Essay on Regents Exam in U.S. History and Government

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The University of the State of New York


Thursday, January 24, 2013 — 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., only
Student Name ______________________________________________________________ School Name _______________________________________________________________ The possession or use of any communications device is strictly prohibited when taking this examination. If you have or use any communications device, no matter how briefly, your examination will be invalidated and no score will be calculated for you. Print your name and the name of your school on the lines above. A separate answer sheet for Part I has been provided to you.
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There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the said territory, otherwise than in the punishment of crimes whereof the party shall have been duly convicted: Provided, always, That any person escaping into the same, from whom labor or service is lawfully claimed in any one of the original States, such fugitive may be lawfully reclaimed and conveyed to the person claiming his or her labor or service as aforesaid.…”
— Northwest Ordinance, 1787

Based on this excerpt from the Northwest Ordinance, which statement is a valid conclusion? (1) The issue of slavery was largely ignored before the Civil War. (2) Abolitionists had gained control of the Constitutional Convention. (3) Slavery was legally banned in the Northwest Territory. (4) Enslaved persons had constitutionally protected civil rights. 7 The Great Compromise enabled delegates at the Constitutional Convention (1787) to (1) establish the principle of popular sovereignty in the territories (2) give Congress the exclusive right to declare war if the nation is attacked (3) protect the interests of states with small populations and states with large populations (4) provide for the indirect election of the president through the electoral college

U.S. Hist. & Gov’t. – Jan. ’13

8 Which presidential action is an example of the use of the unwritten constitution? (1) signing a law passed by Congress (2) calling a meeting of the cabinet

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