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Eighth Grade (Grade 8) Social Studies Questions

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Grade 8 American Revolution
Written by Thomas Jefferson, this document cut ties between America and Great Britain and listed the numerous reasons justifying doing so.
  1. Declaration of Independance
  2. House of Burgesses
  3. Constitution of the United States
  4. Mayflower Compact
Grade 8 Judicial Branch
Which branch of government can declare a law unconstitutional?
  1. Congress
  2. Executive
  3. Judicial
  4. Legislative
Grade 8 Democratic Foundations
Grade 8 Bodies of Water and Continents
Most of Earth's freshwater is in
  1. polar ice caps.
  2. oceans.
  3. rivers, lakes, and streams.
  4. vapor in the atmosphere.
Grade 8 Themes of Geography
What is a continental shelf?
  1. a landform that connects continents.
  2. a landform that separates continents.
  3. an underwater extension of alluvial sediment.
  4. an underwater extension of a coastal plain.
Grade 8 Early National Era
The first political parties in the United States were established in the 1790s largely because of political differences between who?
  1. John Adams and Benjamin Franklin
  2. Thomas Jefferson and George Washingotn
  3. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Paine
  4. Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton
Grade 8 Colonial Period
The southern colonies included:
  1. Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, & South Carolina
  2. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, & Rhode Island
  3. New Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, & Texas
Grade 8 Early National Era
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
What does the Bill of Rights primarily protect?
  1. members of Congress
  2. states’ rights
  3. individual rights
  4. the federal government
Grade 8 Civil Rights
The National Women's Suffrage Association was founded by
  1. Lucretia Mott and Sojourner Truth.
  2. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and John Quincy Adams.
  3. Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman
  4. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Grade 8 American Revolution
Grade 8 Executive Branch
Who signs bills to become laws?
  1. The Vice President
  2. The President
  3. The Senate
  4. The People
Grade 8 Executive Branch
If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
  1. Chief of Staff
  2. Secretary of State
  3. Commander and Chief
  4. The Vice President
Grade 8 US Government
What is one purpose of the U.S. Constitution?
  1. Declared war
  2. Define state laws
  3. Protects the basic rights of Americans
  4. Establishes treaties
Grade 8 American Revolution
Thomas Jefferson borrowed ideas from this person in writing the Declaration of Independence?
  1. John Burgoyne
  2. Thomas Paine
  3. John Locke
  4. John Adams
  5. Barack Obama
Grade 8 Formation of the USA
Grade 8 American Revolution
George Washington and his Continental Army came closest to defeat at which event?
  1. Siege of Boston
  2. Battle of Yorktown
  3. Winter at Valley Forge
  4. Battle of Trenton
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