California Standards Test CST in US History Review Sheet for the CST History Social Science Test for 11th Graders in the STAR Program.

According to the California Education website, the following breakdown is used for questions for the CST US History test:

Foundations of American and Social Thought - 10 questions

Industrialization and the US Role as a World Power - 13 questions

United States Between the World Wars - 12 questions

World War II and Foreign Affairs - 12 questions

Post-World War II Domestic Issues - 13 questions

Key Terms To Know  


Indentured Servitude, Chesakpeake Bay Bacon's Rebellion,  , New England Town Meetings, Anne Hutchinson, . Zenger Trial, Mayflower Compact Separatists and City Upon a Hill Salutary Neglect, Metacom, Middle Passage, Stono Rebellion House of Burgesses Great Awakening I,, Halfway Covenant, , . Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, Albany Plan of Union, Battle of Quebec, French and Indian War Mercantilism, Proclamation of 1763, Stamp Act ,  Townshend Acts, Boston Massacre, Committees of Correspondence, Tea Party, Intolerable Acts, Common Sense, Continental Congress, Olive Branch Declaration of Independence,   Saratoga, Valley Forge, Yorktown, Republican Motherhood, Articles of Confederation land ordinances,   Shays’ Rebellion,  Philadelphia Convention, Federalists and Anti Federalists, Federalist Papers, Federalist #10 Great Compromise3/5 Compromise,   Commercial Compromise Delegated Powers,  Federalism, Elastic Clause/Implied Powers,Bill of Rights, Whiskey RebellionJay and Pinckney Treaties, Neutrality,   XYZ Affair,  Alien and Sedition Acts,



 Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, John Marshall and Judicial Review, Louisiana PurchaseLewis and Clark, Embargo Act, The Chesapeake, Hartford Convention American System Monroe DoctrineCorrupt Bargain,  Sectionalism, Spoils System,  Caucus and Nominating Conventions Jacksonian Democracy and Alexis de Tocqueville , Tariff of Abominations, John C. Calhoun,  South Carolina Exposition and ProtestOrdinance of NullificationIndian Removal Act, Trail of Tears Great Awakening II Transcendentalism Unitarians,  Mormons, Seneca Falls Convention,  Temperance, Hudson River SchoolBrook Farm,  AbolitionMissouri Compromise Manifest Destiny, The Alamo, Wilmot ProvisoCompromise of 1850Kansas-Nebraska ActBleeding Kansas, Lecompton ConstitutionRepublican PartyDred Scott Case,   Lincoln-Douglas Debates, John Brown,   Election of 1860 Secession, Fort Sumter, Anaconda Plan, Emancipation ProclamationCivil War Draft Homestead ActImpeachment of JohnsonFreedmen’s Bureau,   Black Codes,   Reconstruction Acts of 1867CarpetbaggerLiteracy testsKKK, Jim Crow Sharecropping, Home RuleNew SouthNativism Transcontinental Railroad,  Robber Barons and Trusts, Social Darwinism and Edward BellamyGospel of Wealth Knights of Labor, AFL, IWW Pendleton ActRailroad Strike of 1877, Pullman Strike  Haymarket Affair Sherman Anti-Trust Act Granger Movement, Dawes ActWounded KneeRoosevelt CorollaryBig Stick Diplomacy, and Panama Canal,  Teller and Platt Amendments, . Open Door Policy / John Hay, Populism, Cross of Gold Speech Conservation, Ballinger-Pinchot, John Muir, Triangle Fire, Settlement Houses, Election of 1912, Clayton Antitrust Act, Underwood TariffFTC Lusitania, Zimmerman Note,  Red ScareLost Generation Flapper, Sacco and Vanzetti, . Mother's pensions, Great Migration,   Harlem RenaissanceTeapot Dome Scopes TrialDust BowlBonus Army Reconstruction Finance Corporation and Smoot-Hawley Tariff, Fireside Chats,  Relief Recovery Reform, John Maynard Keynes, Bank Holiday, AAA, FDIC, SEC, CCC, WPA, PWA, TVA, , NIRA and NRA, Social Security, Court Pack, Huey Long,  Lend Lease Act, Pearl Harbor, D-Day Yalta Conference, Japanese Internment, Island Hopping and Atomic Bomb, War Bonds and Taxes to beat the Axis!, Taft-Hartley, Beatniks, Rosiethe Riveter, G.I. Bill, Atlantic Charter and United Nations, Truman Doctrine, Containment, Marshall Plan, U2, Sputnik, Rosenbergs, McCarthyism, Berlin Airlift, NATO and Warsaw Pact, Bay of Pigs Invasion, Cuban Missile Crisis Star Wars, Gulf of Tonkin, Tet Offensive,  Domino Theory, Military-Industrial ComplexHippies, Détente  Nixon Doctrine, Nixon and ping pong diplomacy, Little Rock 9 , Civil Rights Act of 1964, George Wallace, Great Society, Watergate, War Powers Act, Camp David Accords, staglfation, Reaganomics   Iran Hostage Crisis, Equal Rights Amendment, César Chávez, Silent Spring , NAFTA  HamiltonHamiltonHamiltonHamiltonHamiltonHamiltonHamiltonHamilton



