Below is our APUSH unit 1 practice test. This unit delves into the intricate and diverse Native American societies that existed before European contact. It also emphasizes the ecological, cultural, and economic exchanges that resulted from the Columbian Exchange, reshaping both the Old and New Worlds.
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Questions 1–3 refer to the following excerpt:
What answer best describes Spanish attitudes towards de las Casas’ report?
Many Spaniards were horrified by the savage and cruel behavior he described.
Most Spaniards discounted his description because it was Protestant propaganda.
Most Spaniards were incredulous because they realized de las Casas intentionally distorted precise colonial census information.
Generally, Spaniards were unconcerned because they thought Native Americans should be exploited because they were uncivilized.
Which of the following answers correctly identifies an important consequence of the Spanish attitude towards Native Americans?
Because so many native peoples were dying, the Spanish began to import slaves from Africa to replenish their labor supply.
Native American people and culture were completely eradicated.
The Spanish crown became insolvent because the reduced labor supply made it impossible for colonial possessions to become profitable.
Many Spaniards, driven by a sense of Christian piety, urged the crown to create reforms that resulted in an increased standard of living for Native Americans.
Which of the following answers correctly describes the social hierarchy of the Spanish empire?
Social standing was based on merit and abilities – anyone could increase their status and rise to the top.
Spanish officials created a strict caste based on precise racial categories that placed native Spaniards at the top.
Only colonists of pure Spanish heritage were accorded any social status.
No discernible rules governed colonial society – the status of each colonial subject was randomly determined.
Questions 4–5 refer to this image of an actor portraying a Native American of the early colonial period.
The image highlights which of the following?
The uniquely war-like attitude of Native Americans.
The civilizing effect of European colonization upon the Native American peoples, which was entirely beneficial.
How Native Americans became dependent on European trade goods.
The lack of reciprocal influence Native Americans had on European colonizers.
Which statement best describes the relationship between Native Americans and European settlers?
Native Americans unanimously welcomed the colonists because they understood the settlers were superior in many ways.
Native Americans and Europeans at times traded peacefully with European colonists but also frequently used diplomacy and force to resist encroachment on their territory, political sovereignty, and way of life.
Native Americans were skilled warriors who incessantly resisted European settlement and were only defeated by the colonist’s superior technology.
Europeans had very little contact with the Native Americans because they thought indigenous peoples would corrupt settlers with their uncivilized way of life.
Questions 6–8 refer to the following engraving from the late 16th century:
Which of the following statements correctly describes the consequences of European colonization?
The effects of colonization up both Europeans and Native Americans were temporary and very small.
The Europeans helped civilize the Native Americans and improved their quality of life by sharing technology with them.
Both the Europeans and Native Americans became rich and powerful by sharing the profits from economic ventures.
Colonization brought wealth to European imperial powers which resulted in political and economic innovations.
What enabled the Europeans to conquer the Native American peoples?
There were no powerful Native American empires — only weak bands of nomads.
The European invaders greatly outnumbered the Native Americans they encountered.
The Europeans had advanced military technology and also brought with them diseases which ravaged native populations.
The Native Americans were subdued because they were pagans and refused to accept Christianity.
What effect, if any, did Native American culture have on Europeans?
Nothing — the Europeans rejected every aspect of Native American culture because they thought indigenous peoples were uncivilized.
Many Europeans began to worship Native American deities because they were disgusted with the conflicts created by the Reformation.
Large numbers of Europeans began to dress like the Native Americans because it was much more comfortable.
Europeans began to partake of many of the same luxury items that the indigenous social elites consumed.
Question 9 refers to the following excerpt:
Which of the following statements correctly describes Benzoni’s account?
It is totally incorrect because there was no gold in the New World at all — it was all a rumor.
It is completely correct because Native Americans were Satanists.
It is partially correct because Benzoni accurately describes the animistic elements of indigenous religions and the syncretic results of missionary work.
It is partially incorrect because Native Americans always completely abandoned their traditional beliefs after converting to Catholicism.
