**cold War Period

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Cold War Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz helps prepare students for the California U. S. History STAR test. It covers the Cold War period.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which event discouraged the U.S. from returning to an isolationist policy after World War II?
    • A. 

      The creation of the United Nations

    • B. 

      The increase in the power of the Soviet Union

    • C. 

      The French refusal to give up Vietnam as a colony

    • D. 

      The establishment of the nation of Israel

  • 2. 
    The Marshall Plan’s economic aid to Europe after World War II was intended to
    • A. 

      Establish the government in the new West Germany.

    • B. 

      Provide for the Jews who had endured the Holocaust.

    • C. 

      Assist the Soviet Union in recovering from World War II.

    • D. 

      Counter the growing communist movement in Europe.

  • 3. 
    An example of President Harry S Truman’s post-war policy of containment is
    • A. 

      The U.S.’s aid to Greece and Italy to fight off attempted Communist takeover.

    • B. 

      General Douglas MacArthur’s desire to drop nuclear bombs on China during the Korean War.

    • C. 

      The CIA’s assistance in helping Chileans overturn the Pinochet government.

    • D. 

      The Bay of Pigs in Cuba.

  • 4. 
    In forming the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), its members agreed to
    • A. 

      Go to war in defense of each other if any member was attacked.

    • B. 

      To attack the Soviet Union and end Communist rule there.

    • C. 

      Establish rules for the protection of marine life in the Atlantic Ocean.

    • D. 

      Seek a moratorium on nuclear bomb testing.

  • 5. 
    Alger Hiss was accused of betraying the United States by
    • A. 

      Giving secret documents from the U.S. State Department to spies for the Soviet Union.

    • B. 

      Passing information on the development of the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.

    • C. 

      Giving secret documents from the U.S. State Department to spies for communist China.

    • D. 

      Passing information on the development of the atomic bomb to communist China.

  • 6. 
    The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 ended when
    • A. 

      The Soviet Union privately agreed to remove its missiles from Cuba and the U.S. publicly agreed to remove its missiles from Turkey and not invade Cuba.

    • B. 

      The Soviet Union publicly agreed to remove its missiles from Cuba and the U.S. publicly agreed not to invade Cuba, and the U.S. privately agreed to remove its missiles from Turkey.

    • C. 

      The Soviet Union privately agreed to remove its missiles from Cuba and the U.S. privately agreed to remove its missiles from Turkey and not invade Cuba.

    • D. 

      The Soviet Union publicly agreed to remove its missiles from Cuba and the U.S. publicly agreed to remove its missiles from Turkey and not invade Cuba.

  • 7. 
    The best description of President Lyndon Johnson’s action toward the Vietnam War is that he
    • A. 

      Moved to end U.S. involvement in the war.

    • B. 

      Maintained the war at the same level as during President Kennedy’s administration.

    • C. 

      Escalated the war.

    • D. 

      Attempted to get many more countries involved in the war on the side of the South Vietnamese.

  • 8. 
    U.S. industrial strikes at the end of World War II contributed to President Harry Truman’s attempts to
    • A. 

      Prevent passage of the Taft-Hartley Act, which outlawed a number of pro-labor practices.

    • B. 

      Ban unions in the national defense industry.

    • C. 

      Repeal the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    • D. 

      Eliminate the National Labor Relations Board.

  • 9. 
    What new technology increased American interest in sports immediately after World War II?
    • A. 

      Electric lighting

    • B. 

      Radio

    • C. 

      Television

    • D. 

      Satellite television

  • 10. 
    A new campaign strategy in the 1960 presidential election campaign was
    • A. 

      Town meetings.

    • B. 

      To campaign heavily to get the Hispanic vote.

    • C. 

      Promise “no new taxes.”

    • D. 

      Televised debates between the two major candidates.

  • 11. 
    President Lyndon Johnson’s policy speech in March 1964 providing for the Job Corps, a work training program, and a work study program addressed which social issue?
    • A. 

      Poverty

    • B. 

      Highway beautification

    • C. 

      Prison reform

    • D. 

      Civil rights

  • 12. 
    The conflict responsible for the War Powers Act passed on November 7, 1973 was
    • A. 

      The Vietnam War

    • B. 

      The Korean War

    • C. 

      The Yom Kippur War

    • D. 

      The Cold War

  • 13. 
    President Ronald Reagan’s vision for America included
    • A. 

      Increasing programs providing welfare for the poor and disabled.

    • B. 

      Raising taxes and providing health care for all.

    • C. 

      Reducing government regulation of business and lowering taxes.

    • D. 

      Ending fear of communism and the Soviet Union.