Ahura Mazda.
b. Enkidu.
c. Yahweh.
d. Thoth.
e. Zoroaster.

10. According to tradition, who founded the Hebrew people?

a. Zoroaster.
b. Abraham.
c. Aeneas.
d. Daniel.
e. Jesus.

CLEP Western Civilization I Exam Answer Key