The U.S. History 1960-present Quiz

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The U.S. History 1960-present Quiz

Are you familiar with the movies of the 1950s? Some of the most popular films of this era include All About Eve, Father of the Bride, Born Yesterday, King Solomon’s Mines, and Sunset Boulevard. This decade also gave birth to iconic film stars such as Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Sidney Poitier, Piper Laurie, and Debbie Reynolds. If you want to put your knowledge of 1950’s movies to the test, look no further than this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
     The conservative movement by 1980 was supported by all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Moral Majority

    • B. 

      Advocates of gun control

    • C. 

      Opponents of affirmative action

    • D. 

      Critics of “secular humanism”

    • E. 

      Citizens against increased taxes

  • 2. 
    All of the following were part of Reaganomics EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Cuts of benefits from Medicare and Social Security to seniors

    • B. 

      A dramatic reduction in personal income taxes

    • C. 

      Deregulation of business and industry

    • D. 

      Tough stand against federal labor unions, such as PATCO

    • E. 

      The theory of supply-side economics

  • 3. 
    Ronald Reagan’s greatest strength or achievement as president was
    • A. 

      The reduction of federal deficits

    • B. 

      His hands-on administration of the federal government

    • C. 

      Initiating the improvement of relations with the Soviet Union

    • D. 

      His ability to communicate traditional values and restore confidence

    • E. 

      Increasing the standard of living of middle-class Americans

  • 4. 
    All of the following were true of the Iran-contra affair EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Reagan advisers tried to exchange American hostages for a weapons deal

    • B. 

      Antitank and antiaircraft missiles were sold to Iran

    • C. 

      Funds were used to support rebels against Saddam Hussein

    • D. 

      The arms deal violated the law and congressional restrictions

    • E. 

      Democrats hoped that the scandal would help them in the 1988 election

  • 5. 
    President George H. Bush received his greatest public approval for
    • A. 

      The appointment of the first African American to the Supreme Court

    • B. 

      His conduct of foreign affairs in the Middle East

    • C. 

      His landmark legislation to improve American education

    • D. 

      Holding the line against tax increases

    • E. 

      The invasion of Grenada

  • 6. 
    The election of Bill Clinton in 1992 was most closely associated with the slogan or phrase:
    • A. 

      “It’s the economy, stupid!”

    • B. 

      “Government is not the solution, it is the problem.”

    • C. 

      “Teflon president”

    • D. 

      “Read my lips-no new taxes.”

    • E. 

      “baby-boomers” and “yuppies”

  • 7. 
    Which of the following was NOT true of the American economy during the Reagan and George H. Bush administrations?
    • A. 

      The upper 20% of households gained a larger share of the national income

    • B. 

      The national debt increased over four times of what is was in 1980

    • C. 

      The median family income remained stagnant

    • D. 

      The United States became a debtor nation for the first time since World War I

    • E. 

      Deregulation reduced the competitiveness of American business

  • 8. 
    Clinton’s popularity during his presidency can be attributed mainly to
    • A. 

      Willingness to take on unpopular causes, such as gay rights

    • B. 

      Successes in foreign affairs and peacekeeping

    • C. 

      Improving economic conditions for average Americans

    • D. 

      Ability to work with Congress

    • E. 

      Incremental approach to legislation

  • 9. 
    The extreme partisanship of the Clinton era is illustrated by all of the following EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Shutdowns of the federal government

    • B. 

      Debates over tax cuts

    • C. 

      Investigations by independent prosecutors

    • D. 

      Impeachment and trial of Clinton

    • E. 

      NAFTA and Chinese trade agreements

  • 10. 
    Which of the following problems during the Clinton presidency presented the most serious possibility of developing into an international crisis?
    • A. 

      Conflict in northern Ireland

    • B. 

      Civil war in Somalia

    • C. 

      Nuclear weapons program in North Korea

    • D. 

      Civil war in the Balkans

    • E. 

      Terrorism in Yemen

  • 11. 
    For the nation in the last 2 decades of the 20th century
    • A. 

      The fastest population growth was centered in the Northeast and Midwest states

    • B. 

      The increased birthrate contributed to a younger median age

    • C. 

      A growing percentage of adults and children lived in nuclear families

    • D. 

      Hispanic Americans became the fastest growing and largest minority group

    • E. 

      The reduction in violent crime contributed to smaller prison populations

  • 12. 
    The growing strength of the Republican party in Congress and on the national level in the 1980s and 1990s can be primarily attributed to the
    • A. 

      Campaign finance and election reform championed by Republicans in the 1970s

    • B. 

      Shift of white conservative voters in the South from the Democratic to the Republican party

    • C. 

      Conservative fiscal policies and debt reduction under the Reagan and 2 Bush administrations

    • D. 

      improper behavior by and impeachment of Bill Clinton

    • E. 

      Voters’ fears of terrorist attacks and interest in homeland security

  • 13. 
    The least controversial actions of President George W. Bush were regarding:
    • A. 

