American History I -- June 1967

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American History I -- June 1967

Kids today don't know their history the way we did. Or, at least, so you say. Here's the short answer portion of the New York State Regents Exam from June, 1967. The first four questions included seven letters on an outline map of the Eastern US; we've named four states for each question instead. We've also had to shorten some answers to fit the form. If you were taking the actual test, you would also be required to answer three of six essay questions. Passing is 65. Good luck. It's show-me time.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The first representative assembly in the New World met here:
    • A. 

      New York

    • B. 

      Virginia

    • C. 

      Massachusetts

    • D. 

      Delaware

  • 2. 
    According to an act of 1647, every township of fifty or more householders here was required to hire a teacher.
    • A. 

      New York

    • B. 

      Georgia

    • C. 

      Massachusetts

    • D. 

      Maryland

  • 3. 
    According to the Toleration Act of 1649, religious toleration was granted here to all Christians.
    • A. 

      Massachusetts

    • B. 

      Maryland

    • C. 

      Rhode Island

    • D. 

      New York

  • 4. 
    IN 1735, freedom of the press was upheld here by a court decision.
    • A. 

      Massachusetts

    • B. 

      Maryland

    • C. 

      Pennsylvania

    • D. 

      New York

  • 5. 
    Immediately following the French and Indian War, colonial opposition to British policy was based chiefly on 
    • A. 

      Stricter enforcement of the policy of mercantilism

    • B. 

      Stricter adherence to the policy of "salutary neglect"

    • C. 

      More widespread reluctance to pledge allegiance to the British King

    • D. 

      Diversion of British attention to new possessions in India and Canada

  • 6. 
    The political groups known as the Federalists and the Antifederalists began originally as a result of the conflict over
    • A. 

      British and French power in North America

    • B. 

      Adoption of the Northwest Ordinance

    • C. 

      location of the United States capital

    • D. 

      Ratification of the federal Constitution

  • 7. 
    Which best describes the origins of the ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence? 
    • A. 

      They were based on the writings of Tocqueville and other European travelers in America.

    • B. 

      They were the product of the thinking of European political writers and of colonial experiences.

    • C. 

      They grew out of the experience of living on the Western frontier

    • D. 

      They originated with the Second Continental Congress's committee to draft a declaration

  • 8. 
    The system of checks and balances in the federal Constitution indicates that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention believed that 
    • A. 

      The spoils system might control the voting

    • B. 

      Majority rule might prove to be tyrannical in some cases

    • C. 

      The principle had worked successfully in the British Parliament

    • D. 

      Amendments should be proposed by Congress only

  • 9. 
    Presidential electors generally support the nominees of their political party because of
    • A. 

      Federal legislation

    • B. 

      State legislation

    • C. 

      Custom and precedent

    • D. 

      Decisions of John Marshall

  • 10. 
    The general trend of United States Supreme Court decisions since the 1930's has been to 
    • A. 

      Increase economic regulation and protect civil liberties

    • B. 

      Increase economic regulation and restrict civil liberties

    • C. 

      Restrict economic regulation and protect civil liberties

    • D. 

      Restrict both economic regulation and civil liberties

  • 11. 
    One of the reasons for the movement to bring about reapportionment of seats in state legislatures and in the lower House of Congress is to 
    • A. 

      Increase representation for farmers

    • B. 

      Adjust to the problems of a stable population

    • C. 

      Reduce the influence of large cities

    • D. 

      Adjust to the rapid growth of urban areas

  • 12. 
     The most recent amendment added to the United States Constitution provides for 
    • A. 

      Succession in the event of the President's disability

    • B. 

      Limit the number of terms a person may serve as President

    • C. 

      Eliminate literacy tests as a qualification for voting

    • D. 

      Inauguration of the President on January 20

  • 13. 
    Which are two legally recognized political parties in New York State? 
    • A. 

      Conservative and Liberal

    • B. 

      Socialist and Labor

    • C. 

      Prohibition and Socialist Workers

    • D. 