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What were the major events of the American Revolution? Also know the French and Indian War.

What role did religion play in the colonies?

The Pilgrims were separatists, Puritans are non-separatists. The way you remember this is: on Thanksgiving (Pilgrims) you separate your turkey from your stuffing and cranberry sauce. Separatists disassociated themselves from the King of England who was the head of the Church of England.

What were the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation?

What were the major Compromises of the Constitution?

Why did America want Independence? What did the Declaration of Independence actually say?



How do the branches of government check one another?

What was Washington’s stance on foreign policy?

How are the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions related to secession plots during Jackson's Presidency?

What were the major events of the War of 1812? I can think of more than one.

What were the major issues under "Jacksonian Democracy." Hint: Tariff, Bank, Nominating Conventions, Spoils System, Trail of Tears, Specie Circular, Ordinance of Nullification, Force Bill. (Perhaps that was more than a hint.)

How did America expand during manifest destiny?

What were the causes of the Civil War? What part did slavery play in it? Know your compromises! (see below)

You may want to know about certain ... important ... Civil War ... Battles, and facts.

How did the United States deal with Native Americans from colonial days to the Gilded Age?

How did women affect social movements?

Westward Expansion -- Know the Turner Thesis, Homestead Act, and the plight of Native Americans during manifest destiny.

What were the strength and weaknesses of Presidential and Congressional Reconstruction? What happened in its aftermath?

What happened during the Gilded Age concerning "Robber Barons" and industrialization?

What were some of the cultural innovations of the Roaring 20s? Sports, Music, etc.

Why did immigrants move towards cities? How did the cities emerge?

How did Populists influence the Progressives?

What were the Progressive Reforms?

How did American foreign policy change c1898? One answer is this, which resulted in this.

All of the Progressive Reformers you need to know.

What was the controversy over the Treaty of Versailles Ratification?

Rachel Carlson's Silent Spring comes up all the time. It's a book about environmentalism.

Why was it called the Roaring 20s?

What were the causes of the Great Depression, and the solutions implicated by the New Deal (RRR)?

How did we stay neutral before WWII? How was WWII a Glorious War?

What were the major clashes of the Cold War?

How did different generations of Americans clash during the 60s and 70s?

How did segregation come to an end? What impact did the Warren Court have? Know all about the Civil Rights Leaders of all Eras, and the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What's the deal with Federalist #10?

Don't get confused: W.E.B. Du Bois wanted absolute equality...Booker T. Washington wanted gradual gains. Remember: W.E.B. = Wants Equality for Blacks...Booker T., for Tuskegee Institute.


Charts for Federalism and Checks and Balances

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Marbury v. Madison = Judicial Review

McCulloch v. Maryland = Federal Supremacy, and the right to charter a bank. "The Power to Tax is the Power to Destroy!" Here's a list of other important John Marshall decisions.

Worcester v. Georgia = The Supreme Court ruled that Georgia could not pass legislation regarding Cherokee lands.

Dred Scott v Sandford = Roger B. Taney says that slaves are property and can not sue in court. The Missouri Compromise is reversed.

