Praxis Social Studies Exam
Since 1960, televised debates have become the standard in presidential elections. What has been the long term effect of the televised Nixon-Kennedy debates on political campaigning?
Category - Government, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis In 1960, presidential candidates Richard Nixon and John Kennedy met int he first televised presidential debate. When surveyed, people who turned into the debate on the radio felt that Nixon was a superior debater. Television viewers felt Kennedy had won the debate. From this point forward, the charisma displayed in this setting became an important factor in the perceived "elect-ability" of a candidate.
Which of the following were impacts of the Child Labor Laws which passed in the early 19th century?
Category - U.S. History, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis Child Labor Laws had a number of impacts, some of which were not intended consequences. Those included reduced factory injuries, reduced employment hours, increased adult wages, and increased school enrollments.
Labor unions were ruled not to be illegal conspiracies provided that their methods were honorable and peaceful in which Supreme Court Case?
Category - U.S. History, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis COMMONWEALTH V. HUNT, 45 Mass. 111, 4 Met. (1842). In 1842 Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a combination of workers to protect their interests by peaceable collective action was not an indictable criminal conspiracy.
Which factor best explains the power of the church in the Middle Ages?
ategory - World History, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis The power of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages grew with the power to excommunicate people from the Church.
During the Great Depression, which actions did the government take in an attempt to prevent economic collapse?
Category - U.S. History, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis The Securities Act reformed the sale of stocks, and the Securities and Exchange Commission regulated the stock market.
Geographers use pictures taken by remote sensing devices for all the purposes, excluding what?
Category - Geography, 15% of the Social Studies Praxis In this example, remote sensing devices would not be used to calculate death rates. That is the only task that could not be determined by these devices.
Which quotation from the US constitution provides for a limited federal government?
Category - Government, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis In this case, the quote in question describes that all powers are reserved to the states unless explicitly given to the federal government.
In 1803, the Supreme Court's ruling in Marbury v. madison altered the balance of power in the federal government. What was the result of the ruling in this case?
Category - Government, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis In Marbury v. Madison (1803) the Supreme Court announced for the first time the principle that a court may declare an act of Congress void if it is inconsistent with the Constitution. William Marbury had been appointed a justice of the peace for the District of Columbia in the final hours of the Adams administration.
What prompted Mormons to migrate to Salt Lake, a region of the West they believed that other pioneers did not "want?"
Category - U.S. History, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis The primary reason for the Mormons' relocation to this region of the western frontier was to practice their faith without fear of religious persecution.
What caused the United States government to abandon the Gold Standard during the Great Depression?
Category - U.S. History, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis The US government abandoned the gold standard as a reaction to economic problems during the Great Depression, as citizens were demanding gold in exchange for dollars.
Which best explains the American response to Hitler's reactions against the Jews in the first years of World War II?
Category - U.S. History, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis In this question, the US practices isolationism at the beginning of World War II until being brought into the war in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Which technological advancement has had greatest impact on globalization?
Category - Geography, 15% of the Social Studies Praxis In this question, the development and expansion of the Internet has had the most profound impact on global communications and economic systems.
The Hebrews were considered the first monotheistic civilization. What religion did thy practice?
Category - World History, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis The Hebrews practiced Judaism, the first monotheistic religion in history.
As production costs increase, so do consumer prices. What common economic situation is described in this example?
Category - Economics, 10% of the Social Studies Praxis Inflation is defined as a sustained increase in the general level of prices for goods and services. It is measured as an annual percentage increase. As inflation rises, every dollar you own buys a smaller percentage of a good or service.
Who did President JOhn Adams ask to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Category - U.S. History, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis John Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1801-1835). His court opinions helped lay the basis for the United States constitutional law and made the Supreme Court a coequal branch of government along with the executive and legislative branches.
Which development resulted from the influence of Christian fundamentalism on 20th century politics?
Category - Government, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis In this case, the increased focus on moral issues is a direct reflection of Christian fundamentalism during the 1900s.
Humanitarian responses to natural disasters led to the creation of what body?
Category - Geography, 15% of the Social Studies Praxis The American Red Cross, also known as the American National Red Cross, is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education inside the United States and around the world.
Which of the following were accomplishments of the ancient Egyptian civilization?
Category - World History, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis Ancient Egypt brought about mummification, hieroglyphics and mummification. The wheel and cuneiform first appeared in Mesopotamia.
Which of the following were reasons that immigrants settled in ethnic neighborhoods in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States?
Category - U.S. History, 20% of the Social Studies Praxis The three reasons above are reasons immigrants often settled in ethnic neighborhoods were to avoid discrimination, promote cultural heritage, and seek affordable housing.
In eastern Canada, damage has been caused to tress, plants, fish and buildings by pollutants from factories. What is the name of this type of pollution?
Category - Geography, 15% of the Social Studies Praxis Acid rain is a rain or any other form of precipitation that is unusually acidic, meaning that it possesses elevated levels of hydrogen ions (low pH). It can have harmful effects on plants, aquatic animals and infrastructure.
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