GED Social Studies : Question Types

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GED Social Studies

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Example Question #1 : Political Cartoons

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Based on this political cartoon it is likely that _________________.

Possible Answers:

Andrew Jackson was friends with the British King at the time

Andrew Jackson was not afraid to use the Presidential veto

Andrew Jackson supported the British war effort in the War of 1812

Andrew Jackson did not enjoy much popular support

Andrew Jackson was born in Britain

Correct answer:

Andrew Jackson was not afraid to use the Presidential veto

Explanation:

Just because Andrew Jackson is dressed as the King of England does not mean there is any evidence to suggest he was born in Britain, supported the British war effort, or was friends with the British King. Nor does it directly suggest that Andrew Jackson did not enjoy much popular support; however, in his hand Jackson is holding a piece of paper that says “veto,” which suggests he was not afraid to use the Presidential veto when given the opportunity.

Example Question #7 : Political Cartoons

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This political cartoon is primarily suggesting that _________________.

Possible Answers:

Andrew Jackson is acting as an authoritarian ruler rather than a President

Andrew Jackson is leading the United States into a war it cannot win

Andrew Jackson does not enjoy the popular support of the electorate

Andrew Jackson will not win in the coming Presidential election

Andrew Jackson is harming American interests by fostering close ties with Britain

Correct answer:

Andrew Jackson is acting as an authoritarian ruler rather than a President

Explanation:

In the cartoon Jackson is dressed as a King, an authoritarian ruler, and standing on a ripped-up copy of the United States’ Constitution. The author of this cartoon is clearly suggesting that Jackson should not be considered a truly democratic leader, but as something approaching a totalitarian ruler.

Example Question #1 : Political Cartoons

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The cartoon centers around Theodore Roosevelt’s reputation as a(n) _________________.

Possible Answers:

environmentalist

imperialist

trustbuster

war hero

political figurehead

Correct answer:

trustbuster

Explanation:

President Theodore Roosevelt’s domestic policies were in part defined by his opposition to large corporations, called “trusts.” His presidency was also defined by his imperialist and environmentalist (at least by the standards of the day) policies; but, in this cartoon Roosevelt is pictured as a hunter going after the standard oil trust, the beef trust, and the hard-coal trust. So, it seems logical to answer that the cartoon centers around his reputation as a “trustbuster.”

Example Question #1 : Political Cartoons

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The principle tone of this cartoon is _________________.

Possible Answers:

urging support

affectionate

demanding change

mocking irony

demonstrating support

Correct answer:

mocking irony

Explanation:

In this cartoon Andrew Jackson, one-time President of the United States, is shown dressed as a King and standing atop ripped-up copies of the United States’ Constitution and the Internal Improvements Bill. The headline reads “Born to command.” The tone is therefore meant to be mocking and ironic. The author is suggesting that Jackson believes he is born to command and thinks of himself as a ruler closer to a King than a President.

Example Question #1 : Political Cartoons

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The primary message of this cartoon is that __________.

Possible Answers:

child labor is the primary reason why the East of the United States is much wealthier than the rest of the country

child labor laws are too lenient in the United States

child labor laws are too strict in the United States

the use of child labor is concentrated in the Eastern manufacturing centers of the country

the use of child labor is a stain on American society and an affront to American values

Correct answer:

the use of child labor is a stain on American society and an affront to American values

Explanation:

The primary meaning behind this cartoon is that the use of child labor represents an affront to American society and to American values. The cartoon depicts a map of the United States with a big "blot" or "stain" on the map represented by child labor. The man is most likely meant to be Uncle Sam, looking disdainfully at the use of child labor.

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