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STAAR Social Studies Grade 8 2014 - Past Paper

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

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Measures 52 skills from
Grade 8
Social Studies
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

8.16.B: Social Studies - Government
8.6.C: Social Studies - History
8.7.C: Social Studies - History
8.10.B: Social Studies - Geography
8.4.E: Social Studies - History
8.11.A: Social Studies - Geography
8.27.A: Social Studies - Science, Technology and Society
8.4.A: Social Studies - History
8.17.B: Social Studies - Government
8.12.D: Social Studies - Economics
8.4.C: Social Studies - History
8.5.E: Social Studies - History
8.23.C: Social Studies - Culture
8.1.A: Social Studies - History
8.22.A: Social Studies - Citizenship
8.15.A: Social Studies - Government
8.26.C: Social Studies - Culture
8.15.C: Social Studies - Government
8.28.B: Social Studies - Science, Technology and Society
8.9.B: Social Studies - History
8.9.C: Social Studies - History
8.19.A: Social Studies - Citizenship
8.13.A: Social Studies - Economics
8.27.B: Social Studies - Science, Technology and Society
8.18.A: Social Studies - Government
8.8.C: Social Studies - History
8.3.A: Social Studies - History
8.6.A: Social Studies - History
8.23.B: Social Studies - Culture
8.10.C: Social Studies - Geography
8.3.C: Social Studies - History
8.6.D: Social Studies - History
8.19.D: Social Studies - Citizenship
8.19.B: Social Studies - Citizenship
8.24.B: Social Studies - Culture
8.25.C: Social Studies - Culture
8.23.A: Social Studies - Culture
8.12.B: Social Studies - Economics
8.9.A: Social Studies - History
8.14.B: Social Studies - Economics
8.16.A: Social Studies - Government
8.5.C: Social Studies - History
8.8.B: Social Studies - History
8.2.A: Social Studies - History
8.11.B: Social Studies - Geography
8.15.B: Social Studies - Government
8.6.B: Social Studies - History
8.17.A: Social Studies - Government
8.27.D: Social Studies - Science, Technology and Society
8.24.A: Social Studies - Culture
8.5.A: Social Studies - History
8.23.D: Social Studies - Culture

