Beginning Of The Cold War Quiz

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This quiz covers the beginning of the Cold War and American society during the 1950's The quiz is worth a total of 40 points.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Describe the lifestyle of women during the 1950's.  Why do you think these expectations were placed on women during the 1950's and do you think a homemaker's was more like a dream or a living nightmare?
  • 2. 
    Explain why Americans feared Communism, give specific examples.  How did the Cold War affected life in the United States.
  • 3. 
    A psychologist during the 1950's described television as a "vast wasteland".  Do you agree with that statement, explain if you think tv had a positive or negative effect.
  • 4. 
    A military alliance of satellite nations under the control of the Soviet Union
    • A. 

      NATO

    • B. 

      Warsaw Pact

    • C. 

      Cold War

    • D. 

      HUAC

    • E. 

      Truman Doctrine

    • F. 

      Eisenhower Doctrine

    • G. 

      Sputnik

    • H. 

      MacCarthyism

    • I. 

      U2 incident

  • 5. 
    A government committee created to search for disloyal Americans focusing its attention on Hollywood.
    • A. 

      NATO

    • B. 

      Warsaw Pact

    • C. 

      Cold War

    • D. 

      HUAC

    • E. 

      Truman Doctrine

    • F. 

      Eisenhower Doctrine

    • G. 

      Sputnik

    • H. 

      McCarthyism

    • I. 

      U2 incident

  • 6. 
    The anti-communist technique that accused Americans of being communist without any evidence.  This led to many losing their jobs or being blacklisted.
    • A. 

      NATO

    • B. 

      Warsaw Pact

    • C. 

      Cold War

    • D. 

      HUAC

    • E. 

      Truman Doctrine

    • F. 

      Eisenhower Doctrine

    • G. 

      Sputnik

    • H. 

      McCarthyism

    • I. 

      U2 incident

  • 7. 
    This Soviet satellite began the space race when the Soviet Union launched the first unmanned object into space.
    • A. 

      NATO

    • B. 

      Warsaw Pact

    • C. 

      Cold War

    • D. 

      HUAC

    • E. 

      Truman Doctrine

    • F. 

      Eisenhower Doctrine

    • G. 

      Sputnik

    • H. 

      MacCarthyism

    • I. 

      U2 incident

  • 8. 
    This event led to the Soviet Union accusing the United States of spying and caused an increase in tensions between the two countries.
    • A. 

      NATO

    • B. 

      Warsaw Pact

    • C. 

      Cold War

    • D. 

      HUAC

    • E. 

      Truman Doctrine

    • F. 

      Eisenhower Doctrine

    • G. 

      Sputnik

    • H. 

      MacCarthyism

    • I. 

      U2 incident

  • 9. 
    An era of hostilities between two superpowers, when each tried to spread the economic and political ideas to the world but did not lead to direct conflict between them.
    • A. 

      NATO

    • B. 

      Warsaw Pact

    • C. 

      Cold War

    • D. 

      HUAC

    • E. 

      Truman Doctrine

    • F. 

      Eisenhower Doctrine

    • G. 

      Sputnik

    • H. 

      MacCarthyism

    • I. 

      U2 incident

  • 10. 
    This warning challenged the Soviet Union by letting them know that the United States would defend Middle East against communist attacks.
    • A. 

      NATO

    • B. 

      Warsaw Pact

    • C. 

      Cold War

    • D. 

      HUAC

    • E. 

      Truman Doctrine

    • F. 

      Eisenhower Doctrine

    • G. 

      Sputnik

    • H. 

      MacCarthyism

    • I. 

      U2 incident

  • 11. 
    • A. 

      NATO

    • B. 

      Warsaw Pact

    • C. 

      Cold War

    • D. 

      HUAC

    • E. 

      Truman Doctrine

    • F. 

      Eisenhower Doctrine

    • G. 

      Sputnik

    • H. 

      MacCarthyism

    • I. 

