Regents Exam U.S. History and Government
The exam has three parts.. Part 1-50 Multiple Choice QuestionsPart 2-Thematic EssayPart 3-Document-Based Question with Scaffolding. There are seven required units that all questions will be derived from.. 1-Geography2-Constitutional Foundations for the United States Democratic Republic3-Industrialization of the United States4-The Progressive Movement: Responses to the Challenges Brought About by Industrialization and Urbanization.
Regents Exam U.S. History and Government
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Regents Exam U.S. History and Government
Tuesday June 16, 2009
The exam has three parts.
Part 1-50 Multiple Choice Questions
Part 2-Thematic Essay
Part 3-Document-Based Question with Scaffolding
There are seven required units that all questions will be derived from. 1-Geography 2-Constitutional Foundations for the United States Democratic Republic 3-Industrialization of the United States 4-The Progressive Movement: Responses to the Challenges Brought About by Industrialization and Urbanization 5- At Home and Abroad: Prosperity and Depression, 1917-1929 6- The United States in an Age of Global Crisis: Responsibility and Cooperation 7- World in Uncertain Times: 1950-Present Specifications Grid Number of multiple-choice items by unit 1/ 0-2 2/ 10-14 3/ 4-8 4/ 4-8 5/ 4-8 6/ 4-8 7/ 4-8 (2-6 questions from 1980-present) The 2 required essays are chosen from themes in U.S. History At least one essay must have a government theme. Some possible topics are: 1. Laws and social change 2. Roles of the Supreme Court 3. Checks and Balances 4. Citizenship 5. Equal Rights 6. Presidential Decisions Throughout United States history, presidents have made decisions which have had significant impacts on American society. Choose 3 of these decisions and: 1. Describe the problem which led him to the decision. 2. Discuss an impact of the decision on American society. Other themes to consider as possible essay topics. 1. Geographic Factors 2. Intellectual Life and Reform 3. Technology 4. Twentieth Century Problems 5. Tradition Versus Change 6. Economic Policies and Systems 7. Environmental Issues Other themes to consider as possible essay topics. 8. Factors of Production and Growth 9. Foreign Policies 10. Human Rights 11. Migration and Immigration 12. Individuals and Groups 13. Minorities 14. Diversity and Intolerance 15. Territorial Expansion Sample Document Multiple Choice Questions Judicial review, as practiced by the federal courts, resulted directly from 1. the decisions of colonial governors 2. the Articles of Confederation 3. the Bill of Rights 4. a Supreme Court decision Sample Document Multiple Choice Questions During the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the Great Compromise resolved a conflict over 1. presidential power 2. the issue of nullification 3. representation in Congress 4. taxes on imports
Sample Document Multiple Choice Questions
John Locke’s theory of natural rights, as reflected in the Declaration of Independence, states that 1. government is the source of all individual rights 2. power should be concentrated in the monarchy 3. power to govern belongs to the people 4. individual liberties are best protected by a strong government Geography-Unit One Topics A. The Physical / Cultural Setting in the Americas B. Role/ Influence of Geography on Historical/ Cultural Development C. Geographic Issues Today D. Demographics Geography Multiple Choice Questions Prior to 1850, what was the main reason the North developed an economy increasingly based on manufacturing while the South continued to rely on an economy based on agriculture? 1. Protective tariffs applied only to northern seaports. 2. Geographic conditions supported different types of economic activity. 3. Slavery in the North promoted rapid economic growth. 4. Manufacturers failed to make a profit in the South. Geography Multiple Choice Questions Acquiring New Orleans as part of the Louisiana Purchase was considered important to the development of the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys because the city 1. provided protection from attacks by the Spanish 2. provided migrant workers for river valley farms 3. served as a port for American agricultural goods 4. served as the cultural center for the nation Geography Multiple Choice Questions Which geographic factor had the greatest influence on early patterns of industrialization in the United States? 