U.S. History Standards Questions: Civil Rights

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U.S. History Standards Questions: Civil Rights - Quiz


This quiz helps prepare students for the California U. S. History STAR test. It covers Civil Rights.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta fought for the rights of which of the following groups of often-exploited Mexican American laborers?

    • A.

      Autoworkers

    • B.

      Farm workers

    • C.

      Steelworkers

    • D.

      Food-service workers

    Correct Answer
    B. Farm workers
    Explanation
    Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta fought for the rights of farm workers. They were leaders of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union and dedicated their efforts to improve the working conditions and wages of Mexican American farm laborers. They organized strikes, boycotts, and other nonviolent protests to bring attention to the exploitation and mistreatment of these workers. Through their activism, they successfully advocated for better pay, safer working conditions, and the right to organize for farm workers.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following statements about the effect of vital African-American organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in the 1950s is correct?

    • A.

      In the 1950s, NAACP and CORE did not exist.

    • B.

      In the 1950s, NAACP and CORE did not exist.

    • C.

      In the 1950s, NAACP and CORE met with great legal success.

    • D.

      In the 1950s, NAACP and CORE met with great legal success.

    Correct Answer
    D. In the 1950s, NAACP and CORE met with great legal success.
    Explanation
    In the 1950s, the NAACP and CORE played a significant role in achieving legal victories for the African-American community. These organizations fought for civil rights and equality through legal means, such as litigation and advocacy. They were instrumental in landmark cases like Brown v. Board of Education, which led to the desegregation of schools, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which resulted in the end of racial segregation on buses. Their efforts helped to bring about important legal changes and advance the cause of civil rights in the United States during this period.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following explains why President Roosevelt ordered the air force, navy, and marines to start recruiting African Americans and to put African Americans into combat positions?

    • A.

      Because he valued the African American vote

    • B.

      As a response to the “Double V” campaign

    • C.

      In an effort to reduce racial discrimination in the United States

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    President Roosevelt ordered the air force, navy, and marines to start recruiting African Americans and put them into combat positions for multiple reasons. Firstly, he valued the African American vote, recognizing the political significance of their support. Additionally, this decision was a response to the “Double V” campaign, which called for victory against fascism abroad and victory against racism at home. By allowing African Americans to serve in combat roles, Roosevelt aimed to reduce racial discrimination in the United States and promote equality. Therefore, the correct answer is "all of the above".

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following court decisions established the legal doctrine that endorsed “separate but equal” facilities for African Americans and whites?

    • A.

      Dred Scott v. Sandford

    • B.

      Plessy v. Ferguson

    • C.

      Brown v. Board of Education

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Plessy v. Ferguson
    Explanation
    Plessy v. Ferguson is the correct answer because this court decision, which took place in 1896, established the legal doctrine of "separate but equal." The case involved Homer Plessy, an African American man who was arrested for sitting in a "whites-only" train car. The Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation was constitutional as long as the facilities provided for African Americans and whites were equal. This decision had a significant impact on racial segregation in the United States and was not overturned until the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.

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  • 5. 

    The activities of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Freedom Riders are examples of which of the following?

    • A.

      African American groups resisting political injustice and oppression

    • B.

      African American groups resisting political injustice and oppression

    • C.

      “sit-ins” staged at restaurants to protest the injustice of segregation

    • D.

      White students co-opting the methods of civil rights groups to serve their own interests

    Correct Answer
    B. African American groups resisting political injustice and oppression
    Explanation
    The activities of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Freedom Riders were focused on fighting against political injustice and oppression faced by African Americans. They were actively involved in organizing protests, sit-ins, and bus rides to challenge segregation and advocate for civil rights. Their efforts aimed to bring about equality and justice for African Americans in the face of racial discrimination and systemic oppression.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following statements about the effectiveness of Malcolm X as a civil rights spokesman is true?

    • A.

      Only the fact that he had been in prison made people take Malcolm X seriously.

    • B.

      If he hadn’t been assassinated, Malcolm X would not be remembered as a great civil rights spokesman today.

    • C.

      His “back-to-Africa” movement alienated Malcolm X from many African Americans.

    • D.

      His magnificent public-speaking talents gained nationwide attention for the Nation of Islam.

    Correct Answer
    D. His magnificent public-speaking talents gained nationwide attention for the Nation of Islam.
    Explanation
    Malcolm X gained nationwide attention for the Nation of Islam due to his magnificent public-speaking talents.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following statements about the spread of the civil rights movement in the United States is correct?

    • A.

      The movement began in the poor urban neighborhoods in the North, spread to the rural South, and would affect all African Americans.

    • B.

      The movement began in the poor urban neighborhoods in the North, spread to the rural South, and would affect all African Americans.

    • C.

      The movement began in the rural South, eventually spread throughout the U.S., and would affect all African Americans.

    • D.

      The movement began in the rural South, eventually spread throughout the U.S., and would affect all of the country.

    Correct Answer
    D. The movement began in the rural South, eventually spread throughout the U.S., and would affect all of the country.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the civil rights movement began in the rural South, eventually spread throughout the U.S., and would affect all of the country. This is the correct answer because it accurately describes the historical progression of the civil rights movement. The movement did indeed start in the rural South, with key events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the sit-ins at lunch counters in Greensboro. From there, the movement gained momentum and spread to other parts of the country, eventually leading to significant changes in civil rights legislation and policies that affected all Americans, not just African Americans.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following statements about President Lyndon Johnson’s role in the civil rights movement is true?

    • A.

      Southerner Lyndon Johnson fought the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that President Kennedy had introduced.

    • B.

      Southerner Lyndon Johnson supported the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that President Kennedy had introduced.

    • C.

      Lyndon Johnson supported the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but his support had little effect.

    • D.

      Northerner Lyndon Johnson supported the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that President Kennedy had introduced.

    Correct Answer
    B. Southerner Lyndon Johnson supported the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that President Kennedy had introduced.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Southerner Lyndon Johnson supported the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that President Kennedy had introduced." This is true because President Johnson, who was originally from the South, continued the efforts of President Kennedy to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 after Kennedy's assassination. Johnson used his political skills and influence to rally support for the bill and eventually signed it into law, marking a significant milestone in the civil rights movement.

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  • 9. 

    The 1848 Seneca Falls Convention organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton marked which of the following?

    • A.

      The passage of the Nineteenth Amendment

    • B.

      The beginning of an organized Abolitionist movement

    • C.

      The beginning of an organized women’s movement

    • D.

      The first legal triumph of the women’s rights movement

    Correct Answer
    C. The beginning of an organized women’s movement
    Explanation
    The 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, marked the beginning of an organized women's movement. This convention was the first women's rights convention in the United States and is considered a pivotal event in the history of women's rights. It brought together women activists who advocated for women's suffrage, equal rights, and social reforms. The Declaration of Sentiments, which was drafted and signed during the convention, called for women's equality and served as a catalyst for future activism and the eventual achievement of women's suffrage with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

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