A New Century Begins Ch31 (Ah)

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A New Century Begins Ch31 (Ah) - Quiz

Students will show evidence of their knowledge and understanding of the beginning of the 21st Century in America.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    ______________ ran for the Green Party in the 2000 presidential election.

    • A.

      Dick Cheney

    • B.

      Al Gore

    • C.

      Ralph Nader

    • D.

      George W. Bush

    Correct Answer
    B. Al Gore
    Explanation
    In the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore ran for the Green Party. This means that he represented the Green Party as their candidate in the election.

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  • 2. 

    Osama bin Laden heads the terrorist group known as

    • A.

      Al Jazeera

    • B.

      Al-Qaeda

    • C.

      Guerrillas

    • D.

      Hamas

    Correct Answer
    B. Al-Qaeda
    Explanation
    Osama bin Laden is widely recognized as the leader of the terrorist group al-Qaeda. He was the founder of the group and played a significant role in planning and executing numerous acts of terrorism, including the September 11 attacks in the United States. Al-Qaeda is known for its extremist ideology and its aim to establish a global Islamic caliphate through violent means. The group has been responsible for multiple attacks around the world and has been designated as a terrorist organization by many countries.

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  • 3. 

    The majority of Iraq's population is

    • A.

      Sunni Kurds

    • B.

      Sunni Arabs

    • C.

      Shia Muslim

    • D.

      Sunni Muslim

    Correct Answer
    C. Shia Muslim
    Explanation
    The majority of Iraq's population is Shia Muslim. This is because Iraq has a significant Shia Muslim population, estimated to be around 60-65% of the total population. The Shia Muslims in Iraq have historically held political power and influence, especially after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. The Shia population is concentrated in the southern part of Iraq, particularly in cities like Najaf and Karbala, which are considered holy sites for Shia Muslims. The Sunni population, on the other hand, is a minority in Iraq, with Sunni Arabs being the largest Sunni group.

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  • 4. 

    What military base held captured members of al-Queda in 2004?

    • A.

      Geneva

    • B.

      Pearl Harbor

    • C.

      Guantanamo Bay

    • D.

      Abu Ghraib

    Correct Answer
    C. Guantanamo Bay
    Explanation
    Guantanamo Bay is the correct answer because it is a military base that held captured members of al-Qaeda in 2004. Located in Cuba, Guantanamo Bay has been used by the United States as a detention facility for individuals captured during the War on Terror, including members of al-Qaeda. The base has been a subject of controversy due to allegations of human rights abuses and the indefinite detention of prisoners without trial.

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  • 5. 

    In the 2000 election Al Gore won

    • A.

      The majority of electoral votes

    • B.

      A pivotal Supreme Court case

    • C.

      The state of Florida

    • D.

      The popular vote

    Correct Answer
    D. The popular vote
    Explanation
    Al Gore won the popular vote in the 2000 election, meaning that he received more total votes from the American public than his opponent. However, he did not win the majority of electoral votes, which ultimately determine the outcome of the presidential election. This discrepancy between the popular vote and the electoral vote resulted in a controversial and pivotal Supreme Court case, as well as a focus on the state of Florida, where the election outcome was particularly contentious.

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  • 6. 

    After Bush took office, Congress passed which of the following educational reforms?

    • A.

      Transporting children to schools outside their neightborhood to achieve a greater racial balance.

    • B.

      Prohibiting federally funded schools from discriminating against girls and young women.

    • C.

      Annual standardized testing in reading and math for grade 3-8

    • D.

      Federal funding to parents to pay for private schools if their public school was performing poorly.

    Correct Answer
    C. Annual standardized testing in reading and math for grade 3-8
  • 7. 

    After the bombing of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, President Clinton

    • A.

      Signed the Patriot Act into law.

    • B.

      Ordered the bombing of terrorist camps in Afghanistan.

    • C.

      Created the office of Homeland Security.

    • D.

      Ordered the invasion of Iraq.

    Correct Answer
    B. Ordered the bombing of terrorist camps in Afghanistan.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "ordered the bombing of terrorist camps in Afghanistan." This is because after the bombing of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, President Clinton responded by ordering the bombing of terrorist camps in Afghanistan. This was part of his administration's efforts to combat terrorism and hold those responsible accountable for their actions. The Patriot Act and the creation of the office of Homeland Security were measures taken by subsequent administrations in response to the September 11th attacks. The invasion of Iraq occurred under President George W. Bush's administration and was not directly related to the bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

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  • 8. 

    In the fall of 2001, bioterrorists attacked new orgainizations and political figures with

    • A.

      Smallpox

    • B.

      Anthrax

    • C.

      Arsenic

    • D.

      Radioactive material.

    Correct Answer
    B. Anthrax
    Explanation
    In the fall of 2001, bioterrorists targeted new organizations and political figures with anthrax. Anthrax is a highly infectious and deadly bacterial disease that can be spread through spores. The use of anthrax as a bioweapon was a significant concern during this time, as it can cause severe illness and even death. The choice of anthrax as the correct answer is supported by the historical context of bioterrorist attacks during that period, where anthrax was indeed used as a weapon.

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  • 9. 

    President Bush targeted Iraq, one of the three countries in the "axis of evil", before the other two countries because Iraq

    • A.

      Attacked the United States first.

    • B.

      Was believed to pose the most imminent danger to the United States.

    • C.

      Was responsible for the September 11 attacks.

    • D.

      Was the most vulnerable.

    Correct Answer
    B. Was believed to pose the most imminent danger to the United States.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was believed to pose the most imminent danger to the United States." This is because President Bush targeted Iraq before the other two countries in the "axis of evil" based on the belief that Iraq posed the most immediate threat to the United States.

