Are You Smarter Than A Twelfth Grader?

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Are You Smarter Than A Twelfth Grader?

How many twelfth-grade level U. S. History questions can you answer correctly?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The graph above supports which statement about the birthrate in the United States?
    • A. 

      It declined steadily from 1920 to 1950.

    • B. 

      It increased rapidly during the Great Depression.

    • C. 

      It increased after the Second World War.

    • D. 

      It tended to increase after each war.

  • 2. 
    Progressive Era writers such as Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell, and Licoln Steffens were known as "muckrakers" because they
    • A. 

      Engaged in questionable "yellow journalism" that had a negative effect on United States foreign policy

    • B. 

      Defended the interests of agricultural workers against those of the urban working classes

    • C. 

      Exposed serious political and social problems to public view

    • D. 

      Inflamed popular feelings against recent immigrants and led the government to pass restrictive quotas

  • 3. 
    Shays' Rebellion (1786) was important because it
    • A. 

      Led many people to believe that the central government was too weak

    • B. 

      Led to the end of public support for the First Bank of the United States

    • C. 

      Made many people fear the tyranny of the President more than the tyranny of England

    • D. 

      Convinced many people in the North that slavery should be expanded to new territories

  • 4. 
    "This American social development has been continually beginning over again on the frontier. The expansion westward with its new opportunities, itts continuous touch with the simplicity of primitive society, furnishes the forces dominating the American character. The true point of view inthe history of this nation is not the Atlantic coast, it is the Great West. --Frederick Jackson Turner, 1893 Turner made his speech about the importance of the American frontier partly in response to
    • A. 

      The closing of the frontier recorded in the 1890 census

    • B. 

      United States efforts to limit European immigration to frontier regions

    • C. 

      The elimination of slavery by the Thirteenth Amendment

    • D. 

      The great numbers of western pioneers who lost their farms

  • 5. 
    During the Korean War, United Nations forces made up largely of troops from the United States and South korea fought against troops from North Korea and
    • A. 

      The Soviet Union

    • B. 

      Japan

    • C. 

      China

    • D. 

      Vietnam

  • 6. 
    In 1935 and 1936 the Supreme Court declared that important parts of the New Deal were unconstitutional. President Roosevelt responded by threatening to
    • A. 

      Impeach several Supreme Court justices

    • B. 

      Eliminate the Supreme Court

    • C. 

      Appoint additional Supreme Court justices who shared his views

    • D. 

      Override the Supreme Court's decisions by gaining three-fourth majorities in both houses of Congress

  • 7. 
    The North Atlantic Treaty organization (NATO) and the Warsaw Pact are best described as two
    • A. 

      Organizations founded by the European Economic Community to promote trade between Europe and the United States

    • B. 

      Treaties negotiated between the Allies and the Central Powers at Versailles after the First World War

    • C. 

      Bodies established by the United Nations to promote peace within multiethnic European countries such as Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia

    • D. 

      Military organizations made up, respectively, of the United States and its allies and the Soviet Union and its allies during the Cold War

  • 8. 
    When the cartoon was created, the artist was probably thinking of which foreign policy slogan?
    • A. 

      The arsenal of democracy

    • B. 

      Peace with honor

    • C. 

      We have nothing to fear but fear itself

    • D. 

      Speak softly and carry a big stick

  • 9. 
    One of the central ideas of President George Washington's foreign policy was that the United States should
    • A. 

      Play an active role in European affairs

    • B. 

      Expand its influence throughout the Americas

    • C. 

      Support democracies and oppose monarchies

    • D. 

      Avoid permanent alliances with other countries

  • 10. 
    What was the main issue in the debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in 1858?
    • A. 

      Is slavery morally wrong?

    • B. 

      Should slavery be allowed to expand to new territories?

    • C. 

      Do Southern states have the constitutional right to leave the Union?

    • D. 

      Are free African Americans citizens of the United States?