1. scarcity of flat land on which to build factories 2. shortages of timber and coal 3. desire of workers to live in mild climates 4. availability of waterpower to operate machines Industrialization-Unit Three Topics A. The Reconstructed Nation B. The Rise of American Business, Industry, and Labor C. Adjusting Society to Industrialism: American People and Places Industrialization Multiple Choice Questions The growth of big business in the late 1800’s resulted in 1. a reduction in child labor 2. the elimination of the middle class 3. the widening of the economic gap between rich and poor 4. a shift in transportation investment from railroads to canals Industrialization Multiple Choice Questions Constitutional amendments adopted during Reconstruction were intended to 1. provide legal and political rights for African Americans 2. end property and religious qualifications for voting 3. correct problems with the electoral college system 4. limit the number of terms of the president Industrialization Multiple Choice Questions After 1880, a major new source of labor for American factories was 1. western farmers who moved back to eastern cities 2. young women who worked until they married 3. formerly enslaved persons fleeing from the South 4. immigrants from southern and eastern Europe Reform-Unit 4 Topics A. Reform in America B. America Reaching Out Reform Multiple Choice Questions The photographs of Jacob Riis are most closely associated with the 1. battlefields of the Civil War 2. living conditions of the urban poor 3. plight of sharecroppers in the South 4. victims of the Dust Bowl on the Great Plains Reform Multiple Choice Questions Progressive Era reforms such as the initiative, referendum, and recall attempted to 1. increase the power of citizens in state and local government 2. reestablish the system of checks and balances 3. provide low-interest loans to farmers 4. expand voting rights to Native Americans Reform Multiple Choice Questions The Federal Reserve System helps to regulate 1. the annual federal budget 2. state sales tax rates 3. Social Security payments 4. the nation’s money supply 1917-1940: Unit 5 Topics A. War and Prosperity : 1917-1929 B. The Great Depression 1917-1940 Multiple Choice Questions The march of the “Bonus Army” and referring to shantytowns as “Hoovervilles” in the early 1930’s illustrate 1. growing discontent with Republican efforts to deal with the Great Depression 2. state projects that created jobs for the unemployed 3. federal attempts to restore confidence in the American economy 4. the president’s success in solving social problems 1917-1940 Multiple Choice Questions The changing image of women during the 1920’s was symbolized by the 1. passage of an equal pay act 2. drafting of women into the army 3. popularity of the flappers and their style of dress 4. appointment of several women to President Calvin Coolidge’s cabinet 1917-1940 Multiple Choice Questions In the years before the U.S. entered World War 1, President Woodrow Wilson violated his position of strict neutrality by 1. secretly sending troops to fight for the democratic nations 2. openly encouraging Mexico to send troops to support the Allies 3. supporting economic policies that favored the Allied nations 4. using U.S. warships to attack German submarines 1917-1940 Multiple Choice Questions The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s can best be described as: 1. an organization created to help promote African-American businesses 2. a movement that sought to draw people back to the inner cities 3. a relief program to provide jobs for minority workers 4. a period of great achievement by African-American writers, artists, and performers Global Crisis: Unit 6 Topics A. Peace in Peril : 1933-1950 B. Peace With Problems : 1945-1960 Unit 6 Multiple Choice Questions A main purpose of government-ordered rationing during World War 2 was to 1. increase foreign trade 2. limit the growth of industry 3. conserve raw materials for the war effort 4. encourage women to enter the workforce Unit 6 Multiple Choice Questions The U.S. began a trade embargo against Cuba in the 1960’s to 1. encourage political change in Cuba 2. promote domestic industries in Cuba 3. motivate Cubans to immigrate to the U.S. 4. end the domination of the banana industry by Cuba Unit 6 Multiple Choice Questions A goal of the Marshall Plan (1948) was to 1. rebuild Japan after World War 2 2. provide military aid to the Warsaw Pact 3. establish a Pan-American military alliance system 4. provide economic aid to European nations threatened by communism 1950 – Present: Unit 7 Topics A. Toward a Postindustrial World: Living in a Global Age B. Containment and Consensus: 1945-1960 C. Decade of Change: 1960’s D. The Limits of Power: Turmoil at Home and Abroad, 1965-1972 E. The Trend Toward Conservatism, 1972-1985 F. Approaching the Next Century 1986- Unit 7 Multiple Choice Questions A major goal of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society program was to 1. control economic inflation 2. end poverty in the U.S. 3. repeal several New Deal social programs 4. return the responsibility for welfare programs to the states Unit 7 Multiple Choice Questions In Gideon v. Wainwright (1963) and Miranda v. Arizona (1966), the Supreme Court ruled that persons convicted of crimes had been 1. denied due process of law 2. denied a speedy and public trial 3. victimized by illegal search and seizure 4. sentenced to cruel and unusual punishment Unit 7 Multiple Choice Questions
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed in an effort to correct:
racial and gender discrimination
2. limitations on freedom of speech
3. unfair immigration quotas
4. segregation in the armed forces
Unit 7 Multiple Choice Questions Population increases that resulted from the baby boom of the 1950’s and 1960’s contributed to a 1. housing surplus 2. drop in immigration 3. reduction in government services 4. rise in the demand for consumer goods