AP US History Practice Test 2

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Question 11 questions

Time 11 minutes

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Questions 1-3 refer to the following information.

"Whereas it is expedient that new provisions and regulations should be established for improving the revenue of this kingdom, and for extending and securing the navigation and commerce between Great Britain and your Majesty's dominions in America, which, by the peace, have been so happily enlarged: and whereas it is just and necessary, that a revenue be raised, in your Majesty's said dominions in America, for defraying the expenses of defending, protecting, and securing the same; we, your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the commons of Great Britain, in parliament assembled, being desirous to make some provision, in this present session of parliament, towards raising the said revenue in America, have resolved to give and grant unto your Majesty the several rates and duties herein after-mentioned…."

The Sugar Act of 1764

1. The Sugar Act of 1764 represented a major shift in British policy toward the colonies in that, for the first time, the British

2. In harmony with the sentiments expressed in the excerpt, which of the following does NOT represent the views of Prime Minister Grenville after the French and Indian War?

3. The goals presented in the excerpt have the most in common with which of the following?

Questions 4-5 refer to the following information.

"Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform, and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others."

Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

4. Which of the following is most harmonious with the sentiment expressed in the excerpt?

5. Which of the following "miseries" alluded to above were most condemned by Anti-Federalists of the post-Revolutionary era?

Questions 6-11 refer to the following information.

"The far-reaching, the boundless future will be the era of American greatness. In its magnificent domain of space and time, the nation of many nations is destined to manifest to mankind the excellence of divine principles; to establish on earth the noblest temple ever dedicated to the worship of the Most High—the Sacred and the True. Its floor shall be a hemisphere—its roof the firmament of the star-studded heavens, and its congregation a Union of many Republics, comprising hundreds of happy millions, calling, owning no man master, but governed by God's natural and moral law of equality, the law of brotherhood—of 'peace and good will amongst men.'"

John L. O'Sullivan, "The Great Nation of Futurity," 1839

6. Which of the following best states the principle described above?

7. Between 1820 and 1854, the greatest number of immigrants to the United States came from

8. Which of the following best describes the effect of the American rail system in the nineteenth century?

9. Which of the following changes in westward migration is most likely to have occurred in the 1840s?

10. By what means did the United States take possession of the Oregon Territory?

11. Which of the following presidents is most closely associated with the concept of Manifest Destiny?