AP US History Sample Final Exam!

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All the work you’ve been doing has led you to this, folks, as we’re about to look at an AP US History Sample Final Exam. Have you got what it takes to pass your finals, or do you have a long way to go before you’re ready to sit the big one?


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  • 1. 
    The assumptions underlying both the weakness of the Confederation government and opposition to a stronger government was that...
    • A. 

      Only the gentry could govern well

    • B. 

      Only the common folk could govern well

    • C. 

      State merchants were worried about federal taxes

    • D. 

      Any concentration of power was dangerous

    • E. 

      Only affected officials could be trusted with power

  • 2. 
    The Constitutional Convention of 1787 did all of the following EXCEPT...
    • A. 

      Create a government that would be satisfactory to both free and slave states

    • B. 

      Determine the provisions to be included in the Bill of Rights

    • C. 

      Create a strong central government that would not threaten the sovereignty of the states

    • D. 

      Establish a balance of power between the three branches of the national government

    • E. 

      Create a government that would be satisfactory to both large and small states

  • 3. 
    The Articles government's greatest achievement was its...
    • A. 

      Success against the British and Spanish in the West

    • B. 

      A successful division of powers

    • C. 

      Management of the postwar prosperity

    • D. 

      Establishment of sound public finance

    • E. 

      Legislation of a system for orderly settlement of the west

  • 4. 
    John Jay's treaty with Spain (1785) outraged Southern delegates to the Articles of Confederation government because it...
    • A. 

      Gave up use of the Mississippi for twenty-five years

    • B. 

      Lost all trade privileges with Spain

    • C. 

      Failed to remove Spanish forts from the West

    • D. 

      Lost Georgia's boundary dispute with Spanish Florida

    • E. 

      Showed Southern delegates what the true priorities of the Northern delegates were

  • 5. 
    Jefferson maintained that the economic well-being of the United States require a(n)...
    • A. 

      Emphasis of agriculture productivity

    • B. 

      Development of manufacturing

    • C. 

      Strong trade with Europe

    • D. 

      Dependence of the monied classes

    • E. 

      Reduced reliance of international market

  • 6. 
    Alexander Hamilton's financial plan for the United States included..
    • A. 

      Funding of the national debt

    • B. 

      Repudiation of the states' debts

    • C. 

      Establishment of state banks

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    The Democratic Republicans tended to favor
    • A. 

      A strong federal court system

    • B. 

      Central economic planning particularly the establishment of a national bank

    • C. 

      An affiliation with the British in foreign affairs

    • D. 

      Strict interpretation of the Constitution to defend individual rights

    • E. 

      Maintenance of the public order, even if that meant calling out federal troops

  • 8. 
    The Alien and Sedition Acts were deigned to...
    • A. 

      Promote freedom of speech and of the press

    • B. 

      Harass and suppress Republican spokesmen

    • C. 

      Encourage foreign immigration

    • D. 

      Limit the power of the national government

    • E. 

      Encourage the assimilation of the French in America

  • 9. 
    According to Charles Beard, the Constitution was an economic document written by an economic elite who stood to benefit from its ratification. Their property interests would be protected by...
    • A. 

      The Bill of Rights

    • B. 

      The delegated powers granted to Congress

    • C. 

      The process of amendments

    • D. 

      Non democratic elements in the document

    • E. 

      The lack of federal judiciary

  • 10. 
    Which of the following most accurately describes the attitude of the Founding Fathers toward political parties...
    • A. 

      In a large republic, parties are the best means of creating effective coalitions of interest groups

    • B. 

      Parties are the engines of democracy that provide citizens with a voice in government

    • C. 

      Parties are positive goods in any republic

    • D. 

      Parties are vehicles of ambition and selfish interest that threaten the existence of republican government

    • E. 

      A two party system is essential to a stable government

  • 11. 
    The French and Indian War was a pivotal point in America's relationship to Great Britain because it let Great Britain to...
    • A. 

      Enact taxes to be paid by colonials

    • B. 

      Restrict emigration from England

    • C. 

      encourage colonial manufactures

    • D. 

      Ignore the colonies

    • E. 

      Grant colonial representation in Parliament

  • 12. 
    "Reaganomics," or "supply side" economics, supported which of the following?
    • A. 

      Increased spending by the government

    • B. 

      Decreasing demand in the economy

    • C. 

      Lowering the taxes for the wealthy

    • D. 

      Increased government aid to the poor

    • E. 

      Supported all of the above

  • 13. 
    The "Stonewall Riot" in New York city was significant because it marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement. It was but one movement in the U.S. that sought to gain recognition for marginalized Americans. In which decade did most of the efforts occur?
    • A. 

      1940s

    • B. 

      1950s

    • C. 

      1960s

    • D. 

      1980s

    • E. 

