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Practice Test Social Studies – set 4

These questions are written by our Social Studies guru and are similar to the GED Test. Each question has four or five answer choices. Choose the best answer for each question.

 

Question 1 of 25

1.

 U.S. Bill of Rights

 

On September 25, 1789, Congress transmitted to the state Legislatures, twelve proposed amendments to the Constitution. Numbers three through twelve were adopted by the states to become the United States (U.S.) Bill of Rights, effective December 15, 1791.James Madison proposed the U.S. Bill of Rights. It largely responded to the Constitution's influential opponents, including prominent Founding Fathers, who argued that the Constitution should not be ratified because it failed to protect the basic principles of human liberty. The U.S. Bill of Rights was influenced by George Mason's 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights, the 1689 English Bill of Rights, works of the Age of Enlightenment pertaining to natural rights, and earlier English political documents such as the Magna Carta (1215).Two additional articles were proposed to the States; only the final ten articles were ratified quickly and correspond to the First through Tenth Amendments to the Constitution. The first Article, dealing with the number and apportionment of U.S. Representatives, never became part of the Constitution. The second Article, limiting the ability of Congress to increase the salaries of its members, was ratified two centuries later as the 27th Amendment. Though they are incorporated into the document known as the 'Bill of Rights', neither article establishes a right as that term is used today. For that reason, and also because the term had been applied to the first ten amendments long before the 27th Amendment was ratified, the term 'Bill of Rights' in modern U.S. usage means only the ten amendments ratified in 1791.The United States Bill of Rights plays a central role in American law and government, and remains a fundamental symbol of the freedoms and culture of the nation. One of the original fourteen copies of the U.S. Bill of Rights is on public display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The Bill of Rights was:
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Question 2 of 25

2. Which of the following is not an aspect of the Alien and Sedition Acts passed by congress in 1798 and signed into law by President Adams? New powers to deport foreigners
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Question 3 of 25

3. GED Prep Social Studies – The Cold War: The United States and Russia1. Which of the following was an objective of the Marshall Plan?
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Question 3 of 25

Question 4 of 25

4.

 U.S. Bill of Rights


 

On September 25, 1789, Congress transmitted to the state Legislatures twelve proposed amendments to the Constitution. Numbers three through twelve were adopted by the states to become the United States (U.S.) Bill of Rights, effective December 15, 1791.James Madison proposed the U.S. Bill of Rights. It largely responded to the Constitution's influential opponents, including prominent Founding Fathers, who argued that the Constitution should not be ratified because it failed to protect the basic principles of human liberty. The U.S. Bill of Rights was influenced by George Mason's 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights, the 1689 English Bill of Rights, works of the Age of Enlightenment pertaining to natural rights, and earlier English political documents such as the Magna Carta (1215).Two additional articles were proposed to the States; only the final ten articles were ratified quickly and correspond to the First through Tenth Amendments to the Constitution. The first Article, dealing with the number and apportionment of U.S. Representatives, never became part of the Constitution. The second Article, limiting the ability of Congress to increase the salaries of its members, was ratified two centuries later as the 27th Amendment. Though they are incorporated into the document known as the 'Bill of Rights', neither article establishes a right as that term is used today. For that reason, and also because the term had been applied to the first ten amendments long before the 27th Amendment was ratified, the term 'Bill of Rights' in modern U.S. usage means only the ten amendments ratified in 1791.The United States Bill of Rights plays a central role in American law and government, and remains a fundamental symbol of the freedoms and culture of the nation. One of the original fourteen copies of the U.S. Bill of Rights is on public display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.



“The Bill of Rights” is similar with the concept of:
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Question 5 of 25

5. Which of the following is one of the largest agencies created through Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal initiative during the Great Depression?
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Question 6 of 25

6. 2. What happening provoked the USSR into constructing missile bases in Cuba?
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Question 7 of 25

7. Which great American novel is credited for spurring federal legislation to regulate America’s food quality and health?
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Question 8 of 25

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Who was the person responsible for the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1995?
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Question 9 of 25

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The Dutch East India Company (Dutch: Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie, VOC, 'United East India Company') was a chartered company established in 1602, when the States General of the Netherlands granted it a 21-year monopoly to carry out colonial activities in Asia. It is often considered to have been the first multinational corporation in the world  and it was the first company to issue stock. It was a powerful company, possessing exclusive powers, including the ability to wage war, imprison and execute convicts, negotiate treaties, coin money, and establish colonies. By contrast, the rest of Europe combined sent only 882,412 people from 1500 to 1795, and the fleet of the English (later British) East India Company, the VOC's nearest competitor, was a distant second to its total traffic with 2,690 ships and a mere one-fifth the tonnage of goods carried by the VOC. The VOC enjoyed huge profits from its spice monopoly through most of the 17th century.Weighed down by corruption in the late 18th century, the Company went bankrupt and was formally dissolved in 1800, its possessions and the debt being taken over by the government of the Dutch Batavian Republic. The VOC's territories became the Dutch East Indies and were expanded over the course of the 19th century to include the whole of the Indonesian archipelago, and in the 20th century would form the Republic of Indonesia.

