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What was the purpose of the Monroe Doctrine (1823)?
a) to open Canada to American settlers
b) to prevent European expansion in the Americas
c) to acquire Florida for the United States
d) to end the United States’ alliance with Great Britain

Which of the following acquisitions secured control of North America’s longest river and and essentially doubled the size of the United States?
a) purchase of Alaska
b) Gadsden Purchase
c) Louisiana Purchase
d) purchase of Florida

Which of these parts of the United States Constitution contains fundamental liberties of American citizens?
a) Preamble
b) Article I, Section 8 — Enumerated Powers
c) Article III — Judicial Branch
d) Amendments 1–10 — Bill of Rights

The Mayflower Compact (1620) was significant in the political development of the American colonies because it introduced the principle of
a) self-government
b) separation of powers
c) freedom of expression
d) federalism

In designing the legislative branch, the writers of the Constitution mainly based their ideas on the
a) French Estates General
b) Congress of Vienna
c) Council of Trent
d) English Parliament

What were both the Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights designed to do?
a) limit the power of the monarch
b) provide for religious freedom
c) accept the theory of divine right
d) give commoners the right to vote

One goal of the Declaration of Independence was to
a) establish a new monarchy for the independent states
b) convince the British Parliament to prevent the start of war
c) explain why the colonists felt the need to be free from British rule
d) outline an economic system to raise money for the revolution

By the mid-1800s, California was being settled mostly by people in search of
a) jobs in industrial cities
b) wealth from the discovery of gold
c) animal pelts for the fur trade
d) trade with American Indians

The main goal of abolitionists like William Lloyd Garrison was to
a) allow all women the right to vote
b) establish tax-supported schools
c) stop individuals from drinking alcoholic beverages
d) end slavery immediately

One goal of post–Civil War Congressional Reconstruction was to
a) repay Confederate war debts
b) ensure civil rights for former slaves
c) preserve the plantation system
d) rebuild the Southern naval system

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