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Which of the following reversed the Supreme Court ruling in Dred Scott v.Sandford?
a) The Dawes Act
b) The Fourteenth Amendment
c) The Compromise of 1877
d) The Kansas-Nebraska Act

Catholics immigrated to the Maryland colony in the seventeenth century primarily to —
a) profit from natural resources
b) avoid crop failures and famine
c) produce cash crops to pay off debts
d) escape persecution

When citizens report for jury duty, they are helping uphold a constitutional right guaranteed by the—
a) First Amendment
b) Second Amendment
c) Sixth Amendment
d) Ninth Amendment

Which of these describes a result of the Thirteenth Amendment?
a) African Americans in the North could vote.
b) State governments were required to protect individual rights.
c) Former Confederate officials were prohibited from holding elected office.
d) African Americans in the South could move elsewhere.

During the early 1800s many young women in New England were employed outside their homes as—
a) crew members on cargo ships
b) cloth weavers in textile mills
c) staff reporters for local newspapers
d) legal counselors in state courts

British colonists objected to the Proclamation of 1763 because they—
a) feared it would provoke attacks from American Indians
b) did not want to share control of the fur trade with France
c) resented the limits it imposed on westward expansion
d) wanted to be able to trade freely with foreign nations

How did geography influence the early economic development of New York, Boston, and Charleston?
a) Long coastlines offered abundant natural resources.
b) Proximity to flooding rivers limited development.
c) Natural harbors provided access to markets.
d) Extreme climates limited productive activity.

Which problem did George Washington encounter when he became president?
a) Southern states were threatening to secede from the Union.
b) The United States had large debts from the American Revolution.
c) Great Britain was refusing to trade with the United States.
d) The Articles of Confederation needed to bereplacedwithastrongerconstitution.

In the 1840s, thousands of Irish immigrants came to the United States seeking to escape —
a) a civil war between Protestants and Catholics
b) a famine caused by the failure of a staple food crop
c) a series of violent conflicts between the British and Irish governments
d) A series of smallpox epidemics

What was one major effect of the opening of the Erie Canal?
a) The cost of shipping goods on eastern roads increased
b) The number of ships passing through northern ports decreased
c) The cost of shipping goods from the Midwest decreased
d) The volume of trade passing through southern ports increased

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