Sample questions from the Nation's Report Card

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Posted: Jun 14, 2011 4:08 PM
Sample questions from the Nation's Report Card

Are you smarter than a fourth-grader? A sampling of questions from the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress U.S. history test. The answers at the end indicate what percentage of students got each question right:

1. The map shows canals in the United States in the 1800's. An important result of the building of canals in the United States was that:

A. slavery spread to the western states

B. people stopped building railroads

C. more people traveled to California to farm

D. trade increased among the states

2. At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, northern and southern delegates debated whether or not slaves would be counted as part of the state's population. Disagreement over this question led to bitter tensions among delegates. To resolve the question referred to in the passage, delegates agreed to:

A. include all male slaves in population totals

B. include no slaves in population totals

C. count each slave as three-fifths of a person in population totals

D. count slaves in the southern states but not in the northern states

3. During the Korean War, United Nations forces made up largely of troops from the United States and South Korea fought against troops from North Korea and:

A. the Soviet Union

B. Japan

C. China

D. Vietnam

Answers:

Question 1:

44 percent of fourth-graders chose the correct answer (D)

Question 2:

59 percent of eighth-graders chose the correct answer (C)

Question 3:

22 percent of 12th-grade test takers chose the correct answer (C)

Source: 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress