Introduction to United States History – Reconstruction to the Present

 

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Introduction to United States History - Reconstruction to the Present

Question 1
What motivated President Woodrow Wilson to ask Congress to declare war on Germany and its allies in the spring of 1917?
A
Wilson was responding to the German invasion of Great Britain in January of 1917.
B
Wilson was responding to the sinking of five merchant ships by German submarines in January of 1917, but he also wanted to play a direct role in dictating the postwar peace terms.
C
Wilson was responding to the sinking of five merchant ships by Germany submarines in January of 1917.
D
Wilson asserted that the United States needed to join the war in order to defend Russia from German aggression.

Question 2
How did President George W. Bush and the U.S. government respond to the September 11th attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.?
A
The U.S. used diplomatic means to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.
B
The U.S. invaded Saudi Arabia and took control of the Arabia Peninsula.
C
The U.S. declared war on terrorist organizations worldwide but did not use military force against any nation in particular.
D
The U.S. declared war on terrorist organizations worldwide and played a direct role in overthrowing the Taliban government in Afghanistan.

Question 3
Which of the following statements BEST characterizes that federal government's relationship with American corporations during the late-19th century?
A
Government officials imposed harsh restrictions on private business practices.
B
Government officials took a "hands off" approach to private companies and generally tried to avoid regulating their business practices.
C
The government tightly regulated the banking industry but did not regulate other industries during this time period.
D
The government tightly regulated manufacturers but did not regulate other industries during this time period.

Question 4
In which of the following ways did the U.S. economy change during the 1990s?
A
It continued to decline throughout the decade as American businesses lost money and laid off workers.
B
It entered a period of dramatic economic expansion largely fueled by the growth of technology firms and Internet businesses.
C
It entered a period of dramatic economic expansion largely fueled by the growth of heavy industry and manufacturing.
D
It neither grew nor declined during the decade of the 1990s.

Question 5
Fill in the blanks. American treatment of Filipino rebels during the three-year war for control of the Philippine Islands may BEST be described as ..... and .....
A
Kind, humane
B
Indifferent, supportive
C
Friendly, supportive
D
Brutal, inhumane

Question 6
The ..... were laws in 1917 and 1918 that criminalized antiwar protest activities and the federal government also used the laws against radical political organizations in the United States.
A
Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts
B
Wagner Act and Social Security Acts
C
National Recovery and Tennessee Valley Authority Acts
D
Espionage and Sedition Acts

Question 7
Which of the following statements BEST describes the dominant cultural attitudes towards women in the United States during the 1950s?
A
Men treated women as equals in the workplace and encouraged them to achieve their full potential.
B
Women were encouraged to join the military and help defend the United States against the Soviet Union.
C
Men encouraged women to go to college for advanced degrees.
D
Women were encouraged to stay at home and care for children rather than seeking full-time employment in the workplace.

Question 8
Which of these statements BEST describes the impact of transcontinental railroad lines on western development in the 19th century?
A
Railroads facilitated the development of extractive industries in the Far West, but did little to aid the development of agriculture in the region.
B
Railroads facilitated western settlement and encouraged the development of new extractive and agricultural industries throughout the region.
C
Railroads facilitated western settlement but did little to aid economic development in the West.
D
Railroads had little impact on western settlement and economic development.

Question 9
Which of the following factors played a causal role in the "Great Recession" of 2008?
A
Risky investment practices by American banks
B
An increasing number of housing foreclosures in the United States
C
Huge financial losses by American banks
D
Major loses by the U.S. stock markets

Question 10
Which of the following "pull" factors led to increased immigration from Europe and Asia to the United States in the second half of the 19th century?
A
The need for large numbers of semi and unskilled laborers to work in America's growing factories
B
Religious persecution in Eastern Europe that forced many Jewish communities to migrate to the West
C
New transportation options, such as steam ships and railroads, that made immigration easier and less expensive
D
A and C only
There are 10 questions to complete.

 

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