This is the second of our free GED 2014 Social Studies practice tests. The GED social studies questions are fairly challenging and you will need to know some basic facts about government, politics, and history. Many of the questions will provide an excerpt from a speech or document, and the answer can often be found within the excerpt.
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Under the US Constitution, which body has the sole authority to declare war?
The U.S. Congress
The Secretary of Defense
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
This question refers to the following graph:
Given the above information, which of the following statements is the most logical conclusion?
A higher unemployment rate leads to more tax revenue
A lower unemployment rate leads to more tax revenue
There is no relationship between unemployment and tax revenue
A higher unemployment rate leads to more tax fraud
Which of the following questions about NASA’s budget would be the most difficult to answer?
How does NASA spend its money?
Does the United States spend too much money on space exploration?
How much of an increase did NASA receive over last year’s budget?
How much do we spend on astronaut training annually?
Review the chart below for questions 4–6:
What was the primary goal of the Confederacy in fighting the Civil War?
To rejoin the United States
To take control of the federal government of the United States
To remain an independent country where slavery was permitted
To wipe out the Union and destroy the northern states
What is the most likely reason that the Confederate States of America won several major battles early in the Civil War?
The Confederacy had a great supply line to fortify their troops with guns and ammunition.
The Confederacy had a much larger army.
The Confederacy had superior military generals who outmaneuvered the Union troops.
The Confederacy produced more food.
What would be the best title for the chart?
Comparing the advantages and disadvantages of the Union and Confederacy
Comparison of military supplies of the Union and Confederacy armies
Understanding why the Union won the Civil War
Understanding the advantages the Confederacy had over the Union
The following excerpt is from the November 1, 2008 edition of the New York Times:
Which of the following statements from the passage is an opinion and not a fact?
“While each of Florida’s 27 electoral delegates represents almost 480,000 eligible voters, each of the three delegates from Wyoming represents only 135,000 eligible voters.”
“That makes a voter casting a presidential ballot in Wyoming three and a half times more influential than a voter in Florida.”
“This system, along with the winner-take-all practice used to allocate most states’ electoral votes, creates the potential for an absurd outcome.”
“The presidency could be won with just 22 percent of the electorate’s support, only 16 percent of the entire population’s.”
This excerpt is from President Woodrow Wilson’s April 2, 1917, Address to Congress:
Which of the following statements is a logical inference based upon evidence from the passage?
President Wilson does not want the US to retaliate against the Germans.
President Wilson believes that the US should retaliate against the Germans regardless of what other countries decide.
President Wilson believes fear and anger should stir American support for war against Germany.
President Wilson wants to wait and see how other nations respond to the German attacks before declaring war.
Examine the chart and answer the questions that follow.
The “right to bear arms” is granted by which amendment of the United States Constitution?
- Freedom of religion, speech, and the press
- The right to bear arms
- Freedom from housing soldiers
- Protection from unreasonable searches and seizures
- Right to a grand jury
- Rights of accused persons in criminal cases
- Rights in civil cases
- Excessive bail, fines, and punishments forbidden
- Rights reserved to the people
- Undelegated powers kept by the states and people
According to the chart, which of the following states does not require a mental health background check to purchase a firearm?
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