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  • 1. 

    In the case of Plessy v. Ferguson,

    • A.

      Housing discrimination was forbidden

    • B.

      The principle of “separate but equal” was overturned

    • C.

      School busing was allowed to remedy racial segregation

    • D.

      United States citizenship and all rights that go with it were granted to former slaves

    • E.

      The principle of “separate but equal” was used to justify segregation

    Correct Answer
    E. The principle of “separate but equal” was used to justify segregation
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the principle of "separate but equal" was used to justify segregation. This refers to the legal doctrine that allowed for racial segregation as long as the separate facilities provided to different races were deemed to be equal in quality. This principle was established in the Plessy v. Ferguson case in 1896, where the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation under this doctrine. It was not until the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 that the "separate but equal" doctrine was overturned and racial segregation was declared unconstitutional.

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  • 2. 

    Jim Crow laws were those that

    • A.

      Were enacted by Southern Whites in the late nineteenth century to segregate African Americans from Whites

    • B.

      The North enforced in the South in the Reconstruction era following the Civil War, granting rights to former slaves

    • C.

      Sought to end segregation and bring the races into closer contact with one another

    • D.

      Justified slavery and set codes for slaves’ behavior

    • E.

      Established slavery and contract law regulating the slave trade

    Correct Answer
    A. Were enacted by Southern Whites in the late nineteenth century to segregate African Americans from Whites
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that Jim Crow laws were enacted by Southern Whites in the late nineteenth century to segregate African Americans from Whites. This answer accurately describes the purpose and origin of Jim Crow laws, which were a series of racial segregation laws that enforced racial separation and discrimination in the Southern United States. These laws were implemented after the Reconstruction era following the Civil War and were aimed at maintaining white supremacy and denying African Americans their rights and freedoms.

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  • 3. 

    In Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Supreme Court

    • A.

      Ordered the Topeka school district to spend more money on Black schools

    • B.

      Enunciated the principle of equal but separate

    • C.

      Ruled that the visible signs of education were substantially equal between Black schools and White ones

    • D.

      Enunciated the principle of separate but equal

    • E.

      Ruled that school segregation was inherently unequal

    Correct Answer
    E. Ruled that school segregation was inherently unequal
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "ruled that school segregation was inherently unequal." In the case of Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision that declared racial segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional. The Court concluded that the practice of separating students based on their race was inherently unequal and violated the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection under the law. This ruling was significant in paving the way for desegregation efforts and challenging the notion of "separate but equal."

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  • 4. 

    De facto educational segregation occurs

    • A.

      By forced school busing to separate the races

    • B.

      By forced school busing to integrate the races

    • C.

      When segregated classrooms occur within an integrated school

    • D.

      By law

    • E.

      By the reality of neighborhood schools located in areas that happen to be racially segregated

    Correct Answer
    E. By the reality of neighborhood schools located in areas that happen to be racially segregated
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "by the reality of neighborhood schools located in areas that happen to be racially segregated." This means that educational segregation happens because schools in certain neighborhoods are predominantly attended by students of a particular race or ethnicity. This segregation occurs due to the racial composition of the surrounding community, rather than any intentional policy or action.

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  • 5. 

    In 1964, Congress prohibited federal aid to schools that remained segregated in the

    • A.

      Civil Rights Act

    • B.

      No Child Left Behind Act

    • C.

      National Education Act

    • D.

      Equal Opportunity Act

    • E.

      Equality of Education Act

    Correct Answer
    A. Civil Rights Act
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Civil Rights Act. In 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which aimed to end racial segregation and discrimination in various aspects of American society, including public schools. This act prohibited federal aid to schools that continued to practice segregation. It was a significant piece of legislation in the civil rights movement, as it helped pave the way for equal educational opportunities for all students, regardless of their race or ethnicity.

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  • 6. 

    Suffrage refers to

    • A.

      The practice of de facto slavery rather than de jure slavery

    • B.

      The legal segregation of the races or of men and women in hotels, motels, restaurants, and other public places

    • C.

      The hardships endured to obtain civil rights for African Americans and equal rights for women

    • D.

