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US History and Government - New York Regents June 2016 Exam


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1.

                                                  Part I
                                    Answer all questions in this part.
   Directions (1–50): For each statement or question, record on your separate answer sheet the number of the
word or expression that, of those given, best completes the statement or answers the question.
1 Which geographic features had the most
  significant positive influence on settlement
  patterns and economic development in the
  British North American colonies?
  (1) rivers and harbors
  (2) mountains and plateaus
  (3) forests and deserts
  (4) prairies and lakes

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2.

2 The Erie Canal played a large role in the
  settlement of the Midwest because it provided a
  link between the Atlantic Ocean and the
  (1) Gulf of Mexico        (3) Missouri River
  (2) Great Lakes           (4) Pacific Ocean

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3.

3 During the 1600s and 1700s, the fundamental
  goal of British mercantilism was to
  (1) prohibit all exports of raw materials from the
      colonies
  (2) encourage economic competition with the
      American colonies
  (3) develop manufacturing within the colonies
  (4) maintain a favorable balance of trade for
      Great Britain with its colonies

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4.

4 The Proclamation of 1763 was issued by Great
  Britain after the French and Indian War
  primarily to
  (1) promote colonial settlement beyond the
      Appalachian Mountains
  (2) limit conflict between Native American
      Indians and colonial settlers
  (3) encourage colonial economic ties with France
  (4) force French settlers to leave British territory

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5.

    Base your answer to question 5 on the passage
below and on your knowledge of social studies.
   …Small islands not capable of protecting
   themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms
   to take under their care; but there is something
   very absurd, in supposing a continent to be
   perpetually governed by an island. In no instance
   hath nature made the satellite larger than its
   primary planet, and as England and America,
   with respect to each other, reverses the common
   order of nature, it is evident that they belong to
   different systems: England to Europe, America
   to itself.…
                       — Thomas Paine, Common Sense
 5 The argument presented in this passage was
   intended to
   (1) urge colonists to accept the Albany Plan of
       Union
   (2) provide a reason for ratification of the
       Constitution of the United States
   (3) convince American colonists to declare their
       independence
   (4) persuade France to aid the United States in
       the Revolutionary War

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6.

6 What was one effect of the Three-fifths
  Compromise?
  (1) Slave states gained additional congressional
      representation.
  (2) The number of justices on the Supreme
      Court was established.
  (3) Presidential appointments were assured easy
      confirmation.
  (4) A two-house legislature was created.

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7.

    Base your answer to question 7 on the passage
below and on your knowledge of social studies.
   …No political truth is certainly of greater
   intrinsic [essential] value, or is stamped with the
   authority of more enlightened patrons of liberty,
   than that on which the objection is founded. The
   accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive,
   and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one,
   a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-
   appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced
   the very definition of tyranny.…
            — James Madison, The Federalist, Number 47
 7 Which constitutional principle was established to
   protect American citizens from the tyranny
   suggested in this quotation?
   (1) due process of law
   (2) States rights
   (3) popular sovereignty
   (4) separation of powers

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8.

    Base your answer to question 8 on the passages
below and on your knowledge of social studies.
   Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom and
   independence, and every power, jurisdiction and
   right, which is not by this confederation expressly
   delegated to the United States, in Congress
   assembled.
                      — Article II, Articles of Confederation
   The powers not delegated to the United States by
   the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the
   states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to
   the people.
            — 10th amendment, United States Constitution
 8 The purpose of each of these provisions is to
   (1) determine the division of power between state
       and central governments
   (2) create a process for allowing amendments
   (3) grant the central government power to
       control the states
   (4) limit the power of the executive branch

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9.

9 “President Jackson Vetoes Bill Rechartering Bank
   of United States”
  “Taney Court Overturns Missouri Compromise”
  “Senate Approves NATO Treaty”
  Which concept is best illustrated by these
  headlines?
  (1) federalism
  (2) direct democracy
  (3) checks and balances
  (4) westward expansion

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10.

10 What was a major demand of the Antifederalists
   during the debate over ratification of the United
   States Constitution?
   (1) continuation of slavery
   (2) right to habeas corpus
   (3) inclusion of a bill of rights
   (4) reduction in the number of representatives in
       Congress

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11.

11 Which headline would be considered an example
   of the unwritten constitution?
   (1) “President Nixon Vetoes War Powers Act”
   (2) “Congress Approves President Reagan’s Tax
        Cuts”
   (3) “Congress Votes to Impeach President Bill
        Clinton”
   (4) “President Obama Names Hillary Clinton to
        Cabinet”

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12.

12 What was a common goal of the Proclamation of
   Neutrality (1793), the Embargo Act (1807), and
   the Monroe Doctrine (1823)?
   (1) forcing Great Britain to grant independence
       to Canada
   (2) avoiding conflicts with European nations
   (3) providing wartime aid to European nations
   (4) encouraging independence movements in
       Latin America

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13.

Base your answer to question 13 on the map below and on your knowledge of social studies.
13 The information provided by the map best supports the conclusion that
   (1) the South’s transportation system was more efficient
   (2) most railroads were owned and operated by the United States government
   (3) the transcontinental railroad linked the West and the South
   (4) the North had transportation advantages by the start of the Civil War

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14.

14 The Supreme Court decisions in Marbury v.
   Madison (1803), McCulloch v. Maryland (1819),
   and Gibbons v. Ogden (1824) are similar in that
   each resulted in the
   (1) development of new political parties
   (2) admission of new slave states
   (3) strengthening of the power of the federal
       government
   (4) expansion of the rights of corporations

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15.

15 The Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the
   Compromise of 1850 were attempts by the
   federal government to
   (1) limit immigration from Europe
   (2) reduce the conflict over slavery
   (3) settle border disputes with Mexico
   (4) control the migration of settlers to new
       western territories

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16.

16 The Homestead Act of 1862 was important to the
   expansion of the United States because it provided
   (1) land for agricultural colleges
   (2) assistance to sharecroppers in the South
   (3) free land to settlers in the West
   (4) land grants for construction of transconti-
       nental railroads

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17.

17 After the Civil War, a significant cause of the
   conflict between President Andrew Johnson and
   the Radical Republicans in Congress was
   disagreement over
   (1) the plans for restoring Southern states to the
       Union
   (2) a proposal to repeal the Emancipation
       Proclamation
   (3) reduction of the army and the navy to prewar
       levels
   (4) congressional efforts to pay the Confederate
       war debt

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18.

18 In the late 1800s, which idea was used most often
   to justify the elimination of business
   competition?
   (1) conservation           (3) Social Darwinism
   (2) Manifest Destiny       (4) populism

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19.

19 Poll taxes, literacy tests, and grandfather clauses
   were used in the South after 1890 to
   (1) support the goals of the Freedmen’s Bureau
   (2) deny suffrage rights to African Americans
   (3) undermine the “separate but equal” ruling of
       the Supreme Court
   (4) enforce the amendments enacted during the
       Civil War and Reconstruction

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20.

20 The importance of Northern Securities Co. v.
   United States (1904) is that the Supreme Court
   (1) used the Sherman Antitrust Act to break up a
       monopoly
   (2) ruled child labor laws unconstitutional
   (3) upheld the right of women to vote
   (4) established regulations for the New York
       Stock Exchange

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