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CXC MULTIPLE CHOICE PRACTICE PAPER

1) Which of the following best explains why the ancestors of the Amerindians ended up in
the Americas?
A) They wanted to discover and explore new lands
B) They were pushed out by enemies who were stronger than they were
C) They were following the herds of deer which they needed for food
D) The mineral resources of the Americas attracted them
2) When the Europeans came to the New World they found the Maya living in
A) Barbados
B) Belize
C) Cuba
D) Guyana
3) The Arawak leader was called the
A) Ouboutou
B) Cacique
C) Viracocha
D) Halach Uinic
4) The Maya were more skilful than the Caribs and Arawaks in
A) Boat making
B) Hunting and fishing
C) Carving wooden objects
D) Constructing
5) Which of the following was the most important achievements of the Mays before the
arrival of the Europeans?
A) The building of wooden houses
B) The carving of beautiful ornaments
C) The development of ball games
D) The development of a complex calendar
6) Which of the following were reasons for Columbus first voyage in 1492?
I.
To reach the far East by traveling westwards
II. To spread Christianity to the people of the new lands
III. To start an overseas empire for Spain
IV. To gain fame and fortune for himself
A) I, II and III only
B) I, III and IV only
C) II, III and IV only
D) I, II, III, and IV
7) Which of the following did the Spaniards bring to the Caribbean?
A) Horses (during the enslavement of the Amerindians...Encomienda system era)
B) Hammocks
C) Tobacco
D) Cassava
8) The first capital of the Spanish Empire in the Caribbean was
A) Havana
B) Porto Bello
C) San Salvador
D) Santo Domingo
9) The slave trading posts set up along the west African coast were called
A) Barracks
B) Barracoons
C) Factories

D) coffles
10) Which of the following was least used by the Spanish in the New World to obtain
wealth in the 17th century?
A) Rearing cattle
B) Mining for silver and gold
C) Raiding English treasure ships
D) Taking away Amerindian treasures
11) The main interest of the Dutch in the Caribbean in the 17th century was in
A) Searching for minerals and precious stones(Salt of the coast of various
islands)
B) Controlling the trade of the English and French colonies
C) Learning the techniques of sugar production
D) Enslaving the Arawaks in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao
12) The main reason for the change from growing tobacco to growing sugar in the Caribbean
in the early 17th century was
A) The shortage of labour for growing tobacco
B) The suitability of the climate for growing sugar cane
C) The stiff competition from Virginian tobacco
D) The increasing popularity of tea drinking in Europe
13) Which of the following countries did not trade in slaves on the West African coast in the
17th century?
A) Britain
B) France
C) Holland
D) Spain
14) Which of the following was not a reason for the sale of Africans as slaves?
A) Some were prisoners of war who were sold to the slave traders
B) Some Africans were willing to sell themselves into slavery
C) Some Africans were kidnapped and sold into slavery
D) Some house hold slaves were sold to traders as payment for debts
15) Which of the following was least likely to improve the social status of freed blacks and
coloureds in the 1700s?
A) Wealth
B) Education
C) Light skin colour
D) Number of children
16) Which of the following were slaves in the British Caribbean usually allowed to do
without their owners permission?
A) Marry and raise a family
B) Leave the plantation to attend church
C) Work on their provision grounds in their spare time
D) Work on other plantations to earn extra money
17) Which of the following was the least common form of protest used by the slaves in the
British Caribbean?
A) Petitoning the crown
B) Sabotage of equipment
C) Armed revolt
D) Poisoning of livestock
18) The slaves who started the 1791 revolt in St Dominque were led by
A) Oge
B) Boukman
C) Dessalines
D) Christophe

