Social 8B/C - Demo

The following is a sampling of questions from our Social 8B/C testbank.


Examine the passage below before answering questions #1 to 8.

Within the Confederacy established by Deganawida, he created a government which united and represented each of the five nations. This union was referred to as the Council of Fifty Fires. Each tribe had their representives chosen by popular vote. While the candidates were initially nomited by the mothers of the tribe, they were voted in by all of the men and women in the tribe.

The representative could be recalled by the tribe at any time. Representatives only held power as long as their actions met with the favour of the tribe. If their decisions or actions didn't meet the tribal standard, they were replaced.

In another tribe, living in territory of modern day Canada, tribal members were not treated in an equal manner as was the case with the tribe discussed above. In this tribe, a class system existed. Members were divided into three major groupings. At the top of the social strata were the chief and nobility. The middle class were the commoners. Finally slaves, taken in war, had the lowest social standing. Only the upper class participated in decision making as the chief generally only bestowed titles and political privileges to this class. In any case, the chief held total control and the most influential chief of each clan became the chief of entire tribe.

Which of the following terms BEST define the phenomena described in the first paragraph?
  1. responsible government
  2. autocratic rule
  3. representative democracy
  4. representation by population
The land owners of New France were organized under the:
  1. adversarial system
  2. seigneurial system
  3. freehold system
  4. equal distribution system
The most important official in New France was the:
  1. governor
  2. intendant
  3. bishop
  4. monarch
In Upper Canada the privileged group of upper class advisors to the governor were known as the:
  1. Family Compact
  2. Chateau Clique
  3. Patriots
  4. Reformers
In Lower Canada the privileged group of upper class advisors to the governor were known as the:
  1. Family Compact
  2. Chateau Clique
  3. Patriots
  4. Reformers


Examine the passage below before answering questions #132 to 135.

"Radical Jack" was sent to the British colonies in Canada to determine what should be done to avoid future conflict. Towards this end, he decided to give the people more say in government suggesting that "Responsible Government" be introduced quickly.

This individual also decided that the colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada should once again be united into one colony. He decided to create a single colony, the Colony of Canada, with a single legislature where Canada East and Canada West would both have the same number of seats.

Once these recommendations were in place, the Governor of the new colony had a problem. The elected assembly decided to pass a bill which stated that all individuals who had property damaged during the rebellion should have their property compensated for. This governor now had a dilemma.On the one hand, he personally wanted to veto the bill because it allowed rebels to receive money if their property was damaged.He thought that this was wrong. On the other hand, if he vetoed the law, there would not be responsible government in the colony.

The individual described in the first paragraph was:
  1. Lord Murray
  2. Lord Elgin
  3. Lord Durham
  4. Lord Carleton
The political institution whose job it was to provide a "sober second look" at legislation, to make sure that it was drafted or written up properly, and that it was not passed too quickly, was the:
  1. House of Commons
  2. Legislative Assembly
  3. Senate
  4. House of Representatives
The Governor General, in 1867, was:
  1. a symbol of our past and really held a ceremonial function only.
  2. powerful, able to use "royal assent" to block or veto legislation.
  3. appointed by the Prime Minister and Cabinet of Canada and represents the government of Canada.
  4. responsible for watching over provincial legislation for the federal government of Canada.
Canada's response to the 1884 Petition of Rights was to:
  1. to ignore the issue by not responding in any way.
  2. to appoint a commission to draw up a list of Metis eligible for scrip and land grants.
  3. to tell the Metis that their demands were unreasonable and would not be considered.
  4. immediately send troops to crush the rebellion.
The Prime Minister, and his Minister of Immigration, the people most responsible for the policies which brought immigrants to the Canadian Prairies during the 1880 to 1900 period were:
  1. Charles Tupper, Thomas Greenway
  2. Charles Tupper, Clifford Sifton
  3. Wilfred Laurier, Thomas Greenway
  4. Wilfred Laurier, Clifford Sifton


Examine the statistics below before answering questions #16 to 18.

