2014 STAAR TEST Pt 2 Question Preview (ID: 24441)


The Northwest Ordinance is considered a historical milestone because it —
a) more than doubled the size of the United States
b) G established a method for admitting new states to the Union
c) H encouraged state legislatures to ratify the Constitution
d) J proposed treaties with American Indians to allow the peaceful settlement of new territories

One advantage the Confederacy had over the Union during the Civil War was that Confederate forces had —
a) F numerous factories for producing weapons and ammunition
b) G a larger number of military troops in reserve
c) Han extensive railroad system for moving troops and supplies
d) J knowledge of the terrain where most battles were fought

The Compromise of 1850 allowed certain territories to use popular sovereignty to determinewhether the territory would be free or slave. This decision applied to much of the land gained from the —
a) Revolutionary War
b) War of 1812
c) U.S.-Mexican War
d) Civil War

The Constitution describes two ways to propose an amendment. Which of the following gives an example of one way?
a) The president officially requests that Congress propose the amendment.
b) Three-fourths of state governors sign a petition in favor of proposing the amendment.
c) A majority of citizens vote in favor of proposing the amendment.
d) Two-thirds of both congressional houses vote in favor of proposing the amendment.

The Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans emerged as separate political parties partly as a result of disagreement over —
a) how the nation should develop economically
b) whether to enforce the Monroe Doctrine
c) how the nation should admit new states
d) whether to approve the Declaration of Independence

Which of the following was a primary reason France sought to colonize North America?
a) To reduce overpopulation in Europe
b) To create communities founded on religious tolerance
c) To profit from trading in furs and other goods
d) To create joint ventures with other European powers

The Articles of Confederation allowed each state only one vote in Congress. Which question reflects a major concern states had about this arrangement?
a) Should states attempt to resolve conflicting claims to territory?
b) Should states change their procedure for selecting representatives?
c) Should unanimous state approval for national laws be required?
d) Should more populous states receive greater representation?

According to Alexander Hamilton, which action was necessary to ensure the stability of the nation’s economy?
a) The passage of a trade embargo against Great Britain
b) The abolition of consumption taxes
c) The creation of a trade alliance with France
d) The establishment of a national bank

Which pull factor accounted for much of Chinese immigration to the United States in the mid-1800s?
a) An opportunity for free land in the Midwest
b) The prospect of religious freedom
c) An economic boom in the West
d) The possibility of a free education

From 1690 to 1760, Parliament and the king of England allowed colonists in America toexercise a great deal of control over local and regional matters. Historians have described this practice as “salutary neglect.” Which happened as a direct result?
a) The colonies developed a strong tradition of self-government.
b) Many proprietary colonies were converted to royal colonies.
c) The colonies refused to participate in a system of common defense.
d) Many colonies sought economic aid from other countries.

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