      1990s

  • 14. 
    Which of the following represented a change in the immigration patterns of the 1970s and 1980s?
    • A. 

      The increase in the numbers of Hispanics immigrants

    • B. 

      The declining presence of white European immigrants

    • C. 

      The increasing number of undocumented immigrants

    • D. 

      The rapid increase in the number of Asian immigrants

    • E. 

      All of the above were changes

  • 15. 
    The Supreme Court decision in the 1973 case Roe v. Wade ruled that all state laws prohibiting abortion during the "first trimester" of pregnancy were invalid based upon the idea that the Ninth Amendment protected...
    • A. 

      A woman's right to privacy

    • B. 

      A woman's right to free expression

    • C. 

      A woman's right to sexual equality

    • D. 

      A woman's right to adequate health care

    • E. 

      A woman's right to protection against illegal searches and seizures

  • 16. 
    A large increase in the price of oil in the 1970s resulted in
    • A. 

      Soaring inflation

    • B. 

      A rejection of laissez faire economic policy

    • C. 

      Strengthening the government's commitment to Keynesian economic policy

    • D. 

      A series of budgetary surpluses

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 17. 
    The philosophy of the counterculture is best expressed by the statement that...
    • A. 

      Adherence to non-conventional values is the road to personal fulfillment

    • B. 

      Life must be in tune with nature and dedicated to the free expression of the self

    • C. 

      The first responsibility of the individual is to self

    • D. 

      Peace and community are the only proper reactions to youth

    • E. 

      All of the above express the sentiment of the counterculture

  • 18. 
    By the 1970s, a major force behind the environmental movement was...
    • A. 

      Activists within the Republican party

    • B. 

      Former members of the New Left who turned their activism to environmental issues

    • C. 

      President Johnson's aggressive war on industrial polluters

    • D. 

      The cooperation of big business in passing meaningful protection laws

    • E. 

      Isolationists who believed we needed to focus on matters at home

  • 19. 
    American policy toward Grenada and Nicaragua in the 1980s best reflected which of the following foreign policy initiatives?
    • A. 

      A Bush Doctrine

    • B. 

      The Truman Doctrine

    • C. 

      The Alliance for Progress

    • D. 

      The Reagan Doctrine

    • E. 

      Containment

  • 20. 
    The evidence at Watergate case, based on testimony and on the White House tapes, concluded Nixon...
    • A. 

      Was innocent

    • B. 

      Ordered the break-in

    • C. 

      Planned the break-in

    • D. 

      Covered up evidence of the crimes of others

    • E. 

      Ordered all evidence to be turned over to prosecutors

  • 21. 
    Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was significant because it provided federal legislation designed to attack...
    • A. 

      Discrimination based on age

    • B. 

      Discrimination based on gender

    • C. 

      Discrimination based on race

    • D. 

      Discrimination on account of disability

    • E. 

      Discrimination on account of economic status

  • 22. 
    The Iran-contra scandal seriously damaged the Reagan administration's reputation when it revealed that the United States...
    • A. 

      Sent funds to Iranian terrorists to finance their attacks on the Muslim government

    • B. 

      Sent funds to Iraq to support the country in its war with Iran

    • C. 

      Used the money from the sale of arms to Iran to aid the contras in Nicaragua

    • D. 

      Used government funs to purchase arms for the rebels in Iran

    • E. 

      Was involved in supporting the communist revolution in Nicaragua

  • 23. 
    Which of the following is true regarding the economic prosperity of the 1990s?
    • A. 

      It generally benefited those with higher levels of education

    • B. 

      It allowed for a significant increase in the minimum wage

    • C. 

      It greatly lessened the impact of poverty on such racial groups as African Americans and Hispanics

    • D. 

      It allowed the federal government to substantially reduce the deficit

    • E. 

      All of the above are true regarding the prosperity of the 1990s

  • 24. 
    President Carter's diplomatic efforts in relieving the tensions between Egypt and Israel resulted in...
    • A. 

      The return of the West Bank to Palestinian Arabs

    • B. 

      An initial movement toward peace but an inability to formulate a final peace treaty

    • C. 

      The Egyptian occupations of the Golan Heights

    • D. 

      An agreement to reduce tensions by placing U.S. troops on the West Bank

    • E. 

      A formal peace treaty between Egypt and Israel

  • 25. 
    In a series of cases such as Miranda v. Arizona and Gideon v. Wainwright that all involved the rights of the accused, the decisions of Warren court seemed to a substantial number of Americans to demonstrate an interest in...
    • A. 

      Enforcing a conservative political ideology

    • B. 

      Prohibiting capital punishment

    • C. 

      Enlarging powers of police

    • D. 

      Giving states new tools to fight crime

    • E. 

      Protecting the accused from suspected abuses of judicial and police power

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