History Past Questions


History is a subject that involves recording and explaining events of the past and especially those relating to a particular place or subject. History, as a secondary school subject is popular among arts students.

Study the following History past questions and answers for JAMB, WAEC, NECO and Post UTME. Prepare yourself with official past questions and answers for your upcoming examinations.

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Question 1

The emergence of states in Hausaland was mainly attributed to

Options

A) trading activities

B) wars of conquest

C) immigration of groups

D) population increase.

Exam Body: Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)

Question 2

In the 18th century, Zaria was under the
influence of

Options

A) Sokoro

B) Daura

C) Kano

D) Borno.

Exam Body: Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)

Explanation:

Daura was never militarily powerful; the power of Kano had waned as at the time under reference while Sokoto had
not yet come to limelight.

Question 3

Islam was introduced in Kano during the reign of

Options

A) Sarkin Kano Ibrahim Dabo

B) Sarkin Kano Kanajeji

C) Sarkin Kano Muhammadu Rumfa

D) Sarkin Kano Yaji.

Exam Body: Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)


Question 4

A major cause of depopulation in Nigeria in the 18th century was

Options

A) the trans-Atlantic slave trade

B) the trans-Saharan trade

C) human sacrifice

D) inter-ethnic warfare.

Exam Body: Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)

Explanation:

The Trans-Saharan Trade which had
been on for many centuries included several articles of trade of which slaves were later added; human sacrifice was only carried on a very small scale; interethnic warfare took place majorly in the nineteenth century.

Question 5

The Sokoto Jihad was

Options

A) the first Islamic movement in West Africa

B) an attempt to establish Fulani dominance

C) the last of the 19th century Jihads

D) the origin of the other Jihads in West Africa.

Exam Body: Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)

Explanation:

The other Jihads wee offshoot of the Sokoto movement.

Question 6

The women who wielded political influence in Borno were

Options

A) Magara, Magira and Gumsu

B) Gumsu, Daurama and Magira

C) Turunku, Magara and Gumsu

D) Daurama, Turunku and Kaugama

Exam Body: Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)

Question 7

Which of the following pionnered Christian missionary activities in Calabar?

Options

A) Mary Slessor

B) William Baike

C) Thomas Freeman

D) Hope Waddell.

Exam Body: Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)

Explanation:

Freeman pioneered Methodist missionary activity in Yorubaland; Baikie led the 1857 missionary expedition to
the North; Skessor worked together to abolish some negative traditional practices in Calabar.

Question 8

A factor responsible for the growth of large towns among the Yoruba was the

Options

A) absence of conflict in the area

B) concentration of Europeans in the area

C) fertile nature of the soil in the area

D) high centralization of authority in the area.

Exam Body: Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)

Question 9

The greatest problem faced by the Old Oyo Empire in the early 19th century was the

Options

A) weakening of the central authority

B) incursion of the jihadists

C) British encroachment into Yorubaland

D) dominant influence of Bashorun Gaha.

Exam Body: Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)

Explanation:

The other options are the effects of the selected answer.

Question 10

The main cause of the decline of the Benin Kingdom in the 19th century was the

Options

A) absence of a strong and effective army

B) bitter struggle for the throne by the ruling families

C) strained relations between Benin and Agbor

D) British abolition of the trans- Atlantic slave trade.

Exam Body: Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)

Explanation:

Civil strife broke out among rival claimants to the Benin throne thus weakening her central authority