Muller v. Oregon = Limits hours women can work.

Adkins v. Children's Hospital = refutes Muller decision.

Schenck v. US = "Clear and Present Danger" Can't shout "FIRE!!!!" in a crowded theater (limits free speech).

Schecter v. US - Declares the NIRA Unconstitutional

US v. Butler - Declares AAA Unconstitutional

Insular Cases

Slaughterhouse Cases

Korematsu v. US = Japanese Internment is Constitutional as Executive Order 9066 states that in times of War, rights can be limited.

Plessy v. Ferguson = Justifies Jim Crow laws, and "separate but equal."

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka KS........ Ends segregation in schools.

Roe v. Wade = legalizes abortion, but not in all cases.

Dennis v. US - Due process limited because of a fear of Communism. Similar to "clear and present danger" mentioned above.

Miranda v. Arizona, Gideon v. Wainwright, Mapp v. Ohio = rights of the accused.


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Constitutional = The Great Compromise (Virginia (bicameral on population) vs. NJ Plan (equal representation), 3/5 Compromise, and Commercial Compromise.

Civil War: Missouri Comp, Comp of 1850, K-N Act (KNOW THESE PROVISIONS WELL)

1820 - Missouri is a slave state, no slavery north of 36'30, Maine is a free state. -- Henry Clay.

1850 - Fugitive Slave Law, No Slave Trade in DC, former Mexican Territory now Utah and New Mexico has Popular Sovereignty, California is Free, Texas gave up western land and received $10 Million to pay off its national debt. -- Authored by Henry Clay

1854 - Kansas Nebraska Act = Popular Sovereignty. This of course led to Bleeding Kansas, then the Lecompton Constitution. -- Authored by Stephen Douglas


Political Parties

Federalist --> Whigs --> Republicans (Free Soilers and Know Nothings unite here)

Democrat-Republicans --> National Republicans (era of good feelings) --> Democrats


Women's History Review




1. 1828 Tariff of Abominations (and Compromise Tariff)

2. Underwood Tariff of 1913 - Democrats regain office and decrease the tariff rates.

3. Hawley Smoot Tariff of 1930 = Raised tariffs to highest point since the Tariff of Abominations. This was done mostly to protect the agriculture industry.


R ... Republicans, Raise Tariffs, Less Taxes for the Rich, Favor Railroads and Robberbarons. Also comprise the Religious Right.

Remember -- when Democrats are in office, tariffs typically go down. When Republicans are in office, tariffs typically go up. Tariffs eased after WWII.



BAGS (Bread Butter Issues /AFL  / Gompers / Skilled

KUPS (Knights / Unskilled / Powderly / Strike more ... (Unskilled spellers can't spell cups!)



Jefferson favors State rights and a Strict Interpretation of the Constitution, Agriculture, France, the Educated Commoner  SAFE

Hamilton = Favors the Propertied or Wealthy, Loose Interpretation of the Constitution, an Army, National Bank, England, and Strong Government PLANES


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Presidential Slogans ...

TR (Rep) = A Square Deal for Americans! Support consumers over trusts.

Woodrow Wilson (Dem) = New Freedom (defeats TR's New Nationalism) and trustbusts with even more tenacity!

Warren G. Harding (Rep) = Return to Normalcy post WWI

FDR (Dem) = The New Deal - Public Works, and Government Economic influence

Truman (Dem) = A Fair Deal - social improvement, and healthcare.

Eisenhower (Rep) = Dynamic Conservatism. The 1950s = A conservative time, economically (Gov supports Big Business), politically (McCarthyism), and socially (Women at home, Leave it to Beaver). Eisenhower also signed the Interstate Highway Act to connect the country together with roads.

JFK (Dem) = The New Frontier, liberal problem solving for poverty, racial prejudice, and international aid.

LBJ (Dem) = The Great Society - Money to the poor, education, and an end to discrimination.


Betty Friedan was a feminist who wrote The Feminine Mystique. She supported equal rights for women, and was the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

Phyllis Schlafly was opposed to modern feminism. She was outspoken against the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment).

So...Betty wanted women to be FREE (Friedan), Phyllis wanted to give them the Shaft (Schlafly).


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