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  • 1. Multiple Choice
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    Para2. Populations cannot grow unless the rural economy can produce enough additional food to feed more people. During the sixteenth century, farmers brought more land into cultivation at the expense of forests and fens (low-lying wetlands). Dutch land reclamation in the Netherlands in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries provides the most spectacular example of the expansion of farmland: the Dutch reclaimed more than 36.000 acres from 1590 to 1615 alone.

    1. According to paragraph 2, one effect of the desire to increase food production was that

    A. land was cultivated in a different way

    B. more farmers were needed

    C. the rural economy was weakened

    D. forests and wetlands were used for farming

  • 2. Multiple Choice
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    Para3. Much of the potential for European economic development lay in what at first glance would seem to have been only sleepy villages. Such villages, however, generally lay in regions of relatively advanced agricultural production, permitting not only the survival of peasants but also the accumulation of an agricultural surplus for investment. They had access to urban merchants, markets, and trade routes.

    2. According to paragraph 3, what was one reason villages had such great economic potential?

    A. Villages were located in regions where agricultural production was relatively advanced.

    B. Villages were relatively small in population and size compared with urban areas.

    C. Some village inhabitants made investments in industrial development.

    D. Village inhabitants established markets within their villages.

  • 3. Multiple Choice
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    Para4. Increased agricultural production in turn facilitated rural industry, an intrinsic part of the expansion of industry. Woolens and textile manufacturers, in particular, utilized rural cottage (in-home) production, which took advantage of cheap and plentiful rural labor. In the German states, the ravages of the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) further moved textile production into the countryside. Members of poor peasant families spun or wove cloth and linens at home for scant remuneration in an attempt to supplement meager family income.

    3.Paragraph 4 supports the idea that increased agricultural production was important for the expansion of industry primarily because it

    A. increased the number of available workers in rural areas

    B. provided new types of raw materials for use by industry

    C. resulted in an improvement in the health of the rural cottage workers used by manufacturers

    D. helped repair some of the ravages of the Thirty Years’ War

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