AP US History Practice Test 25

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Question 12 questions

Time 12 minutes

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Questions 1-4 refer to the following information.

Ford advertisement, 1952
Used with permission of Ford Motor company.

1. Which of the following best expresses the message of the advertisement?

2. The advertisement most directly reflects which of the following?

3. The American embrace of the automobile in the twentieth century most directly reflects which continuity in U.S. history?

4. In the 1950s the widespread availability of the automobile most directly helped make possible which of the following?

Questions 5-8 refer to the following information.

Let us not, I beseech you sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope.… It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

—Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

5. The sentiments expressed by Patrick Henry led most directly to which of the following?

6. In this passage, Henry expresses an abiding American concern about which of the following?

7. Which of the following nineteenth-century groups most directly saw themselves as following in the tradition of Patrick Henry?

8. The "storm" that Henry refers to was most directly the result of which of the following?

Questions 9-12 refer to the following information.

Of all the band of adventurous cavaliers, whom Spain, in the sixteenth century, sent forth on the career of discovery and conquest, there was none more deeply filled with the spirit of romantic enterprise than Hernando Cortes. Dangers and difficulties, instead of deterring, seemed to have a charm in his eyes.… He conceived, at the first moment of his landing in Mexico, the design of its conquest. When he saw the strength of its civilization, he was not turned from his purpose.… This spirit of knight-errantry might lead us to undervalue his talents as a general, and to regard him merely in the light of a lucky adventurer. But this would be doing him injustice; for Cortes was certainly a great general, if that man be one, who performs great achievements with the resources which his own genius has created. There is probably no instance in history, where so vast an enterprise has been achieved by means apparently so inadequate.… He brought together the most miscellaneous collection of mercenaries who ever fought under one standard: adventurers from Cuba and the Isles, craving for gold; hidalgos, who came from the old country to win laurels; … wild tribes of the natives from all parts of the country, who had been sworn enemies from their cradles, and who had met only to cut one another's throats, and to procure victims for sacrifice; men, in short, differing in race, in language, and in interests, with scarcely anything in common among them. Yet this motley congregation was assembled in one camp, compelled to bend to the will of one man, to consort together in harmony, to breathe, as it were, one spirit, and to move on a common principle of action!

—William Hickling Prescott, History of the Conquest of Mexico, 1843

9. Given the perspective of the passage above, William Hickling Prescott believed which of the following about the conquest of the Aztec Empire?

10. As Prescott makes clear in the passage above, an important reason for Cortes's military success was which of the following?

11. The Spanish in America were interested in which of the following?

12. Prescott's interpretation of the conquest of Mexico resembles which contemporary nineteenth-century American political movement?