U.S History: The Progressive Era Questions!

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U.S History: The Progressive Era Questions!

Below is a U. S history quiz made up of the progressive era questions. During this time in America's history, people came together to try and speak up on the problems caused by industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and political corruption. Their efforts bore fruit, and there is much that changed in the country. Take the quiz and see what you know about this era.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What law reformed the civil service system by administering competitive examinations for job positions so that they would be awarded based on merit?
    • A. 

      Pendleton Act

    • B. 

      Sherman Antitrust Act

    • C. 

      Clayton Antitrust Act

    • D. 

      Interstate Commerce Act

  • 2. 
    The Progressive movement (~1900-1918) is best described as a movement that
    • A. 

      Demanded reform at all levels of government

    • B. 

      Encouraged involvement in international affairs

    • C. 

      Tried to introduce a parliamentary system of government

    • D. 

      Emphasized only the needs of farmers

  • 3. 
    The phrase “Jim Crow” refers to laws that
    • A. 

      Made liquor illegal

    • B. 

      Enforced racial segregation

    • C. 

      Restricted immigration to the United States

    • D. 

      Protected the environment

  • 4. 
    Booker T. Washington argued which of the following in a speech that became known as the "Atlanta Compromise"?
    • A. 

      Blacks should fight against whites to gain their rightful position in society.

    • B. 

      Blacks should focus on learning useful skills and be patient and law-abiding.

    • C. 

      Social Darwinism is needed to keep businesses moving.

    • D. 

      Social Darwinism should be regulated by the government.

  • 5. 
    Upton Sinclair’s novel, The Jungle, influenced federal legislation on
    • A. 

      Railroad regulation.

    • B. 

      Meat inspection and pure food and drugs.

    • C. 

      Conservation of natural resources

    • D. 

      Monkeys, tigers, and lions

  • 6. 
    In the U.S., the term “Muckraker” has been used to describe an author whose writings deal mainly with
    • A. 

      criticizing the government’s social welfare policies

    • B. 

      Advancing the cause of socialism

    • C. 

      Exposing social conditions in need of reform

    • D. 

      Publicizing constitutional issues relating to minority rights

  • 7. 
    W.E.B. DuBois wanted African Americans to do all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Challenge the existence of segregation

    • B. 

      Preserve their own identity rather than blend into white society

    • C. 

      Follow the leadership of a “talented tenth” of blacks.

    • D. 

      Realistically adjust and accommodate to living in a white dominated society.

  • 8. 
    The purpose of the Interstate Commerce Act, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, and the Clayton Anti-Trust Act was to
    • A. 

      Reduce imports from foreign nations

    • B. 

      Eliminate unfair business practices

    • C. 

      Increase the power of local governments

    • D. 

      Reduce the power of labor unions

  • 9. 
    The 1896 Supreme Court Case supporting the segregation of races in public accommodations along the principle of "separate but equal" was
    • A. 

      Munn v. Illinois

    • B. 

      Plessy v. Ferguson

    • C. 

      Gibbons v. Ogden

    • D. 

      Brown v. Board of Educatoin.

  • 10. 
    Which of the following would a nativist believe about immigrants?
    • A. 

      They are better workers

    • B. 

      They possess valuable skills

    • C. 

      They assimilate into society

    • D. 

      They take jobs away from Americans