GED Social Studies 3


What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?

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Only Answer 4 deals with the First Amendment. The others are part of additional amendments.

The purpose of Jim Crow laws was to __________.

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In the decades following the end of the Civil War and the freeing of slaves, Jim Crow Laws were in effect in the South. Jim Crow laws were intended to increase racial segregation in the US.

What is the term used to describe a congressman's efforts to offer money and benefits to his or her home district?

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Any endeavor, successful or not, by a politician to advance some advantage for his or her home district at the expense of the interests of the country is referred to as "pork-barrel legislation."

Which of the following principles were not embodied in the English Bill of Rights?

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The protection from the forced quartering of soldiers in private people' houses is one right that is contained in the American Bill of Rights but is not in the English Bill of Rights.

What significant historical event occurred on November 22, 1963?

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The Cold War didn't have a definite date that one could pinpoint as the end. Pearl Harbor and WWII happened more than a decade before the 1960s began.

Which Constitutional Amendment deals with "the right to remain silent"?

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Every accused person has the option to remain silent if they so choose, according to the right to silence. This relates to the Fifth Amendment's prohibition on compelling a defendant to testify against themselves.

A deficit in economics is best defined as __________.

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When expenditures (the amount of money spent) exceed revenues (the amount of money earned) over a specific time period, there is a deficit in the economy.

A President is put on trial by ___________ for impeachment.

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The House of Representatives has the authority to impeach a President by bringing formal charges (articles of impeachment) against them. However, the actual trial to determine whether the President should be removed from office takes place in the Senate.

Which Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right to a public trial?

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The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right to a "speedy and public trial". To avoid any potential injustice or corruption that can occur behind closed doors, every American citizen has the right to a public trial.

What prevents one branch of government from becoming too powerful?

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Integrating the powers of Congress and the President would enable a single party to make and enforce all laws of the country. Checks and balances allow one branch to "police" the other, so not to allow a monopoly of power.

What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

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Right to bear arms is the Second Amendment. Answers 2 and 3 are both accurate, so one can't be the correct answer and the other incorrect. Therefore, Answer 4 is correct.

President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at the end of which conflict?

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Lincoln led the country through the Civil War.

The following selections best describe the term "amendment":

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Both Answers 1 and 2 are correct, so Answer 4 can be the only correct answer.

Who is in charge of the Executive branch?

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Answers 2 and 3 are Legislative. Answer 4 is under the President.

The following was taken from George Washington’s Farewell Address on September 26, 1796: 

“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty. 

“Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.” 

Judging from Washington’s comments, we can determine the following to be true: 
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Washington was neither a fan of the two-party nor three-party system and openly discouraged the use of party politics in national politics.

Which Constitutional Article describes the authority granted in Congress?

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Article I of the Constitution establishes the composition of Congress and the authority granted to it.

US Senators serve the following duration per term?

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Two years are Representatives. Four years is the President. Eight-year terms are not a part of the political system. Therefore, Answer 3 is the only correct option.

Name the Third US President.

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Washington was the First. Adams, the Second. Lincoln, the Sixteenth.

The work of Margaret Sanger to __________ is what she is most well-known for.

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She was adamant that allowing women to decide when and if they became pregnant would significantly increase the autonomy of women in society. Sanger was a vocal proponent of granting women the right to use birth control throughout her life.

Habeas Corpus __________.

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Habeas Corpus is a legal principle that ensures an individual's right to challenge the legality of their detention or imprisonment before a court. It serves as a safeguard against unlawful or arbitrary detention by the government.

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