Statement A

When it is 2:00 p.m. in Rio Branco, the furthest west of any of the the Brazilian cities, it is 5:00 p.m. in Natal, the city situated furthest east.

Statement B

Each time zone is approximately 15 degrees longitude in width.

Statement C

When it is 5:00 p.m. in Victoria, British Columbia, it is 9:30 p.m. in St. John's Newfoundland.

Using the data provided above, one would assume that moving from east to west:
  1. Brazil and Canada are approximately the same size.
  2. Canada is larger in size than Brazil.
  3. Brazil is larger in size than Canada.
  4. it is not possible to compare the distance travelled in Canada or Brazil.
Based upon the information given above, one could ascertain that Brazil has:
  1. 3 time zones.
  2. 4 time zones.
  3. 5 time zones.
  4. 6 time zones.
Which of the following is not a characteristic of the Amazon lowlands?
  1. dense population found in cities.
  2. most of the lowland covered by rain forest
  3. it is the largest Brazilian lowland covering 40% of the land area of that nation.
  4. new roads into lowlands are opening the area for farming, ranching, and mining.
Using the following chart, determine the relationship and fill in the blank.


  1. Pantanal
  2. Coastal Plain
  3. Guiana Highlands
  4. Amazon Highlands
Brazilwood was highly valued by:
  1. ship builders because of its resistance to rotting when submerged in water.
  2. European cloth-makers because of the reddish-purple dye extracted from it.
  3. finishing carpenters because of its closely spaced regular grain pattern.
  4. medical doctors because of its use as a source of aspirin.

Examine the passage below to answer questions #102 to 106.

The introduction of this crop shifted the economic focus from the northeast region to the south. The south was transformed into the wealthiest region of Brazil given the introduction of this product. Brazil eventually came to grow 75% of the product grown on the planet. The plantations required more labour and more land. During this period, the two key cities in this region grow and prospered. Labour was provided by the arrival of new immigrants replacing slaves when slavery was abolished. The increase in the amount of land was achieved by clearing land in the interior and the government improving transportation into the area.

The product detailed in the passage was:
  1. coffee
  2. cotton
  3. rubber
  4. citrus fruit
The two southern cities developed during the time period detailed in the passage were:
  1. Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo
  2. Brazilia and Sao Paulo
  3. Brazilia and Cuiaba
  4. Rio de Janeiro and Cuiaba
The majority of the immigrants who came to the plantation, as detailed in the passage, came from:
  1. South East Asia
  2. Western Europe
  3. Central America
  4. other Southern American states
Which of the following was not a contribution made by immigrants coming to Brazil?
  1. established trade connections with Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
  2. increased settlement in the coastal areas which are already heavily settled.
  3. introduced the the small family farm to southern Brazil.
  4. contributed to a population shift away from Southern Brazil to the Central West region.
Why has emigration been the cause of concern among leading Brazilians?
  1. Very few Brazilians can afford to move to another country.
  2. Scientists and other educated people are leaving Brazil creating a "brain drain".
  3. It results in a decrease in exports for the nation.
  4. Emigration has not been proven to be a solution to Brazil's population explosion.

Examine the passage below before answering questions #175 to 177.

City A is the fastest growing city in Brazil and South America. It is the wealthiest city on the continent, being the financial and cultural centre of Brazil. It also has walled districts to separate the wealthy from the poor given the level of crime in the city. While extreme wealth is present, there is a very large underclass who often have to resort to crime in order to survive.

City B is very much a European type city reflecting the cultures of the Italians, Germans and Poles who make up the majority of its population. Thriving vineyards are found here. It is also the capital of the state of Parana.

City A is:
  1. San Paulo
  2. Buenos Aires
  3. Curitiba
  4. Rio de Janeiro
City A is located in which region?
  1. North East
  2. South East
  3. North
  4. Central West

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