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Test Yourself: Grade 12

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The following questions were included in the 2006 NAEP U.S. History assessment at grade 12. As in the actual assessment, some of the questions are multiple choice, and others are constructed response. Although students are asked to handwrite their responses, you can type yours in the space provided.

INSTRUCTIONS: Answer the questions below, then click submit at the bottom of the page.

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Question 1: "For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us. So if we deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of God. . . .”

                     — John Winthrop, governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1631

Using the quotation and your knowledge of history, describe the Puritans’ main goal in founding their community in the Americas.

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Question 2: The following question refers to the map below.

This is a picture of a map that is divided into the following areas: Oregon Country, Spanish Territory, United States, and British Territory.

The map shows the route for the expedition of


Henry Hudson 


Lewis and Clark


Zebulon Pike


Mason and Dixon

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Question 3: The following question refers to the photograph below.

This a black and white photo. Two African American women conversing in front of a theater where the sign states: "Paramount Theatre, Colored Entrance, Enjoy Good Shows in Comfort."

What social policy is reflected in the photograph?

Identify one consequence of this policy for African Americans.

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Question 4: Why did the liquor industry oppose women getting the right to vote?


Liquor manufacturers tended to be very conservative and opposed any
change in voting laws.


Liquor manufacturers worried that women voters would want to ban


Women tended to work for liquor manufacturers, who did not want
them taking time off to get involved in politics.


Liquor manufacturers owned “men-only” bars and worried that women
would vote to make such bars illegal.


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