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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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Grade 8 Civil Rights
Which of the following was organized to address the issue of equal rights for women?
  1. the Underground Railroad
  2. the Seneca Falls Convention
  3. the temperance movement
  4. the abolitionist movement
Grade 8 Civil Rights
Delegates at the Seneca Falls Convention compared the women's rights movement to the
  1. American struggle for independence from Britain.
  2. temperance movement.
  3. abolitionist movement.
  4. War of 1812.
Grade 8 Civil Rights
The National Women's Suffrage Association was founded
  1. Lucretia Mott and Sojourner Truth.
  2. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and John Quincy Adams.
  3. bySusan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman
  4. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Grade 8 Industrialization
In the 1800s, which of the following was NOT a problem that most growing American cities faced?
  1. the spread of disease
  2. few job opportunities
  3. a lack of clean drinking water
  4. the threat of citywide fires
Grade 8 Civil War
The slave codes were
  1. rules to protect the general welfare of enslaved people.
  2. ways for enslaved people to secretly communicate with one another other.
  3. laws that controlled the lives of enslaved African Americans.
  4. guidelines for freeing a certain number of enslaved people every year.
Grade 8 Civil War
Harriet Tubman is most closely associated with
  1. helping to preserve slavery.
  2. the Underground Railroad.
  3. the slave ship Amistad.
  4. the Second Great Awakening.
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 Industrialization
What effect did the invention of the cotton gin have on the slave trade in the South?
  1. It led to the founding of antislavery organizations.
  2. Planters used more slave labor.
  3. Cotton growers depended less on the slave system.
  4. The cotton gin had very little lasting impact.
Grade 8 Civil Rights
The women's rights movement
  1. was a complete failure.
  2. was not necessary because women always had the same rights as men.
  3. brought attention to women's need for education.
  4. quickly succeeded at everything it attempted to do.
Grade 8 Civil War
The proposal by Stephen Douglas on the issue of slavery in the Kansas and Nebraska territories was that
  1. the Missouri Compromise should not be changed.
  2. voters in the territories should decide the issue.
  3. the number of slaves in any territory should be limited.
  4. slavery should be abolished in all new territories.
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
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