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The first political parties in the United States were established in the 1790s largely because of political differences between —
a) John Adams and Benjamin Franklin
b) Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Paine
c) George Washington and James Madison
d) Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton

Which of the following was a defining characteristic of the Era of Good Feelings?
a) The United States ceded territory to Great Britain in an attempt to avoid war.
b) There was a renewed sense of nationalism.
c) Evangelical revivalists challenged religious traditionalists.
d) Many states called for a restructuring of the federal government.

The Bessemer steel process affected westward expansion in the United States by enabling—
a) clipper ships to be built in order to transport passengers from the East Coast to the West Coast
b) interstate canal systems to be built in order to transport agricultural goods from west to east
c) Conestoga wagons to be built in order to carry people and goods to the West
d) railroads to be built in order tocarry people and goods to the West

How did the plantation system influence the economic development of the United States?
a) It prevented the development of industry in the Northeast.
b) It turned the South into a major producer of the cotton used in northern mills.
c) It restricted agricultural expansion in the western territories.
d) It increased federal dependency on tariffs for revenue.

The growth of railroads during the nineteenth century affected U.S. businesses by—
a) discouraging Congress from instituting tariffs
b) increasing the cost of raw materials
c) decreasing the wages of unskilled workers
d) opening new markets for goods

Which feature of colonial self-government does this charter establish? For the well Governeing of this Province and Territories there shall be an Assembly yearly Chosen by the Freemen thereof to Consist of foure persons out of each County. . .
a) Direct Democracy
b) An elected legislature
c) Seperation of powers
d) Checks and Balances

This excerpt refers to rights that people--- 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. . . .—Declaration of Independence, 1776
a) earn by demonstrating loyalty to their government
b) receive by becoming citizens of a country
c) have as a result of being human
d) granted after enlistment in the military

The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution affected the lives of millions of AfricanAmericans by —
a) providing them with voting rights
b) guaranteeing their freedom of speech
c) providing them with access to the court system
d) guaranteeing their permanent freedom from slavery

As a result of the Oregon Treaty, the United States achieved its goal of —
a) expanding westward to the Pacific Ocean
b) acquiring land for a southwestern railroad
c) reserving western territory for American Indians
d) securing the southern border of the country

Why did the Anti-Federalists demand that a bill of rights be added to the U.S. Constitution?
a) To strengthen the authority of the federal government
b) To improve the organization of the judiciary
c) To give each state an equal amount of power
d) To protect individual freedoms from the federal government

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