United States History: Regents Review

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  • 1. 
    Which city is paired with the geographical feature that directly contributed to its growth?
    • A. 

      San Francisco – Rocky Mountains San Francisco – Rocky Mountains San Francisco – Rocky Mountains San Francisco – Rocky Mountains San Francisco – Rocky Mountains San Francisco – Rocky Mountains San Francisco – Rocky Mountains

    • B. 

      New Orleans – Mississippi River New Orleans – Mississippi River

    • C. 

      Pittsburgh – Hudson River

    • D. 

      Cleveland – Atlantic Coastal Plain

  • 2. 
    The best source of information for identifying the location of the major mountain ranges in the United States is:
    • A. 

      An encyclopedia

    • B. 

      An almanac

    • C. 

      An atlas

    • D. 

      A dictionary

  • 3. 
    According to the 1990 census, which two areas of the United States include the most densely populated parts of the nation?
    • A. 

      The Great Plains and Texas

    • B. 

      The Northeast and southern California

    • C. 

      The South and the Rocky Mountain states

    • D. 

      The Appalachian states and the Midwest

  • 4. 
    Population data from the census of 2000 was used to determine the number of
    • A. 

      States in the Union

    • B. 

      Senators from each state

    • C. 

      Electoral college votes from each state

    • D. 

      Supreme Court justices

  • 5. 
    Which geographic factor had the greatest influence on early patterns of industrialization in the United States?
    • A. 

      Scarcity of flat land on which to build factories

    • B. 

      Shortages of timber and coal

    • C. 

      Desire of workers to live in mild climates

    • D. 

      Availability of waterpower to operate machines

  • 6. 
    In the Colonial Era, developments such as the New England town meetings and the establishment of the Virginia House of Burgesses represented
    • A. 

      Colonial attempts to build a strong national government

    • B. 

      Efforts by the British to strengthen their control over the colonies

    • C. 

      Steps in the growth of representative democracy

    • D. 

      Early social reform movements

  • 7. 
    According to the Declaration of Independence, the people have the right to alter or abolish a government if that government
    • A. 

      Is a limited monarchy

    • B. 

      Violates natural rights

    • C. 

      Becomes involved in entangling alliances

    • D. 

      Favors one religion over another

  • 8. 
    Which fundamental political idea is expressed in the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      The government should guarantee every citizen economic security.

    • B. 

      The central government and state governments should have equal power.

    • C. 

      If the government denies its people certain basic rights, that government can be overthrown.

    • D. 

      Rulers derive their right to govern from God and are therefore bound to govern in the nation’s best interest.

  • 9. 
    In the 1780s, many Americans distrusted a strong central government. This distrust is best shown by the
    • A. 

      Lack of debate over the ratification of the United States Constitution

    • B. 

      Plan of government set up by the Articles of Confederation

    • C. 

      Development of a Federal court system

    • D. 

      Constitutional provision for a strong President

  • 10. 
    "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 quotation is evidence that some of the basic ideas in the Declaration of Independence were
    • A. 

      Limitations of the principles underlying most European governments of the 1700’s.

    • B. 

      Adaptations of the laws of Spanish colonial governments in North America.

    • C. 

      Adoptions of rules used by the Holy Roman Empire.

    • D. 

      Reflections of the philosophies of the European Enlightenment.

  • 11. 
    The authors of the United States Constitution believed that the voice of the people should be heard frequently. Which part of the Government was instituted to respond most directly to the will of the people?
    • A. 

      Senate

    • B. 

      House of Representatives

    • C. 

      Supreme Court

    • D. 

      Presidency

  • 12. 
    Which idea is illustrated by the Supreme Court cases Schenck v. United States and Korematsu v . United States?
    • A. 

      The free speech rights of Communists have often been violated.

    • B. 

      During wartime, limitations on civil rights have been upheld by judicial action.

    • C. 

      The rights of protestors have been preserved even in times of national stress.

    • D. 

      Economic interests of foreign nations are frequently upheld in United States courts.

  • 13. 
    The Dred Scott decision on the issue of slavery upheld the Southern viewpoint that
    • A. 

      The power of the Supreme Court does not extend to cases of race

    • B. 

      Congress could not pass a law depriving territorial residents of their property

    • C. 

