Social Studies 5th Grade

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  • 1. 
    Which BEST describes the factors that enabled Cortes to defeat the Aztecs?
    • A. 

      Larger forces, better weapons, and horses

    • B. 

      Metal armor, muskets, horses, and allies

    • C. 

      Stone weapons, muskets, and allies

    • D. 

      Disease, allies, and more men


  • 2. 
    After Cortes conquered the Aztecs, who conquered the Incan empire?
    • A. 

      Pizarro

    • B. 

      Cabezx de Vaca

    • C. 

      Coronado

    • D. 

      Cortes


  • 3. 
    What colony was founded after the defeat of the Incan empire?
    • A. 

      New Portugal

    • B. 

      New Spain

    • C. 

      Lima

    • D. 

      Peru


  • 4. 
    Which answer correctly sequences the groups in New Spain's colonial society from most to least powerful?
    • A. 

      Peninsulares, Africans and Indians, creoles, mestizos

    • B. 

      Africans and Indians, mestizos, creoles, peninsulares

    • C. 

      Peninsulares, Africans and Indians, mestizos, creoles

    • D. 

      Peninsulares, creoles, mestizos, Africans and Indians


  • 5. 
    Which BEST describes the Indians' life on an encomienda?
    • A. 

      They had large farms with many workers.

    • B. 

      They often worked without pay and were expected to become Christians

    • C. 

      They were wealthy and powerful landowners who wanted to become Christians

    • D. 

      They ran small businesses making furniture or clothing to sell to settlers


  • 6. 
    Why did the Spanish landowners want to keep slaves?
    • A. 

      The slaves made them rich

    • B. 

      They could replace slaves easily

    • C. 

      They helped with the slaves' education

    • D. 

      The slaves didn't eat much


  • 7. 
    Why did the English wnat colonies in North America?
    • A. 

      They wanted to find gold and other resources

    • B. 

      They wanted to raid Spanish ships

    • C. 

      They wanted to visit new lands.

    • D. 

      They wanted to meet the Indians.


  • 8. 
    Where was the first English colony?
    • A. 

      Jamestown

    • B. 

      Plymouth Rock

    • C. 

      Roanoke Island

    • D. 

      Raleigh


  • 9. 
    What colonies did the French found as a result of searching for the Northwest Passage?
    • A. 

      St. Lawrence and Quebec

    • B. 

      Quebec and Champlain

    • C. 

      St.Lawrence and Champlain

    • D. 

      Quebec and Montreal


  • 10. 
    Which of the following contributed most to the growth and success of Quebec?
    • A. 

      Fishing the waters

    • B. 

      Trading beaver fur

    • C. 

      Good relations with the Indians

    • D. 

      A thriving harbor


  • 11. 
    Which of the following BEST summarizes why the Pilgrims chose to leave their homeland?
    • A. 

      To practice their religious beliefs

    • B. 

      To explore new lands

    • C. 

      To gain wealth

    • D. 

      To live on land of their own


  • 12. 
    What group helped the Pilgrims survive at Plymouth Colony?
    • A. 

      The Separatists

    • B. 

      The Wampanoag

    • C. 

      The Dutch

    • D. 

      The French


  • 13. 
    Which region had the longest growing season?
    • A. 

      New England Colonies

    • B. 

      Middle Colonies

    • C. 

      Rhode Island Colony

    • D. 

      Southern Colonies


  • 14. 
    What made one New England colony different from another?
    • A. 

      Nationality of the colonists

    • B. 

      Cold winters

    • C. 

      Different religious beliefs

    • D. 

      Strict laws


  • 15. 
    How did many of the Middle and Southern Colonies get started?
    • A. 

      Religious groups faced persecution in the first colonies built

    • B. 

      The colonists spread out to claim more land for England

    • C. 

      The English took the land from the Spanish

    • D. 

      King Charles II gave away large plots of land


  • 16. 
    Why were the Middle Colonies known as the "breadbasket of the colonies"?
    • A. 

      They milled flour and shipped it to other countries

    • B. 

      They baked bread and shipped it to other colonies

    • C. 

