Ms. Caldwell’s United States History Semester Exam Study Guide – Winter 2011
***Along with this handout, you have received all of your quiz and test work from the first semester. This is
ON LOAN, as I will collect this folder from you on the day of your semester exam and will keep it again for
you until the end-of-the-year exam. If you do not return this folder, I will not correct your semester exam.
Use these tests, quizzes and guide to prepare for the exam!
As always, COME SEE ME WITH QUESTIONS***
stTEST: Friday, January 21 at 8:30am
STUDY SESSIONS (everyone is required to attend at least ONE study session): thTuesday, January 18 at 2:30pm thWednesday, January 19 at lunch thThursday, January 20 after exams (about noon)
Events: Be able to identify and explain the historical significance and impact of the following:
House of Burgesses
Black Death in Europe
Columbus’ first voyage
Beginning of the Slave Trade
Founding of Jamestown
Founding of St. Augustine
Declaration of Independence
Coercive or Intolerable Acts
Boston Tea Party
Battle of Lexington and Concord
Treaty of Paris
Proclamation of 1763
Repeal of the Stamp Act
Election of James K. Polk British Cession
Lewis and Clark Expedition California Gold Rush
Brigham Young and the Mormons move to Utah Territory
Acquisition of Oregon Country Trail of Tears
Battle of the Alamo
Compromise of 1820
Compromise of 1850
John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry
Fugitive Slave Act
Dred Scot Decision
Founding of the Republican Party Election of 1860
Secession of South Carolina Border States
Battle of Gettysburg
Battle of Hampton Roads Emancipation Proclamation Fort Sumter
First Manassas (First Bull Run) Sharpsburg (Antietam)
Sailor’s Creek (Appomattox)
People: Be able to identify and explain the historical influence and impact of the following people:
Pedro Menendez de A vila Christopher Columbus Squanto
King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella - Spain
King James I - England King Phillip II – Spain
Queen Elizabeth I - England
George Washington John Hancock
Thomas Jefferson George III – England
Louis XVI – France
Charles Cornwallis Henry Knox
Alexander Hamilton Crispus Attucks
Marquis de Lafayette Patrick Henry
Thomas Jefferson (may as well put him on the list a couple of times.)
Meriwether Lewis John Quincy Adams Napoleon Bonaparte Santa Ana
James K. Polk
Charles III – Spain
Louis XV – France
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Ulysses S. Grant
John Wilkes Booth
Robert E. Lee
Anyone else you know I’ve forgotten, but we’ve talked about in class or read about.
Significant Documents: Be able to identify and explain the content and historical significance of each of
The Declaration of Independence
Patrick Henry’s Speech
The Federalist Papers
The Articles of Confederation
The Preamble to the Constitution
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
The Constitution: Be able to explain the following components of the U.S. Constitution:
Articles I, II, III, V of the Constitution
The Bill of Rights – All 10 Amendments
Amendments XIII, XIV, and XV (Post Civil War Amendments)
All 19 of your question sets for reading your textbook should be reviewed. Much of the information
gleaned from these questions will help you with the multiple choice. Pay particular attention to the
powers and responsibilities of the branches.
; Everything we’ve studied the past couple of days on Reconstruction – particularly the key terms and the
agreements made between the Union and the states returning to the Union.
Central Questions: Be prepared to argue your point on the following central questions
; How might the American Character be different had we been an insular, less diverse nation throughout
; Was the War for American Independence justified?
; Did the Constitution grant the Federal (central) Government too much power? and Does the system of
Check and Balances work?
; Whose idea of democracy developed during Westward Expansion had the greatest influence on the
future of American democracy, Thomas Jefferson or Andrew Jackson?
; Was the Civil War avoidable?
Okay, kiddos, I know this has made you more nervous than you already were. Look how much you’ve
accomplished this semester. Do not let yourself down…prepare yourself for the exam. Review old tests, participate in the in class and before or after school study sessions and go over your question sets. ASK FOR HELP. I have so much enjoyed this semester with you and look forward to the second semester. DO YOUR BEST – have faith in yourselves, I have faith in you!
P.S. Save this study sheet…you’ll be responsible for knowing all of this for your final exam too!