Refer to the mid-sixteenth century tapestry below to answer question 10.
Which of the following statements most accurately describes the encounter between the conquistador Hernán Cortés and the Aztec leader Moctezuma as depicted above?
Cortés, who is only accompanied by a woman, is weaker because Moctezuma has several soldiers with him.
Cortés and Moctezuma are equals because they are both pointing at each other which indicates reciprocity.
The tapestry recognizes the important role indigenous women played as translators and cultural mediators between Europeans and Native Americans.
Moctezuma is accepting Cortés’ offer to marry his sister, who is dressed in traditional Aztec garb in order to signify she has joined the indigenous royal family.
Refer to this image of Serpent Mound to answer question 11.
Which answer best describes the lives of Native Americans immediately preceding the moment of European contact?
Native peoples created different types of settlements, engaged in long-distance trade, practiced religion, and supported social hierarchies.
Native peoples were totally uncivilized and lived in small nomadic groups that wandered from place to place in order to survive.
Native peoples lived in highly advanced societies that included metal-working, written languages, and numerous large cities.
All native peoples were egalitarian because they only organized themselves into groups of hunter-gatherers.
Question 12 refers to the image below—a 16th century image that portrays the impact of smallpox on the Aztec population.
Why did the Native American people lack immunity to European diseases?
Unlike Europeans, indigenous peoples had not developed vaccines.
Most Indigenous peoples did not live in urban areas and had few domesticated animals, which meant they did not develop a resistance to many animal-borne illnesses.
Indigenous peoples were physically inferior to Europeans and often became ill.
Indigenous peoples died because they suffered divine retribution for refusing to convert to Christianity.
Questions 13–16 refer to the following excerpt:
Which of the following best describes the primary purpose of The Doctrine of Discovery?
To promote trade and commerce between European nations and indigenous peoples.
To ensure that European nations would not engage in conflicts over newly discovered lands.
To provide religious justification for European monarchs to claim territories in the Americas.
To establish diplomatic relations between the Catholic Church and indigenous religious leaders.
The issuance of The Doctrine of Discovery in 1493 can best be understood in the context of which of the following broader historical developments?
The Protestant Reformation and the rise of Protestant states in Europe.
The Age of Exploration and the European desire to expand territories and influence.
The decline of feudalism and the rise of centralized monarchies in Europe.
The Renaissance and the revival of classical learning and art in Europe.
Which of the following groups would most likely oppose the principles outlined in The Doctrine of Discovery?
European merchants seeking to establish trade routes in the Americas.
Monarchs from non-Christian nations.
Indigenous leaders and communities in the Americas.
European sailors and explorers seeking fame and fortune.
The Doctrine of Discovery can be seen as a precursor to which of the following policies or practices in the Americas?
The establishment of the encomienda system in Spanish colonies.
The concept of Manifest Destiny in the 19th-century United States.
The creation of the Atlantic triangular trade system.
The establishment of Jesuit missions in South America.
Questions 17–20 refer to the following excerpt:
Which of the following best describes Columbus' primary objective during his voyage in 1492?
To discover new territories for the Spanish Crown.
To establish trade relations with indigenous peoples.
To convert indigenous peoples to Christianity.
To map the entire Atlantic Ocean.
Based on the excerpt, how did the indigenous people react to Columbus' arrival and claim?
They resisted and confronted Columbus.
They engaged in trade negotiations immediately.
They did not offer any resistance to Columbus' proclamation.
They sought alliances with Columbus against other indigenous groups.
Columbus' voyage and subsequent voyages by other explorers were primarily sponsored by:
Private merchants seeking trade opportunities.
European monarchs seeking to expand their empires.
Religious leaders aiming to spread Christianity.
Independent explorers with personal wealth.
The exploration and subsequent colonization efforts by Europeans in the Americas often resulted in:
The establishment of democratic institutions in the colonies.
Conflict and displacement of indigenous populations.
The isolation of the colonies from European politics.
The adoption of European languages by indigenous peoples without any resistance.