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SS Chapter 11C


1) What does social mobility within a society mean? A) People move from one social class to another. B) People work at many different jobs during their lifetime. C) People travel throughout the nation a great deal. D) People frequently switch from one political party to another.
2) Most people in the United States consider themselves a part of what economic class? A) upper class B) lower class C) poverty class D) middle class
3) John Doe arrived in the United States as an immigrant laborer. His child became a police officer, his grandchild became a high school principal, and his great-grandchild became the governor of a state. Which term best describes this story? A) social mobility B) religious control C) racial integration D) political conflict
4) The following lists some of positions held by the Harris family: Father's occupation: Railroad porter Positions held by Mrs. Harris: Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare; Dean of Howard University Law School; Member of several corporate boards of directors Which one of the following conclusions can be drawn from the information? A) Racial discrimination still exists in the United States. B) The United States offers opportunity for social mobility. C) Economic succes
Which one of the following conclusions concerning population in the United States could be drawn from the chart? A) Throughout the nation, people moved from cities to farms. B) Northern cities saw a decrease in crime rates. C) Between 1980 and 1990, many people moved to cities in the West and Southwest. D) The ten largest cities remained the same from 1980 to 1990.
6) Most of the population growth in the 1980s occurred in what region of the United States? A) Southern and Western states B) California and the Northwest states C) New England D) Midwest and Plains states
7) What United States region dramatically increased in both business and population between 1980 and 1990? A) Northwest B) Northeast C) Southwest D) Midwest
8) Which one of the following could result from Americans moving from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States? A) fewer jobs and business growth in the Southern coastal states B) rising cost of living in all states C) loss of congressional representatives in the northern coastal states D) increased population in the Northern coastal states due to increased available space
9) According to the map, which region of the United States gained the most seats in Congress? A) Northern B) Southwestern C) Midwest D) Northeastern
10) What causes the change in the number of representatives assigned to a state? A) an increase or decrease in a state's total population B) an increase or decrease in the current economic stability of a state C) an increase or decrease in the number of people registered to vote in a state D) an increase or decrease in a state's foreign-born residents
11) According to the map, what region of the United States suffered the largest loss of seats in the House of Representatives? A) Northwest B) Gulf Coast C) South D) Northeast
12) Which one of the following made it necessary for the congressional redistricting as shown on the map? A) national election results B) a presidential decision C) the national census D) a constitutional amendment
13) Which one of the following could not explain why the size of the population more than doubled between 1950 to 2000? A) The children born during the baby-boom of the 50s and 60s were having children of their own. B) The infant mortality rate increased significantly during the 50‑year period. C) More mothers were having multiple births due to fertility drugs. D) Advancements in medicine increased life expectancy.
14) Which one of the following was a major reason for the slow population growth from 1930 to 1940? A) the Great Depression B) the poor quality of medical care C) worldwide food shortages D) United States involvement in World War II
15) What was the approximate population of the United States as of the year 2000? A) 75 million B) 560 million C) 280 million D) 110 million
16) What has become an issue as a result of the increased life expectancy in the United States? A) increased numbers of young people will be available for employment B) low-cost housing needs will decrease C) providing enough primary educational institutions D) dealing with the increasing needs of older Americans
What assumption can be made based upon the trend shown in the graph? A) More schools will be required to support the increasing population. B) More programs will be needed for senior citizens. C) Fewer hospitals will be needed due to healthier lifestyles. D) More limits need to be placed on funding for the elderly.
18) Which one of the following is the main reason why the needs of many elderly people in the United States are not being met today? A) Elderly people already receive the highest percentage of welfare assistance. B) Most elderly people no longer have the right to vote for candidates that support programs for the elderly. C) Most elderly people can support themselves without government aid. D) There is a higher percentage of elderly people today than in previous years.
19) Which one of the following conclusions is best supported by the information in the table? A) The percentage of increase in the total population had risen steadily since 1900. B) The percentage of increase of the elderly had risen steadily since 1900. C) The percentage of increase of the total population was greatest in the years 1920 to 1930 because of the need for farm workers. D) The percentage of increase of the elderly was greater than the percentage of increase of the total populati
20) After studying the table, a builder would have probably been most interested in building A) housing developments in the inner city B) retirement villages C) luxury apartments in suburban areas D) middle-income apartment buildings
21) After studying the table, a member of the United States Congress would most probably have supported laws concerned with A) Social Security benefits B) labor relations C) veterans benefits D) student loans
22) According to the chart, in what year is the percentage of the population aged 65 and over the greatest? A) 1950 B) 2030 C) 2050 D) 2010
23) Between 1950 and 2050, which one of the following might be directly responsible for the change in the population of people age 65 and over? A) improvements in medicine B) decreased immigration to the United States C) increased availability of jobs D) the development of the internet
24) According to the chart, approximately how many people were under age 65 in 1990? A) 275 million B) 215 million C) 240 million D) 180 million
25) According to the chart, what percentage of the population will be over age 65 by the year 2010? A) 27 percent B) 13 percent C) 24 percent D) 16 percent
26) Which one of the following trends is illustrated by the chart? A) The total population of the United States will decrease after the year 2050. B) The population of the United States age 65 and older will continue to increase. C) The population of the United States below age 65 will steadily increase. D) The population of the United States age 65 and older will double every 20 years.
