U.S. History Regents Review Question Bank #2

U.S. History Regents Review Question Bank #2

U.S. History Regents Review Question Bank #2

Mr. Esguerra

[1] TheDred Scottdecision on the issue of slavery upheld the Southern viewpoint that

1. the power of the Supreme Court does not extend to cases of race

2. Congress could not pass a law depriving territorial residents of their property

3. a national vote should be held to decide the legality of slavery

4. the economic well-being of the western states depended on slave labor

[2] “The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic." -Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes ”Which interpretation of the Bill of Rights does this statement illustrate?

1. The needs of the government are more important than civil liberties.

2. Constitutional protections of liberty are not absolute.

3. The Supreme Court can eliminate freedoms listed in the Bill of Rights.

4. The Bill of Rights does not safeguard individual liberties.

[3] The significance of the Supreme Court caseMarbury v. Madisonis that the decision

1. advanced civil rights for minorities

2. upheld the constitutionality of a national bank

3. limited Presidential control of foreign policy

4. established the power of judicial review

[4]The decision of the United States Supreme Court in Marbury v. Madison (1803) established the power of the

1. House of Representatives to impeach the president

2. Congress to override a presidential veto

3. president to veto congressional legislation

4. Supreme Court to determine the constitutionality of laws

[5] What was the result of many of the Supreme Court decisions made under Chief Justice John Marshall between 1801 and 1835?

1. The system of slavery was weakened.

2. The federal government was strengthened.

3. The rights of workers were supported.

4. Antitrust laws were upheld

[6] Which headline illustrates the use of judicial review?

1. “Congress Passes a Civil Rights Bill”

2. “Conference Committee Meets to Finalize Budget”

3. “New YorkState’s Reapportionment Plan Ruled Unconstitutional”

4. “President Signs SALT Agreement with Russia”

[7] The Supreme Court ruling in Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857) helped to increase sectional conflict because the decision

1. denied Congress the power to regulate slavery in the territories

2. allowed for the importation of enslaved persons for ten years

3. prohibited slavery in lands west of the Mississippi River

4. gave full citizenship to all enslaved persons

[8] Many of the decisions made by the Supreme Court while John Marshall was Chief Justice led directly to

1. a reduction of federal influence in economic affairs

2. an increase in the power of the federal government over the states

3. a greater role for Congress in foreign policy

4. a limitation on slavery in the states

[9] The speakers below are discussing foreign policies that the United States has followed at various times. Base your answers on their statements and on your knowledge of social studies.
Speaker A:Steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
Speaker B:The United States will give economic aid to needy countries anywhere in the world, but will not provide military aid.
Speaker C:The United States must prevent the growth of communism.
Speaker D:The United States can take over other countries to help them become more like us.
Which speaker states a policy most similar to the foreign policy advice given by President George Washington in his Farewell Address?

1) A2) B 3) C4) D

[10] Alexander Hamilton’s argument that the government has the power to create a National Bank is based on which part of the Constitution?

1. the Preamble

2. the elastic clause

3. guarantees to the States

4. the Bill of Rights

[11] "All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and well born, the other the mass of the people. . . . The people are turbulent and changing. . . . Give therefore to the first class a distinct permanent share in the government. They will check the unsteadiness of the second." -Alexander Hamilton

The author of this quotation suggests that:

1. the will of the majority should guide public policy

2. wealthy people are too preoccupied to rule well

3. the common people cannot be trusted to run a stable government

4. poorer people must work harder to gain access to economic and political power

[12] Actions and policies of the Government under President George Washington generally resulted in the

1. establishment of strong political ties with other nations

2. liberation of many enslaved persons

3. failure to create a sound financial program for the country

4. strengthening of the Federal Government

[13] "Our true policy is to steer clear of permanent alliances . . . ." -George Washington

President Washington made this statement to warn against United States involvement in

1. European military conflicts

2. international trade

3. the race for overseas colonies

4. westward expansion

[14] Alexander Hamilton urged Congress to pass a protective tariff to encourage the growth of

. labor unions

2. manufacturing

3. agriculture

4. slavery

[15] Alexander Hamilton’s financial plan helped to establish the credit of the United States government by

1. providing for the payment of the nation’s debts

2. taxing only the people most able to pay

3. favoring agriculture over industry

4. encouraging spending for national defense

[16] One major reason that Alexander Hamilton proposed a national bank was to

1. improve the economic position of the United States government

2. help state governments collect taxes

3. make loans available to owners of small farms

4. reduce foreign investment in the United States

[17] A major reason the Antifederalists opposed the ratification of the United States Constitution was because the Constitution

