U.S. History Practice Tests

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1. GED Prep Social Studies – The Cold War: The United States and Russia1. Which of the following was an objective of the Marshall Plan?
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2. 2. What happening provoked the USSR into constructing missile bases in Cuba?
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3. GED Prep Social Studies – The Great Depression3. Which of the following is not considered to be a cause of the Great Depression?
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4. 4. Which of the following did not take place during the Great Depression?
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5. GED Prep Social Studies – Discovering America
  1. Christopher Columbus was the first European to step foot on America.
  2. When Christopher Columbus first arrived in America he believed he was in India.
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6. 2. Which of the following statements about Columbus’ voyage of discovery is correct?
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7. GED Prep Social Studies – Christopher Columbus3. Which of the following statements about Christopher Columbus is correct?
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8. 4. Which of the following statements about Christopher Columbus’ voyages to America is correct?
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9. GED Prep Social Studies – English Exploration of the New World5. Which of the following factors encouraged the English to start exploration of the New World?
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10. 6. Why was religion a contributing factor to the English migration to America?
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11. GED Prep Social Studies – English Colonization of the New World7. Whose attempts to establish a permanent English settlement in North America ended in failure?
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12. 8. What was the significance of the Virginia Charter for the early English colonists?
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13. GED Prep Social Studies – Colonization of the Americas9.
1. The main objectives of the French colonists in the Americas were to expand the fur trade and develop agricultural plantations.
2. The main objectives of the British colonists in the Americas were God, gold and glory.
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1. The main objectives of the Spanish colonists in the Americas were to raise additional income and escape religious persecution.
2. The main objectives of the Dutch colonists in the Americas were to expand the fur and slave trades.
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15. GED Prep Social Studies – The 13 Colonies11. Which of the following was not one of the 13 colonies?
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16. 12. Which of the following statements about the 13 colonies is correct?
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17. GED Prep Social Studies – Jamestown13. In what year did the English establish their first permanent North American settlement, in Jamestown, Virginia?
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18. 14. Which of the following factors did not contribute to the establishment of England’s first permanent North American settlement, in Jamestown, Virginia?
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19. GED Prep Social Studies – Life in New England15. Why were some of the early New England colonies known as the Bible Commonwealth?
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20. 16. Which of the following was a characteristic of life in New England in the late 1600s?
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21. GED Prep Social Studies – Colonies Frustration with Britain17.
1. Many British colonists were frustrated with their government because they were asked to pay higher taxes despite not being represented in the British Parliament.
2. Many British colonists were frustrated with their government because the Royal Proclamation of 1763 forbade them from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains.
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22. 18. Which of the following did not influence British colonists in their rebellion against the British Government?
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23. GED Prep Social Studies – The Founding Fathers19. Which of the following statements about Benjamin Franklin is incorrect?
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24. 20. Which of the following statements is incorrect?
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25. GED Prep Social Studies – Revolutionary War21. Which event(s), in 1775, signaled the beginning of the American Revolutionary War?
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26. 22. What was the significance of the defeat of the British at the Battle of Saratoga, in 1777?
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27. GED Prep Social Studies – The Effects of the Revolutionary War23. Which of the following did not take place after the conclusion of the Revolutionary War?
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28. 24. __________ was the first state to abolish slavery, in________.
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29. GED Prep Social Studies – The Declaration of Independence25. Which of the following statements about the Declaration of Independence is incorrect?
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30. 26. Who was responsible for the original draft of the statement used in the Declaration of Independence that affirms all men have inalienable rights, including “life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?”
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31. GED Prep Social Studies – The First and Second Continental Congress27. Which of the following was not an objective of the First Continental Congress?
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32. 28. Which of the following was not a reason for the reconvening of the Continental Congress, in May 1775?
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33. GED Prep Social Studies – The Louisiana Purchase29. Which of the following statements about the Louisiana Purchase is incorrect?
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34. 30. How did the Louisiana Purchase benefit the United States?
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35. GED Prep Social Studies – Opinions about the War of 181231.
1. The War of 1812 was unpopular among Democratic Republicans because they felt England could not be beaten and that Napoleon was not a favorable ally.
2. The War of 1812 was unpopular among federalists because they felt it would lead to the acquisition of Canada as a slave state and result in the perpetuation of a standing army.
