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Texas U.S. History

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The history of the United States is full of the weird, the wonderful, the tragic, and the inspiring—and Shmoop's guide to the Texas U.S. History End-of-Course Assessment will help you review all the big ideas and events. From Celebrating Freedom Week to the Civil Rights Movement, imperialism to isolationism, and Texas to...uh, Texas, we've got you covered for one of the most important exams in history. Your U.S. History class, that is.

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Geography and Culture

"Ah," you might say. "Geography! Maps! I like maps."

Nope. Sorry. You'll see a few maps in this section, but the U.S. History EOC exam has bigger things on its mind.

Geography can be the study of Earth's physical features, such as oceans and mountain ranges, or the study of human society and culture. This is partly because it's just flexible that way, but mostly out of necessity. Humans have always found ways to change the physical environment to meet their needs, whether for economic or political purposes. A village might build a dam to stop or redirect a flow of water, or dynamite a mountain to build a pass or road. (Only the second one sounds exciting, but we're going to go out on a limb and say that there's nothing more satisfying than a good dam.)

Humans also create invisible boundaries for political purposes such as defining states or national borders. Wars and treaties often rearrange boundaries so that maps have histories that change over time. Maps can also show other human interventions, such as roads, highways, and time zones. This is particularly useful for determining when to schedule long-distance calls, unless perhaps your friend lives in Arizona. Then, all bets are off.

Finally, not to keep tooting our own horn or anything, but art, music, religion, and culture—even less awesome human influences such as disease—could not possibly care any less about borders, whether physical or man-made. The study of human geography includes how these ideas and factors spread across the world and how cultures influence one another. They can't exactly travel on their own, though. It's up to migration and immigration to push a people out of one place and pull them to settle elsewhere, whether because of economics, politics, persecution, war, famine…or simply the opportunity of a better life.

This section asks you to consider the big ideas of physical and human geography in the United States. And, of course, a geography section would not be a geography section without at least a few maps and charts.

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