Semester Exam

Your semester exam will cover the key people, terms, and main ideas of the entire first semester. The test will include matching, true-and-false, multiple choice, and essay questions. Those students who have a solid "A" in our U.S. History class after our "I Am..." project will only be responsible for completing the essay portion of the exam. See the listing below.

Se June H.
Alex L.
Ashley K.
Hee Jae C.
So Yon J.
Min Jung C.
Angie J.
Elizabeth K.
Dean L.
Walter Y.
Albert C.
Micky K.
Julia L.
Jenny L.

Listed below are the Immersion pages for each week as well as a HippoCampus link that will host all of the videos we watched also. I encourage you to lean heavily on the Social Studies notebook you have been developing all first semester and that you ask questions of me or others to help you with that material that you might not be able to recall or correctly understand. You may also review previous tests and quizzes on Quiz to assist you also.



Notebook - All this semester you have been recording and organizing your immersion information inside your notebook. This is now your bible for your semester exam.

Quia- This will be your second best review resource. Review the questions of past exams and become familiar again with the key terms, people, and main ideas we have studied.

HippoCampus - Having trouble understanding the information from your notes? Click on over to Hippocampus to watch a quick video summary.

Immersion Links - Go directly to the wiki page to see the original list of key terms and main ideas.

Key Terms

Magna Carta
Land Ordinance of 1785
Northwest Ordinance of 1787
interstate commerce
Constitutional Convention
Virginia Plan
New Jersey Plan
Three-Fifths Compromise

commerce compromise

popular sovereignty
legislative branch
executive branch
judicial branch
checks and balances
federalists vs. anti-federalists
June, 1788
Bill of Rights
Neutrality Proclamation
Jay's Treaty
Pinkney's Treaty

Treaty of Greenville

Whiskey Rebellion
Democratic-Republican Party
XYZ Affair
Alien and Sedition Acts
Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions

Louisiana Purchase


Embargo Act
Non-Intercourse Act
War Hawks
Treaty of Ghent
Era of Good Feelings
Cumberland Road
Erie Canal
Industrial Revolution
interchangeable parts
mass production
Missouri Compromise (1820)
Tariff of Abominations
state's rights doctrine
nullification crisis
popular sovereignty
Compromise of 1850
Fugitive Slave Act

Pottawatomie Massacre

John Brown's Raid
cotton diplomacy

Emancipation Proclamation

54th Massachusetts regiment
Ulysses S. Grant
Gettysburg Address
total war
Great Compromise
Federalist Papers
Hartford Convention
cotton gin
Kansas-Nebraska Act
Appomattox Courthouse
Federalist Party

Key People

Daniel Shays
James Madison
Lewis & Clark
George Washington
James Madison
Andrew Jackson
Dred Scott
John Brown
Abraham Lincoln
Jefferson Davis
George McClellan
Robert E. Lee

Main Ideas

Forming a Gov’t
  1. Identify the solutions Congress came up with to deal with the lands in the Northwest Territory?
  2. Summarize the problems the United States experienced with regards to Spain and Great Britain after the American Revolution.
  3. Summarize the problems the United States experienced internally with regards to interstate commerce (trade) and inflation under the Articles of Confederation.
  4. How did Shays Rebellion demonstrate the need for change in the national government?

Ratifying a Constitution
  1. How did the Great Compromise solve the debate between the Virginia and New Jersey Plans?
  2. How did the Three-Fifths Compromise resolve the regional differences debate over the issue of slavery?
  3. Identify how the powers between the states and national government changed under the Constitution, as compared to under the Articles of Confederation.
  4. Explain how the system of checks and balances within the Constitution demonstrates “limited government” and keeps any branch of government from becoming too powerful?
  5. Identify the role played by the Federalist Papers in the ratification of the Constitution. What fears did the Federalists Papers address?
  6. Explain how amendments are added to the Constitution?
  7. How did the arguments of the Anti-Federalists help to significantly re-shape the Constitution?

Early Presidencies - Washington
  1. What diplomatic problems did the French Revolution and the war between France and Great Britain pose for the United States? How did Washington and Congress deal with this problem?
  2. What were the circumstances that sent John Jay to England? How did Jay's Treaty affect American relations with Spain?
  3. What were the reasons for the Whiskey Rebellion? Who was it aimed at particularly?
  4. How did Washington's reaction to the Whiskey Rebellion compare to how the government reacted to Shay's rebellion? How does this underscore the difference between the Constitution and the Articles of Confederation?

Early Presidencies - Adams
  1. What diplomatic problems did President Adams run into when attempting to improve foreign relations between the United States and France? How did President Adam's deal with this problem?
  2. How did the Federalists attempt to silence those who opposed going to war with France, and what groups did these attempts most affect?
  3. What idea regarding states' rights did the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions support?

Early Presidencies – Jefferson & War of 1812
  1. What actions did Thomas Jefferson take once he entered office as President? How did these actions reflect the Democratic-Republican views?
  2. What chain of events led to the Louisiana Purchase? Why was the Louisiana Purchase important to the future of the U.S.?
  3. Why did the United States feel that is neutrality rights were being violated by Britain in1807?
  4. Identify how successful were the Embargo Act and the Non-Intercourse Act? How did this effect the U.S. financially and politically?
  5. Describe the views of the opposing sides in the war debate. What did the War Hawks believe? What did opponents to the war believe?
  6. Identify the immediate and long-term effects of the War of 1812 on America.

Nationalism & Innovation
  1. How did improvements in the nation's transportation system strengthen America's economy?
  2. How did new technological innovations transform the economies of the North and South?

  1. What were the major elements of disagreement in the debate over the admission of Missouri into the Union?
  2. How was this "compromise" not a long-term solution to the problem of slavery in the Western territories? What other problems did it create for the future?
  3. Why did northerners favor tariffs on imports and southerners oppose them?
  4. What led to the nullification crisis?
  5. How did southerners use the states' rights doctrine to support the idea of nullification?
  6. How are the arguments made for/against California's admission into the union similar to the arguments made during the debate over Missouri's admission to the union?
  7. How did the Compromise of 1850 contradict [go against] the Missouri Compromise of 1820?
  8. What were the effects of the Fugitive Slave Act? Why did some Americans believe the Fugitive Slave Act was unfair?
  9. How did the Kansas-Nebraska Act contradict [go against] the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and anger Northerners?
  10. What was the decision of the Supreme Court in the Dred Scott Case? Identify the reasons the Supreme Court gave to support their decision.
  11. How did the Supreme Court case affect abolitionists efforts? Why did John Brown's raid lead some southerners to talk about leaving the Union?
  12. Explain how the actions of John Brown in the Pottawatomie Massacre and at Harper's Ferry would lead some Southerners to talk about leaving the Union?

Civil War
  1. What were the strengths and weaknesses of both the North and the South at the beginning of the war?
  2. Identify the northern and southern strategy for winning the war.
  3. Identify the significance and the limitations of the Emancipation Proclamation.
  4. Why was the success of the Union army in 1864 so significant to Abraham Lincoln?
  5. What problems did the South face at the end of the war that would eventually force them to have to surrender? #What was the aftermath of the war on the South?
  6. What was the outcome of each of the following battles? What effect did it have on both sides?
  • Battle of Fort Sumter
  • 1st Battle of Bull Run
  • Seven Day's Battle
  • Battle of Antietam
  • Battle of Shiloh
  • Battle of Vicksburg
  • Battle of Gettysburg
  • Sherman's March & Siege of Atlanta
  • Battle of Petersburg