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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What Chinese building methods made the building of the treasure ship possible?
(a) Use of silk sails.
(b) Steel reinforcement.
(c) Use of tar to waterproof the hull.
(d) Watertight bulwark and balanced rudders.

2. How long did the first historic Chinese kingdom last?
(a) 500 years.
(b) 200 years.
(c) 300 years.
(d) 700 years.

3. In what year were Khubilai Khan's forces defeated by the Chinese?
(a) 1568.
(b) 1365.
(c) 1368.
(d) 1358.

4. Why did the ships built for the south seas sport a pointed hull?
(a) To board other ships.
(b) To allow them to travel through rough waters.
(c) To increase speed.
(d) To ram other ships.

5. When was the first unified Chines empire created?
(a) 521 B.C.
(b) 321 B.C.
(c) 121 B.C.
(d) 221 B.C.

6. What type of trade developed in the 7th and 8th Century?
(a) Human trade.
(b) Silk trade.
(c) Horse trade.
(d) Coal trade.

7. What ship building tool did the Chinese develop in the 10th century?
(a) Dry docks.
(b) Masts.
(c) Tar.
(d) The hammer.

8. What gift was Zhu Di fascinated with, according to "Chapter 6, The Strange Kingdoms of Malacca and Ceylon"?
(a) A white woman.
(b) A rudimentary magnifying glass.
(c) A giraffe.
(d) A lion.

9. How did the Emperor extend the number of oceangoing ships without building new ones?
(a) He refurbished existing ships.
(b) He bought Indian ships.
(c) He captured Japanese ships.
(d) He asked for donations from other kingdoms.

10. What did Zhu Di appoint Zheng He do, according to "Chapter 5, Destination: Calicut"?
(a) Second in command.
(b) Prime political negotiator.
(c) Doctor of the fleet.
(d) Commander of the treasure fleet.

11. Who described the existence of ships similar to those of the early Chinese seafarer in South America?
(a) Spanish explorers.
(b) Portuguese explorers.
(c) American missionaries.
(d) Native Americans.

12. What were the duties of the medical officers on the Emperor's ships?
(a) Collect medicinal herbs from other countries.
(b) Prevent scurvy.
(c) Look after the water supply.
(d) Take care of the women on board.

13. How many oceangoing ships did the Emperor order other provinces to build?
(a) 137.
(b) 300.
(c) 200.
(d) 250.

14. Why did the inhabitants of central China decide to leave the area?
(a) The cattle died of poisoning.
(b) The Mongols invaded.
(c) The Yellow River overflowed.
(d) The Yangzi River was iced over.

15. What was Malacca's survival dependent on?
(a) A strong navy.
(b) Aggressive trade policies.
(c) A strong army.
(d) Being allied with China.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was a flying tiger in the 13th century?

2. Who destroyed the pagoda Zhu Di built in honor of his mother?

3. What happened to the young sons of the defeated Mongols?

4. When did Zhu Yuanzhang die?

5. How were the Confucian principals taught to Zhu's sons?

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