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  • Q1
    The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution affected the lives of millions of African Americans by
    guaranteeing their freedom of speech
    guaranteeing their permanent freedom from slavery
    providing them with access to the court system
    providing them with voting rights
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    8.16.B: Social Studies - Government
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  • Q2
    As a result of the Oregon Treaty, the United States achieved its goal of —
    reserving western territory for American Indians
    securing the southern border of the country
    acquiring land for a southwestern railroad
    expanding westward to the Pacific Ocean
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    8.6.C: Social Studies - History
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  • Q3
    These data could be used to support which conclusion?
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    States in the upper South were heavily industrialized.
    Border states had to import needed raw materials.
    States in the lower South had more land devoted to plantations.
    Gulf Coast states had to rely on steamboats to transport goods.
    60s
    8.7.C: Social Studies - History
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  • Q4
    Which of the following best completes the diagram above?
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    Dependent on heavy industry
    Bordered by the Pacific
    Formerly part of Mexico
    Slaveholding state
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    8.10.B: Social Studies - Geography
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  • Q5
    Why did the Anti-Federalists demand that a bill of rights be added to the U.S. Constitution?
    To strengthen the authority of the federal government
    To protect individual freedoms from the federal government
    To give each state an equal amount of power
    To improve the organization of the judiciary
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    8.4.E: Social Studies - History
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  • Q6
    According to the excerpt above, the Gadsden Purchase was intended to —
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    support settlement of U.S. territory gained through the U.S.-Mexican War
    encourage the sale of U.S. government land in Florida
    encourage commerce among U.S. states formed from the Louisiana Purchase
    allow the United States and Mexico to share railroad construction costs
    60s
    8.11.A: Social Studies - Geography
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  • Q7
    The innovation shown in this photograph most affected the U.S. economy by —
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    decreasing the need for canals
    reducing the costs of settling in western territories
    allowing more efficient movement of goods
    transporting workers from southern states to northern states
    60s
    8.27.A: Social Studies - Science, Technology and Society
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  • Q8
    The excerpt above reflects the dissatisfaction of American colonists with the —
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    political debates that took place at the Albany Convention
    economic policies imposed by Great Britain following the French and Indian War
    economic consequences of the Great Awakening
    interference of Great Britain in the slave trade
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    8.4.A: Social Studies - History
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  • Q9
    The proclamation excerpted above was issued during which of these historical events?
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    Shays’s Rebellion
    The War of 1812
    The Civil War
    The Nullification Crisis
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    8.17.B: Social Studies - Government
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  • Q10
    Why did the economies of western territories develop so differently from the economies of the Northeast and South?
    Western territories had natural harbors and many navigable rivers.
    Western territories had rocky soil and a large supply of slave labor
    Western territories had limited land and a large immigrant population.
    Western territories had inexpensive land and abundant natural resources.
    60s
    8.12.D: Social Studies - Economics
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  • Q11
    To which of the following is Abigail Adams referring in this excerpt?
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    The American victory at the Battle of Yorktown
    The negotiation of the Treaty of Paris by American diplomats
    The arrival of French aid after the Battle of Saratoga
    The bravery of American soldiers at Valley Forge
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    8.4.C: Social Studies - History
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  • Q12
    Which of these best summarizes the Monroe Doctrine?
    The immigration of Europeans to the United States must be discouraged.
    International peace can be maintained without complicated alliances.
    Further colonization of the Americas by European countries is prohibited.
    The power to nullify federal laws is necessary to preserve sovereignty.
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    8.5.E: Social Studies - History
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  • Q13
    What led to the conflict referred to in this excerpt?
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    The Battle of Tippecanoe
    The passage of the Dawes Act
    The adoption of Indian removal policies
    The Louisiana Purchase
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    8.23.C: Social Studies - Culture
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  • Q14
    The Second Great Awakening was a movement that promoted —
    states’ rights and governmental reform
    spiritual revival and the need for social reform
    the use of reason and scientific theory
    mercantilism and the development of global trade
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    8.1.A: Social Studies - History
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  • Q15
    Which action should be added to this list?
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    Wrote the Supreme Court decision that established the principle of judicial review
    Supported the popular election of Supreme Court justices
    Upheld the doctrine of states’ rights
    Allowed slavery to extend into western territories
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    8.22.A: Social Studies - Citizenship
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  • Q16
    With which of the following arguments would the authors of The Federalist Papers most likely have agreed?
    Having a stronger central government will make the country more stable and prosperous.
    Universal suffrage should be constitutionally guaranteed.
    The Three-Fifths Compromise will result in fair and equal representation.
    A bill of rights should be included in the Constitution before it is ratified.
    60s
    8.15.A: Social Studies - Government
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  • Q17
    This painting of a Missouri scene was completed in 1852. Such scenes would look dramatically different after the —
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    expansion of the factory system into the South
    emergence of Manifest Destiny
    Second Great Awakening
    ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment
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    8.26.C: Social Studies - Culture
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  • Q18
    Which provision of the U.S. Constitution reflects this grievance?
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    The commerce clause allows Congress to regulate trade among the states.
    Congress can override a presidential veto with a two-thirds majority vote in both houses.
    The president can appoint justices with the advice and consent of the Senate.
    Congress has the power to establish federal courts.
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    8.15.C: Social Studies - Government
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  • Q19
    Which statement best describes a result of industrialization in the United States during the mid-nineteenth century?
    People moved to cities in search of economic opportunity.
    Native peoples were forcibly relocated to western territories.
    Farmers began to cultivate land west of the Appalachian Mountains.
    Government officials began to promote the idea of Manifest Destiny.
    60s
    8.28.B: Social Studies - Science, Technology and Society
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  • Q20
    The election of Hiram Rhodes Revels in 1870 was significant because he was the first African American to —
    win an election as a member of the Democratic Party
    win a majority of the popular vote in Mississippi
    run for public office in the South
    serve as a member of the U.S. Senate
    60s
    8.9.B: Social Studies - History
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