Below is our free HiSET Social Studies practice test. The HiSET Social Studies test covers history, government, geography, and economics. You will be given 50 multiple-choice questions to answer within 70 minutes. Many of the questions include exhibits such as maps, charts, graphs, or passages of text. Make sure you study the exhibit, because it will often contain the answer to the question. Try our HiSET Social Studies practice questions to see if you are ready for your test.
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The globe is naturally distorted
Map-making is not a precise science
The technology required to display a map without distortion does not yet exist
A three-dimensional object, such as a globe, cannot be projected in two dimensions without distortion
The U.S. Congress
The Secretary of Defense
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The United States may have won the Korean War if General Douglas MacArthur had been permitted to use nuclear weapons against Communist forces.
More than 34,000 American soldiers died during the Korean War.
The Korean War was the first time jet fighters faced each other in combat.
The Korean War began in 1950 and ended with an armistice in 1953.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal
Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society
George W. Bush's Compassionate Conservatism
Harry S. Truman's Fair Deal
The percentage of students attending private schools each year.
The amount spent by the government on preschool programs each year.
The average salary of preschool teachers.
The percentage of children enrolled in preschool each year.
Housing and Urban Development Act
Higher Education Act
The US House of Representatives
The US Senate
The US Supreme Court
Nuclear power is the country’s main source of energy.
The country’s territory was recently reduced by 50 percent.
Most of the country’s population still lives in small villages and towns.
The country has a long coastline.
How does NASA spend its money?
Does the United States spend too much money on space exploration?
How much of an increase did NASA receive over last year’s budget?
How much do we spend on astronaut training annually?
Presidential elections occur more frequently than state and local elections
More voters participate in state and local elections than presidential contests
Voter turnout never exceeds 50 percent in any election
Voter turnout is higher for state and local elections when there is also a presidential election the same year
A higher unemployment rate leads to more tax revenue
A lower unemployment rate leads to more tax revenue
There is no relationship between unemployment and tax revenue
A higher unemployment rate leads to more tax fraud
The Northern and Southern colonies had identical geographies and climates
The Northern and Southern colonies both created large amounts of iron
The Northern and Southern colonies had a several resources in common but also had resources that were unique to their specific regions
The Northern and Southern colonies did not share any common resources
As revealed in the hearing, which level of government sets the sales tax rate?
The federal government
The state government
The local government
Both the state and local governments
Which of the speakers made an emotional appeal?
Which of the following statements provides the best summary of Mr. McDonald's views?
It would make the most sense to build the football stadium in a different city.
The existing football stadium should be renovated since this will avoid most of the disruptions that would be caused by new construction.
A new football stadium should be built in the suburbs.
The football stadium should be built outside of the city to avoid higher taxes on city residents.
If Ms. Gonzalez formed a community group that was dedicated to blocking the new stadium, this would be an example of a(n):
To rejoin the United States
To take control of the federal government of the United States
To remain an independent country where slavery was permitted
To wipe out the Union and destroy the northern states
The Confederacy had a great supply line to fortify their troops with guns and ammunition
The Confederacy had a much larger army
The Confederacy had superior military generals who outmaneuvered the Union troops
The Confederacy had a stronger navy
Comparing the advantages and disadvantages of the Union and Confederacy
Comparison of military supplies of the Union and Confederacy armies
Understanding why the Union won the Civil War
Understanding the advantages the Confederacy had over the Union
Why did Kennedy become president if he received less than 50 percent of the popular vote?
Kennedy won because he had the more popular votes than Nixon, even though this accounted for less than 50 percent
When no candidate receives more than 50% of the popular vote, the Supreme Court picks the winner (in this case Kennedy)
Kennedy won a majority in the Electoral College
Kennedy carried more states than Nixon
Plessy v. Ferguson
Marbury v. Madison
Brown v. Board of Education
Korematsu v. United States
The Prime Meridian
Both of these
Neither of these
The views expressed by Blog 1 are probably most similar to those of which of the following organizations?
The president of a nuclear power plant
The spokesperson for an anti-nuclear organization
The lobbyist for a defense contractor
The president of a veteran’s organization
Blog 2 supports which of the following policies?
Using nuclear weapons in a pre-emptive strike
Maintaining and upgrading the nation’s nuclear arsenal
Reducing funding for the nation’s nuclear arsenal
Regulate trade between states
Establish post offices
The Executive Branch
The Legislative Branch
The Executive Branch
The Integration of Powers
Checks and Balances
To prevent any branch of government from overstepping its powers and to divide power across each branch
To write our bank deposits and withdrawals
To make the government operate more efficiently
To equally divide power between the national government and state governments
This statement is best classified as:
A scientific conclusion
Which choice describes the opportunity cost of Malik’s decision to enroll in a community college?
The cost of tuition at the community college.
$12 — The difference between Malik’s wages as a welder and as a retail clerk.
$20 — Malik’s wages as an apprentice welder.
The total wages Malik would have earned in two years while working as a retail clerk.
equatorial and temperate
tropical and grassland
desert and temperate
grassland and desert
Th 5th Amendment provides all of these rights EXCEPT:
The right against self incrimination.
The right of due process.
The right against unreasonable search and seizure.
The right to be tried only once.