      The legal right to vote

    • E.

      The practice of shackling slaves working in fields so they could not run away

    Correct Answer
    D. The legal right to vote
    Explanation
    Suffrage refers to the legal right to vote. This term specifically relates to the ability of individuals to participate in the democratic process by casting their votes in elections. It grants citizens the power to have a say in the governance of their country and to elect representatives who will make decisions on their behalf. Suffrage is an important aspect of democracy and is a fundamental right that ensures the inclusion and representation of all eligible citizens in the political system.

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  • 7. 

    One consequence of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was

    • A.

      Dramatic increase in the number of African Americans registered to vote

    • B.

      Increased access of Blacks to public accommodations

    • C.

      The increased use of gerrymandering

    • D.

      Decreased involvement of federal officials in state election procedures

    • E.

      An increase in segregation

    Correct Answer
    A. Dramatic increase in the number of African Americans registered to vote
    Explanation
    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 aimed to eliminate racial discrimination in voting. It prohibited literacy tests and other discriminatory practices that had been used to prevent African Americans from voting. As a result, there was a dramatic increase in the number of African Americans who were able to register to vote. This was a significant achievement in the civil rights movement, as it helped to empower African Americans and ensure their political representation.

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  • 8. 

    In the case of Korematsu v. United States, the Supreme Court

    • A.

      Ruled that the removal of Japanese Americans from the west coast and their placement in internment camps during World War II was barbaric and unconstitutional

    • B.

      Ruled just prior to World War II that Japanese Americans living in the United States had to be repatriated to Japan

    • C.

      Upheld the constitutionality of the United States atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    • D.

      Upheld the constitutionality of the removal of Japanese Americans from the west coast and their placement in internment camps during World War II

    • E.

      Ruled that restrictions on Japanese ownership of land in the United States were unconstitutional

    Correct Answer
    D. Upheld the constitutionality of the removal of Japanese Americans from the west coast and their placement in internment camps during World War II
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the removal of Japanese Americans from the west coast and their placement in internment camps during World War II. This means that the court determined that the government's actions were legal and in accordance with the Constitution, even though they involved the violation of civil rights and the internment of innocent individuals based on their ethnicity.

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  • 9. 

    Betty Friedan's book, ________, published in 1963, encouraged many women to question traditional assumptions and to assert their rights.

    • A.

      A Handmaid’s Tale

    • B.

      The Second Sex

    • C.

      The Female Eunuch

    • D.

      Women and Economics

    • E.

      The Feminine Mystique

    Correct Answer
    E. The Feminine Mystique
    Explanation
    Betty Friedan's book, "The Feminine Mystique," published in 1963, encouraged many women to question traditional assumptions and to assert their rights.

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  • 10. 

    The Equal Rights Amendment failed because

    • A.

      It was vetoed by the president

    • B.

      The Supreme Court voided it as unconstitutional

    • C.

      It did not win the required two-thirds vote in each chamber of Congress

    • D.

      It was rejected by the United States Senate

    • E.

      It fell three states short of sufficient ratification

    Correct Answer
    E. It fell three states short of sufficient ratification
    Explanation
    The Equal Rights Amendment failed because it did not receive enough support from the states to be ratified. Ratification of an amendment requires approval from three-fourths of the states, and the Equal Rights Amendment fell three states short of reaching that threshold.

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  • 11. 

    In the case of Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, the Court

    • A.

      Refused to allow the admission of Bakke to University of California-Davis

    • B.

      Was united in its decision

    • C.

      Ordered that University of California-Davis could not use race as a criterion for admission

    • D.

      Ruled that nursing schools cannot discriminate against men in their admissions procedures

    • E.

      Ruled that a public university could not set aside a quota of spots for particular groups

    Correct Answer
    E. Ruled that a public university could not set aside a quota of spots for particular groups
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given correct answer is that in the case of Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, the Court ruled that a public university could not set aside a quota of spots for particular groups. This means that the university cannot reserve a specific number of spots for individuals from certain racial or ethnic backgrounds. This ruling was significant because it established that affirmative action programs must be narrowly tailored and cannot use quotas as a means of achieving diversity.

