U.S. History Regents Practice Questions


Practice questions for the U.S. History Regents. Attribute: nysregents.org
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Question 1

Which action is an example of judicial review?
  • Congress increased the number of justices on the Supreme Court.
  • The Supreme Court declared part of the Judiciary Act of 1789 unconstitutional.
  • The Supreme Court heard a case involving a United States ambassador.
  • The Chief Justice presided over the impeach- ment trial of President Andrew Johnson.

Question 2

Which major issue was debated at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and contributed directly to the start of the Civil War?
  • regulation of interstate commerce
  • setting of qualifications for federal office holders
  • length of presidential term of office
  • balance of power between the states and the national government

Question 3

After the Civil War, freedmen in the South had difficulty improving their economic condition because
  • literacy for formerly enslaved persons was prohibited
  • migration of factory workers from Northern cities had created competition for jobs
  • the federal government confiscated their 40- acre grants
  • the system of sharecropping kept them in a cycle of poverty

Question 4

In the early 20th century, muckrakers were able to influence American society mainly by
  • exposing corruption in business and government
  • lobbying members of Congress
  • contributing to presidential election cam- paigns
  • organizing demonstrations in large cities

Question 5

Judicial review is most accurately described as the power of the
  • president to override a decision of the Supreme Court
  • state courts to overturn decisions of the Supreme Court
  • Senate to approve all presidential appoint- ments to federal courts
  • Supreme Court to determine the constitutionality of laws

Question 6

The majority of immigrants who arrived in the United States between 1800 and 1860 came from
  • southern and eastern Europe
  • northern and western Europe
  • Latin America
  • East Asia

Question 7

The Red Scare, the growth of the Ku Klux Klan, and the murder convictions of Sacco and Vanzetti were influenced by
  • the rise of organized crime
  • the passage of immigration quota acts
  • a distrust of foreigners
  • an effort to stop fascism

Question 8

Which action is an example of international appeasement?
  • Congress authorizing the Manhattan Project
  • Japan attacking Pearl Harbor
  • Germany signing a nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union
  • Great Britain and France agreeing to Hitler’s demand for part of Czechoslovakia

Question 9

The Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights were significant influences on United States constitutional development because they
  • provided suffrage for all men and women
  • placed limits on the powers of the government
  • called for the abolition of slavery
  • supported the development of federalism

Question 10

One result of the purchase of the Louisiana Territory (1803) was that the United States
  • acquired California from Spain
  • gained control of the port of New Orleans
  • ended border conflicts with British Canada
  • annexed Florida
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