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

Places and People

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.

Questions 1 and 2 refer to the following map.

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Which of the following is a fact that can be verified on the map?
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A)In Chicago, high temperatures will be in the 20s.
B)The Northeast will have a huge blizzard.
C)In the northeastern United States, the weather will be generally fair.
D)Rains throughout the Northwest will cause serious flooding
E)The state of Washington is going to see some rain.

The information on the map will support which of the following conclusions?
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A)Florida nearly always has warm, sunny weather.
B)Precipitation is caused by a front.
C)In the United States the harshest weather occurs in the Midwest.
D)In areas of high pressure, one can expect clear, sunny skies.
E)Temperatures tend to become warmer as one moves north across the United States.

Questions 3 and 4 refer to the following information.

During the decade of the 1990s, Earth was expected to become warmer than at any other time in the last 100,000 years. This warming would cause higher ocean and lake levels, shoreline erosion, droughts, and other catastrophic changes. Evidence of this trend has been seen on satellite photos. According to the University of Maryland’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, the Atlantic Ocean has already risen one foot in the last century along the U.S. coast. The warming of the planet may be the result of the release of gases by industry and agriculture into Earth’s atmosphere.


Which of the following is the most likely result of the warming of Earth?
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A)the destruction of coastal cities’ ports and harbors
B)the migration of people from the east to the west coast of the United States
C)the change from an urban to a rural population
D)an increase in the average income of Americans
E)an increase in the number of farmers

Which statement below is best supported by evidence in the article?
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A)Industry and agriculture release gases into Earth’s atmosphere.
B)The release of gases is causing Earth to become warmer.
C)In the 1990s Earth has become colder than at any other time in the last 100,000 years.
D)Earth’s ocean levels are rising.
E)Future droughts will be less damaging than past droughts.

Questions 5 and 6 refer to the following information and graph.

The Underground Railroad was a secret network of people, routes, and hiding places (stations) throughout the northern states and even into Canada. The Underground Railroad brought slaves out of the South and set them free.

The arrows on the map below illustrate the routes of the Underground Railroad. The states in green are slave states, and the states in tan did not have slaves.
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Source: National Park Service


Which of the following conclusions is best supported by information on the map?
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A)Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860.
B)Many slaves escaped to Mexico across the Gulf of Mexico.
C)The economy of the North did not depend on slave labor.
D)During the Civil War (1861–1865), Missouri remained loyal to the Union.
E)In 1860 Texas still belonged to Mexico.

Which of the following conclusions is best supported by the information?
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A)In the Civil War, slaves would fight for the South against the North.
B)Most slaves had escaped from the South even before they were freed by the Civil War.
C)Slavery was probably illegal in Canada.
D)The Underground Railroad would cease to operate in 1860.
E)Kansas would become a state in 1861.

Questions 7 and 8 refer to the following information.

In the cities along the Nile, Egyptian pharaohs built pyramids for tombs. A pyramid took 100,000 workers 20 years to build. Each stone in the pyramid weighs more than two tons, yet the stones were put together so well that, more than three thousand years later, you cannot slip a knife between them. Inside, the pyramids are riddled with secret passages. When a pharaoh died, he was placed in his pyramid along with things he could use later on—jewelry, dishes, furniture, bows and arrows, and chariots.

About three thousand years ago, the Adena, who lived along the Ohio River, built large mounds made of earth. Inside, they buried their important leaders and whatever the leaders needed when they were alive. Among the things found were combs, hammers, flint blades, stone chisels, and bone tool-handles.


Which of the following things did the Egyptians and the Adena share?
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A)desert environments
B)the same level of civilization
C)identical technology
D)a belief in the afterlife
E)similar building materials

Which of the following conclusions would an anthropologist most likely draw from the passage?
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A)Cultures in similar climates develop similar customs.
B)Some customs develop simultaneously in distant cultures.
C)Recent cultures may resemble very early ones.
D)Religion plays an important part in an individual’s emotional health.
E)A person’s status determines his or her religious beliefs.

Questions 9 and 10 refer to the following information.

The process by which one learns the beliefs, values, and standards of behavior acceptable to one’s society is called socialization. It is what turns a biological human into a person, able to function as an individual and as part of a group, and to play his or her role in society. Sociologists believe the main agents, or instruments, of socialization are the family, the peer group, the school, the media, and specialized groups, such as the military or religious groups.


Which of the following cases portrays the socialization process?
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A)A teacher tells an unruly child to stop disturbing the class.
B)A club disbands for lack of interest.
C)An elderly worker retires and moves to the country.
D)A group of Native Americans of the Hopi Indian tribe demonstrate its customs to a group of anthropology students.
E)A woman at a survival training camp spends three days alone in the woods.

In any one society, not everyone is expected to play exactly the same role. What does this imply about what is taught in the socialization process?
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A)The beliefs, values, and standards one is taught may differ with the social role one is being prepared for.
B)All members of a group must learn the same beliefs, values, standards, and roles.
C)A society’s beliefs, values, and standards seldom change over time.
D)The values, beliefs, and standards of one group rarely conflict with those of another group.
E)The socialization process will be completed by the time a person is approximately 18 years old.