AEPA Middle Grades Social Studies Exam

e test: Be able to describe American history from early American civilizations through contemporary times.
World History, 23%: Know the developments of civilizations from ancient times, through the Renaissance and Enlightenment, up to current times.

Civics and Government, 16%: Be able to present the structure and functions of the U.S. government and compare it to other world governments. Understand the principles of citizenship.
Geography, 16%: Know how to use different geographical aids, including maps and globes. Identify characteristics of regions, physical and human systems, and the interaction between the environment and society.
Economics, 13%: Understand the basis of economics from personal finance to micro- and macroeconomics.
Social Studies Skills, 10%: Apply research skills in the social studies areas and be able to analyze and evaluate social science information.

AEPA Middle Grades Social Studies Exam Study Questions

1. One reason for Jefferson’s opposition to the Bank of the United States was that he:

A. did not think the Bank would effectively further his goal of establishing a strong central government
B. was a strict constructionist
C. believed the Bank would give an unfair advantage to the southern states
D. distrusted the fiscal policies of the Democratic-Republicans

2. Which events are correctly paired to show cause and effect?

A. the Spanish-American War -> the U.S. annexation of Hawaii
B. the assassination of William McKinley -> the decline of U.S. imperialism
C. the Russo-Japanese War -> the Boxer Rebellion
D. the Platt Amendment -> the establishment of the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay

3. Put the following events in order from oldest to most recent.

1) Martin Luther King led the March on Washington
2) Brwon v. Board of Education overturned the policy of “separate but equal” education.
3) The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee began staging sit-ins at segregated lunch counters in the South.
4) The arrest of Rosa Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

A. 2,4,3,1
B. 1,3,2,4
C. 3,4,1,2
D. 2,1,4,3

4. The highest point in Texas is:

A. Sawtooth Mountain
B. Guadalupe Peak
C. Mount Locke
D. Mount Bonnell

5. The idea that the purpose of the American colonies was to provide Great Britain with raw materials and a market for its goods is an expression of:

A. free trade
B. most favored nation status
C. mercantilism
D. laissez-faire capitalism

6. The end of Reconstruction was marked by which event?

A. the assassination of Abraham Lincoln
B. ratification of the 14th Amendment
C. the impeachment of Andrew Johnson
D. the withdrawal of federal troops from the South

7. During the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), Sam Houston served as:

A. President of the Republic of Texas
B. Senator for Texas
C. Governor of Tenessee
D. Governor of Texas

8. Although Roosevelt’s New Deal solved many problems, it:

A. failed to provide direct relief to the poor.
B. had little effect on the problem of unemployment
C. raised the national debt.
D. weakened labor unions.

9. The main reason that the Federal Reserve Board lowers interest rates is to:

A. lower prices
B. stimulate consumer spending
C. encourage international trade
D. control inflation

10. A major cause of the Great Depression of the 1930s was:

A. the overproduction and underconsumption of consumer goods
B. the failure of industry to produce sufficient consumer goods
C. underproduction and rising prices in the agricultural sector.
D. the reduction of import tariffs.

AEPA Middle Grades Social Studies Exam Answer Key