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  • 12. 

    Which Supreme Court Justice wrote the opinion for Brown v. Board of Education (1954)?

    • A.

      Earl Warren

    • B.

      William Rehnquist

    • C.

      John Roberts

    • D.

      John Marshall

    • E.

      Richard Taney

    Correct Answer
    A. Earl Warren
    Explanation
    Earl Warren wrote the opinion for Brown v. Board of Education (1954). This landmark Supreme Court case declared that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional, overturning the "separate but equal" doctrine established in Plessy v. Ferguson. Earl Warren, who served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1953 to 1969, played a crucial role in advancing civil rights and promoting desegregation in the United States.

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  • 13. 

    The term minority-majority is used to signify

    • A.

      The melting pot character of the U.S.

    • B.

      The fact that the U.S. is moving toward a situation in which minority groups will out number Caucasians and Whites of European descent

    • C.

      African Americans’ underrepresentation in elective office

    • D.

      Increasing numbers of minorities being elected to office

    • E.

      Unconstitutionally gerrymandered congressional districts

    Correct Answer
    B. The fact that the U.S. is moving toward a situation in which minority groups will out number Caucasians and Whites of European descent
  • 14. 

    The Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments are often referred to as:

    • A.

      The Bill of Rights

    • B.

      The Civil War Amendments

    • C.

      The Magna Carta

    • D.

      The Civil Liberties Amendments

    • E.

      The Progressive Amendments

    Correct Answer
    B. The Civil War Amendments
    Explanation
    The Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments are often referred to as the Civil War Amendments because they were enacted during and after the American Civil War. These amendments were designed to address the issues of slavery, citizenship, and voting rights for African Americans. The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery, the Fourteenth Amendment granted equal protection under the law and citizenship rights to all individuals born or naturalized in the United States, and the Fifteenth Amendment prohibited the denial of voting rights based on race or color.

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  • 15. 

    The Thirteenth Amendment was necessary due to the:

    • A.

      Decision in the Scott v. Sandford case decided by Roger Taney

    • B.

      Decisions in the Dred Scott case decided by John Marshall

    • C.

      Emancipation Proclamation given by Lincoln during the Civil War

    • D.

      Victory by the North in the Civil War

    • E.

      Supreme Court ruling in Gibbons v. Ogden

    Correct Answer
    A. Decision in the Scott v. Sandford case decided by Roger Taney
    Explanation
    The Thirteenth Amendment was necessary due to the decision in the Scott v. Sandford case decided by Roger Taney. In this case, the Supreme Court ruled that enslaved individuals were not citizens and therefore could not sue for their freedom. This decision reinforced the institution of slavery and highlighted the need for a constitutional amendment to abolish it. The Thirteenth Amendment ultimately overturned the Scott v. Sandford decision and ended slavery in the United States.

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  • 16. 

    Which of the following were NOT included in restrictions placed on Blacks in the South during Reconstruction under the various state laws?

    • A.

      The right to marry

    • B.

      The right to vote

    • C.

      The right to serve on juries with white defendants

    • D.

      The right to testify in courts against white defendants

    • E.

      The right to own and carry firearms without a license

    Correct Answer
    A. The right to marry
    Explanation
    During Reconstruction, various state laws in the South placed restrictions on Blacks. These restrictions included denying them the right to vote, serve on juries with white defendants, testify in courts against white defendants, and own and carry firearms without a license. However, the right to marry was not included in these restrictions.

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  • 17. 

    Which of the following was not a provision of the Fourteenth Amendment?

    • A.

      Due process for all citizens in all states

    • B.

      Equal protection for all citizens in all states

    • C.

      Economic equality for all citizens in all states

    • D.

      Citizenship for all former slaves

    • E.

      Forbidding states to diminish the privileges and immunities of all citizens

    Correct Answer
    C. Economic equality for all citizens in all states
    Explanation
    The Fourteenth Amendment provided several important provisions to protect the rights of citizens. It granted due process for all citizens in all states, ensuring fair treatment under the law. It also established equal protection for all citizens in all states, preventing discrimination based on race or other factors. Additionally, it granted citizenship for all former slaves, recognizing their rights as citizens. The amendment also forbade states from diminishing the privileges and immunities of all citizens. However, economic equality for all citizens in all states was not a provision of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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  • 18. 

