AP World History MCQs

What should one consider when evaluating the point of view of these data?

Explanation: Stalin wanted to remain in power, and thus had an incentive to produce not just more goods, but positive political propaganda. Official governmental statistics (A) are often notoriously unreliable, designed to maintain or increase support for a government. German assistance is nowhere accounted for in the data at hand (B). Also, it was not until 1939 that Germany and Russia, who had supported opposing sides of those fighting the Spanish Civil War, signed a nonaggression pact. Kulaks (wealthy Russian peasants) had been mostly exterminated by the 1920s (D).

Which of Stalin’s policies are most responsible for the information on the chart?

Explanation: Collectivization, or Stalin’s plan to create state-run rather than individually held farms, constituted the economic and political planning at the heart of communism. New Economic Plans (B) refer to Lenin; Five-Year Plans (C) refer more to industry than to agriculture; and the Great Leap Forward (D) refers to Mao Zedong’s efforts in the late 1950s to recapture the rural, peasant base that had made his revolution possible.

What was the effect of Stalin’s agricultural policies on the Soviet peasants?

Explanation: The peasants under Stalin exerted resistance by destroying crops (and thus his positive data about crop production). Ultimately, collectivization led to repression and the outright slaughter of peasants and to famine. While there was some relocation of peasants during collectivization, they were not removed en masse to Georgia (A). Rather than seeing increased economic stability, the peasants lost what little economic stability they had had (C). The situation of the peasantry was negatively rather than positively affected by Stalin’s economic policies (D).

According to the passage, what was the Chinese reaction to the British goods?

Explanation: Qianlong, the Qing emperor, makes it clear that he has no use for Great Britain’s goods and that only through British submission to the Chinese throne and its stated wishes will there be peace and prosperity. The Chinese reaction to British goods is that while they are perhaps strange and ingenious, they are of no use to a country that has everything (A, B). Rather than perceiving the British manufactured goods as a bribe (C), the Chinese see them as a form of tribute.