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NEW YORK STATE REGENTS EXAMS
US HISTORY & GOVERNMENT - JUNE 2000

9 The Supreme Court has ruled that burning the United States flag is a form of protest protected by the first amendment. Which action would be necessary to overturn this ruling?

1 issue of an Executive order by the President
2 passage of a law by Congress
3 ratification of an amendment to the Constitution
4 adoption of a formal resolution by each state's legislature

10 Which action is an example of the use of the elastic clause of the United
States Constitution?

1purchase of the Louisiana Territory by President Thomas Jefferson
2 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson
3 ratification of the 19th amendment
4 creation of the United States Navy

11 What was the most important advantage the North had during the Civil War?

1 unified popular support for the war effort
2 superior military leadership
3 economic aid from Great Britain and France
4 more human resources and war material

12 One similarity between the Know-Nothings and the Ku Klux Klan is that both

1 opposed the spread of communism
2 exposed abuses in big business and government
3 believed the problems of society were caused by the growth
of labor unions
4 fostered resentment against minority groups in American society

13 Which statement is accurate about state legislatures in the South following the period of Reconstruction?

1 They established bureaus to assist the freedmen.
2 They provided 40 acres of land and a mule to all former slaves.
3 They tried to deprive the freedmen of their legal rights.
4 They were generally dominated by former slaves.

14 The Dawes Act of 1887 granted farmland to Native American Indians as part of a plan to

1 give them enough space to raise buffalo
2 assimilate them into American society
3 preserve tribal cultural traditions
4 promote peace between warring tribes

15 The corporate form of business became dominant in the late 19th century
mainly because of the need of business for

1 protective tariffs
2 assembly-line production
3 a supply of cheap labor
4 large amounts of investment capital

16 The railroad strikes of 1877, the Haymarket Affair of 1886, and the Pullman strike of 1894 show that labor unions of that period were

1 willing to use force to achieve their goals
2 unable to organize large groups of workers
3 firmly committed to laissez-faire capitalism
4 supported by the Federal Government during
disputes with big business

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