United States History Semester Exam Study Guide

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United States History Semester Exam Study Guide

    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!


     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

    Mayflower’s voyage

    Georgia Founded

    Spanish Armada

    Protestant Reformation

    Beginning of the Slave Trade

    Founding of Jamestown

    Founding of St. Augustine

    Declaration of Independence

    Stamp Act

    Coercive or Intolerable Acts

    Boston Tea Party

    Boston Massacre

    Sugar Act

    Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Treaty of Paris

    Quartering Act

    Townshend Acts

    Proclamation of 1763

    Repeal of the Stamp Act

    Tea Act

    Texas Annexation

Louisiana Purchase

    Election of James K. Polk British Cession

    Gadsden Purchase

    Lewis and Clark Expedition California Gold Rush

    Mexican Cession

    Brigham Young and the Mormons move to Utah Territory

    Spanish Cession

    Acquisition of Oregon Country Trail of Tears

    Battle of the Alamo

    Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Bleeding Kansas

    Underground Railroad

    Compromise of 1820

    Compromise of 1850

     Lincoln-Douglas Debates

     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:

John Smith

    Pedro Menendez de A vila Christopher Columbus Squanto

    King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella - Spain

    John Rolfe



    King James I - England King Phillip II Spain

    Queen Elizabeth I - England

     John Adams

    Samuel Adams

    George Washington John Hancock

    Thomas Jefferson George III England

    Louis XVI France

    Paul Revere

    Thomas Paine

    Benedict Arnold

    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.)

    Andrew Jackson

    Meriwether Lewis John Quincy Adams Napoleon Bonaparte Santa Ana

    James K. Polk

    Charles III Spain

    Louis XV France

    James Monroe

    James Madison

    John Marshall

    Eli Whitney

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Fredrick Douglas

    John Brown

    Dred Scott

    Jefferson Davis

    “Stonewall” Jackson

    Stephen Douglas

    Ulysses S. Grant

    George McClellan

    Abraham Lincoln

    John Wilkes Booth

    Robert E. Lee

    George Meade

    George Pickett

    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 following:

     The Declaration of Independence

     Common Sense

     Patrick Henry’s Speech

     The Federalist Papers

     The Articles of Confederation

     The Preamble to the Constitution

     Uncle Tom’s Cabin

     Gettysburg Address

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)

     Executive Powers

     Judicial Powers

     Legislative Powers

Short Answer:

     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

    our history?

    ; 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!

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