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Grade 8 Formation of the USA
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
What document directly preceded the U.S. Constitution?
  1. the Mayflower Compact
  2. the Articles of Confederation
  3. the Emancipation Proclamation
  4. the Declaration of Independence
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
Which of these was NOT a reason Americans began moving west
  1. New cities in the west had many job opportunities
  2. Immigrants moving into eastern cities created overcrowding
  3. Growing birth rates led to a rise in city population
  4. Due to an increase in population in the east, many people couldn't find jobs
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
People who came to California in search of gold were called
  1. gold-rushers.
  2. forty-niners.
  3. boomers.
  4. placer miners
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
A major reason the United States went to war with Mexico was because of the
  1. Mexican attacks on American settlers.
  2. desire to obtain more territory.
  3. Mexican interference with American trade.
  4. desire to abolish slavery in Texas
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
How did they travel to California in the 1840's?
  1. flew on an airplane
  2. took a train
  3. by a covered wagon
  4. drove
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
The principal consequence of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 was that it
  1. terminated the earlier system of land survey established by the federal government for the territories
  2. established a procedure for bringing new states into the Union as the equals of the older states
  3. provided for the removal of American Indians from the East Coast to territories across the Appalachian mountains
  4. encouraged the drafting of a new treaty with England concerning the disposition of the western territories
  5. strengthened the role of the thirteen original states in Congress
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
Which of the following actions did President Washington take at the beginning of his first term?
  1. He decided to move the nation's capital to Washington, D.C.
  2. He established the House of Representatives.
  3. He named well-known, talented leaders to head government departments.
  4. He asked state governments to repay federal and state debts.
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
What general effect did the gold rush have on many Native Americans in California?
  1. They shared equally in the newfound wealth.
  2. They got jobs in the mines and in mining towns.
  3. They lost their lives and lands.
  4. They fought the miners and gained freedom.
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
Which of the following happened first?
  1. the annexation of Texas
  2. the battle of the Alamo
  3. the Texan declaration of independence
  4. the Mexican-American War
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
Which of the following BEST describes the people who flocked to California during the gold rush?
  1. mostly white Americans of European descent
  2. a diverse group from many countries
  3. almost exclusively white Americans and Mexicans
  4. every ethnic group except for Chinese
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
Why did western settlers clash with Native Americans in California?
  1. Native Americans declared war on the United States
  2. Missionaries attempted to convert the Native Americans.
  3. Settlers looking for gold overran Native American land.
  4. The Native Americans would not allow the settlers to build towns.
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
Which of the following led to tension between France and the United States during Adams's presidency?
  1. Treaty of Greenville
  2. Jay Treaty
  3. Treaty of Paris
  4. Declaration of Independence
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
How did the United States avoid war with France?
  1. Napoleon agreed to step down and restore the rights of the French people.
  2. Alexander Hamilton promoted the idea of an alliance with France.
  3. John Jay negotiated a treaty that put the United States on France's side, against the British.
  4. John Adams increased the size of the navy and persuaded Napoleon to stop seizing American merchant ships.
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
Which statement BEST describes a major result of the Whiskey Rebellion?
  1. The new government halted the production of whiskey.
  2. People learned that the new government would execute violent protestors.
  3. The new government proved too weak to respond in times of crisis.
  4. People realized that the new government would not tolerate violent protests.
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
Neutral:
  1. happening often
  2. not favoring either side
  3. full of self-importance
  4. fertile
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
The American form of Romanticism was called
  1. abolition.
  2. reformation.
  3. individualism.
  4. transcendentalism
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