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The rise of the Mongol Empire contributed to all of the following except (a) the spread of Christianity (b) an empire that extended into parts of Europe and Asia (c) an unsuccessful attempt to conquer Japan (d) the spread of the plague (e) the growth of trade across Central Asia

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The correct answer to this question is Option A.  The Mongol Empire contributed to all of the things mentioned here except for the spread of Christianity.

The Mongol Empire certainly contributed to the creation of an empire that covered parts of both Asia and Europe.  The Mongols originated, of course, in Asia since Mongolia is part of that continent.  By the time they were finished conquering, they had taken much of Eastern Europe into their empire.  Therefore, Option B is wrong.

The Mongol Empire also contributed to an unsuccessful invasion of Japan.  To be technically precise, the Mongols actually tried to invade Japan twice.  One attempt was in 1274 while the other was in 1281.  Both attempts failed.  Therefore, Option C is wrong.

Because the Mongol Empire led to an increase in trade across Central Asia, it also helped to spread the plague (Black Death).  The Mongol Empire helped increase trade because it maintained peace and order across a huge area of land.  This meant that traders could safely travel with their goods.  Because trade increased, places that had previously been remote from one another became connected.  This helped cause the plague to spread from formerly isolated regions to population centers in Europe.  For these reasons, Options D and E are wrong.

That leaves Option A as the correct answer.  Since the Mongols were not Christian, they did not help to spread that religion.


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