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Contemporary's GED Social Studies
Kenneth Tamarkin
Jeri W. Bayer

Evaluating Social Studies Materials

Chapter Review Quiz


Choose the best answer to each question. You may refer to pages 99–115 in Contemporary’s GED Social Studies if you need additional help. When you have finished the quiz, click on Submit Answers to receive feedback and results. You may also choose to e-mail your results to your instructor.


Which of the following choices would be considered a criterion for a democracy?
Need a Hint?
A)The primary leader of a democracy must be male.
B)A country’s population must be above 1 million people.
C)The citizens must be able to vote for officials to represent them in government.
D)An organization needs to be at least 100 years old before it can become a democracy.
E)It is important for the government to control the media in a democracy.

What would be the best piece of information with which to evaluate a theory about where the human species originated?
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A)A description of the race, age, and religion of the theorist.
B)A description of the degrees the theorist has earned at various universities.
C)The theory’s similarity to another recently publicized theory.
D)The theory’s description of recent findings of human bones that are older than any previously found.
E)The number of people involved in developing the theory.

George does not recycle the daily newspaper because it involves transporting the newspapers to a recycling center in town rather than putting them out for curbside trash collection. On the basis of this decision, what can be speculated about the George’s values?
Need a Hint?
A)George values dirt over cleanliness.
B)George values walking over driving.
C)George values reading newspapers over watching TV news.
D)George values pride over waste.
E)George values convenience over conservation.

Which of the following would help you to make an informed decision about voting for one candidate over another?
Need a Hint?
A)Well-researched reports about both candidates’ views on issues that are important to you.
B)The preference of most of your colleagues at work.
C)An inspiring TV ad for one of the candidates that was produced by that candidate’s election committee.
D)A story you heard from someone raised a concern for you about one of the candidates.
E)The prediction of the winner by a couple of TV and newspaper polls.

A credit card company offers you an account. Which of the following pieces of information would NOT be necessary in helping you to decide whether to accept the offer?
Need a Hint?
A)The interest rate on your account.
B)The names of the celebrities that use the card.
C)When the first payment on your account would be due.
D)The charge limit on the account.
E)The benefits you will receive when you open an account.

What kind of a map would indicate the country with the largest land mass?
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A)a topographical map
B)a population map
C)A world map
D)a weather map
E)a political map

Who would have been most likely to make the following statement?

Slavery is a benefit to the slaves themselves.
Need a Hint?
A)a slave
B)President Lincoln
C)a crew member on a slave ship
D)a plantation owner
E)a Union army officer

What is a logical fallacy?
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A)a lie
B)suspicious evidence
C)an unconventional idea
D)a mistaken belief
E)a fact

What is the fallacy made in the following statement?

Computers make our lives better because they help us to do things faster.
Need a Hint?
A)It’s possible to make life better.
B)This is as good as it gets.
C)Computers are fast.
D)Computers help us.
E)Faster is better.

Which of the following would be LEAST likely to affect how a person views events in the world?
Need a Hint?
A)a person’s shoe size
B)a person’s religious background
C)a person’s past experiences
D)a person’s ethnic heritage
E)a person’s socioeconomic class