US History II: The Reagan/bUSh Years

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US History Quizzes & Trivia

The following questions related to topics studied in US History for the Reagan and GHW Bush years. If you can answer these questions, you are well on your way to success on the unit test.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The president who ushered in the conservative movement.
    • A. 

      Colin Powell

    • B. 

      Ronald Reagan

    • C. 

      William Buckley

    • D. 

      Lyndon Johnson

    • E. 

      George W. Bush

  • 2. 
    First female Supreme Court Justice.
    • A. 

      Geraldine Ferraro

    • B. 

      Ruth Bader Ginsberg

    • C. 

      Sandra Day O'Connor

    • D. 

      Lindsey Contrarus

  • 3. 
    Chief of Staff for one president, Secretary of State for another.
    • A. 

      Colin Powell

    • B. 

      James Baker

    • C. 

      Condolezza Rice

    • D. 

      William Buckley

  • 4. 
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War years; this person later became Secretary of State in 2001.
    • A. 

      Condoleeza Rice

    • B. 

      Norman Schwarzkopf

    • C. 

      Colin Powell

    • D. 

      George H. W. Bush

  • 5. 
    Leader who came into power in the USSR in 1985 who made significant changes in his/her country.
    • A. 

      Mikhail Gorbachev

    • B. 

      Dimitri Mendelev

    • C. 

      Boris Yelsen

    • D. 

      Leonid Breshnev

  • 6. 
    Military commander of the US forces during the Gulf War.
    • A. 

      James Baker

    • B. 

      Colin Powell

    • C. 

      Norman Schwarzkopf

    • D. 

      Oliver North

  • 7. 
    Attempted assassin of Ronald Reagan.
    • A. 

      John Hinkley

    • B. 

      John Bates

    • C. 

      James Brady

    • D. 

      Lee Oswald

  • 8. 
    Leader of Iraq in the 1980s.
    • A. 

      Mikhail Gorbachev

    • B. 

      Anwar el-Sadat

    • C. 

      Menachem Begin

    • D. 

      Saddam Hussein

  • 9. 
    Leader of Libya and terror sponsor.
    • A. 

      Saddam Hussein

    • B. 

      Ayatollah Khomeini

    • C. 

      Muammar Qaddifi

    • D. 

      Osama bin Laden

  • 10. 
    The first female vice presidential candidate on the Democratic or Republican tickets.
    • A. 

      Sandra Day O'Connor

    • B. 

      Hillary Clinton

    • C. 

      Geraldine Ferraro

    • D. 

      Elizabeth Dole

  • 11. 
    Conservative leader and writer who advanced the movement through writing including a magazine.
    • A. 

      Ronald Reagan

    • B. 

      William Buckley

    • C. 

      George H. W. Bush

    • D. 

      James Baker

  • 12. 
    Which of the following groups was NOT a part of the conservative coalition?
    • A. 

      Intellectuals

    • B. 

      Business Leaders

    • C. 

      Union Leaders

    • D. 

      Chrisitan Groups

  • 13. 
    Which of the following was NOT a conservate objective?
    • A. 

      The end of abortion

    • B. 

      The end of reverse discrimination

    • C. 

      Religious rights such as prayer in school

    • D. 

      Raising taxes

  • 14. 
    Ronald Reagan at one time worked in Iowa as "Dutch" Reagan. What did he do?
    • A. 

      He worked as a spokesman for the Iowa Cubs.

    • B. 

      He was a sports broadcaster for WHO.

    • C. 

      He was governor.

    • D. 

      He was the head of the Iowa Thespian Society.

  • 15. 
    Reaganomics included all of the following EXCEPT plans to
    • A. 

      Cut government

    • B. 

      Reduce taxes

    • C. 

      Use supply side economic theory

    • D. 

      Increase spending on domestic social programs

  • 16. 
    The assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan resulted in
    • A. 

      The death of three police officers.

    • B. 

      The imprisonment of the assassin for 30 years.

    • C. 

      The Brady Bill gun control law.

    • D. 

      The XXVIIth Amendment.

  • 17. 
    The election of 1984 ended in a landslide victory for Reagan. Who did he run against in the general election?
    • A. 

      George H. W. Bush

    • B. 

      Walter Mondale

    • C. 

      Bill Clinton

    • D. 

      Jimmy Carter

  • 18. 
    Nancy Reagan, the first lady, used her time to promote what policy?
    • A. 

      Reading for young children

    • B. 

      "Just Say No" to drugs

    • C. 

      "Safe Relations" in the fight against AIDS

    • D. 

      Equal pay for equal work

  • 19. 
    What location did the US invade in 1983 to eliminate the Bishop government and their communist activities?
    • A. 

      Grenada

    • B. 

      Panama

    • C. 

      Russia

    • D. 

      Zaire

  • 20. 
    In this country, the US were supporting the efforts of the Contras. What is this country?
    • A. 

      Grenada

    • B. 

      Nicaragua

    • C. 

      Vietnam

    • D. 

      Mexico

  • 21. 
    In 1989, George Herber Walker Bush sent thousands of troops to arrest this person in Panama for drug trafficking. Who was he?
    • A. 

      Manuel Noriega

    • B. 

      Hugo Chavez

    • C. 

      Bob Marley

    • D. 

      Paula Abdul

  • 22. 
    What event in November of 1989 was a symbol that freedom would soon come to thousands for the first time in decades in Europe?
    • A. 

      The assassination of Gorbachev

    • B. 

      The outbreak of war in Czechoslovakia

    • C. 

      The opening of the Berlin Wall

    • D. 

      The crushing of protest at Tinanmen Square

  • 23. 
    This person assisted in ending the coup attempt in Russia and ended up its first elected President.
    • A. 

      Mikhail Gorbachev

    • B. 

      Boris Yeltsin

    • C. 

      Alexi Yalziniski

    • D. 

      Kcaj Thgulfrednav

  • 24. 
    Libya played a major role in the 1980s terrorism against many actions including the United States. How did the President and the US respond?
    • A. 

      Air strikes

    • B. 

      The creation of a new millitary alliance called NATO

    • C. 

      The creation of the European Community

    • D. 

      The CIA assassinated the leader

  • 25. 
    The Iran Contra Affair centered on all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      The illegal action of sending money to the Contras.

    • B. 

      The illigal action of sending money to the Sandinistas.

    • C. 

      The exchange of weapons for hostages.

    • D. 

      The mastermind of the operation.

  • 26. 
    The person who carried out a majority of the operation exposed in the Iran Contra Affair. He was seen as a hero by many and a criminal by others.
    • A. 

      James Bond

    • B. 

      Oliver North

    • C. 

      Poindexter Arnold

    • D. 

      William James

  • 27. 
    In 1991, the Unites States invade Iraq as part of the UN coalition. Which of the following is NOT a reason?
    • A. 

      Iraq had invaded Kuwait.

    • B. 

      Iraq was threatening the borders of Saudi Arabia.

    • C. 

      Saddam Hussein was threatening to launch an invasion into the newly noncommunist country of Turkmenistan.

    • D. 

      Past abuses against his own people such as the Kurds.