US History & Government - January 2009


Base your answers to questions 1 and 2 on the map below and on your knowledge of social studies.

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1 What would be the best title for this map?

(1) British North America Before 1850
(2) United States Territorial Expansion
(3) Colonial North America
(4) Wartime Land Acquisitions

2 The Louisiana Purchase was important to the United States because it

(1) expanded the nation’s boundary to the Pacific Ocean
(2) removed the Spanish from North America
(3) closed the western territories to slavery
(4) secured control of the Mississippi River

3 Which geographic feature served as the western boundary for British colonial settlements prior to
the Revolutionary War?

(1) Rocky Mountains
(2) Missouri River
(3) Appalachian Mountains
(4) Great Plains

4 “. . .That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers
from the consent of the governed, . . . ” — Declaration of Independence

Which provision of the original United States Constitution was most influenced by this ideal?

(1) enabling the president to select a cabinet
(2) providing for direct election of the House of Representatives
(3) allowing the Senate to try articles of impeachment
(4) authorizing the Supreme Court to rule on disputes between states

5 Delegates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 agreed to the Three-fifths Compromise to
solve a dispute directly related to

(1) the power of the presidency
(2) representation in Congress
(3) a decision by the Supreme Court
(4) the addition of a bill of rights

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