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North Carolina MSL Sample Questions 6th Grade Social Studies

Sample Multiple Choice 1. Which statement summarizes the reasons for the economic growth of the African kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai? A They had natural resources that made them valuable trading partners. B They were located on the coast making it easy for them to transport goods. C They had a strict feudal system that brought stability to the kingdoms. D They isolated themselves and kept their wealth within their own civilizations.

2. This is a list of some sample laws in the Code of Hammurabi.

Based on this list, what motivated people to follow the law? A a fear of harsh punishment B a desire to have a more peaceful society C a belief in equality for all people D a respect for the fairness of the laws

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3. This is a list of some characteristics of the Neolithic Revolution.

How did these changes impact human society? A Humans stopped hunting and did not have a need to develop weapons. B The use of religious rituals stopped since people had a better understanding of nature. C Food surpluses led to the development of larger and more complex civilizations. D Territorial fighting stopped since people no longer competed for land or food. 4. Compared to today's standards, why is Athens considered to be a "limited" democracy? A The Athenian government was not powerful enough to pass laws. B Citizens of Athens were unable to participate in debates about government actions. C Women had to be over the age of 30 to vote and participate in the Athenian government. D Only male citizens were allowed to participate in the Athenian government.

Sample Constructed Response with Rubric Trade had a large influence on the development of early civilizations. Explain one way civilizations benefited from trade. Explain one way civilizations were hurt by trade. Score 0: No response or the response does not address the prompt Score 1: Explains one benefit or negative impact of trade Score 2: Explains one benefit and one negative impact of trade Possible Responses: Benefits: access to new products and technology, a way to exchange ideas, new markets for goods, economic boost, spread of religious ideas, opportunity for people to make money, growth of new cities as trade centers Negative Impacts: civilizations invaded for their resources, increase in competition, expensive to transport goods, weakening of culture as new ideas are introduced, spread of disease

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