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AP World History
Chapter 8 Reading Questions
Due Date/Quiz Date = Monday, October 31, 2011
1. What else was “traded” (besides goods) along the major trade networks discussed in
this chapter?
The Silk Roads
2. People in inner Asia were unable to produce much of their own agriculture. What
goods did they trade with their neighbors in order to get agricultural and manufactured
products from them?
3. When did the Silk Roads prosper most?
These conditions prevailed during which 3 major historical time periods/events?
4. How were goods typically carried across the Silk Roads? What type of goods were
typically carried?
5. Complete the following chart.
Trade Along the Silk Roads
Products Contributed
Middle East
Mediterranean basin
6. How did the Silk Roads affect the daily lives of Chinese farmers?
7. What major cultural tradition spread due to the Silk Roads? In what form did it spread?
8. How did Buddhism change as it spread along the Silk Roads?
9. Which diseases, spread along the Silk Roads, plagued each of the following regions?
A) Roman Empire and Han dynasty =
B) Mediterranean coast =
C) European continent =
10 How did the Black Death impact Europe?
Indian Ocean
11. How did Indian Ocean transportation costs differ from those of the Silk Roads? Why?
12. How did these costs affect the types of goods traded throughout the Indian Ocean?
13. What made Indian Ocean commerce possible?
14. What 2 major transformations lay behind the flourishing of Indian Ocean commerce
between 500 and 1500 CE?
15. Complete the following chart.
Trade throughout the Indian Ocean
Products Contributed
Mediterranean basin
Southeast Asia
East Africa
16. Explain how the Malay kingdom of Srivijaya emerged.
17. What 3 major factors contributed to the continued growth of Srivijaya?
18. How did Srivijaya monarchs incorporate Buddhism within the kingdom?
19. Describe the Buddhist monument Borobudur in Java.
20. What does the “Indianization” of Southeast Asia mean?
21. Where was the Swahili civilization located?
23. The Swahili civilization consisted of many commercial city-states. Name 3 of them.
24. Explain how the Swahili civilization resembled that of ancient Greece.
25. Describe the social set-up of the Swahili civilization.
26. How does the Swahili language reflect cultural diffusion in this region?
27. Who was Ibn Battuta? What did he discover on the Swahili coast?
28. How did Indian Ocean commerce affect areas in the interior of Africa (such as Great
Zimbabwe), even though these areas didn’t participate in this trade network?
Trans-Saharan Trade
29. What did each of these regions contribute within this trade network?
A) North Africa =
B) the Sahara region itself =
C) the savanna grasslands =
D) the forest areas =
30. What made trans-Saharan trade possible?
31. Which products were most in demand from West Africa? What products did they get
in return?
A) Traded =
B) Received =
32. Describe the caravans that crossed the Sahara – include their size, when they traveled,
for how long they traveled, etc.
33. How did trans-Saharan trade transform the political set up in West Africa?
34. Describe these kingdoms – be detailed!
35. What did these West African kingdoms use slaves for? From where did they get these
36. Describe the cities (like Timbuktu) within these West African kingdoms.
An American Network
37. What did the Americas lack that prevented trade?
38. How did the geographic and environmental differences throughout the Americas
prevent trade?
39. Where were the most active and dense trade networks in the Americas?
40. Describe economic exchange in the Andean Inca Empire – be detailed! Include who
controlled it, what they traded, how they recorded trade, how traders traveled, etc.  Feel
free to use bullet points.