1. created a national bank

2. lacked a provision for a federal court system

3. failed to provide for the direct election of members of the House of Representatives

4. changed the balance of power between the state and national governments

[18] President George Washington pursued a foreign policy of neutrality during his administration primarily because he believed that

1. the United States needed time to gain economic and military strength

2. treaties were prohibited by the Constitution

3. the United States should not expand by force

4. alliances should be established with both France and England

[19] At times, the United States Government has passed protective tariffs to

1. encourage foreign trade

2. help the nation’s manufacturers

3. reduce the cost of consumer goods

4. improve the quality of goods

[20] “. . . the American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers. . . .” — President James Monroe, 1823 Which President later built on the idea expressed in this quotation?

1. Abraham Lincoln

2. Theodore Roosevelt

3. Harry Truman

4. Richard Nixon

[21] A major reason for the issuance of the Monroe Doctrine (1823) was to

1. discourage United States trade with Latin America

2. defend the Panama Canal from Great Britain

3. prevent further European colonization in the Caribbean region

4. provide economic aid to Latin American nations

[22] During the presidency of Andrew Jackson, the spoils system resulted in

1. federal laws being nullified by the states

2. elected officials rewarding their supporters with government jobs

3. all free males being given the right to vote

4. the end of political corruption in the federal government

[23] One way in which the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions (1798) and the South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification (1832) are similar is that each

1. claimed that individual states have the right to interpret federal laws

2. formed part of the unwritten constitution

3. supported the federal government’s power to declare war

4. provided a way for new states to enter the Union

[24] During the early 1800s, which factor contributed the most to the start of the Industrial Revolution in the United States?

1. a restriction on European immigration

2. the end of the slave labor system

3. an abundance of natural resources

4. the availability of electricity

[25] What was an immediate effect of the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825?

1. Prices increased for food products along the AtlanticCoast.

2. Farmers could more easily ship grain to eastern markets.

3. A territorial conflict began with Canada over the Great Lakes.

4. Railroads were forced to reduce their shipping rates.

[26] The legal basis for the United States purchase of the LouisianaTerritory was the

1. power granted to the President to make treaties

2. President’s power as Commander in Chief

3. authority of Congress to declare war

4. Senate’s duty to approve the appointment of ambassadors

[27] "Compromise Enables Maine and Missouri To Enter Union" (1820)
"California Admitted to Union as Free State" (1850)
"Kansas-Nebraska Act Sets Up Popular Sovereignty" (1854)

Which issue is reflected in these headlines?

1. enactment of protective tariffs

2. extension of slavery

3. voting rights for minorities

4. universal public education

[28] The Louisiana Purchase had great geographic significance for the United States because it

1. reduced British control of North America

2. focused the United States on westward expansion

3. extended United States control over Mexico

4. decreased tensions with Native American Indians

[29] The phrase “by military conquest, treaty, and purchase” best describes the

1. steps in the growth of American industry

2. methods used to expand the territory of the United States

3. major parts of President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points

4. causes of the United States entry into the Korean War

[30] When President Thomas Jefferson acquired the LouisianaTerritory from France, he demonstrated that he had modified his belief that

1. the Constitution should be strictly interpreted

2. the federal government should limit individual rights

3. adding territory would lead to regional rivalries

4. commercial development was the main goal of the federal government

[31] During the early 1800s, the United States placed few restrictions on immigration because

1. the Constitution did not allow restrictions

2. labor unions welcomed the new workers

3. southern landowners needed additional workers

4. the industrial economy was creating new jobs

[32] Before the Civil War, the principle of popular sovereignty was proposed as a means of

1. allowing states to secede from the Union

2. permitting voters to nullify federal laws

3. deciding the legalization of slavery in a new state

4. overturning unpopular decisions of the Supreme Court

[33] Which geographic advantage did the United States gain by purchasing the LouisianaTerritory from France in 1803?