      They made baskets for bread for all the colonies

    • D. 

      They wove baskets for all the colonies


  • 17. 
    Which of the following was NOT a cash crop for the Southern Colonies?
    • A. 

      Rice

    • B. 

      Tobacco

    • C. 

      Wheat

    • D. 

      Indigo


  • 18. 
    Which of the following BEST describels a triangular trade route?
    • A. 

      A voyage with three stops that does not return home

    • B. 

      A voyage with one stop before returning home

    • C. 

      A voyage with three stops before returning home

    • D. 

      A voyage with two stops before returning home


  • 19. 
    Which was the most important building in a colonial New England town?
    • A. 

      The mill

    • B. 

      The meeting house

    • C. 

      The blacksmith workshop

    • D. 

      The general store


  • 20. 
    What was one characteristic of colonial towns?
    • A. 

      Most work done by slaves

    • B. 

      Streets crowded with people

    • C. 

      Community is self-sufficient

    • D. 

      Farming community


  • 21. 
    Which of the following was NOT grown on a Southern plantation?
    • A. 

      Rice

    • B. 

      Tobacco

    • C. 

      Pineapple

    • D. 

      Indigo


  • 22. 
    Why did many of the colonists want to leave Europe?
    • A. 

      To escape religious persecution

    • B. 

      For the opportunity to search for gold

    • C. 

      To escape the harsh winters

    • D. 

      To travel across the ocean in search of riches


  • 23. 
    Which of the following describes most slavery in the South?
    • A. 

      Slaves were able to earn money with extra jobs at night

    • B. 

      Slaves worked on plantations

    • C. 

      Slaves worked in towns and cities

    • D. 

      Slaves worked in stores and inns


  • 24. 
    What did the slaves contribute to society during the colonial times?
    • A. 

      They often died during the journey during colonial times

    • B. 

      Their family members were sometimes sold

    • C. 

      They had a variety of skills that could be used in cities and on plantations

    • D. 

      They rebelled against their owners


  • 25. 
    Which of the following did NOT help slaves keep their African culture alive?
    • A. 

      Drums

    • B. 

      Banjos

    • C. 

      Books

    • D. 

      Supporting each other


  • 26. 
    What was one way slaves resisted slavery?
    • A. 

      Worked harder

    • B. 

      Attempted escapes

    • C. 

      Earned money

    • D. 

      Taught apprentices


  • 27. 
    Why did Spain want to establish a colony in Florida?
    • A. 

      To participate in established trade routes to Europe

    • B. 

      To prevent the French and the English from gaining a foothold

    • C. 

      To prevent Native Americans from expanding their territories

    • D. 

      To form an alliance with the Native Americans living there


  • 28. 
    What was the result of the Pueblo Revolt?
    • A. 

      The Spanish were driven out of New Mexico

    • B. 

      The Pueblo were forced into slavery

    • C. 

      The Spanish took over New Mexico

    • D. 

      The Pueblo were forced to move to Mexico


  • 29. 
    From whom did the French settlers learn to make birch-bark canoes?
    • A. 

      English settlers

    • B. 

      Native Americans

    • C. 

      Spanish explorers

    • D. 

      Slaves


  • 30. 
    Why did the French want to explore the Mississippi?
    • A. 

      To find new lands to build trading posts

    • B. 

      To expand their colonies to Mexico

    • C. 

      To prevent the Spanish from taking control

    • D. 

      To meet more Native Americans and become allies


  • 31. 
    Which of the following contributed to the success of New Orleans as a trading center?
    • A. 

      Its warm climate and good growing season

    • B. 

      Its distance from Canada

    • C. 

      Its founding by the French

    • D. 

      Its location near the mouth of the river


  • 32. 
    How did having Indian allies help Cortes conquer the Aztecs?

  • 33. 
    The Spanish explorers conquered Indian empires to gain land and riches.  How do you think the Aztec and India people may have felt about these events?

  • 34. 
    What was colonial society like in New Spain?

  • 35. 
    What was the importance of the location of the Georgia colony?

  • 36. 
    Why were laws passed that denied slaves many right?

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