8th Grade Second Semester Exam Practice

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8th Grade Quizzes & Trivia

There is a lot of we can learn about the land by looking at its history. Over the history class, we got to understand much about the United States of America. With the second semester coming to a close, it is important that you get to revise all that we have learned. Take up the quiz below and see how good you will do.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which court case denied slaves freedom when living on free soil? 
    • A. 

      Brown vs. Board of Ed.

    • B. 

      Dred Scott vs. Sanford

    • C. 

      Plessy vs. Ferguson

  • 2. 
    A democracy works best when informed citizens share their opinions, even if those opinions are not the same as the government in place.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    Which amendment was used to agrue for and against the Jim Crow laws during the Reconstruction era?
    • A. 

      5th

    • B. 

      10th

    • C. 

      14th

  • 4. 
    Which was NOT a Supreme court case that strengthened the federal government under John Marshall? (1801-1835)
    • A. 

      Dred Scott v. Sanford

    • B. 

      Marbury v. Madison

    • C. 

      McCulloch v. Maryland

  • 5. 
    What was the main focus of Plessy v. Ferguson?
    • A. 

      Ending slavery

    • B. 

      Segregating people

    • C. 

      Voting

  • 6. 
    Which branch of government has the power to sign treaties with other nations?
    • A. 

      Executive

    • B. 

      Judicial

    • C. 

      Legislative

  • 7. 
    Which branch of government has the power to approve signed treaties with other nations?
    • A. 

      Executive

    • B. 

      Judicial

    • C. 

      Legislative

  • 8. 
    Who could declare a law or treaty to be unconstitutional? 
    • A. 

      Executive

    • B. 

      Judicial

    • C. 

      Legislative

  • 9. 
    Which of the following was a Congressional act to try to settle the slavery issue in the U.S? Check all that apply.
    • A. 

      Compromise of 1850

    • B. 

      Kansas-Nebraska Act

    • C. 

      Missouri Compromise

  • 10. 
     Which was the earliest bill to pass into law? Check only one.
    • A. 

      Compromise of 1850

    • B. 

      Kansas-Nebraska Act

    • C. 

      Missouri Compromise

  • 11. 
    The U.S. fought wars to acquire some of their western territory.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    The U.S. signed treaties to acquire some of their western territory.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    The U.S. purchased land to acquire some of their western territory.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    In the early 1800's, where did a lot of immigrants find employment?
    • A. 

      Northern Factories

    • B. 

      Southern Plantations

    • C. 

      Public Schools in the West

  • 15. 
    What is the best bumper sticker that captures the essense of the concept of popular sovereignty?
    • A. 

      If you can read this, you're too close

    • B. 

      I heart my dictator

    • C. 

      Voters rock!

    • D. 

      I am the proud parent of an honor roll student from Upton Middle School

  • 16. 
    Which of the following included popular sovereignty?  Check all that apply.
    • A. 

      Compromise of 1850

    • B. 

      Kansas-Nebraska Act

    • C. 

      Missouri Compromise

  • 17. 
    From the question above, which issue led to the most heated debates?
    • A. 

      Slavery

    • B. 

      Native American rights

    • C. 

      Rights for women

  • 18. 
    The Seneca Falls Convention was a meeting to help which group of Americans?
    • A. 

      Alcoholics

    • B. 

      Slaves

    • C. 

      Women

  • 19. 
    Which of the following caused sectional conflict in the United States? Check all that apply.
    • A. 

      The election of Lincoln, 1860

    • B. 

      The Dred Scott Decision

    • C. 

      The actions of John Brown

    • D. 

      Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • E. 

      Debates over states' rights

  • 20. 
    To Lincoln, what was THE singlemost important thing to protect?
    • A. 

      Full equality for slaves

    • B. 

      The states

    • C. 

      The Union

  • 21. 
    The Women's suffrage movement was effective in the long run.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    The Abolitionist movement was effective in the long run.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    The Civil Rights movement (think Martin Luther King) was effective in the long run.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    What happened to the federal government as a result of the Civil War?
    • A. 

      It was stronger

    • B. 

      It took a backseat to states' rights

    • C. 

      It was abolished

  • 25. 
    The economies and interests in the three main regions of the United States (North, South, and West) were virtually identical prior to the Civil War.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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