27) What is a major reason for the trend shown in the graph? A) increase in life expectancy and a decline in the birth rate B) increased prosperity during the 1980s C) increase in the number of women in the workforce D) shift of workers from producing goods to providing services
28) The trend shown in the graph will force the government to decide whether to A) increase or decrease employment for women B) provide jobs the young or for the old C) make cuts in Social Security benefits or increase taxes D) have full employment or high unemployment
29) During what decade were the baby boomers in the cartoon most likely born? A) 1940s B) 1920s C) 1980s D) 1960s
30) What is the significance of the small rocking chair in the cartoon? A) Rampant inflation has caused many baby boomers to retire early. B) The baby boomers tended to become overweight as they got older. C) Increasing death rates have decreased the number of baby boomers retiring today. D) There may not be enough retirement funds to support the baby boomers.
31) In the United States, the increase in life expectancy during the 20th century directly resulted in increased problems in which one of the following areas? A) enrollment in public schools B) Social Security program C) strength of the military D) workers' compensation
32) Which one of the following groups represents the interests of senior citizens in the United States? A) NAFTA B) AFL-CIO C) AARP D) NASA
33) Which one of the following has most directly affected senior citizens? A) downsizing in some schools B) decreasing size of American families C) global warming D) rising prices of health care
34) What conclusion can be drawn from the information in the table? A) The United States was made up of many racial groups. B) The white population in the United States declined between 1990 and 2000. C) Patterns of racial growth had not changed in 10 years. D) There were more Protestants than Catholics in the United States.
35) According to the table, which one of the following statements was accurate about the population in the year 2000? A) The Asian population was smaller than the American Indian racial group. B) The white population was the largest racial group. C) There was a larger black population than white population. D) There was a larger black population than Hispanic or Latino.
36) Which one of the following would have most likely reversed the situation shown in the graph? A) an increase in the amount of federal aid to Northern states B) the election of a president of the United States who favors segregation C) an increase in job opportunities in the South D) severe unemployment in the South
37) ABCD AAA A AB Which Venn diagram best illustrated the idea of the United States as a "melting pot?" A) B) C) D)
38) A person desiring to immigrate to the United States today would have the best chance of entering legally if he or she has A) money deposited in a United States bank B) friends in the United States C) an understanding of United States history D) a close relative in the United Stat
39) Which one of the following statements best described United States immigration in the 1980s and 1990s? A) Most immigrants were not employable. B) The largest numbers of immigrants came from Asia. C) More immigrants were European than Asian. D) All immigrants came into the country illegally.
40) Based on the immigration laws of the mid‑ to late‑1900s, which one of the following people would find it easiest to immigrate legally into the United States? A) a farmer from Russia B) a migrant worker from Mexico C) a scientist from Kenya D) an unskilled laborer from Great Britain
41) Which one of the following statements best indicates that the United States is made up of many different culture groups? A) A majority of the people live in cities and suburbs. B) Many foreign language newspapers are published and read in the United States. C) Many persons visit museums and art galleries. D) The population of the United States is over 280 million.
42) The fact that bilingual programs are taught in many United States high schools today means that our society is composed of many A) economic systems B) political parties C) culture groups D) social classes
43) An Italian-American community in a city has Italian specialty shops, festivals, and Italian-language newspapers. This community is an example of A) alienation B) a counterculture C) assimilation D) a subculture
44) What effect do television, multinational companies, and air travel have on a community? A) They reduce regional and cultural differences. B) They emphasize the harmful effects of technology. C) They reduce the gap between the rich and the poor. D) They raise the standard of living for everyone.
45) From which nation do many illegal migrant farm workers come to the United States in order to harvest crops? A) Canada B) England C) Mexico D) Greece
46) For what main purpose have many Puerto Ricans migrated to the United States mainland? A) for racial equality B) for political freedom C) for religious freedom D) for better jobs
47) " When the economy of my country could no longer support its people and provide us with sufficient sources of income, many of my people immigrated to the United States in the 1980s and 1990s to find work." Based on this statement, workers would have been leaving which country to find jobs in the United States? A) Great Britain B) Canada C) Mexico D) France
48) What was the Immigration Reform and Control Act designed to accomplish? A) encourage immigration from Asian nations B) limit the hiring of immigrants by American businesses C) end illegal immigration D) assist immigrants in adjusting to American culture
49) What effect have advances in medicine had on life in the United States? A) It has mostly had no affect at all. B) The cost of medical care has decreased. C) Most serious diseases have been eliminated totally. D) Americans' life expectancy has increased.
50) People today live longer than people did 100 years ago. This has most directly resulted in A) an increase in public school enrollment B) problems in caring for the elderly C) a return to the extended family unit D) a decrease in population
51) Which one of the following was a population trend that began in the 1970s? A) Mid-Atlantic island populations were increasing. B) Rural area populations were increasing. C) Southern and Western populations were decreasing. D) Northeastern city populations were decreasing.
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