Answer Keys

GED English 1. B. This is an appropriate opening sentence because it introduces the subject of the essay. 2. C. Unless the author is referring to someone he called Grandfather, this word should not be capitalized. 3. B. These sentences could be combined with a comma in between. 4. B. This ending avoids having the prepositional up as the last word. 5. A. The sentence should read women were showing. 6. B. When referring to the historical era, the word Renaissance should always be capitalized. 7. D. The sentence is grammatically correct as it is written. 8. B. A comma after art would make the sentence flow a bit better. 9. D. The sentence would still be coherent without the word that. 10. A. The last clause of this sentence has nothing to do with the rest of the essay.

GED Reading 1. D. The passage suggests that the delegates selected Washington as commander in the hopes of convincing the Southern colonies to stay in the coalition. 2. B. The passage states explicitly that the Olive Branch petition was drafted as an attempt at reconciling with the English king. 3. D. The British were clearly irritated by the impetuous Americans. 4. D. The emphasis on states' rights in the Articles made it difficult to form an army. 5. C. It is apparent that Paine's writings were designed to rouse American patriotic spirit. 6. A. The passage does not suggest that some colonists were reluctant to declare independence because of slavery. 7. B. The fact that an English philosopher's writings were used as justification for a war against England is somewhat ironic. 8. B. By declaring that America was a sovereign nation, the authors of the Declaration implied that the new nation had a right to independence. 9. D. The author does not seem to be partial in his or her explication of the facts. 10. D. This is a straightforward passage about the Second Continental Congress and the Declaration of Independence.

GED Math 1. B. Add the respective products of the number of items bought and the cost. 2. C. Solve the equation by focusing first on the parentheses. 3. B. The variable represents the number of points scored by Ted. 4. A. Remember that two negative symbols make a positive. 5. D. Remember that unlike exponents cannot be combined. 6. B. The decimal .15 is the same as 15%, and x represents the normal price. 7. D. Remember that unlike exponents cannot be combined. 8. A. Multiply 9 by 2, then subtract 9, then divide by 3. 9. D. Remember your order of operations: exponents, then multiplication, then subtraction. 10. A. Remember that unlike exponents cannot be combined.

GED Science 1. C. In order to determine average velocity, one must know both change in displacement and change in time. 2. B. In physics, the ∆ (delta) symbol indicates 'change in.' 3. A. The direction of the vector and the direction of displacement are the same. 4. A. Divide the change in displacement by the change in time to determine average velocity. 5. A. Rearrange the equation for average velocity, so that by multiplying change in time by average velocity you find displacement. 6. A. Physicists did not realize that friction and air resistance were impeding the natural motion of the object. 7. B. Centripetal force would not prevent an object from moving. 8. C. With no resistance, an object set in motion would be expected to remain in motion forever. 9. D. For Newton, the difference between the two bodies is largely a matter of perspective. 10. A. The reference frame of an object is the set of objects to which it is viewed in relation.

GED Social Studies 1. A. The confusion following the Civil War, coupled with the ineffectiveness of the Hayes government, caused many Americans to feel disillusioned about the United States. 2. B. The author suggests that the United States was plagued by many problems during the Gilded Age. 3. B. Parochial schools are any that are not administered by a government. 4. A. The term 'spoils system' derives from the expression, 'To the victor go the spoils.' 5. C. Politicians were fearful of confronting the issues of injustice and inequality. 6. D. The author states that the most qualified people in American society were reluctant to enter politics. 7. A. The Hayes presidency suffered from lame-duck status for much of its duration. 8. B. The author indicates that Hayes' mismanagement of the Great Rail Strike of 1877 set a bad precedent for the handling of future strikes. 9. D. The United States was engaged in a process of typing paper money, which had been subject to massive inflation, to a gold and silver standard. 10. A. People still had enough faith in the government to believe that their paper money was 'good as gold.'

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