Fact and Opinion
Pre-test

Are the sentences below facts or opinions?

1. The most beautiful state, Missouri, applied for statehood in 1817.
A. Fact
B. Opinion

2. Everyone wanted Missouri to enter the Union as a free state.
A. Fact
B. Opinion

3. Which of the following sentences is an opinion?
A. John Marshall was the Chief Justice from 1801-1835.
B. In 1819, the Supreme Court ruled that congress could create a national bank.
C. Marshall also ruled that the states did not have the right to tax the bank or any other agency created by the federal government.
D. State rights are more important than the rights of the federal government.

4. Which of the following sentences is a fact?
A. In the early 1800s, the United States negotiated treaties with European nations to settle boundary disputes.
B. The best treaty, that removed warships from the Great Lakes, is called the Rush-Bagot Agreement
C. The most beautiful state, Florida, was bought from Spain in the Adams-Onis Treaty.
D. The Treaty of Ghent tried to settle boundary disputes between the United States and Canada, and was the worst treaty ever.

5. Which of the following sentences is a not a fact?
A. George Washington was the first President of the United States.
B. John Adams was from Massachusetts.
C. Ronald Reagan was the best President of the United States.
D. George Bush was a Republican became President in 1989.

Read the paragraph to answer questions 6 and 7.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act caused the biggest dispute in American history. In January of 1854, Stephen Douglas brought a bill to congress that concerned slavery. His bill organized the Kansas and Nebraska territories for settlement. Douglas wanted to promote a national railroad from Chicago to Illinois and then to Kansas and California. Illinois would profit from the project.

6. Which of the following sentences above is not a fact?
A. The Kansas-Nebraska Act caused the biggest dispute in American history.
B. In January of 1854, Stephen Douglas brought a bill to congress that concerned slavery.
C. His bill organized the Kansas and Nebraska territories for settlement.
D. Douglas wanted to promote a national railroad from Chicago to Illinois and then to Kansas and California.

7. Which opinion word is used in the paragraph?
A. organized
B. slavery
C. biggest
D. project

8. Which of the following is not a fact about frogs?
A. Some frogs are green.
B. All frogs are slimy.
C. Frogs can jump.
D. Frogs need water to survive.

9. Which of the following is not an opinion about the United States?
A. The United States is the worst place on earth to live.
B. The United States is located North of the equator.
C. The people of the United States work harder than people from any other country.
D. The United States of America has the best leader in the world.

10. Which of the following is not a fact about The Amendments to the Constitution.
A. The 15th amendment prohibited federal and state governments from denying the vote to anyone who was a different race or color.
B. The first amendment includes the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, religion and petition.
C. The 13th amendment provided for the freedom of the slaves in the United States.
D. The 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was the worst amendment in U.S. history.

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