An Advanced Level AP US History Practice Test!

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  • 1. 
    The Eastern third of what is now the United States was originally inhabited by the  
    • A. 

      Woodland Indians

    • B. 

      Plains Indians

    • C. 

      Mountain Indians

    • D. 

      Coastal tribes

    • E. 

      Anasazi people

  • 2. 
    The country that produced the most successful fur traders and trappers, and had the best relations with Native Americans, was:  
    • A. 

      Spain

    • B. 

      Holland

    • C. 

      France

    • D. 

      England

    • E. 

      Portugal

  • 3. 
    The Half-Way Covenant provided:  
    • A. 

      Baptism but not "full communion" to people who had not had a conversion experience.

    • B. 

      Partial participation in politics to people who were not church members.

    • C. 

      Admission to communion but not voting membership in the church.

    • D. 

      Partial participation in church affairs for women.

    • E. 

      For an end to hostilities between Anglicans and Puritans in Connecticutt.

  • 4. 
    Among the factors that tended to promote intercolonial unity during the French and Indian War was  
    • A. 

      Religious unity

    • B. 

      Common language and wartime experiences

    • C. 

      Ethnic and social harmony

    • D. 

      Improved transportation and settlement of boundary disputes

    • E. 

      The colonial dislike of their treatment by the British

  • 5. 
    The country that produced the most successful fur traders and trappers, and had the best relations with Native Americans, was:  
    • A. 

      Spain

    • B. 

      Holland

    • C. 

      France

    • D. 

      England

    • E. 

      Portugal

  • 6. 
    The Half-Way Covenant provided:  
    • A. 

      Baptism but not "full communion" to people who had not had a conversion experience.

    • B. 

      Partial participation in politics to people who were not church members.

    • C. 

      Admission to communion but not voting membership in the church.

    • D. 

      Partial participation in church affairs for women.

    • E. 

      For an end to hostilities between Anglicans and Puritans in Connecticutt.

  • 7. 
    The Battle of Saratoga was a key turning point in the War for Independence because  
    • A. 

      it prevented the British from keeping control of the key port of New York City.

    • B. 

      It brought about crucial French assistance to the Revolutionary cause.

    • C. 

      It ended the possibility of a peaceful settlement with Britain.

    • D. 

      It effectively destroyed British military power in the middle colonies.

    • E. 

      Benedict Arnold was narrowly prevented from betraying his country.

  • 8. 
    Among the factors that tended to promote intercolonial unity during the French and Indian War was  
    • A. 

      Religious unity

    • B. 

      Common language and wartime experiences

    • C. 

      Ethnic and social harmony

    • D. 

      Improved transportation and settlement of boundary disputes

    • E. 

      The colonial dislike of their treatment by the British

  • 9. 
     The essential disagreement between Hamilton and Jefferson over the proposed Bank of the United States was  
    • A. 

      Whether the Constitution granted the federal government the power to establish such a bank.

    • B. 

      whether it would be economically wise to create a single national currency.

    • C. 

      Whether the Bank should be under the control of the federal government or the states.

    • D. 

      Whether such a Bank violated the Bill of Rights.

    • E. 

      Whether Hamilton would use the Bank to destroy the Democratic party.

  • 10. 
    The most important action the First Continental Congress took to protest the Intolerable Acts was
    • A. 

      Forming The Association to impose a complete boycott of all British goods.

    • B. 

      Organizing a colonial militia to prepare for military resistance.

    • C. 

      Forming Committees of Correspondence to communicate among the colonies.

    • D. 

      Sending petitions such as the Olive Branch petition.

    • E. 

      Writing the Declaration of Independence

  • 11. 
    Which of the following was NOT a cnsequence of the Louisiana Purchase?  
    • A. 

      The geographical and scientific discoveries of the Lewis and Clark expedition

    • B. 

      The weakening of the power of the presidency in foreign affairs.

    • C. 

      Former Vice President Aaron Burr’s attempt to break off the West from the United States.

    • D. 

      A strengthening of national unity and the decline of the Federalist Party.

    • E. 

      A growing feeling of manifest destiny

  • 12. 
    The Battle of Saratoga was a key turning point in the War for Independence because  
    • A. 

      it prevented the British from keeping control of the key port of New York City.

    • B. 

      It brought about crucial French assistance to the Revolutionary cause.

    • C. 

      It ended the possibility of a peaceful settlement with Britain.

    • D. 

      It effectively destroyed British military power in the middle colonies.

    • E. 

      Benedict Arnold was narrowly prevented from betraying his country.

  • 13. 
    The Era of Good Feelings was sharply disrupted by  
    • A. 

      The bitter political battles over the Tariff of 1816.

