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  • 1. 

    What fundamental political idea is expressed in the Declaration of Independence?

    • A.

      A government that denies its people certain basic rights can be overthrown

    • B.

      Government should guarantee its citizens economic security

    • C.

      The national and state governments should share power

    • D.

      Rulers from nations get power to rule from God and are have to govern in the best interest for all people

    Correct Answer
    A. A government that denies its people certain basic rights can be overthrown
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that a government that denies its people certain basic rights can be overthrown. This idea is expressed in the Declaration of Independence, which states that when a government becomes destructive to the rights of the people, it is the right and duty of the people to alter or abolish it and to institute a new government that will secure their rights. This principle reflects the concept of popular sovereignty and the belief that governments derive their power from the consent of the governed.

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  • 2. 

    The concept of natural rights was included in the Declaration of Independence- influenced from John Locke.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The concept of natural rights, which states that individuals have inherent rights that cannot be taken away, was indeed included in the Declaration of Independence. This concept was heavily influenced by the ideas of John Locke, an Enlightenment philosopher. Locke argued that individuals have the right to life, liberty, and property, and that government exists to protect these rights. The Declaration of Independence reflects these ideas by asserting that all individuals are endowed with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 3. 

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."This quote came from which document? 

    • A.

      US Constitution

    • B.

      Declaration of Independence

    • C.

      Olive Branch Pettion

    • D.

      Mayflower Compact

    Correct Answer
    B. Declaration of Independence
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Declaration of Independence. This quote is a famous excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. It is considered one of the most important documents in American history, as it declared the thirteen American colonies to be free and independent states from British rule. The quote emphasizes the belief in the equality of all men and their inherent rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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  • 4. 

    Use the following quote to help you answer the question below:"It must be acknowledged that the term 'republic' is of a very vague application in every language... I would say purely and simply it means a government by its citizens in mass, acting directly and personally according to the rules of the majority."- Thomas Jefferson 1816Which statement summarizes Jefferson's ideas about a republic form of government?

    • A.

      The power of govt. rests with the citizens

    • B.

      The power of the govt. rests with the leaders at the top of the govt.

    • C.

      Republicans are always in control

    • D.

      Republic forms of govt. have strict rules and laws that must be followed

    Correct Answer
    A. The power of govt. rests with the citizens
    Explanation
    Jefferson's quote suggests that a republic form of government is one where the power rests with the citizens. He emphasizes that a republic is a government by its citizens, who act directly and personally according to the rules of the majority. This implies that the citizens have the ultimate authority and control over the government, rather than the leaders at the top of the government.

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  • 5. 

    Using the passage from Columbus ship log in 1492, answer the following question. September 24, 1492: " I am having serious troubles with the crew, despite the signs of land that we have... I am told by a few trusted men... that if I persist in going forward they will throw me into the sea some night. They will then affirm that I fell overboard while taking the position of the North Star with my quadrant. Since I am a foreigner, little or no account will be asked of the matter..."Based upon this ship log entry, what type of relationship do you think that Columbus had with his crew?

    • A.

      Pleasant

    • B.

      Joyful

    • C.

      Contempt/upseting

    • D.

      Accepted

    Correct Answer
    C. Contempt/upseting
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "contempt/upsetting" because Columbus states that he is having serious troubles with the crew and that they are threatening to throw him into the sea. This suggests a negative and hostile relationship between Columbus and his crew.

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  • 6. 

    Which factor explains why European nations wanted to increase trade with other nations?

    • A.

      The scarcity of resources in Europe

    • B.

      The desire to explore into unknown lands across the globe

    • C.

      Religious wars

    • D.

      The value of cultural exchange between nations

    Correct Answer
    A. The scarcity of resources in Europe
    Explanation
    European nations wanted to increase trade with other nations due to the scarcity of resources in Europe. As Europe faced limited resources, they sought to acquire goods and materials from other regions through trade. By increasing trade, they could access resources that were not readily available in their own countries, such as spices, silk, and precious metals. This would not only fulfill their needs but also provide economic benefits and enhance their overall prosperity.

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  • 7. 

