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NEW YORK STATE REGENTS EXAMS
US HISTORY & GOVERNMENT - JANUARY 2001

8 In the early 1800's, a series of Supreme Court decisions made under 
the leadership of Chief justice John Marshall led to

1 a weakening of the power of corporations
2 a strengthening of the power of the Federal Government
3 the abolition of slavery
4 guarantees of free public education for minorities

9 The United States Supreme Court decisions in Gideon v. Wainwright
and Miranda v. Arizona extended the rights of the accused to

1 a speedy trial            3 legal counsel
2 reasonable bail         4 an impartial jury

Base your answer to question 10 on the cartoon below and on your knowledge of
social studies.

10 What is the main idea of this cartoon?

1 Wealthy persons should be discouraged from running for public 
office.
2 Efforts to limit political contributions from special interest groups are not successful.
3 Special interest groups from foreign nations have too much 
influence on American politics.
4 Placing limits on terms in office for elected officials would solve campaign funding problems

11 Territorial expansion during the first half of the 19th century 
contributed to

1 balancing the Federal budget
2 escalating the debate over slavery
3 weakening the traditional policy of isolationism
4 improving the living conditions of Native American Indians

12 "The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is, in extending
our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as
possible."
-
George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

According to President Washington, the interests of the United States
would be best served by

1 placing tariffs on imported goods
2 forming military alliances with other nations
3 avoiding trade agreements with foreign nations
4 maintaining a foreign policy based on neutrality

13 Presidents are prohibited from running for a third term of office by

1 an amendment to the Constitution
2 the unwritten constitution
3 an Executive order
4 a law of Congress

14 Since 1823, which United States policy has limited foreign influence
in the Western Hemisphere?

1 the Eisenhower Doctrine
2 popular sovereignty
3 imperialism
4 the Monroe Doctrine

15 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott were best known for 
their struggle to

1 prohibit the manufacture and sale of alcohol
2 form labor unions
3 secure the right of women to vote
4 expose government corruption
 

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