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Fasttrack to America's Past
Section 8: The Wonder Years
| Section 8: The Wonder
Years Practice Test 8A
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1. Which of these countries was NOT an ally or supporter of the U.S. during the Cold War?
2. What does the term "baby boom" refer to?
A. The loud rock and roll music of the early
3. “McCarthyism” is a term associated with
A. a U.S. Senator who made exaggerated claims
about communist spies in the U.S.
4. The 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education held that
A. women must have equal access to government
funded schools and colleges.
5. Rosa Parks became famous in the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s as
A. the first black woman to join a professional
6. Rev. Martin Luther King’s strategy known as
“civil disobedience” called for protesters
A. create a public disturbance, then run away
before police could make any arrests.
7. The geographic pattern of protests and riots in the 1950s and 1960s involving racial issues shows that racism was a serious problem
A. only in the southern states.
8. In the 1950s, Levittown became famous as an example of
A. the huge suburban housing developments growing
outside American cities.
9. What was the first satellite launched into space that successfully orbited the earth?
10. What was President Dwight Eisenhower's warning about the "military-industrial complex"?
A. The military needed to modernize their weapons,
or fall behind the Russians.
11. Many people remember President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech for sparking a period of idealism in America. Which of these is the best example of idealism in the early 1960s?
A. the building of fallout shelters
12. What was the main cause of the Cuban Missile Crisis?
A. The Soviet Union was building missile launchers
13. Who spoke these famous lines in 1963: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”?
A. Rev. Martin Luther King
14. Which of these statements best expresses the basic approach of President Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" programs?
A. Poverty will disappear by itself if American
business is encouraged to grow rapidly.
15. Which of these is NOT a true statement about the Vietnam War?
A. The war began as a group of Vietnamese leaders
sought independence from the French.
16. The main impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was that it outlawed
A. discrimination in public places.
17. Which of these movements is associated with the decade of the 1960s?
A. Women’s Liberation movement
18. In what year did the Apollo 11 mission successfully land the first men on the moon?
19. The Watergate Scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon began with
A. the building of a fallout shelter for
government leaders in West Virginia.
A. In 1950, at least half of all single women held
21. What is OPEC and what role did it play in the energy crisis that hit America during the 1970s?
A. an organization run by nations in the Middle
East that sharply raised crude oil prices
22. Roe v. Wade was the U.S. Supreme Court decision that
A. declared segregated public schools
23. How did the Vietnam War end?
A. negotiations ended the war, leaving North and
South Vietnam at peace.
24. What was the location of the famous nuclear reactor accident that ended efforts to build more nuclear powered electric generating plants in the U.S.?
A. Los Alamos, New Mexico
25. President Jimmy Carter achieved a famous peace agreement in 1978 between Egypt and what other Middle East nation?
A. Saudi Arabia
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