    Use the quote from Enlightenment thinker Baron de Montesquieu to answer the next question: " The people are extremely well qualified for choosing those whom they are to entrust with part of their authority"- Montesquieu 1748Which best summarizes his view of the responsibilty of citizens in a democracy?

    • A.

      Citizens should lobby for new laws

    • B.

      Citizens vote for their leaders

    • C.

      To respond to public opinion polls

    • D.

      Take part in political campaingns

    Correct Answer
    B. Citizens vote for their leaders
    Explanation
    Baron de Montesquieu believed that citizens in a democracy have the responsibility of choosing the individuals whom they trust to hold positions of authority. This implies that citizens should exercise their right to vote and actively participate in the democratic process by selecting their leaders through elections. The quote suggests that citizens have the ability and knowledge to make informed decisions about who should represent them in positions of power.

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  • 8. 

    "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."The preamble to the US Constitution set forth what central idea about government in the US? 

    • A.

      The Constitution set up the idea of independence

    • B.

      The Constitution preamble was used by other key thinkers of the Renaissance

    • C.

      The Constitution gave all the power to the President

    • D.

      The Constitution set forth the functions and purpose of our US government

    Correct Answer
    D. The Constitution set forth the functions and purpose of our US government
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the Constitution set forth the functions and purpose of our US government. The preamble outlines the goals and objectives of the government, such as forming a more perfect union, establishing justice, and promoting the general welfare. It serves as an introduction to the Constitution and provides a framework for the principles and values of the United States government.

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  • 9. 

    Use what you have learned about the Columbian Exchange, in order to analyze the image provided. What is the central idea potrayed about the Columbian Exchange? 

    • A.

      Spread of disease was often rapid and all consuming-deadly

    • B.

      Spanish brought horses to the New World

    • C.

      Native Americans were forced to work in mines or farming

    • D.

      Triangular Slave Trade was a profitable venture for many Europeans

    Correct Answer
    D. Triangular Slave Trade was a profitable venture for many Europeans
    Explanation
    The central idea portrayed about the Columbian Exchange in the image is that the Triangular Slave Trade was a profitable venture for many Europeans.

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  • 10. 

    The cry of the colonists in the days leading up to the outbreak of the American Revolution was centered around what key phrase?

    • A.

      "no taxation without representation"

    • B.

      "I want my land back from the King!"

    • C.

      "I do not want to pay taxes!"

    • D.

      "Give me liberty or give me death!"

    Correct Answer
    A. "no taxation without representation"
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "no taxation without representation." This key phrase reflects the main concern of the colonists before the American Revolution. They believed that they should not be taxed by the British government without having a voice or representation in that government. This slogan encapsulated their desire for fair and equal treatment, and it became a rallying cry for the colonists as they fought for their rights and independence.

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  • 11. 

    What famous document begins with the following words, "when in the course of human events it becomes necessary..." 

    • A.

      English Bill of Rights

    • B.

      US Constitution

    • C.

      Declaration of Independence

    • D.

      Magna Carta

    Correct Answer
    C. Declaration of Independence
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Declaration of Independence. This document begins with the words, "when in the course of human events it becomes necessary..." The Declaration of Independence is a famous document in American history that was adopted on July 4, 1776, and it announced the thirteen American colonies' decision to separate from Great Britain and form a new nation. It is considered a foundational document in the history of the United States and is known for its emphasis on individual rights and the pursuit of happiness.

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following statements best explains the relationship between the Age of Exploration and the Renaissance?

    • A.

      The Renaissance helped to spur the Age of Exploration because of the technological innovations and renewed the spirit of investigation- learning more about the world around them

    • B.

      The Renaissance brought the Age of Exploration to an end by giving Europeans with more knowledge about nature

    • C.

      The Renaissance built upon the geographic and navigational discoveries made during the Age of Exploration

    • D.

