**U.S. As World Power Through WWII

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This quiz helps prepare students for the California U. S. History STAR test. It covers the U. S. Development as a World Power through World War II.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    One of the primary reasons the United States began to emerge as a world power in the last years of the nineteenth century was
    • A. 

      The large number of colonies that the United States obtained in the Spanish-American War.

    • B. 

      The great increase in population resulting from immigration.

    • C. 

      The United States’ development of largest industrial capacity.

    • D. 

      American business leaders’ success in limiting labor unions.

  • 2. 
    The reason for the Open Door Policy was
    • A. 

      To prevent the U.S. from being excluded from trade with Africa.

    • B. 

      To open Japan’s closed society to the world.

    • C. 

      Ensure that immigrants to the U.S. felt welcome.

    • D. 

      To prevent Europe from using its spheres of influence in Asia to exclude the U.S. from trading with those regions.

  • 3. 
    The objective of President Theodore Roosevelt’s Big Stick policy was to
    • A. 

      Assist in the development of Latin American industry.

    • B. 

      Maintain U.S. influence in the western hemisphere.

    • C. 

      Ensure that European nations did not exclude the U.S. from trade with Africa and Asia.

    • D. 

      Reinforce U.S. isolationism.

  • 4. 
    Which President started construction of the Panama Canal?
    • A. 

      William McKinley

    • B. 

      William Howard Taft

    • C. 

      Woodrow Wilson

    • D. 

      Theodore Roosevelt

  • 5. 
    The most accurate example of Dollar Diplomacy is
    • A. 

      Providing financial aid to a Latin American country in exchange for the right to build a military base there.

    • B. 

      Accepting monetary payment from a Latin American country in exchange for not toppling its government.

    • C. 

      Giving money to Latin American peasants so that they could buy land from the rich.

    • D. 

      Coining money for Latin American countries to save them the cost.

  • 6. 
    1.      Read the following quotation then answer the question below. Like a prairie-fire, the blaze of revolution was sweeping over every American institution of law and order a year ago.  It was eating its way into the homes of the American workmen, its sharp tongues of revolutionary heat were licking the altars of the churches, leaping into the belfry of the school bell, crawling into the sacred corners of American homes, seeking to replace marriage vows with libertine laws, burning up the foundations of society.   – A. Mitchell PalmerWhat did Attorney General Palmer consider responsible for the conditions described in his statement above?
    • A. 

      Radical political ideas

    • B. 

      Women's suffrage

    • C. 

      Prohibition

    • D. 

      Populism

  • 7. 
    The most significant result of growing economic prosperity in the U.S. during the 1920s was
    • A. 

      Increased leisure time for entertainment like movies, radio, and sports.

    • B. 

      Americans getting into serious debt through buying on credit.

    • C. 

      More than half of Americans getting involved in the stock market.

    • D. 

      The growth of new industries and in purchases of consumer goods.

  • 8. 
    The focus of the Harlem Renaissance was on
    • A. 

      Riots by black residents of New York.

    • B. 

      Ending segregation in the South.

    • C. 

      African-American art and literature.

    • D. 

      Efforts to recruit black soldiers during World War I.

  • 9. 
    As a result of international agricultural developments between 1915 and 1921,
    • A. 

      Farmers’ income grew substantially throughout the 1920s.

    • B. 

      Farmers lost their farms because they could not repay their debts.

    • C. 

      Most of the land in the middle-U.S. lost several feet of fertile topsoil.

    • D. 

      A world famine occurred.

  • 10. 
    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was established during the New Deal
    • A. 

      To restore consumer confidence in banks by protecting their deposits up to $2500.

    • B. 

      Promote the insurance industry devastated by the Depression.

    • C. 

      To establish a new national bank.

    • D. 

      Establish a new method of government management for the Federal Reserve Bank.

  • 11. 
    The purpose of the New Deal agency of the Civilian Conservation Corps was to
    • A. 

      Promote conservation of energy.

    • B. 

      Establish a national service group for people opposed to military service.

    • C. 

      Protect old landmark buildings.

    • D. 

      Employ young men in jobs working on natural resource conservation.

  • 12. 
    Opposition to President Franklin Roosevelt’s Lend-Lease program to help Britain in its fight against Germany came from
    • A. 

      Americans’ fears of getting involved in World War II.

    • B. 

      Americans’ beliefs that they were still in a Depression and shouldn’t be loaning property, including military equipment, to other countries.

    • C. 

      Americans’ fears that they would never be repaid.

    • D. 

      The general dissatisfaction of the time with Roosevelt.

  • 13. 
    Why did Americans oppose President Franklin Roosevelt’s Lend-Lease program to lend or lease military equipment to Britain?
    • A. 

      They were afraid that Britain would never return the goods that were loaned to them.

    • B. 

      They thought the program was too costly.

    • C. 

      They were afraid that helping the British obtain military equipment would lead to the U.S. getting involved in World War II.

    • D. 

      They supported the German side in the war.

  • 14. 
    What was the purpose of the Rosie the Riveter character pictured in World War II posters? 
    • A. 

      To support the campaign for equal pay for women

    • B. 

      To encourage women to work in factories to support the World War II war effort

    • C. 

      To support the polio vaccination program

    • D. 

      To support the “Keep America Beautiful” campaign sponsored by President Johnson’s wife, Lady Byrd Johnson.

  • 15. 
    President Truman’s justification for dropping atomic bombs on Japan was primarily which of the following?
    • A. 

      Unwavering hatred of the Japanese

    • B. 

      Avenging the attack on Pearl Harbor

    • C. 

      Sparing the lives of Japanese civilians

    • D. 

      Sparing the lives of U.S. servicemen

  • 16. 
    The primary reason for the Allied invasion of France in June 1944 was
    • A. 

      Britain and the United States wanted to make sure the Soviet Union didn’t take over all of Europe.

    • B. 

      To create a second front to challenge Germany from the west to assist the Soviet Union’s approach from the east.

    • C. 

      They considered rescuing the French from German rule to be essential to good relations with France after the war.

    • D. 

      That was the only way to end the stalemate created by trench warfare.

  • 17. 
    To ensure transfer of needed resources to the World War II effort, the United States
    • A. 

      Rationed the availability of products such as meat, sugar, and gasoline.

    • B. 

      Required producers to ship their products directly to federal government facilities, which then distributed them for military use or consumer purchase.

    • C. 

      Prohibited the production of luxury goods.

    • D. 

      Prohibited purchase of appliances unless the purchaser’s previous appliances were over ten years old.

  • 18. 
    When Hermann Goering, head of Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe, said during World War II, "When I saw those Mustangs [American planes] over Berlin, I knew that the war was lost," he was referring back to
    • A. 

      His view that the Americans would never be able to build a plane with a long enough range to reach Germany.

    • B. 

      The Battle of Britain.

    • C. 

      Hitler’s taunting of the U.S. to “come get me.”

    • D. 

      U.S. supply of planes to Britain.

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