2018 STAAR Test
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  • Question 1
    60 seconds
    Q.

    The idea expressed in this quote is that the United States should avoid —

    answer choices

    becoming involved in the political affairs of other countries

    being a part of a global trade network

    establishing U.S. territories overseas

    allowing U.S. citizens to emigrate

  • Question 2
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which numbered state did the United States acquire from Spain in 1819?

    answer choices

    1

    2

    3

    4

  • Question 3
    60 seconds
    Q.

    The development of the factory system in the early 1800s caused —

    answer choices

    a decrease in free trade between nations

    an increase in government regulation of businesses

    an increase in production levels

    a decrease in immigration

  • Question 4
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What does this list suggest about the drafters of the Articles of Confederation?

    answer choices

    They did not want a judicial system based upon that of Great Britain

    They feared that a strong central government would abuse its power

    They were uncertain that democracy would continue to be the best type of government.

    They did not think that state governments could provide for the general welfare.

  • Question 5
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What was the primary reason Parliament passed these acts?

    answer choices

    To promote the growth of cottage industries in the colonies

    To encourage foreign trade with the colonies

    To recover the cost of defending the colonies

    To fund the establishment of new colonies

  • Question 6
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which pair of actions best completes this graphic?

    answer choices

    1—Enslaved native populations

    2—Organized utopian societies

    1—Established Catholic missions

    2—Focused primarily on fur trading

    1—Promoted political freedom

    2—Participated in the triangular trade

    1—Became commercial shipbuilders

    2—Created an early system of public schools

  • Question 7
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which of the following is most associated with the formation of the Democratic Party?

    answer choices

    The election of Andrew Jackson as president

    The use of protective tariffs

    The impeachment of President Andrew Johnson

    The abolition movement

  • Question 8
    60 seconds
    Q.

    The British government issued the Proclamation of 1763 to limit the area British colonists were allowed to settle. Which geographic feature did the British use as the boundary of approved settlement?

    answer choices

    Lake Michigan

    Gulf of Mexico

    Mississippi River

    Appalachian Mountains

  • Question 9
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which of the following occurred as a result of these events?

    answer choices

    The president of Mexico refused to withdraw troops from Texas.

    Parts of southern Texas were returned to Mexico.

    The United States acquired several territories from Mexico.

    Mexico was forced to sell Florida to the United States.

  • Question 10
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What was the main cause of the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson in 1868?

    answer choices

    His opposition to the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment

    His refusal to investigate reported criminal activity by the Union army during the Civil War

    His opposition to Radical Reconstruction policies for former Confederate states

    His refusal to use the Homestead Act to redistribute land to former slaves

  • Question 11
    60 seconds
    Q.

    This painting shows artist Thomas Nast’s interpretation of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant, which ended the Civil War. Where did the events shown in this painting occur?

    answer choices

    A private home in Appomattox County, Virginia

    The U.S. Capitol building

    A public church near Ford’s Theatre

    The Governor’s mansion in Richmond, Virginia

  • Question 12
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which change occurred as a direct result of these developments?

    answer choices

    A reduction in the number of skilled workers in northern states

    The expansion of manufacturing into the western territories

    A reduction in trade with European countries

    The expansion of slavery into newly acquired territories

  • Question 13
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which document completes this excerpt?

    answer choices

    Declaration of Independence

    Treaty of Ghent

    Northwest Ordinance

    Louisiana Purchase Treaty

  • Question 14
    60 seconds
    Q.

    The Virginia Company authorized a general assembly in Virginia so that colonists could —

    answer choices

    self-govern on a local level

    vote in the British Parliament

    participate in a free-market economy

    express dissatisfaction with British rule

  • Question 15
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which action completes this graphic organizer?

    answer choices

    French naval attacks on U.S. harbors

    British invasions of countries allied with the United States

    French embargoes on trade with the United States

    British impressment of U.S. sailors

  • Question 16
    60 seconds
    Q.

    The statistics in this table illustrate population changes associated with —

    answer choices

    the rise of industrialism in the United States

    the establishment of a federal income tax

    a prolonged food shortage in the United States

    a lengthy war over disputed territory

  • Question 17
    60 seconds
    Q.

    The theme represented in this painting is most associated with —

    answer choices

    the nineteenth-century temperance movement

    books and songs supporting the nativist movement

    the works of artists from the Hudson River School

    the nineteenth-century industrial boom

  • Question 18
    60 seconds
    Q.

    How did the Freedmen’s Bureau most assist in the reconstruction of the South?

    answer choices

    By dividing large plantations and redistributing the property to former slaves

    By creating a militia to help enforce the voting rights of former slaves

    By offering legal assistance and public schooling to former slaves

    By petitioning the government to offer money to former slaves

  • Question 19
    60 seconds
    Q.

    This early map of New England was published in 1677. Which of the following names the group best known for settling this region and states their reason for settling?

    answer choices

    Merchants: To trade with the region’s American Indians

    Quakers: To establish a colony free of slavery

    Explorers: To map the region’s rivers

    Puritans: To freely practice their religion

  • Question 20
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which of the following correctly completes this graphic organizer?

    answer choices

    President Jackson annexes land west of the Mississippi River.

    President Jackson ignores a Supreme Court ruling.

    President Jackson introduces a bill to Congress

    President Jackson vetoes an act passed by Congress.

  • Question 21
    60 seconds
    Q.