    Which is NOT a means by which the southern states bypassed the Fifteenth Amendment?

    • A.

      Poll taxes

    • B.

      The grandfather clause

    • C.

      Violent intimidation tactics

    • D.

      Literacy tests

    • E.

      Separate “Black” elections

    Correct Answer
    E. Separate “Black” elections
    Explanation
    The southern states bypassed the Fifteenth Amendment through various means, such as implementing poll taxes, the grandfather clause, violent intimidation tactics, and literacy tests. However, separate "Black" elections were not a means by which they bypassed the amendment. This option suggests that the states held separate elections specifically for Black individuals, which would not be a violation of the Fifteenth Amendment.

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  • 19. 

    The Civil Rights Act of 1875, which attempted to eliminate many of the Jim Crow laws:

    • A.

      Was the major reason the Civil Rights Movement was successful

    • B.

      Was found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court

    • C.

      Was instrumental in destroying Jim Crow systems

    • D.

      Was a feeble attempt by Congress and unsuccessful when implemented by the states

    • E.

      Was only somewhat successful and relied on the findings in the Plessy v. Ferguson case to give it standing

    Correct Answer
    B. Was found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the Civil Rights Act of 1875 was found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. This means that the Act was deemed to be in violation of the Constitution and therefore could not be enforced. This decision by the Supreme Court undermined the efforts to eliminate Jim Crow laws and hindered the progress of the Civil Rights Movement at that time.

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  • 20. 

    As President, Harry Truman from Missouri:

    • A.

      Was against most civil rights legislation and action

    • B.

      Sought to pacify Black leaders with meaningless commissions and committees

    • C.

      Appointed several pro-civil rights justices to the Supreme Court

    • D.

      Closed his eyes to Jim Crow laws and southern discrimination

    • E.

      Used executive orders to end segregation in the armed services and federal bureaucracy

    Correct Answer
    E. Used executive orders to end segregation in the armed services and federal bureaucracy
    Explanation
    Harry Truman used executive orders to end segregation in the armed services and federal bureaucracy. This action was a significant step towards advancing civil rights and dismantling racial discrimination. By issuing executive orders, Truman bypassed the need for legislation and took direct action to promote equality and integration. This decision was a departure from his previous stance on civil rights and demonstrated his commitment to addressing racial inequality.

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  • 21. 

    It could be said of President Eisenhower that:

    • A.

      He was a strong advocate of civil rights

    • B.

      He made civil rights a top priority immediately taking office with his policy of “Dynamic Conservatism"

    • C.

      He attempted to fill the Supreme Court with pro-civil rights advocates

    • D.

      He reluctantly supported the civil rights movement and court decisions

    • E.

      Without his supreme efforts to ensure that civil rights were moved forward, the entire movement could have collapsed in the 1950s

    Correct Answer
    D. He reluctantly supported the civil rights movement and court decisions
    Explanation
    President Eisenhower's reluctance to support the civil rights movement and court decisions suggests that he may not have been a strong advocate of civil rights. Despite this reluctance, he did support the movement and court decisions, indicating that he recognized the importance of civil rights and took some action to advance them. However, it is implied that his support may not have been wholehearted or enthusiastic.

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  • 22. 

    The Twenty-Fourth Amendment ended:

    • A.

      Poll taxes in federal elections

    • B.

      School segregation

    • C.

      Segregation in accommodations and public transportation

    • D.

      Segregation in all public facilities

    • E.

      Illegal hiring practices

    Correct Answer
    A. Poll taxes in federal elections
    Explanation
    The Twenty-Fourth Amendment ended poll taxes in federal elections. This means that individuals were no longer required to pay a fee or tax in order to vote in federal elections. This amendment aimed to eliminate a barrier to voting and ensure that voting rights were not restricted based on an individual's ability to pay a tax.

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