We’re firm believers that practice makes better, if not perfect. So here’s another Social Studies practice test. Give yourself 65 minutes to complete the question-and-answer section and then 25 minutes for the Extended Response to best simulate the real test-taking experience. The answers and explanations to this test’s questions are in Chapter 28.
Social Studies Test
Time: 65 minutes
Directions: Mark your answers on the answer sheet provided.
Questions 1–4 refer to the following passage, which is excerpted from Cliffs Quick Review U.S. History I, by P. Soifer and A. Hoffman (Wiley).
The First Inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere
In telling the history of the United States and also of the nations of the Western Hemisphere in general, historians have wrestled with the problem of what to call the hemisphere’s first inhabitants. Under the mistaken impression he had reached the “Indies,” explorer Christopher Columbus called the people he met “Indians.” This was an error in identification that has persisted for more than five hundred years, for the inhabitants of North and South America had no collective name by which they called themselves.
Historians, anthropologists, and political activists have offered various names, none fully satisfactory. Anthropologists have used “aborigine,” but the term suggests a primitive level of existence inconsistent with the cultural level of many tribes. Another term, “Amerindian,” which combines Columbus’s ...