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Eighth Grade (Grade 8) Social Studies Questions

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Grade 8 Democratic Foundations
Grade 8 The Frontier
As a result of the Louisiana Purchase, the United States
  1. made peace with Spain.
  2. went to war with France.
  3. lost control of New Orleans.
  4. nearly doubled in size.
Grade 8 Legislative Branch
What is one of the powers of Congress?
  1. appointing judges
  2. passing new laws
  3. hearing cases in court
  4. granting titles of nobility
Grade 8 The Frontier
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were sent to
  1. remove Native Americans from Louisiana.
  2. explore and map the Louisiana Purchase.
  3. defeat the Spanish in Mexico.
  4. buy Louisiana from France.
Grade 8 Civil War
Who wrote the book Uncle Tom's Cabin, which heavily influenced public opinion of the Civil War?
  1. Clara Barton
  2. Molly Picher
  3. Harriet Beecher Stowe
  4. Harriet Tubman
Grade 8 Legislative Branch
The main job of the legislative branch is to
  1. resolve disputes involving the law.
  2. enforce and carry out federal laws.
  3. make laws needed for the country.
  4. obey laws once they are passed.
Grade 8 American Revolution
The army of the colonies was called the
  1. Continental Congress
  2. Continental Army
  3. King's Army
  4. Royal Army
Grade 8 American Revolution
The colonies declared independence from Britain in
  1. July 1776
  2. December 1677
  3. January 1807
  4. July 1999
Grade 8 Executive Branch
The most important task of the executive branch is to
  1. resolve disputes involving the law.
  2. enforce and carry out federal law.
  3. decide which laws are constitutional.
  4. change laws to fit changing needs.
Grade 8 US Laws and Amendments
Which of the following would not be protected by the First Amendment?
  1. criticizing government officials on a television talk show.
  2. promoting ideas that many Americans oppose in a political campaign.
  3. falsely crying "Fire" in a crowded theater.
  4. discussing controversial issues in a social studies class.
Grade 8 Bodies of Water and Continents
Which of the following lists all of the continents?
  1. North America, South America, Atlantic, and Africa
  2. Pacific, Central America, Chile, Australia, Asia
  3. Asia, Africa, North America, Europe, Antarctica, South America
  4. Australia, Europe, North America, Asia, Antarctica, South America, Africa
Grade 8 Colonial Period
Who was the founder of the Georgia colony?
  1. William Penn
  2. Anne Hutchinson
  3. Roger Williams
  4. John Ogelthorpe
Grade 8 Legislative Branch
Grade 8 Industrialization
The term mass production is best defined as the
  1. rapid manufacture of a large number of identical objects.
  2. ability to carefully produce intricate objects one at a time.
  3. tendency to create poor quality goods because of high demand.
  4. practice of making only products that would have many buyers.
Grade 8 American Revolution
The British had many advantages in the war including
  1. homefield advantage
  2. support of the French
  3. men anxious to be in the army
  4. strong Navy and well-trained army
Grade 8 US Laws and Amendments
Grade 8 Industrialization
Why did people in the North and the South have such different views about slavery?
  1. The South's economy depended on slavery, while the economy of the North did not.
  2. Most people in the South believed slavery was morally wrong.
  3. Northerners thought slavery was destroying the economy.
  4. Southerners believed slavery should be eliminated gradually, while northerners thought it should be abolished all at once.
Grade 8 Colonial Period
The main reason most of the early settlers came to the colonies of Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island was to
  1. seek religious freedom
  2. purchase inexpensive farmland
  3. profit from the fur trade
  4. obtain better jobs
Grade 8 Civil Rights
Which of the following rights did the women's rights movement NOT achieve for women during the 1800s?
  1. right to vote
  2. right to own property
  3. right of married women to keep their wages
  4. right to pursue higher education
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