US History & Government - June 2009


1 Since the late 1700s, the Mississippi River has been a vital waterway because it

(1) divided the northern territories from the southern territories
(2) allowed American farmers direct access to Canadian markets
(3) connected the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean
(4) provided farmers and merchants an outlet to the Gulf of Mexico

2 During the first half of the 1800s, geographic factors influenced the economy of New England by

(1) encouraging the establishment of large plantations
(2) promoting the growth of trade and manufacturing
(3) increasing the region’s reliance on slave labor
(4) supporting rice and indigo farming

3 The British benefited from their mercantilist relationship with the American colonies primarily by

(1) supporting the growth of colonial industries
(2) prohibiting colonists from fishing and fur trading
(3) taking large amounts of gold and silver from the southern colonies
(4) buying raw materials from the colonies and selling them finished products

4 The main reason Great Britian established the Proclamation Line of 1763 was to

(1) avoid conflicts between American colonists and Native American Indians
(2) make a profit by selling the land west of the Appalachian Mountains
(3) prevent American industrial development in the Ohio River valley
(4) allow Canada to control the Great Lakes region

5 The Declaration of Independence (1776) has had a major influence on peoples throughout the world because it

(1) guarantees universal suffrage
(2) establishes a basic set of laws for every nation
(3) provides justification for revolting against unjust governments
(4) describes the importance of a strong central government

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