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

Evaluating Social Studies Materials

GED Practice Quiz


Choose the one best answer to each question. 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.

Question 1 refers to the following map.

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Which of the following can be inferred from the map?
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A)This map is intended for travelers.
B)This physical map shows features such as rivers, lakes, forests, and deserts.
C)The Northwest will have generally fair weather.
D)The map compares past and present climatic differences in U.S. regions.
E)This map forecasts weather for a winter day.

Questions 2 and 3 refer to the following information.

President Lincoln’s plans for the post-Civil War period included an end to military rule in the South. He proposed to allow new southern state governments that vowed loyalty to the Union. In Lincoln’s view, the southern states had never really seceded; rather, some of their inhabitants had rebelled. Those southerners who would take oaths to support the Constitution and outlaw slavery in their states were to be pardoned. When 10 percent of a state’s voters had agreed to these measures, that state’s government would belong to the Union with all of its rights restored. Lincoln also worked for the passage of a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery in the United States. He believed that many African Americans should receive the right to vote.


What does the passage imply about Lincoln’s view about African Americans and the right to vote?
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A)Voting was not an important political right for African Americans once enslaved.
B)Northern African Americans should have the vote, but southern African Americans should not.
C)African Americans should not receive the right to vote before women do.
D)African Americans would gain the right to vote by the constitutional amendment abolishing slavery. The last sentence of the passage states that Lincoln believed that many African Americans should receive the right to vote. Only citizens can vote, and many African Americans were citizens.
E)Many African Americans were citizens eligible to vote.

Judging from Lincoln’s post–Civil War policies, which of the following was most important to him?
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A)a strong Union
B)denying southern rebels all rights
C)punishment for the rebels
D)passage of a constitutional amendment
E)military rule in the South

Questions 4 and 5 refer to the following information.

Governments get money mainly through taxes. To increase their revenues, governments may increase tax rates. Sometimes this works, but sometimes the effect is the opposite; higher taxes can actually cause revenues to fall.


How could raising a sales tax rate result in less rather than more revenue for a particular state?
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A)When a state raises sales taxes, it receives less money from the federal government.
B)When a government raises sales taxes, more people have to get second jobs.
C)A higher sales tax is difficult for poorer people to pay.
D)An increased sales tax may raise the cost of goods so much that consumers won’t buy as much.
E)Many states have a sales tax but no income tax.

A representative is defending the idea that higher taxes can result in less revenue. Which of the following facts could be offered as evidence?
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A)A single taxpayer earning $25,000 is in the 15 percent tax bracket, while one earning $35,000 pays 28 percent.
B)Nevada has a high sales tax but ranks among the lowest in property taxes collected per person.
C)States with high taxes on some goods lose millions of dollars a year when people bring in those goods to sell from states with lower taxes.
D)It cost the government $0.56 to collect each $100 in taxes.
E)The typical U.S. worker works one hour and forty-six minutes a day to earn enough to pay federal taxes.

Questions 6 and 7 refer to the following cartoon and information.

This cartoon was published by Benjamin Franklin as a warning to the thirteen colonies.

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Which of the following does the cartoon suggest?
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A)The colonies should be concerned only with their individual problems.
B)Eight colonies aren’t enough to form a nation.
C)Colonial leaders wanted to govern their own states and not join a confederacy.
D)The colonies were vulnerable unless united.
E)The New England states made it impossible for a permanent union of the colonies.

According to the cartoon, which one of the colonies was the most vulnerable?
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A)There is not enough information given to answer this question.
B)North Carolina
C)New Jersey
D)New York

Questions 8 and 9 refer to the following information.

Civil law concerns offenses, called torts, committed by private persons or groups against other private parties. In civil cases, an individual or corporation may sue another for some offense. If successful, the one bringing the suit may be awarded money by the court or may obtain a court order requiring the person being sued to do something or to stop doing something. Criminal law concerns offenses, called crimes, committed against the public interest as defined by a government. Crimes are punishable by fines or imprisonment or both. Serious crimes may be punishable by death.


Which of the following is an example of a civil case?
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A)Juanita sues her neighbor for vandalism of her property.
B)Ben is charged with shoplifting.
C)Yvonne is arrested for driving while intoxicated.
D)Stephan appeals a conviction for robbery, claiming he didn’t get a fair trial.
E)The federal government accuses a government employee of spying for a foreign power.

Which of the following is an example of a criminal case?
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A)Margaret sues Bob for divorce.
B)After the divorce, Bob asks the court to order his ex-wife to allow their son to spend the summer with him.
C)A state attorney general finds evidence of voter fraud in a recent election.
D)Kim Lee, believing she didn’t get the right kind of care, sues her doctor for malpractice.
E)The EZ Corporation asks the court to order another company to stop using the name EZEE.

Question 10 refers to the following cartoon.

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What is the cartoonist implying about greenhouse pollution?
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A)Car manufacturers are to blame for greenhouse pollution.
B)Poor nations have caused greenhouse pollution.
C)The world needs to cut down on its greenhouse pollution.
D)The problem of greenhouse pollution is highly exaggerated.
E)The United States, a wealthy country, is a major contributor to the world’s greenhouse pollution.