      War in Iraq

    • B. 

      Hurricane Katrina

    • C. 

      Immigration reform

    • D. 

      Economic crisis of 2007–2009

    • E. 

      “No Child Left Behind” educational program

  • 14. 
    The election of Barack Obama in 2008 can be most directly attributed to:
    • A. 

      his selection of Joe Biden to be Vice President

    • B. 

      His education and energy reform proposals

    • C. 

      Public distrust of John McCain

    • D. 

      Economic crisis of 2007–2009

    • E. 

      War in Iraq

  • 15. 
    Which of the following does not accurately describe the Kennedy administration?
    • A. 

      Much of his domestic program was held up by Congress

    • B. 

      The US space program was committed to landing astronauts on the moon

    • C. 

      Defense spending and the number of nuclear weapons were cut

    • D. 

      The Trade Expansion Act set up a tariff-reduction process

    • E. 

      Kennedy used presidential pressure to control inflationary price increases

  • 16. 
    Which of the following resulted in the greatest threat of nuclear war during the Kennedy administration?
    • A. 

      Reaction to the Alliance for Progress in Latin America

    • B. 

      US military aid to South Vietnam

    • C. 

      The outbreak of a war in the Middle East

    • D. 

      A US naval blockade of Cuba

    • E. 

      Civil wars in the Congo and Laos

  • 17. 
    President Johnson’s Great Society programs included all of the following except
    • A. 

      Federal aid to poor elementary and high school districts

    • B. 

      Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to guarantee equality for women

    • C. 

      Federal health insurance for the elderly and medical care for the poor and disabled

    • D. 

      Federal funding of self-help programs for the poor

    • E. 

      Passage of civil rights laws to promote equal opportunity for all Americans

  • 18. 
    Which of the following is not a correct association of a person with a policy?
    • A. 

      Barry Goldwater-medical care for the poor and elderly

    • B. 

      Michael Harrington-reductionof poverty in America

    • C. 

      Ralph Nader-regulation of automobile industry

    • D. 

      Rachel Carson-protection of the environment

    • E. 

      Martin Luther King, Jr.-federal protection of voting rights

  • 19. 
    The Black Muslims and the Black Power movement advocated
    • A. 

      Equal opportunity and social integration

    • B. 

      Voting rights and nonviolent protest

    • C. 

      Multicultural education for whites and blacks

    • D. 

      Increased participation of African Americans in national politics

    • E. 

      Separatism and self-rule for African Americans

  • 20. 
    Which of the following was not a ruling of the Warren Court?
    • A. 

      All election districts must provide equal representation for voters

    • B. 

      The courts must provide lawyers for poor defendants

    • C. 

      Police must advise suspects of their right to remain silent

    • D. 

      The right to life of an unborn child is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment

    • E. 

      State-required prayers and Bible readings in public schools violate the 1st Amendment

  • 21. 
    Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique
    • A. 

      Advocated no-fault divorce and open marriages

    • B. 

      Argued that many women could not have fulfilling lives if limited to a traditional role in the home

    • C. 

      Proposed federal protection of the special needs of wives and mothers

    • D. 

      Resulted in the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment

    • E. 

      Supported premarital sex, abortion, and gay rights

  • 22. 
    The Tonkin Gulf Resolution
    • A. 

      Supported Barry Goldwater’s suggestion to bomb North Vietnam

    • B. 

      Expressed the prowar feeling of the majority of Americans

    • C. 

      Authorized the president to take all necessary steps to defend US forces and interests in Vietnam

    • D. 

      Approved the overthrow of the Diem government in Vietnam

    • E. 

      Authorized the use of up to 500,000 US troops in Vietnam

  • 23. 
    Which phrase best describes President Johnson’s policy in Vietnam?
    • A. 

      Gradual withdrawal of US forces

    • B. 

      Gradual military escalation to force North Vietnam to negotiate

    • C. 

      Total unwillingness to discuss peace terms

    • D. 

      Placing strict limits on US military involvement

    • E. 

      Threatening the use of nuclear weapons

  • 24. 
    The Tet offensive resulted in all of the following except
    • A. 

      The military defeat of US forces in South Vietnam

    • B. 

      Significant military losses by the Vietcong

    • C. 

      Reduced public support for Johnson’s conduct of the war

    • D. 

      Increased public support in the primaries for antiwar Senator Eugene McCarthy

    • E. 

      US diplomats advising Johnson against further escalation of the war

  • 25. 
    Which of the following best reflected President Nixon’s policy of “Vietnamization”?
    • A. 

      Massive bombing of North Vietnam by American air power

    • B. 

      Full-scale invasion of Cambodia to end the Communist threat

    • C. 

      Gradual withdrawal of American armed forces from Vietnam

    • D. 

      Turning the war in South Vietnam over to United Nations forces

    • E. 

      Stopping all American military and economic aid to South Vietnam

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