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8th Grade Semester 1 Exam

Quiz by Melissa Jolly

Grade 8
Social Studies (2018)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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Measures 12 skills from
Grade 8
Social Studies (2018)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

113.20.4.C
113.20.20.A
113.20.1.A
113.20.19.A
113.20.3.A
113.20.2.B
113.20.12.C
113.20.11.A
113.20.2.A
113.20.4.D
113.20.6.A
113.20.19.B

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  • Q1
    Victory: ______________:: Turning Point:_________________
    Yorktown...Saratoga
    Lexington...Saratoga
    Saratoga...Yorktown
    Trenton...Yorktown
    300s
    113.20.4.C
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  • Q2
    The Treaty of Paris gave the newly formed U.S. which of the following?
    closure of all British forts in the West
    recognition of independence from Britain
    fishing rights in the Gulf of Mexico
    territory past the Mississippi River
    300s
    113.20.4.C
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  • Q3
    The FIRST shots of the American Revolution were fired at -
    Trenton
    Saratoga
    Lexington
    Yorktown
    300s
    113.20.4.C
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  • Q4
    John Hancock was one of the Founding Fathers committed to liberty. How did he demonstrate this commitment?
    By signing the Declaration of Independence
    By writing the Articles of Confederation
    By serving as commander in chief of the Continental army
    By organizing Committees of Correspondence
    300s
    113.20.20.A
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  • Q5
    The Founding Fathers are considered models of civic virtue because they -
    gained significant fame and fortune by participating in the revolution
    debated about how the constitution should be interpreted
    established successful businesses while serving as statesmen
    sacrificed family time and their business interests to fight in the revolution
    300s
    113.20.20.A
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  • Q6
    All of the events listed occurred during-
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    the era of westward expansion
    the Revolutionary era
    the Era of Good Feelings
    the Jacksonian era
    300s
    113.20.1.A
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  • Q7
    This sequence of events resulted in the adoption of the -
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    Bill of Rights
    Declaration of Independence
    Articles of Confederation
    Treaty of Paris
    300s
    113.20.1.A
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  • Q8
    In the Declaration of Independence, unalienable rights are listed as -
    the freedoms of speech, religion, assembly, and petition
    life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness
    the freedom of fear, want, and tyranny
    life, liberty, and property
    300s
    113.20.19.A
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  • Q9
    When Jefferson referred to unalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence, he was describing -
    limitations on the rights of foreign-born citizens
    liberties belonging to all U.S. citizens
    freedoms given by the local government
    natural rights belonging to all humans
    300s
    113.20.19.A
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  • Q10
    How did the British government contribute to the expansion of representative democracy in the American colonies during the 17th and 18th centuries?
    It established colonial parliaments with each charter
    It allowed the free exercise of religion among freemen
    It permitted men and women voting rights in elections
    It neglected many of the political affairs of the colonies
    300s
    113.20.3.A
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  • Q11
    How did Great Britain help representative governments in the thirteen colonies grow?
    By supporting royal governors
    By intervening in local disputes
    By neglecting colonial affairs
    300s
    113.20.3.A
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  • Q12
    Why did the Puritans leave England?
    economic wealth
    famine
    religious oppression
    300s
    113.20.2.B
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  • Q13
    Maryland and Pennsylvania were mainly founded for ______________ purposes.
    religious
    economic
    political
    300s
    113.20.2.B
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  • Q14
    Catholics were to Maryland as _____________ were to Pennsylvania.
    Puritans
    Quakers
    Anglicans
    300s
    113.20.2.B
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  • Q15
    Which colonial region had soil and a climate suited for large-scale agriculture?
    Middle colonies
    Jamestown
    New England colonies
    Southern colonies
    300s
    113.20.12.C
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  • Q16
    Which physical characteristics made these economic activities possible?
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    A temperate climate, vast grasslands, and plentiful lakes
    Natural harbors, an arid climate, and rocky soil
    Dense forests, natural harbors, and swift rivers
    Tall mountains, a long shoreline, and fertile soil
    300s
    113.20.11.A
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  • Q17
    Which characteristic is correctly matched with a number in the table?
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    1:Indigo
    3:Rocky soil
    4:Ships
    2: Moderate
    300s
    113.20.11.A
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  • Q18
    Which geographical feature did Boston, New York, and Philadelphia have in common that influenced their growth?
    Each had a major port
    Each was part of the New England colonies
    Each had a warm climate
    Each was on high ground
    300s
    113.20.11.A
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  • Q19
    The colonial region that had the climate and land to support large scale agriculture was the -
    West Indian colonies
    Middle colonies
    Southern colonies
    New England colonies
    300s
    113.20.11.A
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  • Q20
    All of the following were reasons for migration of English people to the colonies EXCEPT -
    religious freedom
    economic opportunity
    political freedom
    industrialization
    300s
    113.20.2.A
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