Social Studies Grade 8 CCA

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Social Studies Grade 8 CCA

Social Studies Grade 8 Comprehensive Course Assessment


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  • 1. 
    What is the main idea of Jeffersonian Democracy based on this quote? "Educate and inform the whole mass of people. Enable them to see that it is in their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them...They are (ones to rely on) for the preservation of our liberty."   Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, 1787
    • A. 

      The average citizen is not able to take part in government.

    • B. 

      Each citizen should play a part in a democracy.

    • C. 

      Most citizens do not care about their liberties.

    • D. 

      The federal government should be large and powerful.

  • 2. 
    What is the best definition of a laissez faire economic policy?
    • A. 

      The government has tight control over business and trade.

    • B. 

      Taxes for the wealthiest should be the lowest to promote economic growth.

    • C. 

      Free markets where goods and services are exchanged with little regulation benefit everyone.

    • D. 

      Interstate trade should be regulated by the individual states.

  • 3. 
    An embargo is a
    • A. 

      Blackout.

    • B. 

      Severe food shortage.

    • C. 

      Tax on imports.

    • D. 

      Ban on trade.

  • 4. 
    Which statement is NOT true about Roger Williams?
    • A. 

      He challenged the leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

    • B. 

      He thought that the Puritan Church in Massachusetts had too much power.

    • C. 

      He believed in religious tolerance for all

    • D. 

      Williams supported the idea of joining the matters of state with church matters.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following BEST describes why Americans formed political parties?
    • A. 

      To end disagreements over policy.

    • B. 

      To organize support for their views.

    • C. 

      To unite farmers and merchants.

    • D. 

      The Constitution established them.

  • 6. 
    In 1794 farmers in Pennsylvania staged an uprising against the tax on whiskey because it
    • A. 

      Limited the crops they could sell.

    • B. 

      Reminded farmers of the taxes imposed by France.

    • C. 

      Issued bonds to pay off the national debt.

    • D. 

      Imposed federal regulations on farming.

  • 7. 
    How many states had to ratify the Constitution before it could become law?
    • A. 

      9 of 13

    • B. 

      7 of 13

    • C. 

      All or 13

    • D. 

      12 of 13

  • 8. 
    Use the quote and your knowledge of social studies to answer the following question. "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world..."  -Washington's Farewell Address, 1796 Washington set the tone for U.S. foreign policy by urging Americans to
    • A. 

      Stay out of the conflicts between foreign nations.

    • B. 

      Side with nations that had supported the American Revolution.

    • C. 

      Build a strong army and navy to prepare for war.

    • D. 

      Help warring nations resolve conflicts.

  • 9. 
    The election of 1800 was decided by Congress because
    • A. 

      Neither Adams nor Jefferson won a majority of the electoral votes.

    • B. 

      Jefferson and Aaron Burr each received 73 electoral votes.

    • C. 

      Votes were cast separately for President and Vice President.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 10. 
    What is the main role of the President of the United States?
    • A. 

      To make the nation's laws.

    • B. 

      To carry out the nation's laws.

    • C. 

      To decide a law's constitutionality.

    • D. 

      To interpret the Constitution.

  • 11. 
    The First ten amendments to the Constitution  are called the
    • A. 

      Bill of Attainment.

    • B. 

      Bill of Rights.

    • C. 

      The Preamble.

    • D. 

      The Articles.

  • 12. 
    The primary responsibility of the United States Congress is
    • A. 

      To make the nation's laws.

    • B. 

      To carry out the nation's laws.

    • C. 

      To decide a law's constitutionality.

    • D. 

      To interpret the Constitution.

  • 13. 
    What branch of the government was given the responsibility of interpreting the nation's laws?
    • A. 

      Executive

    • B. 

      Legislative

    • C. 

      Judicial

    • D. 

      Congress

  • 14. 
    Who was the "Father of the Constitution?"
    • A. 

      George Washington

    • B. 

      James Madison

    • C. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D. 

      Benjamin Franklin

  • 15. 
    How was the founding of the Virginia House of Burgesses similar to the signing of the Mayflower Compact?
    • A. 

      Both strengthened the English Parliament's control over the colonies.

    • B. 

      Both gave settlers the right to establish colonies.

    • C. 

      Both contributed to the development of representative democracy.

    • D. 

      Both created elected legislatures.

  • 16. 
    How were the Pilgrims different from other English settlers?
    • A. 

      They hoped to grow tobacco in their new colony.

    • B. 

      They sought religious freedom in North America.

    • C. 

      They wanted to learn Native American customs.

    • D. 

      They sought the Northwest Passage.

  • 17. 
    Which of these examples is a secondary source of information about industrialization?
    • A. 

      The diary of a factory worker

    • B. 

      A photograph of a child working in a factory.

    • C. 

      A letter written by an immigrant textile worker.

    • D. 

      A textbook chapter about George Washington.

  • 18. 
    Which religious group is correctly paired with the colony its members helped establish?
    • A. 

      Puritans--Georgia

    • B. 

      Quakers--Pennsylvania

    • C. 

      Pilgrims--Virginia

    • D. 

      Catholics--Rhode Island

  • 19. 
    ".give me liiberty or give me death!" "A government of our own is our natural right..." "We must indeed all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately." During the period of the American Revolution, these statements were made by members of which group?
    • A. 

      Redcoats

    • B. 

      Patriots

    • C. 

      Tories

    • D. 

      Native American Indians

  • 20. 
    Which document contains these words? "... 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.... "
    • A. 

      Mayflower Compact

    • B. 

      Treaty of Paris

    • C. 

      Emancipation Proclamation

    • D. 

      Declaration of Independence

  • 21. 
    The system of checks and balances was included in the Constitution to
    • A. 

      Provide a method to change the document.

    • B. 

      Allow voters a voice in the legislative process.

    • C. 

      Ensure that one branch of government would not gain too much power.

    • D. 

      Allow for trial by jury in all civil and criminal cases.

  • 22. 
    Which provision was included in the United States Constitution to allow it to adapt to changing times?
    • A. 

      Separation of powers.

    • B. 

      An electoral college.

    • C. 

      A federal system.

    • D. 

      An amendment process.

  • 23. 
    Base your answer to the question on the cartoon located above and on your knowledge of social studies. What famous document was Benjamin Franklin referring to when he published this cartoon?
    • A. 

      Mayflower Compact

    • B. 

      Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

    • C. 

      Albany Plan of Union

    • D. 

      Proclamation of 1763

  • 24. 
    In the 1840s, Seneca Falls, New York became the center of the movement for
    • A. 

      Women's rights.

    • B. 

      Temperance reform.

    • C. 

      Labor union organization.

    • D. 

      States' rights.

  • 25. 
    What was the primary purpose of the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      To persuade England to end slavery in America.

    • B. 

      To list reasons the colonies should be free from England.

    • C. 

      To provide a plan for financing the American Revolution.

    • D. 

      To convince the king to grant colonists more land.

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