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  • 10. 

    Which country was the only nation bordering Iraq to allow the United States to launch offensives from their territory?

    • A.

      Saudi Arabia

    • B.

      Turkey

    • C.

      Kuwait

    • D.

      Iran

    Correct Answer
    C. Kuwait
    Explanation
    During the Gulf War in 1991, Kuwait was the only nation bordering Iraq that allowed the United States to launch offensives from their territory. This decision was made in response to Iraq's invasion and occupation of Kuwait. The United States formed a coalition with several countries to liberate Kuwait, and the use of Kuwaiti territory was crucial for launching military operations against Iraq. This support from Kuwait played a significant role in the success of the coalition's efforts to push back Iraqi forces and restore Kuwait's sovereignty.

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  • 11. 

    During the 2004 presidential election, George W. Bush's support was strongest in

    • A.

      All urban areas.

    • B.

      The midwest and Great Lakes.

    • C.

      The South and the Great Plains.

    • D.

      The Northeast.

    Correct Answer
    C. The South and the Great Plains.
    Explanation
    During the 2004 presidential election, George W. Bush's support was strongest in the South and the Great Plains. This can be attributed to the fact that these regions are traditionally more conservative and Republican-leaning. The South, in particular, has a history of favoring Republican candidates, while the Great Plains states also tend to have more conservative political leanings. Consequently, Bush's policies and political ideology resonated with voters in these areas, leading to stronger support for him in the 2004 election.

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  • 12. 

    In 2005, the National Security Agency (NSA) expanded its practice of monitoring overseas calls to include domestic calls placed to overseas locations.  This resulted in

    • A.

      A federal court ruling this monitoring unconstitutional.

    • B.

      The NSA director's arrest.

    • C.

      The arrest of many terrorists.

    • D.

      Overwhelming public support.

    Correct Answer
    A. A federal court ruling this monitoring unconstitutional.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a federal court ruling this monitoring unconstitutional. This is because when the NSA expanded its practice of monitoring domestic calls placed to overseas locations, it violated the constitutional rights of individuals to privacy. As a result, a federal court ruled that this monitoring was unconstitutional, indicating that it was not legally permissible for the NSA to engage in such surveillance.

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  • 13. 

    Which Supreme court ruling stated that foreign prisoners who claim they were unlawfully imprisoned had the right to have their cases heard in court?

    • A.

      Gideon v. Wainwright

    • B.

      Hamden v. Rumsfeld

    • C.

      Bush v. Gore

    • D.

      Rasul v. Bush

    Correct Answer
    D. Rasul v. Bush
    Explanation
    Rasul v. Bush is the correct answer because this Supreme Court ruling stated that foreign prisoners who claim they were unlawfully imprisoned had the right to have their cases heard in court. This case, decided in 2004, involved detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and established that they had the right to challenge their detention through habeas corpus petitions in U.S. federal courts.

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  • 14. 

    Which of the following is under the control of the Department of Homeland Security?

    • A.

      Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

    • B.

      Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

    • C.

      Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

    • D.

      Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

    Correct Answer
    C. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA is an agency under the control of the Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's main responsibility is to coordinate the response to disasters that occur within the United States and that overwhelm the resources of local and state authorities. They provide assistance to individuals and communities affected by disasters, as well as support in preparedness and mitigation efforts.

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  • 15. 

    Why did the United States think stopping the spread of weapons of mass destruction was linked to the war on terror?

    • A.

      Terrorists might buy or steal weapons of mass destruction and use them against the United States.

    • B.

      Terrorist groups had already stolen weapons of mass destruction from Iraq.

    • C.

      Saddam Hussein declared an allegiance with al-Qaeda.

    • D.

      Bin Laden was believed to be hiding in the mountains of Iraq.

    Correct Answer
    A. Terrorists might buy or steal weapons of mass destruction and use them against the United States.
    Explanation
    The United States believed that stopping the spread of weapons of mass destruction was linked to the war on terror because terrorists could potentially acquire these weapons through purchase or theft and use them against the United States. This connection is based on the fear that terrorist groups could utilize such destructive capabilities to cause significant harm and loss of life. By preventing the proliferation of these weapons, the United States aimed to mitigate the threat posed by terrorists and protect national security.

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  • 16. 

    Analyze this map to answer the following question.  If you need a larger version, Right Click on this link and Open in a New Window. According to this map of the 2000 Presidential Election, George W. Bush won

    • A.

      California and New York

    • B.

      Fewer states than Al Gore

    • C.

      The majority of North Eastern States

    • D.

      A majority of electoral votes.

    Correct Answer
    D. A majority of electoral votes.
    Explanation
    Based on the map of the 2000 Presidential Election, George W. Bush won a majority of electoral votes. This can be inferred from the fact that he won both California and New York, which are two highly populous states with a significant number of electoral votes. Additionally, the map does not provide information about the number of states won by each candidate, so we cannot determine if Bush won fewer states than Al Gore. Similarly, the map does not provide information about the majority of North Eastern states won by either candidate.

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  • 17. 

    Using this cartoon and your knowledge of history, what is the opinion of this creator.

    • A.

      Bush won because his voting spot was the only one that was clear on the ballot in Florida.

    • B.

      Al Gore is so confusing he is like a curly cue to listen to.

    • C.

      Pat Buchanan would have won if he were first on the list.

    • D.

      Florida was the only state that allowed Ralph Nader to run.

    Correct Answer
    A. Bush won because his voting spot was the only one that was clear on the ballot in Florida.
    Explanation
    The creator's opinion is that Bush won the election in Florida because his voting spot on the ballot was the only one that was clear.

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