Regents Prep: Global History: Exam Overview:
Multiple-Choice Questions


 Mutliple-Choice Questions Overview

To perform well on the 50 multiple-choice questions in the first section of the Global History and Geography Regents Examination, one needs to have a solid understanding of the vocabulary associated with this course of study, and be ready to apply this knowledge through analysis of different materials.

Several different types of multiple-choice questions that may appear on the exam. The multiple-choice archive has a random sampling of questions aligned chronologically to the curriculum.

View strategies and examples of multiple-choice question items:
Recall Multiple-Choice Question
Data-Based Multiple-Choice Question
Political Cartoon Multiple-Choice Question
Map-Based Multiple-Choice Question

Exam Sections

Multiple-Choice

Thematic Essay
Short Answer
DBQ Essay

Recall Multiple-Choice Question

Review and studying reall pay off when one is faced with recall multiple-choice questions. These require that one know specific information about a topic.

Consider the following strategy when confronted with recall multiple-choice questions:

  1. Read the question asked.
  2. Read each possible answer choice.
  3. Review the question, looking for matches between one of the answers and the data presented.
  4. Select the best answer based on your analysis
  5. If you are unsure, it is usually best to stick with your first guess

A sample recall multiple-choice question from the June 2001 Global History and Geography Regents Exam follows:

Sample Question

Archaeological studies of the Indus Valley cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro show evidence of

1. dynastic rule
2. monotheism
3. social equality
4. urban planning

Data-Based Multiple Choice Question

There are a variety of different data-based multiple-choice questions which require one to analyze information and choose the correct response from the choices available.

You may be asked to analyze data in a variety of different formats, including: reading passages, graphs, tables, outlines, quotation interpretation, and timelines.

Regardless of format, the same strategy holds true for all data-based multiple-choice questions:

  1. Read or view all of the data presented.
  2. Read the question asked.
  3. Read each possible answer choice.
  4. Review the data, looking for matches between one of the answers and the data presented.
  5. Select the best answer based on your analysis

A sample data-based multiple-choice question from the June 2001 Global History and Geography Regents Exam follows:

Sample Question
Base your answer to the sample question on the graphs below and on your knowledge of social studies.

Between 1540 and 1580, what happened to the native population of Central Mexico?

1. It decreased by approximately 6 million people.
2. It increased to a high of 26 million people.
3. It increased by approximatley 2 million people per year.
4. It decreased to 8 million people.

Political Cartoon Multiple-Choice Question

Political cartoon multiple-choice questions require that one carefully read each aspect of the cartoon, including labels and captions. It is also very important to note different types of symbolism.

After looking for all of these clues, put them together and try to make sense of it. You should ask yourself, “What is the message?”

Regardless of content, the same strategy holds true for all political cartoon multiple-choice questions:

  1. View the political cartoon, paying particular attention to symbols, captions, and labels.
  2. Read the question asked.
  3. Read each possible answer choice.
  4. Review the political cartoon, looking for matches between one of the answers and the data presented.
  5. Select the best answer based on your analysis
A sample political cartoon multiple-choice question from the June 2001 Global History and Geography Regents Exam follows:

Sample Question
Base your answer to the sample question on the cartoon below and on your knowledge of social studies.

Which statement best explains the situation shown in the cartoon?

1. The world generally supports China’s government.
2. Many countries are attempting to expand their colonial empires.
3. Westerners are promoting Chinese investment in South America.
4. China represents a way to expand Western imports.

Map-Based Multiple-Choice Question

Map-based multiple-choice questions require that one carefully read each aspect of the map, including the title, labels, legend, and key.

Regardless of the map shown, the same strategy holds true for all map-based multiple-choice questions:

  1. View the map, paying particular attention to the title, labels, legend, and key.
  2. Read the question asked.
  3. Read each possible answer choice.
  4. Review the map, looking for matches between one of the answers and the data presented.
  5. Select the best answer based on your analysis
A sample map-based multiple-choice question from the June 2001 U.S. Global History and Geography Regents Exam follows:

Sample Question
Base your answer to the sample question on the map below and on your knowledge of social studies.

According to the information provided by the map, which European nation controlled the union of South Africa?

1. Germany
2. France
3. Great Britain
4. Italy


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