19) Tousaint contributed to the success of the Haitian Revolution mainly by


A) Developing a set of revolutionary ideas and principles
B) Setting up a strong system of fortification
C) Organizing the slaves into a strong fighting force
D) Dividing the country between the blacks and the mulattoes
20) Which of the following were not runaway slaves?
A) Black Jacobins of St Dominique
B) Bush Negroes of Surinam
C) Cimaroocdsns of Hispaniola
D) Maroons of Jamaica
21) The British Caribbean planters who supported the abolition of the slave trade did so
mainly because of
A) Law
B) Religion
C) Morality
D) Economics
22) The abolitionists saw the Amelioration proposals as a way to
A) Bring about an immediate end to slavery in the British Caribbean
B) Improve the conditions of slaves in the British Caribbean (socioeconomic)
C) Allow British Caribbean slaves to get skills they could use after
emancipation
D) Ensure that all slaves in the British Caribbean were registered
23) Which of the following slave revolts was widely publicized to the abolitionists to gain
support for the abolition of slavery?
A) The Christmas rebellion
B) The Berbice Rebellion
C) Bussas Revolt
D) Tackys Revolt
24) Which of the following territories chose full freedom instead of apprenticeship in 1834?
A) Antigua
B) Jamaica
C) Grenada
D) Guyana
25) Which of the following territories had an adequate supply of labour after emancipation?
A) Barbados
B) Guyana
C) Jamaica
D) Trinidad ( immigrant labourers)
26) Which of the following factors best explain why Chinese indentured immigration to the
British Caribbean stopped after 1866?
I. The Chinese did not like the climate in the Caribbean
II. The Chinese government was opposed to immigration
III. It was less expensive to bring immigrants from India
IV. Chinese immigrants preferred to go to California
A) I and II only
B) I, II and III only
C) II, III and IV only
D) I, II, III and IV
27) After 1895, Indian indentured immigrants were no longer entitled to
A) A free return passage to India after five years
B) Housing free of cost on the estates
C) Sundays and public

D) Medicine and hospitalization free of cost


28) The largest number of indentured immigrants to the British Caribbean came from
A) Africa
B) China
C) India
D) Madiera
29) Which of the following was an effect of the importation of Indian indentured labourers to
the British Caribbean?
A) Rapid diversification of agriculture
B) Higher wages for the ex-slaves
C) Tension between the racial groups
D) Decline in sugar production
30) Which of the following ended Indian immigration to the British Caribbean in 1917?
A) The Indian government legislated against it
B) There was no longer need for foreign labour
C) English humanitarians continually attacked it
D) The sugar economy wad declining
31) Which of the following actions were used to obstruct the development of the peasantry in
the British Caribbean?
I. Refusing to issue licenses to work outside estates
II. Signing long labour contracts
III. Evicting squatters
IV. Selling crown lands at high prices
A) I and II only
B) II and III only
C) I, III and 1V only
D) II, III and IV only
32) The two most popular occupations for ex-slaves after emancipation was
A) Small-scale agriculture
B) Small-scale agriculture and handicraft
C) Retail trading and fishing
D) Retail trading and handicraft
33) In which of the following territories were ex-slaves most successful in setting up free
villages after emancipation?
A) Antigua
B) Barbados
C) Grenada
D) Jamaica
34) Under the metayage system, employers were expected to
A) Pay their labourers a minimum wage
B) Receive a share of the crop produced by their tenants
C) Sell their portion of the crop to their labourers
D) Provide housing and wages for their tenants
35) Which of the following was not an effect of the establishment of the peasantry?
A) Expansion of small-scale farming
B) Mechanization of the sugar industry
C) Introduction of immigrant labour
D) Reduction in sugar prices
36) In which of the following countries did the US intervene after that country failed to pay
its debts to European nations?
A) Cuba
B) Panama

C) Puerto Rico
D) The Dominican Republic
Item 37 refers to the following statement
This policy dominated United States relations with its Latin American neighbours in the
1930s.
37) The policy referred to in the statement was known as the
A) Good Neighbour Policy(1933 F.D.R)
B) Policy of Dollar Diplomacy
C) Big Stick Policy
D) Policy of Alliance for Progress
38) Which of the following did not result from United States involvement in Puerto Rico?
A) The production of goods for the United states market
B) The granting of independence to Puerto Rico
C) The migration of Puerto Ricans to the United States
D) The establishment of naval bases in Puerto Rico
39) The main purpose of the Monroe Doctrine (1823) was to prevent
A) Europeans from setting up naval bases in the Caribbean
B) Caribbean territories from trading with Europe
C) Further colonization of the western Hemisphere by European nations
D) European colonies from gaining their independence
40) The name Guantanamo refers to a
A) Cuban base acquired by the US
B) Spanish warship sunk by the US
C) Leader of the Cuban revolutionaries
D) Bay where Cuban counter-revolutionaries were defeated
41) Which of the following helped to create the labour unrest in the 1930s in the British
Caribbean?
I. Poor working conditions
II. High unemployment ( Great Depression)
III. Desire for independence
A) I only
B) I and II only
C) II and III only
D) I, II and III
42) Which of the following persons played an important part in the struggle for social justice
in St Kitts in the 1930s?
A) Grantley Adams
B) Uriah Buttler
C) Robert Bradshaw
D) Clement Payne
43) Which of the following was not a feature of the labour unrest in the British Caribbean in
the 1930s?
A) Demonstrations
B) Civil Wars
C) Strikes
D) Riots
44) The Moyne Commission blamed the poor working conditions in the British Caribbean in
the 1930s on the
A) Workers
B) British Government
C) Political parties
D) Trade union leaders