      Greenback and States' Rights

  • 14. 
    Thomas Jefferson's policies during his presidency indicate that he favored 
    • A. 

      Expansion of Presidential power over other government branches

    • B. 

      Increase of federal power over the local governments

    • C. 

      Neutrality in the conflict between Great Britain and France

    • D. 

      Legislation to restrict criticism of his administration

  • 15. 
    The idea of cooperative development was basic to both the European Common Market and   
    • A. 

      John Q. Adams' "Monroe Doctrine"

    • B. 

      Henry Clay's "American System"

    • C. 

      James K Polk's "Manifest Destiny"

    • D. 

      William H. Taft's "Dollar Diplomacy"

  • 16. 
    Which was a reason for the election of Andrew Jackson as President in 1828? 
    • A. 

      His popularity in New England

    • B. 

      Extension of manhood suffrage

    • C. 

      Adoption of the secret ballot

    • D. 

      Ratification of the 12th amendment

  • 17. 
    Great Britain's sympathetic attitude toward the Monroe Doctrine is best explained by her desire to 
    • A. 

      Increase her trade with foreign nations

    • B. 

      Maintain a balance of power within the Quadruple Alliance

    • C. 

      Prevent the spread of Russian influence in Latin America

    • D. 

      Avenge the victory of the United States in the War of 1812

  • 18. 
     For the period 1840-60, which is a valid characterization of United States expansion to the Pacific?
    • A. 

      No domestic problems resulted from our expansion to the Pacific

    • B. 

      Every step in expansion required removal of a European nation

    • C. 

      Territorial expansion was, in part, made possible by purchase

    • D. 

      The US avoided use of military force in acquiring territory

  • 19. 
    In the judgment of most historians. the outcome of President Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial was 
    • A. 

      Evidence that the Senators were free from partisan motives

    • B. 

      Proof that the President had exceeded his constitutional powers

    • C. 

      A miscarriage of justice that removed the President from office

    • D. 

      A victory for the principle of separation of powers

  • 20. 
     In the period 1865-1900, which was a departure from the United States government's traditional economic  policy? 
    • A. 

      Aid to railroads

    • B. 

      Cheap land

    • C. 

      Tariff legislation

    • D. 

      Antitrust legislation

  • 21. 
     Which was a basic cause of the increase in the power of the central government in the United States from 1865 to 1900? 
    • A. 

      Economic changes which had taken place

    • B. 

      Election of "strong men" as Presidents

    • C. 

      Desire of political organizations for more patronage

    • D. 

      Development of new means of communication

  • 22. 
    President Cleveland's first administration is considered outstanding because he 
    • A. 

      Aided the farmer by a cheap money policy

    • B. 

      Showed courage in his stand on tariff and civil service reform

    • C. 

      Withdrew federal troops from the South

    • D. 

      Was the candidate of the Populist party

  • 23. 
    The question" Does the Constitution follow the flag?" was raised as a result of the 
    • A. 

      Purchase of the Louisiana Territory

    • B. 

      Annexation of Texas

    • C. 

      Acquisition of California

    • D. 

      Acquisition of Puerto Rico and the Philippines

  • 24. 
    Which lesson might be drawn from the United States Senate's rejection of the Versailles Treaty? 
    • A. 

      Uncompromising presidential attitude builds congress's support

    • B. 

      The president should take an active part in treaty negotiation

    • C. 

      Bipartisan support is important in formulating foreign policy

    • D. 

      An association of nations should be part of a peace treaty

  • 25. 
    "The proposed act will disastrously curtail the market for European exports, deprive foreign countries of the exchange to purchase American exports, provoke retaliation in the form of additional worldwide trade restrictions, and otherwise increase the burden upon our own economy." Which act is referred to in this quotation? 
    • A. 

      Hawley-Smoot Act to raise United States tariffs

    • B. 

      Marshall Plan to grant foreign aid

    • C. 

      Lend-Lease Program to give American goods to European nations

    • D. 

      Tydings-McDuffie Act to grant independence to the Philippines