What were the Quasi-Government Powers the VOC had?
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Question 9 of 25

Question 10 of 25

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The Dutch East India Company (Dutch: Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie, VOC, 'United East India Company') was a chartered company established in 1602, when the States General of the Netherlands granted it a 21-year monopoly to carry out colonial activities in Asia. It is often considered to have been the first multinational corporation in the world  and it was the first company to issue stock. It was a powerful company, possessing exclusive powers, including the ability to wage war, imprison and execute convicts, negotiate treaties, coin money, and establish colonies. By contrast, the rest of Europe combined sent only 882,412 people from 1500 to 1795, and the fleet of the English (later British) East India Company, the VOC's nearest competitor, was a distant second to its total traffic with 2,690 ships and a mere one-fifth the tonnage of goods carried by the VOC. The VOC enjoyed huge profits from its spice monopoly through most of the 17th century.Weighed down by corruption in the late 18th century, the Company went bankrupt and was formally dissolved in 1800, its possessions and the debt being taken over by the government of the Dutch Batavian Republic. The VOC's territories became the Dutch East Indies and were expanded over the course of the 19th century to include the whole of the Indonesian archipelago, and in the 20th century would form the Republic of Indonesia.



About the VOC, which statement is not true? 
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Question 11 of 25

11. GED Prep Social Studies – Christopher Columbus3. Which of the following statements about Christopher Columbus is correct?
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Question 12 of 25

12. 4. Which of the following statements about Christopher Columbus’ voyages to America is correct?
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Question 13 of 25

13. In short,----------- is a system of government in which a society adopts or maintains a set of good, just, and fair laws by which it and its government will be governed.

Fill the gap from the following best alternatives:
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Question 14 of 25

14. GED Prep Social Studies – Colonization of the Americas9.
1. The main objectives of the French colonists in the Americas were to expand the fur trade and develop agricultural plantations.
2. The main objectives of the British colonists in the Americas were God, gold and glory.
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Question 15 of 25

15. -----------are moral principles that set out certain standards of human behavior, and are regularly protected as legal rights in national and international law. They are commonly understood as inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being.

Fill the gap from the following best alternatives:
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Question 16 of 25

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Jill is the best person for the position, but she might not be promoted because of her race. There are several instances of the same discrimination by the management. The same decision occurred again and Jill was not promoted. This time, the decision made her very frustrated and she decided to fight against the decision of the management.


Which law can really help Jill?
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Question 17 of 25

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RMS Titanic was an Irish passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of April 15, 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US. The ship had a length of  269 meters. It’s construction started on March 31, 1909, and it was launched on May 31, 1911. The ship weighed 52,310 tons. It was built at Belfast, UK, and the builder was the Harland and Wolff Wharf. Its designer was Thomas Andrews.

What is RMS Titanic famous for? 
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Question 18 of 25

18.

On January 7 and June 24, 2005, two explosions caused huge damage of property and environment in the adjacent areas of the Chhatak Gas Field, due to negligence of Canada Energy giant, Niko, while digging pits. After the accident, the Bangladesh government stopped paying all bills to Niko and claimed compensation by Niko for its negligence. Niko was not happy with the Bangladesh Government’s decision, and decided to go for legal action. Niko’s main claim was that they were entitled to U.S. $27.31 million from the Government of Bangladesh which the government refused to pay, and the company sought for direct bill payment or a bank guarantee of same amount of money. The company’s second claim was about selling all their moveable and immoveable properties in Bangladesh.

What would be the best place for Niko to go for justice?
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Question 19 of 25

19. GED Prep Social Studies – The Founding Fathers19. Which of the following statements about Benjamin Franklin is incorrect?
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Question 20 of 25

20. 20. Which of the following statements is incorrect?
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Question 21 of 25

21. GED Prep Social Studies – The Declaration of Independence25. Which of the following statements about the Declaration of Independence is incorrect?
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Question 22 of 25

22. 26. Who was responsible for the original draft of the statement used in the Declaration of Independence that affirms all men have inalienable rights, including “life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?”
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Question 22 of 25

Question 23 of 25

23. GED Prep Social Studies – The Louisiana Purchase29. Which of the following statements about the Louisiana Purchase is incorrect?
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Question 24 of 25

24. 30. How did the Louisiana Purchase benefit the United States?
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Question 25 of 25

25. GED Prep Social Studies – Manifest Destiny35. What is the meaning of the term Manifest Destiny?
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