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NEW YORK STATE REGENTS EXAMS
US HISTORY & GOVERNMENT - JANUARY 2004

PART 1

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 Which heading best completes the partial outline below?

I. ____________________________________
A. Committees of Correspondence
B. Non-importation Agreements
C. Boston Tea Party
D. First Continental Congress

(1) Protests Against Slavery in the American Colonies
(2) British Parliamentary Actions to Punish Colonial Americans
(3) Colonial Responses to British Mercantile Policies
(4) Colonial Attempts to End the British Policy of Salutary Neglect

2 “New Congress to Have Two Houses”
“Slaves to Count as Three-Fifths of a Person”
“President to be Chosen by Electoral Vote”

Which conclusion about the Constitutional Convention is best supported by these headlines?

(1) The framers of the Constitution were able to compromise on important issues.
(2) States that were small in area would lose power in the new Constitution.
(3) States with large populations controlled the outcome of the convention.
(4) The president and Congress would have equal power under the new constitution.

3 Which power is shared by the federal government and the New York State government?

(1) enacting immigration laws
(2) levying taxes
(3) granting patents and copyrights
(4) issuing passports

4 The unwritten constitution is best defined as the

(1) amendments to the United States Constitution
(2) powers that the Constitution reserves for the states
(3) powers that the Constitution denies to Congress and to the states
(4) practices of the government that are based on custom and tradition

5 “The Congress shall have Power . . . To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested [granted] by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof. . . .”

This section of the United States Constitution was frequently used during the 20th centry to

(1) expand federal control of interstate commerce
(2) reduce the number of federal courts
(3) overturn decisions of the electoral college
(4) impeach the president
 

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