Free Sample CLEP Western Civilization II Exam Prep Quiz

Below is a brief non-functioning CLEP quiz example from our Western Civilization II database to illustrate the different subtopics, as well as the question answer format.

Sample Question 1

From the database of CLEP Western Civilization II - Economy, culture, and imperialism

___________ in Western Civilization is commonly known as Empire building, the forceful extension of a nation's authority by territorial capture and occupation and establishing economic and political domination of other nations.

Cecil Rhodes: Cape-Cairo railway project. Founded the De Beers Mining Company and owned the British South Africa Company, which established Rhodesia for itself. He liked to "paint the map British red", and declared: "all of these stars ... these vast worlds that remain out of reach. If I could, I would annex other planets".

A. Imperialism
B. Colonialism
C. Leninism
D. Neocolonialism

The answer is A, Imperialism.


Sample Question 2

From the database of CLEP Western Civilization II - Revolution and Napoleonic Europe

There were three stages of the revolution. The first had been the rebellion to the nobility. The second was the formation of the National Assembly and the Tennis Court Oath. The third was the uprising of the people storming the Bastille and the ___________.

A. The Declaration of the rights of Man and of the Citizen
B. Creation of Cotton Mills
C. Food Crisis
D. Human Rights Declaration

The answer is A, The Declaration of the rights of Man and of the Citizen.

"First Article - Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good."

The principles set forth in the declaration are of constitutional value in present-day French law and may be used to oppose legislation or other government activities. The basis of the declaration gave all men the right to be free and that each citizen could be involved in the government either in person or by a representative.


Sample Question 3

From the database of CLEP Western Civilization II - The First World War and the Russian Revolution

Following the Petrograd Riots, the revolution forced Czar Nicholas II out of power and replaced it with a _____ government, which competed with the Duma.

An assembly of the Petrograd Soviet, 1917

A. Aristocratic
B. Foreign
C. City
D. Provisional

The answer is D, Provisional.


Sample Question 4

From the database of CLEP Western Civilization II - Revolution and Napoleonic Europe

May of 1789 Louis XVI called together the Estates General at Versailles to address the French financial crisis. An argument manifested about whether votes should be cast by estate, which would allow the clergy and nobility vote together, or by delegate, which would give the Third estate the majority. On June 17, the Third Estate withdrew from the Estates General and declared themselves the new National Assembly. The new National Assembly found themselves banished from the session so the regrouped at a nearby tennis court at Versailles where they swore an oath not to leave until they had written a new constitution for France. This became known as the ______________.

Sketch by Jacques-Louis David of the National Assembly taking the _____________

A. Tennis-Court Oath
B. Versailles Oath
C. Louis' Extended Hand
D. Revolution on the Courts

The answer is D, Tennis-Court Oath. Following the revolution, the enlightened revolutionaries proceeded to demolish most of the tennis courts in France as they regarded them as symbols of the old establishment.


Sample Question 5

From the database of CLEP Western Civilization II - The Scientific View of the World

His treatise Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica published in 1687, and said to be the greatest single work in the history of science, described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, laying the groundwork for classical mechanics, which dominated the scientific view of the physical universe for the next three centuries and is the basis for modern engineering.

A. Cardinal Bellarmine
B. Johannes Kepler
C. Galileo Galilei
D. Isaac Newton

The answer is D, Isaac Newton.


Sample Question 6

From the database of CLEP Western Civilization II - The Second World War and Contemporary Europe

Germany's motive for the war was avenging the perceived humiliation suffered in 1919 at the ___________ at the end of World War I which forced Germany to cede all of its overseas colonies and to make major land concessions to its neighbors, especially Poland.

Left to right, Prime Minister David Lloyd George of the United Kingdom, Vittorio Orlando of Italy, Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau of France, and President Woodrow Wilson of the United States of America

A. Treaty of Lisbon
B. Treaty of Verdun
C. Treaty of Tripli
D. Treaty of Versailles

The answer is D, Treaty of Versailles.

Germany also wanted to pursue its Nazi plan of creating a German Empire across Europe where they could decimate inferior races. These inferior races included the Jews and Slaves. Nazi Germany wanted to replace them with a pure race known as the "Aryan Race".


Sample Question 7

From the database of CLEP Western Civilization II - The Industrial Revolution

It all started with the mechanization of the textile industry, but further development in iron making techniques and the increased use of refined coal enabled further technology. Steam power, fueled by coal, powered machines. Canals and roads were built. The Second Industrial Revolution in 1850 came with the culmination of the recent technology and resulted in the greatest progress thus far; steam-powered ships and ________.

Coalbrookdale by Night, 1801, Philipp Jakob Loutherbourg the Younger
Blast furnaces light the iron making town of Coalbrookdale

A. Wind Powered Ships
B. Railroads
C. Mule Power
D. Farms

The answer is B, Railroads.