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Elementary Education K to 6

Subtest 2 – Social Science

Test Format and Sample Questions

The Social Science subtest contains approximately 50 multiple-choice items. You will have 65 minutes to complete the subtest.

Each of the questions will contain four response options. You will choose the best response out of the available options, and indicate A, B, C, or D.

The table below presents types of questions on the exam and directs you to examples of these formats among the sample items that follow.

Table of Question Formats

Type of Question Sample Question
Sentence Completion
Select the response option that best completes the sentence.
Question 1
Scenario
Examine a classroom situation or a student composition. Then select the response option that best answers a question, recommends a course of action, or gives the appropriate evaluation or teacher comment.
Question 2
Direct Question
Choose the response option that best answers the question.
Question 8

Sample Questions

The following questions represent both the form and content of questions on the examination. These questions will acquaint you with the general format of the examination; however, these sample questions do not cover all of the competencies and skills that are tested and will only approximate the degree of examination difficulty.


Question 1

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 1—Knowledge of effective instructional practices and assessment of the social sciences

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To assess a student’s ability to analyze the draining of the Everglades and the development of South Florida, it would be most effective to ask the student to

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Correct Response: D.

Question 2

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 1—Knowledge of effective instructional practices and assessment of the social sciences

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

A second grade teacher is planning a lesson on the Constitution. Of the following, which would be the most appropriate primary source through which to present the lesson?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 3

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 1—Knowledge of effective instructional practices and assessment of the social sciences

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

Which materials are best for helping kindergarten students learn how families are alike and how they differ?

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Correct Response: A.

Question 4

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 1—Knowledge of effective instructional practices and assessment of the social sciences

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

A fifth -grade teacher wants to deliver a lesson showing students how to compare cultural aspects of ancient American civilizations. Which of the following would be appropriate topics to plan lessons around?

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Correct Response: A.

Question 5

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 1—Knowledge of effective instructional practices and assessment of the social sciences

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Which of the following would be the most ideal desk arrangement for a cooperative learning activity?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 6

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 1—Knowledge of effective instructional practices and assessment of the social sciences

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Which of the following would be the most appropriate social studies service learning project in an elementary classroom?

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Correct Response: B.

Question 7

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

In the summer of 1765, the Sons of Liberty organized to protest against the

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Correct Response: B.

Question 8

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

Between 1849 and 1852, nearly 250,000 people arrived in California, which ultimately led to the admission of California as a state in 1850. Which was the cause of the largest migration in American history to date?

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Correct Response: A.

Question 9

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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Which of the following revenue collection attempts has been seen as an immediate precipitating cause of the Revolutionary War?

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Correct Response: A.

Question 10

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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Which of the following was a result of the Dred Scott case?

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Correct Response: B.

Question 11

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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Which of the following events contributed to the end of the medieval period in European history?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 12

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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Which primary source, when analyzed, discredits the practice of "separate but equal"?

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Correct Response: D.

Question 13

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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Which primary source would best present the conditions under which the Rough Riders operated during the Spanish-American War?

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Correct Response: D.

Question 14

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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Block printing originated in what country?

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Correct Response: D.

Question 15

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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The belief system founded in China by Lao-tzu is

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Correct Response: C.

Question 16

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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Which ancient civilization invented gunpowder?

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Correct Response: A.

Question 17

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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The Code of Justinian was developed in which empire?

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Correct Response: D.

Question 18

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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Identify the statement below that represents a historical fact from the Reconstruction Period.

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Correct Response: D.

Question 19

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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Select the combination of leader and reform that is historically correct.

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Correct Response: B.

Question 20

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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Which system rewarded conquistadors with tracts of land and the right to tax and demand labor from Native Americans who lived on the land?

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Correct Response: D.

Question 21

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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The theory of government found in the Declaration of Independence originated with the ideas of

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Correct Response: C.

Question 22

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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Who explored Florida, became governor, died of a fever, and was buried in the Mississippi River?

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Correct Response: D.

Question 23

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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The document that helped establish the principle that the British king is subject to the law was the

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Correct Response: C.

Question 24

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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Which of the following came about as a result of the industrialization of America in the late 18 hundreds?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 25

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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Which period of United States history would be associated with the following terms:

National Recovery Administration, New Deal, Civilian Conservation Groups?

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Correct Response: D.

Question 26

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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Which immigrant gained recognition as the king of the steel industry?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 27

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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During which decade of United States history would one encounter the following terms:

The McCarthy era, the Korean Conflict, and Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 28

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

The policy initiated by President Nixon to relax tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union was

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Correct Response: C.

Question 29

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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The Treaty of Paris of 1763 gave which European nation control of most of the territory east of the Mississippi River, to include the 13 colonies?

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Correct Response: D.

Question 30

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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What development enabled Florida to be more rapidly integrated back into the country following the Civil War and Reconstruction?

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Correct Response: D.

Question 31

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

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One of the ways that the issue concerning the education of the newly freed slaves was addressed in Florida was

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Correct Response: D.

Question 32

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 3—Knowledge of people, places, and environment (i.e., geography)

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The formal name the United States of America denotes which type of region?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 33

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 3—Knowledge of people, places, and environment (i.e., geography)

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In any particular location, the geographic theme of place should be affected LEAST by

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Correct Response: D.