      A national vote should be held to decide the legality of slavery

    • D. 

      The economic well-being of the western states depended on slave labor

  • 14. 
    The decisions of the United States Supreme Court in Miranda v. Arizona, Gideon v. Wainwright, and Escobedo v. Illinois all advanced the
    • A. 

      Voting rights of minorities

    • B. 

      Guarantees of free speech and press

    • C. 

      Principle of separation of church and state

    • D. 

      Rights of accused persons

  • 15. 
    An immediate result of the Supreme Court decision in Schechter Poultry Corporation v. United States (1935) and United States v. Butler (1936) was that
    • A. 

      Some aspects of the New Deal were declared unconstitutional

    • B. 

      State governments took over relief agencies

    • C. 

      Congress was forced to abandon efforts to improve the economy

    • D. 

      The constitutional authority of the President was greatly expanded

  • 16. 
    Under Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Supreme Court was considered "activist" because of its
    • A. 

      Reluctance to overturn state laws

    • B. 

      Insistence on restricting freedom of speech to spoken words

    • C. 

      Expansion of individual rights in criminal cases

    • D. 

      Refusal to reconsider the issues of the Plessy v. Ferguson case

  • 17. 
    The speakers below are discussing foreign policies that the United States has followed at various times. Base your answers on their statements and on your knowledge of social studies. Speaker A: Steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world. Speaker B: The United States will give economic aid to needy countries anywhere in the world, but will not provide military aid. Speaker C: The United States must prevent the growth of communism. Speaker D: The United States can take over other countries to help them become more like us. Which speaker states a policy most similar to the foreign policy advice given by President George Washington in his Farewell Address?
    • A. 

      Speaker A

    • B. 

      Speaker B

    • C. 

      Speaker C

    • D. 

      Speaker D

  • 18. 
    When John Marshall was Chief Justice, United States Supreme Court decisions tended to strengthen the power of
    • A. 

      The National Government

    • B. 

      State and local governments

    • C. 

      Labor unions

    • D. 

      Trusts and monopolies

  • 19. 
    Alexander Hamilton’s argument that the government has the power to create a National Bank is based on which part of the Constitution?
    • A. 

      The Preamble

    • B. 

      The elastic clause

    • C. 

      Guarantees to the States

    • D. 

      The Bill of Rights

  • 20. 
    At times, the United States Government has passed protective tariffs to
    • A. 

      Encourage foreign trade

    • B. 

      Help the nation’s manufacturers

    • C. 

      Reduce the cost of consumer goods

    • D. 

      Improve the quality of goods

  • 21. 
    “. . . the American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers. . . .” — President James Monroe, 1823 Which President later built on the idea expressed in this quotation?
    • A. 

      Abraham Lincoln

    • B. 

      Theodore Roosevelt

    • C. 

      Harry Truman

    • D. 

      Richard Nixon

  • 22. 
    The legal basis for the United States purchase of the Louisiana Territory was the
    • A. 

      Power granted to the President to make treaties

    • B. 

      President’s power as Commander in Chief

    • C. 

      Authority of Congress to declare war

    • D. 

      Senate’s duty to approve the appointment of ambassadors

  • 23. 
    "Compromise Enables Maine and Missouri To Enter Union" (1820) "California Admitted to Union as Free State" (1850) "Kansas-Nebraska Act Sets Up Popular Sovereignty" (1854) Which issue is reflected in these headlines?
    • A. 

      Enactment of protective tariffs

    • B. 

      Extension of slavery

    • C. 

      Voting rights for minorities

    • D. 

      Universal public education

  • 24. 
    The Louisiana Purchase had great geographic significance for the United States because it
    • A. 

      Reduced British control of North America

    • B. 

      Focused the United States on westward expansion

    • C. 

      Extended United States control over Mexico

    • D. 

      Decreased tensions with Native American Indians

  • 25. 
    Which argument did President Abraham Lincoln use against the secession of the Southern States?
    • A. 

      Slavery was not profitable

    • B. 

      The government was a union of people and not of states.

    • C. 

      The Southern States did not permit their people to vote on secession.

    • D. 

      As the Commander in Chief, he had the duty to defend the United States against foreign invasion.

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