|?|| Practice Test 8B for
Fasttrack to America's Past
Section 8: The Wonder Years
| Section 8: The Wonder
Years Practice Test 8B
Directions: Choose the one best answer, and mark
your paper with the appropriate letter.
1. What was the main message of the “conservative revolution” in politics that was led by President Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s?
A. Federal social programs to eliminate poverty
should be expanded.
2. President Reagan was concerned with the growing power of the part of government known as the bureaucracy. What part of the government is that?
A. judges in federal appeals courts and the U.S.
3. Supporters of President Reagan considered "entrepreneurs” a key to improving American life. What is an entrepreneur?
A. a person who considers himself a political
4. What was the “Star Wars Defense” project proposed by President Reagan intended to be a defense from?
A. asteroids or meteors that could hit the earth
5. Which of these American workers would probably have been most hurt by the growth of the “global economy” in the 1970s and 1980s?
A. a worker on an assembly line in a shoe factory
6. Which type of business is usually growing most rapidly in a country that has developed a “post-industrial” economy?
A. mining of iron, copper, coal, and other natural
7. AIDS is a disease that kills by
A. hardening the tissues in the lungs.
8. The Cold War ended around 1990 when
A. people in the Soviet Union overthrew the
9. Which of these best explains the reason why the U.S. had a growing federal debt in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s?
A. Consumers were using credit cards to purchase
more products as the economy grew.
10. Which American president, in a famous visit to the Berlin Wall, called out: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
A. Jimmy Carter
11. What nation did America rescue in the conflict known as “Desert Storm” during the presidency of the George H.W. Bush?
12. Which question below best expresses the public policy issue raised by the Rodney King case?
A. Do police use excessive violence against
13. Cesar Chavez rose to fame as a Hispanic American for
A. filing lawsuits against tobacco companies for
making dangerous products.
14. The main goal of Congress when it passed a welfare reform law in the mid-1990s was
A. to reduce crime caused by drug use in poor urban
15. The viewpoint known as “multiculturalism” spread widely in American society during the 1980s and 1990s. Supporters of that viewpoint usually argued that
A. all immigrants should try to blend in with
American culture as much as possible.
16. President William Clinton’s proposal in the early 1990s for a National Health Care system was
A. adopted by Congress.
17. What was the outcome of the Monica Lewinsky scandal?
A. President Clinton was impeached and removed from
office during his second term.
18. The views of President and Mrs. Clinton on day care, health care, and other issues shows that they were generally following which one of the two main political traditions?
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