NYS Regents



Directions (1-50): For each statement or question, write on the separate answer sheet the number of the word or expression that, of those given, best completes the statement or answers the question.

1 According to the 1990 census, which two areas of the United States include the most densely populated parts of the nation?

(1) the Great Plains and Texas
(2) the Northeast and southern California
(3) the South and the Rocky Mountain states
(4) the Appalachian states and the Midwest

2 The primary purpose of the Declaration of Independence was to

(1) establish a basic set of laws for the United States
(2) strengthen colonial ties with England
(3) state the reasons for the American Revolution
(4) demand freedom of speech and of the press

3 The Federalist Papers were a series of newspaper articles published in 1787 and 1788 to win support for the

(1) right of the colonies to rebel against Great Britain
(2) right of a state to secede from the Union
(3) ratification of the United States Constitution
(4) construction of an interstate canal system

4 Which statement from the United States Constitution is referred to as the
elastic clause?

(1) “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States. . . . ”
(2) “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. . . . ”
(3) “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives. . . . ”
(4) “Congress shall have power . . . to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers. . . . ”

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