AP US History: Gilded Age

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AP US History: Gilded Age

The Gilded Age in United States history is the late 19th century, from the 1870s to about 1900. If you have a history exam concerning the gilded age, then this quiz is for you.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In the period from 1865 to 1900, the United States Government aided the development of the West by
    • A. 

      Maintaining free and unlimited coinage of silver

    • B. 

      Offering low-interest loans to businesses

    • C. 

      Granting land to railroad companies

    • D. 

      Providing price supports for farm products

  • 2. 
    The Federal Trade Commission, the Interstate Commerce Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission are similar in that each
    • A. 

      Represents the interests of big businesses

    • B. 

      Is specifically provided for in the United States Constitution

    • C. 

      Has the power to formulate and enforce regulations

    • D. 

      Must get approval from the states to carry out national laws

  • 3. 
    “Prices and wages should be determined by the marketplace.” The author of this statement would most probably support
    • A. 

      Government ownership of utilities

    • B. 

      Minimum-wage laws

    • C. 

      Wage and price controls

    • D. 

      Laissez-faire capitalism

  • 4. 
    After the Civil War, one way business leaders tried to eliminate competition was by
    • A. 

      Forming monopolies or trusts

    • B. 

      Developing overseas markets

    • C. 

      Increasing the prices of their products

    • D. 

      Paying high wages to their workers

  • 5. 
    During the latter half of the 19th century, many business organizations in the United States combined into large corporations because
    • A. 

      Income levels for workers would be improved

    • B. 

      Government intervention in economic affairs would decline

    • C. 

      Income levels for workers would be improved government intervention in economic affairs would decline efficiency in production methods could be increased

    • D. 

      Economic possibilities outside the United States could be explored

  • 6. 
    A major way in which the United States has practiced "economic nationalism" has been to
    • A. 

      Implement protective tariffs to help American industry

    • B. 

      Establish social welfare programs to aid the poor

    • C. 

      Pass legislation outlawing most monopolies

    • D. 

      Require industry to provide safe working conditions for employees

  • 7. 
    In response to the demands of farmers and small business owners, Congress enacted laws in the late 19th century that
    • A. 

      Supported the organization of farm cooperatives

    • B. 

      Regulated the activities of railroads and trusts

    • C. 

      Provided direct payments to farmers to help them buy modem machinery

    • D. 

      Dropped tariff rates to the lowest point in the century

  • 8. 
    Nativism in the late 19th century was motivated primarily by
    • A. 

      Hostility toward immigrant workers

    • B. 

      The need to reduce overcrowding in western states

    • C. 

      Cultural conflicts with Native American Indians

    • D. 

      The migration of African Americans to northern cities

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