United States History

All the following were contributing causes of the Great Depression EXCEPT:

(A) margin buying
(B) frequent fluctuations in share prices
(C) widespread bank failures
(D) the existence of Hoovervilles
(E) widespread business failures
United States History

African Americans traveled west after the Civil War for all the following reasons EXCEPT:

(A) to work on the railroad
(B) to escape racial segregation
(C) to work in the fur-trading industry
(D) to mine gold and silver
(E) to claim homesteads for themselves and their families
United States History

2015 AP U.S. History Practice Exam Multiple-Choice Questions 32

Questions 30 – 33 refer to the excerpt below.

“[H]istory and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government…. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. . . . The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none, or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns.”

George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

Which of the following groups most strongly opposed Washington’s point of view in the address?

(A) Democratic-Republicans
(B) New England merchants
(C) Southern plantation owners
(D) Federalists
United States History

2015 AP U.S. History Practice Exam Multiple-Choice Questions 3

Questions 1 – 3 refer to the excerpt below.

“In 1739 arrived among us from Ireland the Reverend Mr. [George] Whitefield, who had made himself remarkable there as an itinerant preacher. He was at first permitted to preach in some of our churches; but the clergy, taking a dislike to him, soon refused him their pulpits, and he was obliged to preach in the fields. The multitudes of all sects and denominations that attended his sermons were enormous. . . . It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants. From being thoughtless or indifferent about religion, it seemed as if all the world were growing religious, so that one could not walk thro’ the town in an evening without hearing psalms sung in different families of every street.”

Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The preaching described in the excerpt is an example of which of the following developments in the 1700s?

(A) The development of an idea of republican self-government
(B) The emergence of calls for the abolition of slavery
(C) The increased influence of the Enlightenment
(D) The expansion of Protestant evangelism
United States History

All the following were direct or indirect consequences of the Articles of Confederation EXCEPT:

(A) The United States acquired a large war debt.
(B) The states gave up individual claims to lands outside their borders east of the Mississippi.
(C) The Northwest Territory was divided into smaller territories, each with its own governor.
(D) An economic depression hit the United States in 1784.
(E) Daniel Shays led a farmers’ rebellion in Massachusetts.
United States History

The Treaty of Versailles stated all the following EXCEPT:

(A) Germany would have to pay reparations to Allied nations.
(B) Alsace-Lorraine would be returned to France.
(C) New nations called Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia would be established.
(D) Russia would be known as the Soviet Union.
(E) Germany would accept total blame for the war.
United States History

In his opinion in the case of Dred Scott v. Sanford, Chief Justice Taney stated all the following EXCEPT:

(A) The Fifth Amendment protected slaveowners’ rights to their property.
(B) The Missouri Compromise had been unconstitutional because it violated slaveowners’ property rights.
(C) The framers of the Constitution clearly had not intended the Constitution to apply to anyone of African descent.
(D) Slave status did not depend on geography but traveled everywhere with a person who was a slave.
(E) As long as society provided separate but equal opportunities to African slaves, it did not have to do anything more for them.
United States History

African Americans traveled west after the Civil War for all the following reasons EXCEPT:

(A) the lightbulb
(B) the telephone
(C) the air brake
(D) the cotton gin
(E) the typewriter
United States History

2015 AP U.S. History Practice Exam Multiple-Choice Questions 16

Questions 14 – 17 refer to the excerpt below.

“We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”

Chief Justice Earl Warren, writing the unanimous opinion of the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954

Which of the following sets of Supreme Court decisions demonstrated the strongest continuity with the idea expressed in the excerpt?

(A) Decisions endorsing the constitutionality of the death penalty, such as Gregg v. Georgia
(B) Decisions limiting affirmative action programs, such as Regents of the University of California v. Bakke
(C) Decisions defining individual rights and protections, such as Miranda v. Arizona
(D) Decisions defining election laws, such as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission