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  • 1. 

    What kind of people were referred to as "muckrakers" during this time period?

    • A.

      Journalists who created exaggerated stories to influence the American public

    • B.

      Investigative Journalists and Authors who brought problems in American Society to people's attention through their writings

    • C.

      Corrupt politicians who gained the votes of people through bribes and by providing for their basic needs

    • D.

      Social reformers who were credited with establishing programs such as the WCTU and the YMCA

    Correct Answer
    B. Investigative Journalists and Authors who brought problems in American Society to people's attention through their writings
    Explanation
    During this time period, the term "muckrakers" referred to investigative journalists and authors who used their writings to expose and bring attention to the problems in American society. They were known for their in-depth research and reporting, uncovering corruption, social injustices, and other issues that needed reform. Their work played a significant role in raising public awareness and ultimately bringing about positive changes in society.

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  • 2. 

    Which of these was not one of the four main goals of Progressivism?

    • A.

      Protect People's Social Welfare

    • B.

      Fostering Efficiency

    • C.

      Promote Moral Improvement

    • D.

      Expand Business

    • E.

      Create Economic Reform

    Correct Answer
    D. Expand Business
    Explanation
    The goal of Progressivism was to address social and economic issues, and to bring about reforms that would improve the lives of the American people. Protecting people's social welfare, fostering efficiency, promoting moral improvement, and creating economic reform were all key goals of the Progressive movement. However, expanding business was not one of the main goals. Progressives were more concerned with regulating and curbing the power of big businesses, rather than promoting their expansion.

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  • 3. 

    Which Progressive Leader is known for improving the lives of women and children by fighting for child labor laws and limiting hours for women?

    Correct Answer
    Florence Kelly
    Explanation
    Florence Kelly is known for her efforts in improving the lives of women and children by fighting for child labor laws and advocating for limitations on working hours for women. She was a progressive leader who dedicated her life to social reform and worked tirelessly to address the issues of labor exploitation and unfair working conditions. Through her activism, she played a crucial role in bringing about significant changes that protected the rights and well-being of women and children in the workforce.

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  • 4. 

    Which Progressive was a senator who gave more power to the people by helping to pass the 17th Amendment, which started the direct election of senators?

    • A.

      Robert LaFollette

    • B.

      Florence Kelly

    • C.

      Francis Williard

    • D.

      Lincoln Seffens

    • E.

      Jacob Riis

    Correct Answer
    A. Robert LaFollette
    Explanation
    Robert LaFollette is the correct answer because he was a Progressive senator who played a key role in the passage of the 17th Amendment. This amendment allowed for the direct election of senators by the people, instead of being chosen by state legislatures. LaFollette believed in giving more power to the people and fought for political reforms that would increase democracy and reduce corruption. His efforts in support of the 17th Amendment helped to democratize the election process and give citizens a greater say in choosing their representatives in the Senate.

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  • 5. 

    What were the last names of the Progressive Presidents (in order)?

    Correct Answer
    Roosevelt Taft Wilson
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Roosevelt Taft Wilson because these were the last names of the Progressive Presidents in the order they served. Theodore Roosevelt was the first Progressive President, followed by William Howard Taft, and then Woodrow Wilson. They were known for their efforts in implementing progressive policies and reforms during their presidencies, such as trust-busting, conservation, and labor rights.

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  • 6. 

    Which Progressive Amendment allowed Congress to collect income taxes?

    • A.

      14

    • B.

      15

    • C.

      16

    • D.

      17

    • E.

      18

    Correct Answer
    C. 16
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 16. The 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1913, granted Congress the power to collect income taxes. This amendment was a significant development in the progressive era, as it provided the federal government with a new and substantial source of revenue. Prior to the 16th Amendment, the federal government relied primarily on tariffs and excise taxes for funding. The income tax system established by the 16th Amendment has since become a key component of the United States tax system.

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  • 7. 

    Which amendment allowed the direct election of senators?

    • A.

      14

    • B.

      15

    • C.

      16

    • D.

      17

    • E.

      18

    Correct Answer
    D. 17
    Explanation
    The 17th amendment allowed for the direct election of senators. Prior to this amendment, senators were chosen by state legislatures. The 17th amendment was ratified in 1913 and it shifted the power to elect senators from state governments to the people. This was seen as a way to increase transparency and accountability in the political process, as it allowed citizens to have a direct say in who represents them in the Senate.

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  • 8. 

    What was the 20th Amendment?

    • A.

      Lame Duck Sessions

    • B.

      Repealed Prohibition

    • C.

      Women's Suffrage

    • D.

      African-American Suffrage

    • E.

      Prohibition

    Correct Answer
    A. Lame Duck Sessions
    Explanation
    The 20th Amendment refers to the constitutional amendment that changed the start and end dates of the terms of the President and Congress. It was ratified in 1933 and aimed to reduce the amount of time between the election and inauguration of the President, known as the "lame duck" period. This amendment was important as it ensured a more efficient transition of power and minimized the potential for an outgoing administration to make significant policy decisions during this period.

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  • 9. 

    Ida Tarbell attacked...

    • A.

      Labor Unions

    • B.

      High Tariffs

    • C.

      Standard Oil

    • D.

      The railroad industry

    • E.

      Political Corruption

    Correct Answer
    C. Standard Oil
    Explanation
    Ida Tarbell attacked Standard Oil because she believed that the company was engaging in unfair and anti-competitive practices. She wrote a series of articles for McClure's Magazine, exposing the monopolistic tactics used by Standard Oil to dominate the oil industry. Tarbell's investigative journalism played a significant role in raising public awareness about the negative impact of monopolies and contributed to the eventual breakup of Standard Oil by the Supreme Court in 1911.

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  • 10. 

    Who Am I? * I am a Progressive * I attacked political corruption (esp. in cities) * I Created the Magazine: "The Shame of the Cities"

    Correct Answer
    Lincoln Seffens
    Explanation
    Lincoln Steffens was a prominent American journalist and a leading figure of the Progressive Era. He is known for his investigative journalism that exposed political corruption, particularly in urban areas. Steffens was a muckraker who used his magazine, "The Shame of the Cities," to shed light on the corrupt practices of politicians and business leaders. His work played a significant role in raising awareness about political corruption and advocating for reform during the early 20th century.

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  • 11. 

    Danish-American Muckraker who exposed the poor city life through photographs

    Correct Answer
    Jacob Riis
    Explanation
    Jacob Riis was a Danish-American Muckraker who used his photography skills to expose the harsh living conditions in the cities. He documented the overcrowded tenements, poverty, and unsanitary living conditions that many immigrants and working-class people were subjected to. Riis's photographs were powerful tools for social reform, as they brought attention to the need for improved housing and living conditions for the poor. His work helped to raise awareness about the struggles faced by marginalized communities and contributed to the development of progressive social policies.

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  • 12. 

    Which of these female Progressives is known as the 6ft 186lb? Bulldog and a fighter for prohibition?

    • A.

      Francis Williard

    • B.

      Ida Tarbell

    • C.

      Jane Adams

    • D.

      Carrie Nation

    • E.

      Florence Kelly

    Correct Answer
    D. Carrie Nation
    Explanation
    Carrie Nation is known as the 6ft 186lb bulldog and a fighter for prohibition. This nickname and description suggest that she was a strong and determined woman who fought passionately for the prohibition of alcohol.

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  • 13. 

    This Anti-trust Case dealt with the sugarcane trust and the government ruled that the amount of goods a company produces is not regulated under the Sherman Anti-trust act.(Type answer in ALL CAPS)

    Correct Answer
    US V. EC KNIGHT COMPANY
    Explanation
    In the case of US v. EC Knight Company, the government ruled that the amount of goods a company produces is not regulated under the Sherman Anti-trust act. This means that the government cannot intervene or take action against a company solely based on the quantity of goods it produces. The ruling suggests that the Sherman Anti-trust act does not cover this aspect of business operations, allowing companies like EC Knight Company to have more freedom in determining their production levels.

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  • 14. 

    Which of these true actions of President Taft caused Progressives to feel betrayed by him?

    • A.

      He busted over 90 trusts

    • B.

      He would rather be a Supreme court Justice than President

    • C.

      He raised many taxes

    • D.

      He was less charismatic than Teddy Roosevelt

    Correct Answer
    C. He raised many taxes
    Explanation
    Progressives felt betrayed by President Taft because he raised many taxes. This action went against their beliefs and goals, as Progressives aimed for social and economic reforms, including a fairer tax system. They viewed Taft's decision to increase taxes as a betrayal of their trust and a departure from their agenda. This move likely led to a loss of support and disillusionment among Progressives.

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  • 15. 

    The Mann Elkins Act expanded the ICC responsibilities to include the regulation of all of the above except...

    • A.

      Telegraph

    • B.

      Railroads

    • C.

      Telephone

    • D.

      Cable

    Correct Answer
    B. Railroads
    Explanation
    The Mann Elkins Act, passed in 1910, expanded the responsibilities of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) to include the regulation of telegraphs, telephones, and cables. However, railroads were already under the jurisdiction of the ICC prior to the act, so they were not included in the expansion of responsibilities. Therefore, the correct answer is railroads.

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