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STAAR Social Studies Grade 8 2016 - Past Paper

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

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

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

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  • Q1
    Which region’s primary economic activity in 1861 was the cultivation of cotton?
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    8.12.A: Social Studies - Economics
  • Q2
    Which of these occurred as a result of the Fifteenth Amendment?
    African American families divided by slavery were reunited.
    African American men voted in the 1872 presidential election.
    Newly free men and women were allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship.
    Newly free men and women moved west to claim land.
    8.16.B: Social Studies - Government
  • Q3
    Who made this statement?
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    Harriet Tubman
    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Phillis Wheatley
    8.23.E: Social Studies - Culture
  • Q4
    During the Constitutional Convention of 1787, George Mason argued —
    for the dissolution of state governments
    for the creation of a strong executive branch
    against increased power for the national government
    against the passage of a bill of rights
    8.17.A: Social Studies - Government
  • Q5
    Which of these characteristics also describes these two states?
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    Former slave states
    Founded as work colonies for debtors
    Were havens for religious dissenters
    Former Spanish colonies
    8.10.B: Social Studies - Geography
  • Q6
    What was one result of the Treaty of Paris of 1783?
    The British navy agreed to stop pressing American sailors into service.
    Competing Seminole and Spanish claims in West Florida were resolved.
    Great Britain recognized the United States as an independent country.
    British territory in eastern Canada was ceded to France.
    8.4.C: Social Studies - History
  • Q7
    Which shaded state was the main destination of American Indians forced to relocate as part of the Trail of Tears?
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    8.10.A: Social Studies - Geography
  • Q8
    Which of the following was an argument made against slavery in the Thirteen Colonies?
    Puritans argued that the slave trade encouraged materialism.
    Farmers argued that using slave labor was expensive and inefficient.
    Manufacturers argued that slavery discouraged the development of industry.
    Quakers argued that slavery violated Christian principles.
    8.24.A: Social Studies - Culture
  • Q9
    How did the War of 1812 most affect the U.S. economy?
    Disruption in trade contributed to domestic industrial growth.
    The sale of treasury bonds to international companies was prohibited.
    New trade alliances resulted in increased foreign investment.
    Small farmers benefited from higher export prices for grain crops.
    8.13.A: Social Studies - Economics
  • Q10
    How did this invention contribute to the expansion of the plantation system?
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    By reducing the number of slaves needed for growing cotton
    By increasing the profitability of slavery
    By reducing the demand for raw cotton
    By increasing the time needed to cultivate cotton
    8.27.A: Social Studies - Science, Technology and Society
  • Q11
    Which of these occurred during early U.S. industrialization?
    Production of goods transitioned from homes to factories.
    Manufacturers instituted a five-day workweek.
    Labor laws required factories to provide a safe working environment.
    Workers were required to attend schools to develop technical skills.
    8.28.B: Social Studies - Science, Technology and Society
  • Q12
    What was one reason James K. Polk won the presidential election of 1844?
    He was against removing American Indians from their native lands.
    He opposed the extension of slavery west of the Mississippi River.
    He favored the policy of popular sovereignty in the Kansas and Nebraska territories.
    He was committed to fulfilling the goals of Manifest Destiny.
    8.6.B: Social Studies - History
  • Q13
    How did the growth of these organizations most affect the role of women in U.S. society?
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    By increasing the number of women teachers in rural areas
    By expanding the participation of women in social reform
    By providing economic opportunities for women in urban areas
    By securing the establishment of private universities for women
    8.24.B: Social Studies - Culture
  • Q14
    Which of these correctly describes an effect of the Compromise of 1850 on escaped slaves and freedmen?
    Members of both groups could be sold in Washington, D.C., slave markets.
    Members of both groups were captured under the Fugitive Slave Law
    Unlike freedmen, escaped slaves were welcome in the gold mines of California.
    Unlike escaped slaves, freedmen could vote in the territories of the Mexican Cession.
    8.7.B: Social Studies - History
  • Q15
    Which statement explains the significance of this colonial institution?
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    Colonists used the assembly to overrule decisions of the royal governor.
    The assembly served as a model for other colonial legislatures.
    The assembly sent delegates to Parliament to represent Virginia.
    The king revoked Virginia’s charter because the assembly became too powerful.
    8.3.A: Social Studies - History

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