GACE History

The History assessment, offered as part of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators, is divided into two tests.

The first test consists of 65 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the first test are world history to 1450 C.E. and world history from 1450 C.E. to the present. Some of the topics covered by the world history to 1450 C.E. subarea are: the characteristics and structures of hunting-and-gathering societies and the shift that occurred with the Neolithic Revolution; the spread of Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; and the economic, political, and cultural developments in medieval Europe in the period circa 600–1450 C.E. and their global impact. Some of the topics covered by the world history from 1500 to the present subarea are: the main characteristics and global economic, social, and cultural effects of the Atlantic, trans-Saharan, and East African slave trade; the characteristics and significance of the Renaissance and the Reformation; the characteristics and significance of absolutism, the Enlightenment, and the Scientific Revolution; and the rising prominence of women in politics in the 20th century.

The second test consists of 65 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the second test are U.S. history to 1914, U.S. history from 1914 to the present, and the history of Georgia. Some of the topics covered by the U.S. history to 1914 subarea are: North American geography, peoples, and cultures prior to European colonization; the demographic and economic development of the British colonies in North America; the major causes and events of the American Revolution; and the causes and major events of the Civil War. Some of the topics covered by the U.S. history from 1914 to the present subarea are: the global patterns and effects of United States imperialism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; the causes and effects of the Great Depression; the origins, development, and effects of the Cold War both abroad and domestically; and the changing role of the United States in the post-Cold War world. Some of the topics covered by the Georgia history subarea are: the impact of the Second World War on Georgia’s development economically, socially, and politically; the role of Georgia in the modern civil rights movement; and the significant social, economic, political, and demographic changes in Georgia since 1970.

The examination must be completed within four hours. Test-takers will receive performance indices indicating their success in each subarea of the examination. Scores will be available approximately a month after the date of the examination; unofficial results are posted on the internet, and an official score report is mailed to the test-taker, the Professional Standards Commission, and the institution specified by the test-taker during registration.

GACE History Practice Questions

1. What was the title for the military governor during Japan’s Tokugawa period?

A: samurai
B: daimyo
C: shogun
D: kotai
2. Who was Gavrilo Princip?

A: The inventor of the wind turbine
B: The assassin who killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand and ignited World War One
C: France’s foreign minister during the American Revolution
D: The secretary-general of the United Nations during the 1960s

3. Which of the following best describes the relationship between the Apache and Navajo tribes?

A: These tribes were part of the Iroquois League
B: These tribes both resided along the East Coast
C: Both of these tribes are members of the same language family
D: These tribes were continually at war with one another

4. Who won the Boer War?

A: Britain
B: Dutch
C: French
D: South African

5. Which of the following was a direct result of the launching of the satellite Sputnik I?

A: the Cold War
B: the fall of Khrushchev
C: the development of the U-2
D: the space race between the United States and Russia

Answer Key

1. C. The shogun administered a military bureaucracy dominated by samurai.
2. B. Princip was a member of the Black Hand, a group aiming for Slavic independence.
3. C. The Athapascan language family includes both the Apache and Navajo tribes.
4. A. The British victory established their dominance of the Transvaal and Orange Free State regions in South Africa.
5. D. Sputnik I passed directly over the continental United States during its orbit, encouraging American scientists to create a comparable satellite.