      U2 incident

  • 12. 
    What did Joseph Stalin do to make President Harry Truman distrust him at the end of WWII?
    • A. 

      He invaded Germany

    • B. 

      He went back on his promise of free elections in Poland.

    • C. 

      He formed the Warsaw pact

    • D. 

      He invaded France

  • 13. 
    How did the United States respond to the Soviet Union's blockade of a portion of Germany?
    • A. 

      Invading Germany and attacking the Soviet Union forces.

    • B. 

      Spying on the Soviets with U2 spy planes

    • C. 

      Providing supplies to Germans during the Berlin airlift.

    • D. 

      Creating NATO to intimidate the Soviet Union

  • 14. 
    Which spy case increased the fear of Americans about communism in the late 1940's?
    • A. 

      HUAC spy case

    • B. 

      Etherl and Julius Rosenberg case

    • C. 

      The Hollywood spy case

    • D. 

      The U2 spy case

  • 15. 
    Who was the President of the United States at the beginning of the Cold War (1945)
    • A. 

      Franklin D. Roosevelt

    • B. 

      Dwight D. Eisenhower

    • C. 

      Nikita Kruschev

    • D. 

      Harry Truman

  • 16. 
    A conglomerate is a company that offers similar products at many locations.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    The baby boom began in the late 1940's
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Dr. Jonas Salk developed a vaccine for polio
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    Planned obsolescence is a marketing strategy that encouraged to buy more goods by desigining goods to become obsolete.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    Consumerism decreased during the 1950's
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    This term refers to the migration of middle class families to the suburbs during the 1950's
    • A. 

      Urban Renewal

    • B. 

      Urbanization

    • C. 

      White flight

    • D. 

      Beat movement

  • 22. 
    Which of the followin artists popularized a an African-American music style with white teenagers?
    • A. 

      Elvis Presley

    • B. 

      Little Richard

    • C. 

      Ritchie Valens

    • D. 

      James Dean

  • 23. 
    These individuals rejected the social pressure of the 1950's by rejecting material goods and not watching television.
    • A. 

      Teenagers

    • B. 

      Greasers

    • C. 

      Hippies

    • D. 

      Beatniks

  • 24. 
    The group the benefited most from the 1950's economy and society.
    • A. 

      African-Americans

    • B. 

      White women

    • C. 

      White men

    • D. 

      Latinos

  • 25. 
    This person ordered the construction of the interstate highway system.
    • A. 

      Joseph McCarthy

    • B. 

      Dwight D. Eisenhower

    • C. 

      Harry Truman

    • D. 

      Julius Rosenberg

  • 26. 
    This is an excerpt from Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech, March 5, 1946 ANSWER THE QUESTION THAT FOLLOWS THE QUOTE From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. . . . All these famous cities and the populations around them lie in the Soviet sphere and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and increasing measure of control from Moscow. Winston Churchill was in favor of the Iron Curtain.   
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 27. 
    This is an excerpt from the North Atlantic Treaty in 1948. Answer the question that follows the quote. The parties agree than an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or in North America shall be considered as an attack against them all. They agree that if such an armed attack occurs, each of them will assist the party or parties so attacked. Each will immediately take whatever action it considers necessary to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area. It will, if necessary, use armed force.  The purpose of NATO was to spread protect the United States and other allies from attacks from the Soviet Union. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 28. 
    The audience of Rock and Roll was primarily African-American but the Rock and Roll artists of the 1950's were primarily white.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 29. 
    Mass media of the 1950's included all of the following except.
    • A. 

      Movies

    • B. 

      Television shows

    • C. 

      Radio broadcasts

    • D. 

      Fireside chats

  • 30. 
    Which of the following help explains why the 1950's were not as prosperous a time period for minorities as they were for middle class white society?
    • A. 

      Low unemployment for minorities

    • B. 

      Minorities were segregated from middle class society.

    • C. 

      Minorities were suspected of being communists

    • D. 

      Minorities moved to the suburbs.