Question 34

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 3—Knowledge of people, places, and environment (i.e., geography)

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Which of the following is essential when describing absolute location in geography?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 35

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 3—Knowledge of people, places, and environment (i.e., geography)

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

According to the following graph of the world's production of petroleum, which statement is most correct?

The graph is a bar graph with two sets of data bars. The title is World Crude Oil Production, 1975 and 1985. The vertical axis is labeled Thousand Barrels per Day, with values marked from 0 to 20,000 in increments of 2500. The horizontal axis is labeled with the names of the following 7 world regions: North America, Central and South America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and USSR, Middle East, Africa, and Far East and Oceania. A key indicates that the bars with a dot pattern represent the year 1975 and the bars with a line pattern represent the year 1985. The data values that I read are approximate. They are as follows. North America. 1975, 10,400. 1985, 14,000. Central and South America 1975, 3,600. 1985, 3,600. Western Europe 1975, 600. 1985, 3,800. Eastern Europe and USSR 1975, 9,900. 1985, 11,400. Middle East 1975, 19,200. 1985, 10,100. Africa 1975, 4,900. 1985, 4,800. Far East and Oceania 1975, 3,600. 1985, 5,600.

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Correct Response: A.

Question 36

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 3—Knowledge of people, places, and environment (i.e., geography)

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

Many of China's first inhabitants had to produce their own goods rather than obtaining them through trade because

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Correct Response: C.

Question 37

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 3—Knowledge of people, places, and environment (i.e., geography)

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One current effect of fencing free range in the western United States is

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Correct Response: C.

Question 38

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 3—Knowledge of people, places, and environment (i.e., geography)

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Between 19 60 and 2000, over 11,000,000 Latin Americans migrated to the United States. The majority of these Latin Americans left their homelands to

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Correct Response: B.

Question 39

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 4—Knowledge of government and the citizen (i.e., government and civics)

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Which of the following U.S. documents states that the purposes of government include establishing justice and securing the blessings of liberty?

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Correct Response: B.

Question 40

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 4—Knowledge of government and the citizen (i.e., government and civics)

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Over the course of U.S. history, six constitutional amendments have expanded voting rights to more citizens to include African Americans, women, and young citizens.

Which amendment specifically gave women the right to vote?

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Correct Response: B.

Question 41

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 4—Knowledge of government and the citizen (i.e., government and civics)

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The powers of government are distributed at the national, state, and local levels. Which power listed is reserved exclusively for the state governments?

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Correct Response: A.

Question 42

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 4—Knowledge of government and the citizen (i.e., government and civics)

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What executive power is unique to Florida's governor when compared to the executive power of the president of the United States?

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Correct Response: B.

Question 43

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 4—Knowledge of government and the citizen (i.e., government and civics)

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In Florida, property taxes are primarily used to raise revenue at which of the following levels of government?

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Correct Response: B.

Question 44

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 4—Knowledge of government and the citizen (i.e., government and civics)

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

A man is walking down a public street window-shopping. A robbery is reported in that same area. Police officers stop and search the man. He could contest this search on the grounds that it was a violation of his rights under the

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Correct Response: C.

Question 45

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 4—Knowledge of government and the citizen (i.e., government and civics)

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An individual's right to security is protected by

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Correct Response: D.

Question 46

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 4—Knowledge of government and the citizen (i.e., government and civics)

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Which of the following statements is true concerning the Constitution of the United States?

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Correct Response: A.

Question 47

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 4—Knowledge of government and the citizen (i.e., government and civics)

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Which amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures?

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Correct Response: A.

Question 48

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 4—Knowledge of government and the citizen (i.e., government and civics)

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The type of primary in which voters may choose to participate in either political party's primary regardless of their own affiliation is known as a(an)

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Correct Response: D.

Question 49

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 4—Knowledge of government and the citizen (i.e., government and civics)

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

According to the U.S. Constitution, the electoral college elects the president and is comprised of a group of individuals equal to each state's number of

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Correct Response: D.

Question 50

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 5—Knowledge of production, distribution, and consumption (i.e., economics)

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The Latin phrase caveat emptor encourages consumers to

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Correct Response: D.

Question 51

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 5—Knowledge of production, distribution, and consumption (i.e., economics)

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The Arab oil embargo, begun in 19 73 after the U.S. decision to aid Israel, was most significant because

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Correct Response: C.

Question 52

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 5—Knowledge of production, distribution, and consumption (i.e., economics)

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In 2001, California solved its electricity shortage by

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Correct Response: B.

Question 53

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 5—Knowledge of production, distribution, and consumption (i.e., economics)

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Which of the following is a benefit to a market economy?

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Correct Response: B.

Question 54

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 5—Knowledge of production, distribution, and consumption (i.e., economics)

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The business most likely to be a corporation is a(an)

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Correct Response: B.

Question 55

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 5—Knowledge of production, distribution, and consumption (i.e., economics)

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The primary benefit from international trade is

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Correct Response: A.

Question 56

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 5—Knowledge of production, distribution, and consumption (i.e., economics)

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The economic expansion after World War II resulted primarily from

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Correct Response: D.