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NEW YORK STATE REGENTS EXAMS
GLOBAL HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY - JUNE 2003

Base your answers to questions 11 and 12 on the illustration below and on your knowledge of social studies.

11 The illustration represents a society based on

(1) social class
(2) educational achievement
(3) accumulated wealth
(4) political ability

12 This illustration suggests that the European feudal system was

(1) designed to promote political and economic equality
(2) controlled by a powerful middle class
(3) intended to provide opportunities for social mobility
(4) supported by the labor of the peasants

13 “The countries beyond the horizon and from the ends of the Earth
have all become subjects and to the most western of the western or the most northern of the northern countries however far away they may be.”

— Ming dynasty official

The intent of this statement about the Ming dynasty was to

(1) demonstrate supremacy and strength in China
(2) control the Mongols
(3) stop European imperialism
(4) impose Chinese culture and slavery on neighboring countries

14 Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo were similar in that both

(1) ruled over vast empires that included diverse peoples
(2) produced written records of their extensive travels
(3) converted thousands of people to Christianity
(4) fought to free their people from Mongol rule

15 “Tedious were it to recount, how citizen avoided citizen, how among neighbors was scarce found any that shewed fellow-feeling for another, how kinsfolk held aloof, and never met, or but rarely; enough that this sore affliction entered so deep into the minds of men and women, that in the horror thereof brother was forsaken by brother, nephew by uncle, brother by sister, and oftentimes husband by wife; nay, what is more, and scarcely to be believed, fathers and mothers were found to abandon their own children, untended, unvisited, to their fate, as if they had been strangers. . . .” — Giovanni Boccaccio,,The Decameron
The author of this passage was describing the

(1) breakdown of social order during the bubonic plague
(2) power of special courts during the Inquisition
(3) treatment of native peoples in Latin American nations
(4) outcome of the famine in Ireland in the 1890s

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