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STAAR Social Studies Grade 8 2017 - 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)

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

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  • Q1
    This list includes rights that are considered —
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    legislated
    transferable
    unalienable
    inherited
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    8.19.A: Social Studies - Citizenship
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  • Q2
    How did mercantilist policies create tension between Great Britain and the colonies?
    By preventing colonists from trading with most other foreign countries
    By introducing indentured servitude to the middle colonies
    By requiring colonists to enlist in the military
    By limiting the amount of farmland each colonist could have
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    8.4.A: Social Studies - History
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  • Q3
    Which factor encouraged more immigrants to settle in northern states than southern states during the mid-nineteenth century?
    Governments in northern states were less corrupt.
    Northern states had lower population densities.
    Southern states had smaller industrial sectors.
    Citizenship requirements in southern states were not as strict.
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    8.10.B: Social Studies - Geography
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  • Q4
    Which sentence completes this diagram?
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    Cruel and unusual punishment cannot be inflicted.
    Warrants cannot be issued unless probable cause is established.
    People cannot be forced to be witnesses against themselves.
    A defendant cannot be denied a speedy and public trial.
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    8.19.B: Social Studies - Citizenship
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  • Q5
    The completion of the Erie Canal played a key role in which development?
    New York City becoming a vital commercial center with the country’s busiest seaport
    Washington, D.C., becoming the cultural and political center of the nation
    New Orleans becoming a leader in manufacturing and overseas trade
    Boston becoming one of the country’s largest transportation hubs
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    8.10.C: Social Studies - Geography
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  • Q6
    Which sentence best completes this diagram?
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    Cities grew rapidly.
    Government regulation of factories increased.
    Demand for artisans increased.
    Farms experienced a shortage of labor.
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    8.23.B: Social Studies - Culture
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  • Q7
    The Whiskey Rebellion challenged the idea that —
    the federal government had the power to pass and enforce tax laws
    a national court system was needed for resolving disputes between states
    the federal government could raise tariffs to protect industries
    a national military was needed for dealing with foreign threats
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    8.5.A: Social Studies - History
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  • Q8
    Why did the Siege of Vicksburg affect the balance of power during the Civil War?
    Severe casualties were inflicted on Union forces.
    The Confederate territory was divided in half.
    Several important Confederate generals were killed.
    Union troops were pushed back across the Ohio River.
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    8.8.B: Social Studies - History
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  • Q9
    The colonies in this list were founded primarily to offer settlers a greater degree of —
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    freedom of speech
    freedom from debts
    economic freedom
    religious freedom
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    8.25.B: Social Studies - Culture
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  • Q10
    Which argument would a Federalist make to support ratification of the Constitution?
    A strong federal government will be more stable than a loose confederation of states.
    A republican system of government will better represent large states.
    The Constitution will enable states to nullify laws that are harmful to citizens.
    The Constitution will allow states to establish banks to stabilize the national economy.
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    8.17.A: Social Studies - Government
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  • Q11
    What was the primary question surrounding the 1832 Nullification Crisis?
    Can a state regulate a federal agency?
    Can a state overturn a federal law?
    Can the federal government regulate interstate commerce?
    Can the federal government levy taxes on states?
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    8.17.B: Social Studies - Government
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  • Q12
    In this excerpt, President Hayes proposes a change in federal policy toward American Indians. Legislation based on this new policy did which of the following?
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    Ended federal oversight of tribal governments
    Promoted individual land ownership among American Indians
    Granted American Indians the right to attend public schools
    Forced white settlers to leave reservation lands
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    8.9.D: Social Studies - History
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  • Q13
    One environmental consequence of the large-scale cultivation of cotton in the South was —
    drought caused by overuse of river water to irrigate farmland
    widespread water contamination caused by fertilizer runoff
    widespread soil exhaustion caused by decades of farming
    air pollution caused by the use of cotton gins
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    8.11.B: Social Studies - Geography
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  • Q14
    John Hancock was one of the Founding Fathers committed to liberty. How did he demonstrate this commitment?
    By serving as commander in chief of the Continental army
    By organizing Committees of Correspondence
    By writing the Articles of Confederation
    By signing the Declaration of Independence
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    8.20.B: Social Studies - Citizenship
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  • Q15
    Which of these was a primary reason Chinese immigrants came to the United States in the early 1850s?
    To seek gold
    To purchase inexpensive farmland
    To escape religious persecution
    To avoid a plague
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    8.23.A: Social Studies - Culture
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  • Q16
    What was the result of the events shown on the map above?
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    General Grant’s supply lines were completely cut off.
    General Grant and General Lee combined forces.
    General Lee’s troops received necessary reinforcements.
    General Lee surrendered to General Grant.
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    8.10.A: Social Studies - Geography
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  • Q17
    Which amendment prohibits federal and state governments from carrying out these actions?
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    The First Amendment
    The Tenth Amendment
    The Second Amendment
    The Fifth Amendment
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    8.25.C: Social Studies - Culture
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  • Q18
    How did advancements in industrial technologies affect businesses during the late nineteenth century?
    By improving production methods and increasing competition
    By forcing producers to manufacture multiple products
    By making handcrafted goods more affordable
    By causing an increase in wages for factory workers
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    8.27.C: Social Studies - Science, Technology and Society
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  • Q19
    One result of the trend shown in this table was the —
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    creation of specialized trade guilds
    decrease in educational opportunities for women
    expansion of available labor
    increase in production costs for manufacturers
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    8.13.B: Social Studies - Economics
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  • Q20
    Why is the Battle of Saratoga considered a turning point in the Revolutionary War?
    The American victory convinced France to ally with the United States.
    The British victory extended the fighting for another year.
    The American defeat led many soldiers to desert the Continental army.
    The British defeat marked the beginning of a steady decline in British military superiority.
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    8.4.C: Social Studies - History
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