GED Social Studies : Immigration and Emigration

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GED Social Studies

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Immigration And Emigration

The Native American population most likely arrived in North America __________.

Possible Answers:

via ships and rafts from Hawaii

from Viking Expeditions to Eastern Canada

through the Panamanian and Belizean rainforests

across the Strait of Gibraltar from Africa

across the Bering Strait from Asia

Correct answer:

across the Bering Strait from Asia

Explanation:

The original Native American population is believed to have crossed into North America via a land bridge in the modern-day Bering Strait. So they would have crossed from what is now Northern Russia into Alaska and then rapidly worked there way (over many generations) down throughout modern North and South America.

Example Question #2 : Immigration And Emigration

A person who has fled some disaster—natural or political—in his or her home country and now lives abroad is called a(n) __________.

Possible Answers:

reactionary

immigrant

departee

refugee

diaspora

Correct answer:

refugee

Explanation:

A refugee is someone who has either been forced to leave or else has fled some disaster—famine, poverty, genocide, religious warfare, etc. A refugee leaves his or her own country and heads for a willing country believed to be safer. Different countries around the world have widely varied practices when it comes to accepting refugees. The diaspora is the name given to a community of displaced people, e.g. the Jewish Diaspora.

Example Question #1 : Immigration And Emigration

The phrase “God, glory, and gold” is used to describe __________.

Possible Answers:

the motivations behind European conquest and settlement of the Americas

the westward migration of American settlers in the nineteenth century

the political beliefs and ideologies of certain elements of the contemporary Republican Party

the reasons that inspired the Protestant Reformation

the British desire to conquer the Indian subcontinent

Correct answer:

the motivations behind European conquest and settlement of the Americas

Explanation:

The phrase “God, glory, and gold” is often used to describe the motivations behind European conquest and settlement of the Americas. It is most frequently used to describe the first wave of European colonialism under the Spanish. It is a shorthand term to illustrate how the Spanish were motivated to colonize the Americas in order to spread Christianity ("God"), gain personal fame and notoriety ("glory"), and become immensely wealthy by exporting gold and silver back to Europe ("gold").

Example Question #3 : Immigration And Emigration

Xenophobia is the name given to ___________________.

Possible Answers:

the fear of disease

anarchist discourse

the fear of foreigners

the fear of the government

racist discourse

Correct answer:

the fear of foreigners

Explanation:

Xenophobia is an important term and important trend in human and American history. Xenophobia is the fear of foreigners, and it is a motivating factor in many of the worst instances of violence and atrocities in human history. It can also be a primary motivating factor in less dramatic, but no less important, circumstances, like limits on immigration, racism, tariffs, civil unrest and so on.

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