Unit Two Test (Chapters 7,8,9,10,12,13)
1) What was the fictional account of life at the court of the Caliph al-Rashid? A) B) C) D) E)
2) What accounts for the disruption of the agricultural economy of the Abbasid Empire? A) The government ordered regions of the empire populated by Shi'as abandoned. B) The decline of the cities led to a fall in the demand for food supplies and consequent drops in agricultural prices. C) Cropping patters were abandoned.
D) Progressive desiccation of the region led to a diminution of the land available for agriculture. E) Spiralling taxation, the destruction of the irrigation works, and pillaging by mercenary armies led to destruction and abandonment of many villages.
3) What was the innovation of the Abbasid court with respect to women? A) the legislation of multiple marriages for women B) more equality of rights C) legislation against concubinage and prostitution D) the creation of Islamic nunneries E) the establishment of the harem
4) What was the attitude of the Abbasid's towards the institution of slavery? A) The dynasty permitted slavery of Muslims, but forbade the enslavement of members of other religions. B) The Abbasid elite demanded growing numbers of both male and female slaves for concubines and domestic service. C) The Abbasid dynasty forbade slavery in general.
D) The dynasty forbade all slavery except for the mercenary armies loyal to the Abbasids. E) The local custom determined the status of slavery.
5) Why were the practices of seclusion and veiling seen as essential in Islamic society? A) Veiling was seen as a means of halting the practice of concubinage. B) Women were believed to be possessed of insatiable lust from which men had to be protected. C) Veiling allowed women to hide their identities and to avoid the rash of dynastic strife. D) Women were only permitted to engage in business if their identities were hidden. E) Veiling discouraged contacts between Muslim women.
6) Which of the following statements concerning women during the Abbasid era is most accurate? A) Women often practiced polygamy.
B) Women often married at puberty, set at age nine.
C) Rich women had many career outlets in Islamic cities.
D) Abbasid women had vastly greater freedom than did women in the first century of Islam. E) No Islamic women engaged in labor.
7) Who was the Muslim leader responsible for the reconquest of most of the territories belonging to the Christian Crusaders? A) Umar B) al-Ghazali C) Saladin D) Muhammad ibn Qasim E) Firdawsi
8) What accounts for the success of the First Crusade?
A) Muslim political fragmentation and the element of surprise B) the power of the Byzantine Empire
C) the contemporary emergence of the Christian Seljuk Turks in Baghdad D) the overwhelming military superiority of western military technology E) the support and cooperation of the Jewish community of the Holy Land
9) What was the impact of the Crusades on the Christian West? A) The Crusades interrupted the trade of the Mediterranean and cut off the West from Islam until 1293. B) The crusades led to an extension of Feudalism.
C) Christians adopted military techniques, words, scientific learning, and Arabic numerals among other things. D) Christians rejected most Muslim influence, although they did gain a taste for Muslim wines and liquors. E) There was no Muslim influence on the Christian West.
10) What was the primary written language of the later Abbasid court? A) Arabic B) Greek C) Latin D) Cyrillic E) Persian
11) Which of the following statements concerning the Sufi movement within Islam is most accurate? A) The Sufi movement stressed withdrawal from other believers and isolation into monastic communities. B) The Sufi movement incorporated mysticism with a trend toward evangelism. C) Sufism was a...
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