    In this reply, Daniel Webster is reacting to —

    answer choices

    the inability of citizens to elect Supreme Court justices

    an attempted nullification of a federal law by a state

    a proposal to revise the amendment process of the U.S. Constitution

    the federal seizure of private land for transportation networks

  • Question 22
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which American colony’s economy was based primarily on shipbuilding and fishing?

    answer choices

    Virginia

    Maryland

    Georgia

    Massachusetts

  • Question 23
    60 seconds
    Q.

    This political cartoon comments on events that occurred during the —

    answer choices

    Reconstruction era

    Age of Jackson

    Second Great Awakening

    War of 1812

  • Question 24
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which numbered pair correctly replaces (1) and (2) in this table?

    answer choices

    (1) three-fourths

    (2) eligible voters

    (1) two-thirds

    (2) Electoral College

    (1) three-fourths

    (2) Supreme Court

    (1) two-thirds

    (2) state legislatures

  • Question 25
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which of the following had the greatest impact on the outcome of the Civil War?

    answer choices

    Economic differences between the Union and the Confederacy

    The amount of military training given to Union forces and Confederacy forces

    Religious differences between the Union and the Confederacy

    The alignment of foreign allies with the Union or with the Confederacy

  • Question 26
    60 seconds
    Q.

    This leader inspired followers of the abolitionist movement by —

    answer choices

    writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin

    publishing the anti-slavery newspaper The North Star

    organizing the Underground Railroad

    becoming the first African American senator

  • Question 27
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which constitutional principle is Jefferson referring to in this excerpt?

    answer choices

    Full faith and credit

    Popular sovereignty

    Federalism

    Judicial review

  • Question 28
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which of the following best completes this illustration?

    answer choices

    Free Enterprise System

    Mercantile System

    Federalism

    Republicanism

  • Question 29
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which of the following is the best example of an early U.S. struggle to define the domestic authority of the central government?

    answer choices

    The XYZ Affair

    The War of 1812

    The Barbary Wars

    The Whiskey Rebellion

  • Question 30
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Those who agreed with this point of view were known as —

    answer choices

    Minutemen

    Loyalists

    Federalists

    Patriots

  • Question 31
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Why was this congressional structure created by the framers of the Constitution?

    answer choices

    To follow the plan outlined in the Articles of Confederation

    To reach a compromise between large and small states

    To reach a compromise between slave states and non-slave states

    To implement the outcome of a popular vote

  • Question 32
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Irish and Chinese immigrants are best remembered for performing which type of labor during the late nineteenth century?

    answer choices

    Building dams in the midwestern states

    Digging canals across northern states

    Building railroads in western territories

    Constructing bridges in southern states

  • Question 33
    60 seconds
    Q.

    This statement is most likely from a handbook designed to prepare citizens for —

    answer choices

    voting in elections

    jury duty

    paying income taxes

    military service

  • Question 34
    60 seconds
    Q.

    How did President Lincoln succeed in permanently abolishing the practice represented by the tree in this cartoon?

    answer choices

    By ordering the use of popular sovereignty to decide the issue of slavery

    By encouraging an armed rebellion of slaves in the South

    By promoting the passage and ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment

    By helping abolitionists fund the Underground Railroad

  • Question 35
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What was the purpose of this amendment?

    answer choices

    To encourage citizens to monitor the federal government

    To prevent conflicts between state and local governments

    To limit the authority of the federal government

    To increase the participation of citizens in state government

  • Question 36
    60 seconds
    Q.

    The reform efforts of Dorothea Dix during the mid-nineteenth century led to —

    answer choices

    improved education for immigrant children

    the creation of worker safety regulations

    the expansion of suffrage for women

    improved facilities for the mentally ill and disabled

  • Question 37
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which title best completes this list?

    answer choices

    Economic Motives for Passing the Northwest Ordinance

    Reasons for Issuing the Monroe Doctrine

    Economic Motives for Manifest Destiny Policies

    Reasons for the Gadsden Purchase

  • Question 38
    60 seconds
    Q.

    How did the growth of the railway system during the nineteenth century affect the U.S. economy?

    answer choices

    By helping expand the commercial markets of U.S. companies

    By making it easier for people in rural areas to work in urban factories

    By helping strengthen the economic ties between U.S. and British companies

    By permitting faster communication between corporate leaders and their employees

  • Question 39
    60 seconds
    Q.

    The actions described in this excerpt were carried out in order to —

    answer choices

    encourage the outbreak of war between England and France

    protest British taxation policies

    end trade disagreements between colonists and French traders

    protest a ban on selling beverages in the colonies

  • Question 40
    60 seconds
    Q.

    What was the fundamental question addressed in each of these congressional acts?

    answer choices

    Should the U.S. expand westward?

    Should states be allowed to nullify federal laws?

    Should slave labor be allowed in new states?

    Should states be able to secede from the Union?

  • Question 41
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which diagram correctly compares two regions of the United States during the mid-nineteenth century?

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  • Question 42
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which law would be considered unconstitutional on the basis of First Amendment guarantees?

    answer choices

    A ban on the publication of classified information by government employees

    A requirement that church employees pay income tax

    A requirement that churches get a permit before building a new chapel

    A prohibition on electing religious leaders to government office

  • Question 43
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Which of the following was most responsible for the revolution described in this excerpt?

    answer choices

    Expanded public education

    Rapid technological innovation

    Increased government spending

    Rapid territorial expansion

  • Question 44
    60 seconds
    Q.

    Why did Congress honor this woman by putting her on a coin?

    answer choices

    Because she was an influential First Lady

    Because she designed the nation’s first flag

    Because she fought for women’s suffrage

    Because she was the first woman elected to Congress

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