    • B. 

      the rise of international tensions with Britain.

    • C. 

      The panic of 1819 and the battle over slavery in Missouri.

    • D. 

      The nasty presidential campaign of 1820.

    • E. 

      Andrew Jackson’s war in Florida.

  • 14. 
     The essential disagreement between Hamilton and Jefferson over the proposed Bank of the United States was  
    • A. 

      Whether the Constitution granted the federal government the power to establish such a bank.

    • B. 

      whether it would be economically wise to create a single national currency.

    • C. 

      Whether the Bank should be under the control of the federal government or the states.

    • D. 

      Whether such a Bank violated the Bill of Rights.

    • E. 

      Whether Hamilton would use the Bank to destroy the Democratic party.

  • 15. 
     A major change affecting the American family in the early nineteenth century was:  
    • A. 

      The rise of an organized feminist movement

    • B. 

      The movement of most women into the work force

    • C. 

      The increased conflict between parents and children over moral questions.

    • D. 

      A decline in the average number of children per household.

    • E. 

      frequent dysentery outbreaks.

  • 16. 
    Which of the following was NOT a cnsequence of the Louisiana Purchase?  
    • A. 

      The geographical and scientific discoveries of the Lewis and Clark expedition

    • B. 

      The weakening of the power of the presidency in foreign affairs.

    • C. 

      Former Vice President Aaron Burr’s attempt to break off the West from the United States.

    • D. 

      A strengthening of national unity and the decline of the Federalist Party.

    • E. 

      A growing feeling of manifest destiny

  • 17. 
     The first major improvement in the American transportation system came from  
    • A. 

      Steamboats and highways

    • B. 

      Keelboats and Conestoga wagons

    • C. 

      Railroads and clipper ships

    • D. 

      Canals and railroads

  • 18. 
    Two denominations that especially gained adherents among the common people of the West and South in the early 19th century were:  
    • A. 

      Episcopalians and Unitarians

    • B. 

      Congregationalists and Mormons

    • C. 

      Transcendentalists and Adventists

    • D. 

      Methodists and Baptists

    • E. 

      Puritans and Anglicans

  • 19. 
    The Era of Good Feelings was sharply disrupted by  
    • A. 

      The bitter political battles over the Tariff of 1816.

    • B. 

      the rise of international tensions with Britain.

    • C. 

      The panic of 1819 and the battle over slavery in Missouri.

    • D. 

      The nasty presidential campaign of 1820.

    • E. 

      Andrew Jackson’s war in Florida.

  • 20. 
     The phrase “spot resolution” refers to  
    • A. 

      President Polk’s war message asking Congress to declare war immediately or, “on the spot.”

    • B. 

      The proposed amendment to stop even “one spot” of land be opened for slavery.

    • C. 

      Congressman A. Lincoln’s resolution demanding to know the “exact spot” of American soil where American blood had supposedly been shed.

    • D. 

      A congressional act determining which spots of land in Mexico should be ceded to the U.S

    • E. 

      Proposed laws declaring that the “spot” of shame could not be removed if we did not fight Mexico.

  • 21. 
     A major change affecting the American family in the early nineteenth century was:  
    • A. 

      The rise of an organized feminist movement

    • B. 

      The movement of most women into the work force

    • C. 

      The increased conflict between parents and children over moral questions.

    • D. 

      A decline in the average number of children per household.

    • E. 

      frequent dysentery outbreaks.

  • 22. 
    Southerners seeking to expand the territory of slavery were especially interested in acquiring:  
    • A. 

      Canada and Alaska.

    • B. 

      Venezuela and Colombia

    • C. 

      Nicaragua and Cuba

    • D. 

      Hawaii and Japan

    • E. 

      Hispaniola

  • 23. 
     The first major improvement in the American transportation system came from  
    • A. 

      Steamboats and highways

    • B. 

      Keelboats and Conestoga wagons

    • C. 

      Railroads and clipper ships

    • D. 

      Canals and railroads

  • 24. 
    Two denominations that especially gained adherents among the common people of the West and South in the early 19th century were:  
    • A. 

      Episcopalians and Unitarians

    • B. 

      Congregationalists and Mormons

    • C. 

      Transcendentalists and Adventists

    • D. 

      Methodists and Baptists

    • E. 

      Puritans and Anglicans

  • 25. 
    Most of the new millionaires who emerged in the North during the Civil War  
    • A. 

      Committed their personal fortunes to the Union cause.

    • B. 

      Made their fortunes by providing poorly made “shoddy” goods to the Union armies.

    • C. 

      Made their highest profits by selling captured cotton to British textile manufacturers.

    • D. 

      Earned public distrust by secretly advocating negotiating a settlement with the South.

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