      The Renaissance grew middle class society and gave people more room to roam about the world

    Correct Answer
    A. The Renaissance helped to spur the Age of Exploration because of the technological innovations and renewed the spirit of investigation- learning more about the world around them
    Explanation
    The Renaissance helped to spur the Age of Exploration because of the technological innovations and renewed the spirit of investigation- learning more about the world around them. During the Renaissance, there was a significant advancement in science, mathematics, and cartography, which provided explorers with the tools and knowledge necessary to navigate and explore new territories. Additionally, the Renaissance was a period of intellectual curiosity and a desire to understand the world, which motivated explorers to venture into the unknown in search of new knowledge and discoveries.

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  • 13. 

    How did Leonardo da Vinci incorporate the "Growth Mindset" into his life? 

    • A.

      Humans are fully capable of developing skills and talents in many areas

    • B.

      He worked on his investigation skills

    • C.

      He was an excellent artist

    • D.

      He lived a long and full life

    Correct Answer
    A. Humans are fully capable of developing skills and talents in many areas
    Explanation
    Leonardo da Vinci incorporated the "Growth Mindset" into his life by believing that humans are fully capable of developing skills and talents in many areas. This mindset is evident in his continuous efforts to improve his investigation skills and his pursuit of excellence as an artist. Additionally, his long and full life suggests that he embraced a mindset of constant growth and learning.

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  • 14. 

    An example of an oligarchy during the Renaissance would be...

    • A.

      The King of England

    • B.

      Luther in Germany

    • C.

      Medici Family in Florence

    • D.

      The Pope in the Catholic Church

    Correct Answer
    C. Medici Family in Florence
    Explanation
    During the Renaissance, the Medici Family in Florence was an example of an oligarchy. They were a wealthy and influential family who held significant political power and controlled the government of Florence. They used their wealth and influence to manipulate the political system and ensure their own dominance. This allowed them to effectively rule over Florence and exert control over its economic, cultural, and artistic development. Their power and influence made them a prime example of an oligarchy during the Renaissance period.

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  • 15. 

    The Muslims brought cultural translations of the Greek and Roman texts - the "rebirth of learning" began in Europe.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because during the Islamic Golden Age, Muslim scholars translated and preserved many Greek and Roman texts, which were later reintroduced to Europe. This led to a revival of interest in classical knowledge and sparked the Renaissance, also known as the "rebirth of learning," in Europe.

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  • 16. 

    What innovation helped to spread the influence of Renaissance & the Reformation?

    • A.

      Printing press

    • B.

      Compass

    • C.

      Telegraph

    • D.

      Internal combustion engine

    Correct Answer
    A. Printing press
    Explanation
    The printing press was a significant innovation that played a crucial role in spreading the influence of the Renaissance and the Reformation. Before the printing press, books and documents were handwritten, making them expensive and time-consuming to produce. With the invention of the printing press, books could be mass-produced quickly and at a lower cost. This allowed for the widespread dissemination of ideas, knowledge, and religious texts, leading to increased literacy rates and the spread of new ideas during the Renaissance and the Reformation.

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  • 17. 

    What motivated Martin Luther to speak out against the Catholic Church?

    • A.

      The sell of indulgences were getting out of control and people were spending a large portion of salary on "buying" forgiveness

    • B.

      The printing press was out and he was angry that he was not promoted to become the Pope

    • C.

      The Catholic Church had moved him to be a priest in a smaller town, he was going to make less money

    • D.

      He wanted to create his own religion

    Correct Answer
    A. The sell of indulgences were getting out of control and people were spending a large portion of salary on "buying" forgiveness
    Explanation
    Martin Luther was motivated to speak out against the Catholic Church because he observed that the sale of indulgences had become excessive and people were spending a significant portion of their income on purchasing forgiveness. This exploitation of people's faith and the belief that forgiveness could be bought deeply troubled Luther, leading him to challenge the practices of the Catholic Church and eventually spark the Protestant Reformation.

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  • 18. 

    The Roman Catholic Church dominated life in Europe before the Protestant Reformation

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Before the Protestant Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church held significant power and influence over the people and governments of Europe. It was the dominant religious institution, controlling religious practices, education, and even politics. The Church's authority was unquestioned, and it played a central role in shaping European society and culture. The Protestant Reformation, led by figures such as Martin Luther, challenged the Church's teachings and practices, leading to a significant shift in religious power and the establishment of new Protestant denominations.

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