GED Social Studies : Civil Rights

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GED Social Studies

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Bill Of Rights

Which of these tenets was not part of the English Bill of Rights?

Possible Answers:

The guarantee of free speech in parliament

The right to petition the Monarch without fear of punishment

The protection from forced quartering of soldiers in the homes of private citizens

Limits on the power of the Crown

Regular elections in parliament

Correct answer:

The protection from forced quartering of soldiers in the homes of private citizens

Explanation:

The English Bill of Rights was signed in 1689, shortly after King William ascended to the throne during the Glorious Revolution. It’s primary intention was to ensure that the King could no longer act without impunity and to ensure the continued liberty and supremacy of the English Parliament. Among its basic tenets were placing limits on the power of the English royalty, the right to petition the Monarch without fear of punishment, the promise of regular elections in parliament, and the guarantee of freedom of speech in parliament. The English Bill of Rights is considered to be the forebear of the later American Bill of Rights. One right that is not included in the English Bill of Rights, but is included in the American, is the protection from the forced quarter of soldiers in the homes of private citizens. This was included in the American Bill of Rights in response to the British colonial policy of quartering soldiers in American houses during and after the French-Indian Wars.

Example Question #31 : Us Government

Which Amendment to the Constitution is related to “the right to remain silent”?

Possible Answers:

The Fifth Amendment

The Ninth Amendment

The Eighth Amendment

The Seventh Amendment

The Sixth Amendment

Correct answer:

The Fifth Amendment

Explanation:

The right to remain silent effectively states that every accused individual has the right not to speak if they choose to do so. This is related to the Fifth Amendment which says that a defendant cannot be forced to be a witness against themselves. 

Example Question #3 : Bill Of Rights

The right to a public trial is guaranteed in which Amendment to the Constitution?

Possible Answers:

The Eighth Amendment

The Sixth Amendment

The Ninth Amendment

The Seventh Amendment

The Fifth Amendment

Correct answer:

The Sixth Amendment

Explanation:

The right to a "speedy and public trial" is guaranteed in the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution. All American citizens have the right to a public trial in order to prevent any corruption or miscarriage of justice that might occur behind closed doors.

Example Question #1 : Individual Freedoms

Jim Crow Laws were designed to __________.

Possible Answers:

prevent female suffrage

support the war effort during the Korean War

enforce segregation

suppress criticism of the government

prevent the spread of slavery

Correct answer:

enforce segregation

Explanation:

Jim Crow Laws were enforced in the South during the decades after the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of slaves. Jim Crow Laws were designed to further segregation in the United States.

Example Question #1 : Civil Rights

Margaret Sanger is best known for her efforts to __________.

Possible Answers:

encourage support for birth-control for women

prohibit the sale and consumption of alcohol

overturn prohibition

extend suffrage rights to women

establish universal free and public education

Correct answer:

encourage support for birth-control for women

Explanation:

Margaret Sanger was an American activist in the early twentieth century. She believed passionately that giving women the ability to control when and if they got pregnant would do a great deal to advance the autonomy of women in society. Throughout her life, Sanger was an active supporter of allowing women to legally use birth-control.

Example Question #2 : Individual Freedoms

Habeas Corpus __________.

Possible Answers:

allows citizens to bring challenges to laws before the Supreme Court

makes it illegal for the government to detain a citizen without a trial

makes it impossible for a Supreme Court Judge to be removed from office

allows the President to veto any bill passed by Congress

allows the attorney general to dictate what cases are heard by the Federal government

Correct answer:

makes it illegal for the government to detain a citizen without a trial

Explanation:

Habeas Corpus is a British legal tradition that has passed into American law. It essentially states that the government cannot detain a citizen for a lengthy period of time without a trial. It ensures no illegal detention, and that every accused individual will be given the opportunity to go to court to be acquitted of any wrongdoing.

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