GED Social Studies : Magna Carta

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Example Questions

Example Question #91 : Content Areas

The Magna Carta was __________

Possible Answers:

signed between the English government and the American colonies to protect colonial independence in the eighteenth century.

signed between the English government and the common man in the eighteenth century.

signed between English nobles and the common man in the fifteenth century.

signed between the King and English nobles in the seventeenth century.

signed between the King and English nobles in the thirteenth century.

Correct answer:

signed between the King and English nobles in the thirteenth century.

Explanation:

The Magna Carta was a document signed between King John II and the English nobility in the thirteenth century. It was intended to prevent the King from abusing his power and aimed to protect certain rights of the nobility. It is often considered the beginning of English democracy and thus American democracy.

Example Question #92 : Content Areas

The Magna Carta was signed in __________

Possible Answers:

1676. 

1781. 

1215. 

1415. 

1776.

Correct answer:

1215. 

Explanation:

The Magna Carta was signed in 1215 between English nobles and King John II. The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, and the Articles of Confederation were signed into practice in 1781.

Example Question #93 : Content Areas

In which country was The Magna Carta signed?

Possible Answers:

England

Greece

France

The United States

Rome

Correct answer:

England

Explanation:

The Magna Carta (1215) was the first legal attempt to check the power of the English monarchy and to guarantee certain rights for some of the population. Seen as the founding moment of English democracy, it is worth considering that it only protected the nobles and other aristocrats from the abuses of the monarchy, and it would be a few hundred years before any true democracy began to take shape in England. Still, it is a seminal moment in the progression from autocratic monarchy to representative democracy in the English-speaking world.

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