1. warm-water ports on the Atlantic coast

2. rich fishing areas in the Great Lakes

3. full control of the Mississippi River

4. vast coal reserves in the region west of Pennsylvania

[34] The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 was mainly concerned with

1. ending slavery in all the states

2. reducing consumption of alcoholic beverages

3. improving treatment of the mentally ill

4. expanding women’s rights


A. Nullification crisis
B. Kansas-Nebraska Act
C.Dred Scottv.Sanford
D. Election of Lincoln (1860)

Which heading best completes the partial outline?
1. Foreign Policies of the United States
2. Government Policies Toward Native American Indians
3. Consequences of Manifest Destiny
4. Causes of Sectional Conflict

[36] In 1862, the Homestead Act and the Pacific Railway Act were passed primarily to
1. achieve Northern victory in the Civil War
2. develop the Midwest and western parts of the country
3. improve the lives of freed slaves
4. expand overseas markets to Asia and Europe

[37] The rapid westward migration caused by the discovery of gold in California led directly to
1. the start of the Civil War
2. the adoption of the Compromise of 1850
3. increased trade through the Panama Canal
4. control of the United States Senate by the slave states

[38] Manifest Destiny was used to justify an American desire to
1. limit the number of immigrants entering the country
2. control the area located east of the Appalachian Mountains
3. expand the United States to the Pacific Ocean
4. warn European countries against colonizing Latin America
[39] In the 1850s, the phrase “Bleeding Kansas” was used to describe clashes between
1. proslavery and antislavery groups
2. Spanish landowners and new American settlers
3. Chinese and Irish railroad workers
4. Native American Indians and white settlers

[40] Which argument did President Abraham Lincoln use against the secession of the Southern States?
1. Slavery was not profitable
2. The government was a union of people and not of states.
3. The Southern States did not permit their people to vote on secession.
4. As the Commander in Chief, he had the duty to defend the United States against foreign invasion.

[41] The abolitionist movement, the women’s suffrage movement, and the 1960’s civil rights movement are all examples of reform efforts that
1. succeeded without causing major controversy
2. developed significant popular support
3. achieved their goals without government action
4. failed to affect the nation as a whole
[42]Which statement best explains President Abraham Lincoln’s justification for the Civil War?
1. As an abolitionist, President Lincoln wanted to end slavery in the United States.
2. President Lincoln wanted to keep the South economically dependent on the industrial North.
3. President Lincoln’s oath of office required him to defend and preserve the Union.
4. To keep the support of Great Britain and France, President Lincoln had to try to end slavery immediately.
[43] A major result of the Civil War was that the
1. economic system of the South came to dominate the United States economy
2. Federal Government’s power over the States was strengthened
3. members of Congress from Southern States gained control of the legislative branch
4. nation’s industrial development came to a standstill
[44] Sectional differences developed in the United States largely because
1. the Federal Government adopted a policy of neutrality
2. economic conditions and interests in each region varied
3. only northerners were represented at the Constitutional Convention
4. early Presidents favored urban areas over rural areas

[45] The rulings of the Supreme Court inDred Scott v. Sanford(1857),Plessy v. Ferguson(1896), andKorematsu v. United States(1944) all demonstrate that the Supreme Court has
1. continued to extend voting rights to minorities
2. protected itself from internal dissent
3. sometimes failed to protect the rights of minorities
4. often imposed restrictions on free speech during wartime

[46] Before the Civil War, slavery expanded in the South rather than in the North because
1. the Constitution contained a clause that outlawed the importation of slaves into the Northern states
2. Congress passed a law forbidding slavery in the North
3. Northern states passed affirmative action legislation
4. geographic conditions in the South encouraged the development of large plantations
[47] Which phrase best completes the title for the partial outline shown below?
I. Reasons for the ______
A. Increasing sectionalism
B. Disagreements over states’ rights issues
C. Breakdown of compromise
D. Election of 1860
1. Start of the Revolutionary War
2. Adoption of the Bill of Rights
3. Failure of the Whiskey Rebellion
4. Secession of Southern States from the Union
[48] "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.” -Abraham Lincoln, 1858 According to this quotation, Abraham Lincoln believed that
1. slavery was immoral and should be abolished immediately
2. sectional differences threatened to destroy the Union
3. the Southern states should be allowed to secede
4. to save the nation, the North should compromise with the South on slavery
[49] As the Civil War began, President Abraham Lincoln stated that his primary goal was to
1. end slavery
2. set new national boundaries
3. increase congressional powers
4. preserve the Union
[50] The Civil War affected the northern economy by
1. causing a severe depression
2. increasing unemployment rates
3. decreasing demand for agricultural products
4. stimulating industrialization


1. The Confederate troops lost the Civil War as a result of their higher numbers of injuries and fatalities.
2. The Union army had better generals during the Civil War.
3. The Civil War had more casualties than any other war.
4. More soldiers died from disease than from wounds

1. supporting the Underground Railroad
2. opposing the Emancipation Proclamation
3. banning freed slaves from Northern states
4. proposing a stricter fugitive slave law

[53] What is the most accurate title for this map?
1. Closing the Frontier
2. Results of Reconstruction
3. A Nation Divided
4. Compromise of 1850