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Authors: Shana Pate
ISBN-13: 9780471794127, ISBN-10: 0471794120
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Date Published: July 2006
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Shana Pate

Shana Pate, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas State University-San Marcos at the Round Rock Higher Education Center (RRHEC) in Round Rock, Texas. She teaches teacher preparatory courses and graduate courses in Elementary Education.

Book Synopsis

Your guide to a higher score on the Praxis II?: Social Studies Content Knowledge Test (0081)

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About the contents:

* Overview of the exam
* How to use this book
* Proven study strategies and test-taking tips
* Tactics for answering multiple-choice questions, plus practice examples with answers and explanations

Part I: Subject Review
* Focused review of all exam topics: world history, United States history, government/political science/civics, geography, economics, and the behavioral science fields of sociology, anthropology, and psychology

Part II: 2 Full-Length Practice Examinations
* Like the actual exam, each practice exam includes 130 multiple-choice questions, with sections on each of the 6 categories
* Complete with answers and explanations for all questions

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Table of Contents


About the Exam.

How to Use This Book.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Test-Taking Tips.

How to Approach the Multiple-Choice Questions.

Different Types of Multiple-Choice Questions.

Practice the Multiple-Choice Questions.

Answer Explanations.


World History.

Prehistory to 500 C.E.

India and China (3000 B.C.E.-500 C.E.).

Ancient Greece (1900-133 B.C.E.).

Rome and the Rise of Christianity (600 B.C.E-500 C.E.).

The World of Islam (600-1500 C.E.).

Early African Civilizations (2000 B.C.E.-1500 C.E.).

The Asian World (400-1500 C.E.).

Emerging Europe and the Byzantine Empire (400-1300 C.E.).

Europe in the Middle Ages (1000-1500).

The Americas (400-1500 C.E.).

Renaissance and Reformation (1350-1600).

The Age of Exploration (1500-1800).

Crisis and Absolutism in Europe (1550-1715).

The Muslim Empires (1450-1800).

The East Asian World (1400-1800).

Revolution and the Enlightenment (1550-1800).

The French Revolution and Napoleon (1789-1815).

Industrialization and Nationalism (1800-1870).

Mass Society and Democracy (1870-1914).

The Height of Imperialism, East Asia Under Challenge (1800-1914).

War and Revolution (1914-1919).

The West Between the Wars, Nationalism Around the World (1919-1939).

World War II (1939-1945).

Cold War and Postwar Changes (1945-1970).

The Contemporary Western World (1970-Present).

Latin America (1945-Present).

Africa and the Middle East (1945-Present).

Asia and the Pacific (1945-Present).

Challenges and Hopes for the Future.

United States History.

Physical Geography of North America.

Native American Peoples.

European Exploration and Colonization.

The New England Colonies.

The Middle Colonies.

The Southern Colonies.

American Revolution.

Establishing a New Nation: Early Years and Continued Development.



Manifest Destiny.

Civil War Era.

Important Events Leading to the Civil War.

Military Campaigns.

Domestic and Foreign Affairs.

Emergence of the Modern United States.


Political Parties.

Progressive Era and World War I Through the New Deal.


World War I.

Postwar and New Deal.

World War II.

Axis Powers.

Allied Powers.

United States Joins the War.

Post-World War II Period.

More Recent Developments.

The New Frontier and the Great Society.

Major Events in the Civil Rights Movement.

The Vietnam War.

The Protests of the 1960s.

Societal Changes (1968-Present).

Government/Political Science/Civics.

Political Theory.

Major Political Theorists.

Economic Theories.

Political Orientations.

United States Government and Politics.


Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, Political Beliefs and Behaviors.

Political Parties.

Interest Groups.

Public Opinion.

Mass Media.

Comparative Government and Politics.

Major Regime Types.

Foreign Policy.

International Relations.


The World In Spatial Terms.

Latitude, Longitude, and Location.

Winkel Tripel Projection.

Robinson Projection.

Goode’s Interrupted Equal-Area Projection.

Mercator Projection.

Types of Maps.

Using Scale on a Map.

Places and Regions.

Physical Systems.

Earth-Sun Relationships and Climate.

Human Systems.

United States and Canada.

Latin America.



North Africa, Southwest Asia, and Central Asia.

Africa South of the Sahara.

South Asia.

East Asia.

Southeast Asia.

Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica.

Environment and Society.

United States and Canada.

Latin America.



North Africa, Southwest Asia, and Central Asia.

Africa South of the Sahara.

South Asia.

East Asia.

Southeast Asia.

Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica.

The Uses of Geography.


Microeconomics I: Supply and Demand.


The Demand Curve and Elasticity of Demand.

The Law of Supply and the Supply Curve.

Putting Supply and Demand Together.

Microeconomics II: Marketing.

Competition and Market Structures.

Market Failures.

The Role of Government.

The Changing Role of Marketing.

The Marketing Mix.

Distribution Channels.

Poverty and the Distribution of Income.

Macroeconomics I: Institutions.

Business Cycles and Fluctuations.



Macroeconomics II: Policies.

Measuring the Nation’s Output.

GDP and Changes in the Price Level.

GDP and Population.

Economic Growth.

The Functions and Characteristics of Money.

History of American Money and Banking.

Types of Money in the United States.

International and Global Economies.

Characteristics of Developing Nations.

The Process of Economic Development.

Obstacles to Growth in Developing Nations.

Industrialization and the Future.

The Growth of E-Commerce.

A New Economy?

Issues in Cybernomics.

Behavioral Sciences.


The Importance of Socialization.

Social Organizations.

Social Institutions.

Cultural Diversity and Similarities.

Minority, Race, and Ethnicity.

Inequalities of Gender and Age.


Human Culture.

Language and Culture.

Patterns of Subsistence.

Economic Systems.

Social Organization.

Sex and Marriage.

Process of Socialization.

Ethnicity and Race.

Political Organization.

Social Control.

Anthropology of Religion.

Cultural Change.


The Life Span.

Learning and Cognitive Processes.

Personality Tests and Theories.


Psychological Disorders.


Social Psychology.


Practice Test 1.

Answer Key for Practice Test 1.

Answer Explanations for Practice Test 1.

Practice Test 2.

Answer Key for Practice Test 2.

Answer Explanations for Practice Test 2.

References for Additional Study.