GED Social Studies : Founding Fathers and Constitutional Framers

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GED Social Studies

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Founding Fathers And Constitutional Framers

Which of these American Presidents presided over the Louisiana Purchase?

Possible Answers:

Andrew Jackson

George Washington

Martin Van Buren

James Madison

Thomas Jefferson

Correct answer:

Thomas Jefferson

Explanation:

The Louisiana Purchase took place in 1803, during the Presidency of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson purchased the massive Louisiana territory from Napoleon and the French Empire for the sum of fifteen million dollars. Interestingly, given Jefferson’s stance on limiting the power of the Federal government and the President, it established a precedent that the President and the government had greater power than that which was accorded in the Constitution.

Example Question #2 : Founding Fathers And Constitutional Framers

The First Barbary War was fought by which American President?

Possible Answers:

George Washington

William Henry Harrison

Martin Van Buren

Thomas Jefferson

Andrew Jackson

Correct answer:

Thomas Jefferson

Explanation:

The First Barbary War was fought by the American navy against the pirate forces of the Barbary States in North Africa. The war was the first major foreign militaristic action taken by the young United States from 1801 to 1805. It was fought during the administration of Thomas Jefferson.

Example Question #1 : Founding Fathers And Constitutional Framers

Which of these men was not a Constitutional Framer or Founding Father?

Possible Answers:

Henry Clay

Benjamin Franklin

Thomas Jefferson

John Adams

John Jay

Correct answer:

Henry Clay

Explanation:

All of these men are considered Founding Fathers or Constitutional Framers, except Henry Clay, who was a prominent politician for a few decades in the first half of the nineteenth century. Henry Clay was a longtime Speaker of the House and also served as Secretary of State from 1825 until 1829. 

Example Question #4 : Founding Fathers And Constitutional Framers

Poor Richard’s Almanack was published by __________.

Possible Answers:

Benjamin Franklin

John Jay

Adam Smith

Patrick Henry

Edmund Burke

Correct answer:

Benjamin Franklin

Explanation:

Poor Richard’s Almanack was written and published by Benjamin Franklin. The almanac made Franklin rich and famous, and it helped spread Enlightenment ideas to the common people.

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