AP US History Practice Exam Questions With Answers

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  • 1. 
    In Korematsu v. United States (1944), the Supreme Court upheld the military order excluding Japanese Americans from the West Coast on the basis that the action was considered…  ​
    • A. 

      A matter of national security

    • B. 

      A necessity for the economy

    • C. 

      An attempt to limit immigration from Japan

    • D. 

      A way to protect Japanese Americans from anti-Japanese hysteria

  • 2. 
      The major reason for President Harry Truman’s decision to use atomic bombs against Japan was the… 
    • A. 

      Potential loss of American lives from an invasion of Japan

    • B. 

      Need to defeat Japan before defeating Germany

    • C. 

      Plan to bring democratic government to Japan after the war

    • D. 

      Failure of the island-hopping campaign against Japan

  • 3. 
    What was the major purpose of the Lend-Lease Act (1941)? 
    • A. 

      Sending United States troops to defend France

    • B. 

      Keeping the Soviet Union from invading Chine

    • C. 

      Helping Great Britain without going to war

    • D. 

      Profiting from Germany’s demand for steel and oil from the United States

  • 4. 
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to December 7, 1941, as “a date which will live in infamy” because on that day… 
    • A. 

      Germany invaded Poland

    • B. 

      Japan attacked Pearl Harbor

    • C. 

      Italy declared war on the United States

    • D. 

      The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima

  • 5. 
    The G.I. Bill provided World War II veterans with
    • A. 

      Free housing and medical care

    • B. 

      Student loans for education

    • C. 

      Free education and loans to buy homes, farms, and small businesses

    • D. 

      A guaranteed job within the US government

    • E. 

      Low-cost education in return for two more years of service in the armed forces

  • 6. 
    During World War II, the need of the United States for more war materials resulted in the… 
    • A. 

      Easing of government controls on the economy

    • B. 

      Use of lengthy strikes by labor unions

    • C. 

      Rationing of some consumer goods

    • D. 

      Reduction in profits for defense industries

  • 7. 
    The Nuremberg War Crimes trials of 1945-1949 established the international precedent that…  ​
    • A. 

      The United States should avoid commitments with foreign nations

    • B. 

      Military leaders cannot be held responsible for wartime actions

    • C. 

      Individuals may be tried for crime against humanity

    • D. 

      Soldiers must obey an order even if it conflicts with basic humanitarian values

  • 8. 
    Which of the following was LEAST likely a factor in the decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
    • A. 

      Hope that a quick victory in the Pacific would hasten an Allied victory in Europe

    • B. 

      Fear that the USSR would soon enter the war with Japan

    • C. 

      Concern that a land war in Japan would result in massive American casualties

    • D. 

      Awareness that Japanese forces were numerous and spread throughout Asia

    • E. 

      Desire to demonstrate to other world powers the potency of America’s new weapon

  • 9. 
    After World War II, what was one important result of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act (GI BILL)? 
    • A. 

      Many veterans attended college

    • B. 

      The demand for housing decreased

    • C. 

      Defense industries recruited more women

    • D. 

      Women became eligible for the draft

  • 10. 
    Use the following to answer the question below             A.  Japan attacks Pearl Harbor             B.  Germany invades Poland             C.  MacArthur dictates a democratic constitution to Japan             D.  Allies invade Europe on D-Day   Which sequence of these events related to World War II is in the correct chronological order? 
    • A. 

      D, B, A, and C

    • B. 

      B, A, D, and C

    • C. 

      C, A, B and D

    • D. 

      A, B, C, and D

  • 11. 
    The internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II illustrates that… 
    • A. 

      The Supreme Court can be relied on to defend civil rights

    • B. 

      Threats to national security are often ignored by the government

    • C. 

      Minorities are not allowed to enlist in the United States military

    • D. 

      Civil liberties are sometimes limited during times of national crisis

  • 12. 
    Guadalcanal was the turning point of the Pacific Theater.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Stalingrad was one of the turning point in the European Theater.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    Joseph Stalin is responsible for breaking the Non-Aggression Pact with Germany.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Blitzkrieg is a type of military strategy in which a country attacks from all sides simultaneously (land, air and sea). 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    What is the most likely explanation for the changes in income shown in the chart?
    • A. 

      World War II veterans benefited from an economic boom following the war

    • B. 

      Conversion to a wartime economy created new jobs

    • C. 

      New laws were passed that permitted child labor in wartime

    • D. 

      Membership in labor unions was prohibited during wartime

  • 17. 
     A key purpose of this World War II poster was to?  
    • A. 

      Illustrate the nature of modern warfare

    • B. 

      Influence the Axis powers to end the war

    • C. 

      Gain support for the war effort

    • D. 

      Encourage protest against the war

  • 18. 
    This World War II poster recognizes the…
    • A. 

      Role of women as military officers

    • B. 

      Contribution of women to wartime defense

    • C. 

      Legal equality of women

    • D. 

      Return of women to the workforce after the war

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