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36. 32. Those Americans in favor of war with Britain in 1812 believed that__________.
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37. GED Prep Social Studies – Results of the War of 181233.
1. In 1812, British forces captured and occupied Washington, D.C. and burned the White House and the Capitol.
2. Francis Scott Key was inspired to write ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ after witnessing the American victory at the Battle of Plattsburgh, in 1814.
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38. 34. Why did President James Madison view the War of 1812 as a success for the United States?
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39. GED Prep Social Studies – Manifest Destiny35. What is the meaning of the term Manifest Destiny?
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40. 36. Following the conclusion of the Mexican–American War, in 1848, which of the following territories were established as belonging to the United States?
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41. GED Prep Social Studies – The Mexican-American War37. Which of the following statements is correct?
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42. 38. Which of the following contributed to the declaration of war between Mexico and the United States, in 1846?
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43. GED Prep Social Studies – Conflict Between North and South39.
1. In the period leading-up to the civil war, the economy of the South was agrarian and dependent on slave labor.
2. In the period leading-up to the civil war, the South did not want autonomy at the local level.
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1. During the period leading-up to the civil war, the people of the North saw slavery first and foremost as a moral issue.
2. During the period leading-up to the civil war, the dominant social structure in the North was more egalitarian than the socially stratified South.
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45. GED Prep Social Studies – Causes that Led to Southern Secession41. Which of the following is not considered to be a reason for Southern secession?
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46. 42. Which of the following statements correctly describes sectionalism in the United States before the Civil War?
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47. GED Prep Social Studies – Civil War43. The American Civil War took place from ________ to _______, and resulted in approximately _______ fatalities.
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48. 44. Which of the following statements about the American Civil War is incorrect?
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49. GED Prep Social Studies – The Civil War: A North vs South Overview45. Which of the following statements about the North during the Civil War is incorrect?
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50. 46. Which of the following statements about the South during the Civil War is incorrect?
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51. GED Prep Social Studies – Emancipation Proclamation47.
1. The Emancipation Proclamation declared the freedom of slaves in the states that were still in rebellion against the Union.
2. The Emancipation Proclamation did not outlaw slavery outright, and did not grant citizenship to the ex-slaves.
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52. 48. Which of the following is a reason why Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation?
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53. GED Prep Social Studies – Reconstruction49.
1. Presidential Reconstruction under President Andrew Johnson was lenient on the South and allowed continued discrimination against African-Americans.
2. Congressional Reconstruction restricted civil-rights for African-Americans and gave former Confederate states greater control over their own government.
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54. 50. Which of the following statements about the Reconstruction Amendments is incorrect?
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55. GED Prep Social Studies – Progressive Era51. The Progressive Era was a period of political reform in the United States that took place from the________ to the _______.
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56. 52. Which of the following statements about the Progressive Era is incorrect?
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57. GED Prep Social Studies – The Beginning of American Imperialism53. Why did the United States start to take more interest in foreign affairs in the 1880s?
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1. President Theodore Roosevelt was known as a ‘jingoist’ because of his imperialist foreign policy.
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59. GED Prep Social Studies – World War I: An Overview55. Which of the following statements about the World War I is incorrect?
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60. 56. Which of the following does not characterize fighting during World War I?
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61. GED Prep Social Studies – World War I: Outcomes57. Which of the following statements about the outcomes of World War I is incorrect?
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62. 58. Which of the following statements about the Treaty of Versailles is incorrect?
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63. GED Prep Social Studies – The Great Depression59. Which of the following is not considered to be a cause of the Great Depression?
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64. 60. Which of the following did not take place during the Great Depression?
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65. GED Prep Social Studies – World War II61. In _______, the United States entered World War II, which had started in________ and ended in _______.
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66. 62. Which of the following statements about World War II is incorrect?
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67. GED Prep Social Studies – The Cold War: The United States and Russia63. Which of the following was an objective of the Marshall Plan?
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68. 64. What happening provoked the USSR into constructing missile bases in Cuba?
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This portion of the practice test will measure your knowledge on the role of government, the US history, as well as geographical developments. The US history is addressed from the days of the first Native Americans, to recent times and events.

You are not only required to demonstrate knowledge of historical facts, you also need to be able to interpret specific passages in a historical context.

 




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