45) Which of the following was mainly responsible for the rapid growth of trade unions in
the British Caribbean after 1939?
A) The increase in the labour force
B) The influence of Marcus Garvey
C) The support of church leaders
D) The passage of favourable laws
46) Which of the following uprisings led to the introduction of Crown Colony government in
Jamaica?
A) Tackys Revolt
B) The Samuel Sharpe Revolt
C) The Bussa Rebellion
D) The Morant Bay Rebellion
47) The main reason why some Caribbean people opposed crown Colony government was
because it
A) Gave more political power to the black population
B) Moved the colonies even further away from self-government
C) Was seen to be a weak and ineffective form of government
D) Did not give enough power to the governor
48) The Prime Minister of the Federal Government of 1958 was
A) Eric Williams
B) Cheddi Jagan
C) Grantley Adams
D) Normal Manley
49) One feature of the 1958 Federation was that each territory would
A) Have the same number of seats in the federal assembly
B) Continue to be governed exactly as before
C) Lose the power to raise local taxes
D) Have its own immigration policies for five years
50) After the 1958 Federation was dissolved, the eastern Caribbean islands tried to
A) Gain their independence immediately from Britain
B) Preserve some form of closer union together with Barbados
C) Form a free trade association
D) Set up their own university
51) Which of the following events in British Caribbean history occurred in 1838?
A) The introduction of the apprenticeship system
B) The abolition of the tax on manumission
C) The approval of the amelioration proposals
D)
52) Which of the following groups of countries is arranged in the chronological order in
which they freed their slaves?
A) The Netherlands, Spain, Britain
B) Spain, the Netherlands, Britain
C) Britain, the Netherlands, Spain
D) Britain, Spain, the Netherlands
53) Which of the following best describes colonization?
A) The settlement and control of one country by another
B) The spread of a culture by force
C) The killing of native peoples by foreign invaders
D) The conversion of native peoples to the Christian religion
54) In which of the following system of government in the British Caribbean did the
governor have most power?
A) Crown Colony

B) Self-government
C) Representative government
D) Proprietary government
55) To solve their labour problems after emancipation most British Caribbean planters were
in favour of
A) Mechanization
B) Higher wages
C) Diversification
D) Immigration
56) In which chronological order did the following events take place?
I. The Berbice revolt
II. The Christmas revolt
III. The Haitian revolt
IV. The Demerara revolt
A) I, II, IV, III
B) II, IV, III, I
C) II, I, II, IV
D) I, III, IV, II
57) In which chronological order did the following become the major industries in the British
Caribbean?
I. Banana
II. Tobacco
III. Sugar
IV. Tourism
A) I, II, III, IV
B) III, II, I, IV
C) II, III, I, IV
D) II, III, IV, I
58) The movement towards independence in the British Caribbean was an evolution rather
than a revolution mainly because
A) Political parties in the Caribbean demanded change
B) It came after years of gradual constitutional change
C) All islands did not gain independence at the same time
D) The British government was not against the change
59) Which of the following statements is true of both Dr Eric Williams and Sir Alexander
Bustamante?
A) They started their careers as active trade union leaders and later entered
politics
B) Each led his country into independence from Britain in1962
C) They gave active support to the 1958 Federation
D) Each was the political leader of his country at the start of the 1958 Federation
60) In which chronological order did the following territories gain their independence?
I. Trinidad(1962)
II. Haiti(1804)
III. Cuba(1959)
A) I, II, III
B) II, I, III
C) II, III, I
D) III, II, I