U.S. History Standards Questions: Progressivism & Following

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Progressivism Quizzes & Trivia

This test helps prepare students for the California STAR U. S. History test. It covers the periods Progressivim, religion, imperialism, WWI, and the 20s.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    One of the founding principles of the Progressive movement was that government had to be fixed before it could effectively care for society. Which of the following was another founding principle?
    • A. 

      Laissez-faire economics and a free market would best serve society’s interests.

    • B. 

      Society would benefit if technology and scientific principles were embraced.

    • C. 

      Technological innovations were suspect, and society should return to simpler ways and values.

    • D. 

      Immigration was at the root of all urban social problems.

  • 2. 
    Freedom of religion, a principle central to the founding of the United States and the Constitution, was most important to which immigrant group?
    • A. 

      French immigrants settling in Quebec

    • B. 

      English settlers in Jamestown

    • C. 

      English Separatists in Plymouth

    • D. 

      Spanish settlers in Florida, Central America, and California

  • 3. 
    Throughout U.S. history social reforms have often been closely linked to the efforts of religious groups or movements. The abolitionist and temperance movements of the mid-1800s are associated with which of the following?
    • A. 

      The Great Awakening

    • B. 

      The Second Great Awakening

    • C. 

      Manifest Destiny

    • D. 

      Fundamental Christianity

  • 4. 
    Leaders of the Social Gospel movement such as Billy Sunday and Washington Gladden deeply appealed to many American citizens because they preached reform. What did these men and others in the Social Gospel movement set out to reform?
    • A. 

      Religious evils and injustices in the church

    • B. 

      Modern injustices of industrialized society

    • C. 

      Appalling health conditions in slaughterhouses

    • D. 

      The American public school system

  • 5. 
    The American Protective Association was formed in 1887 to stop Catholic immigration. What does this response to immigration exemplify?
    • A. 

      Racial prejudice

    • B. 

      Class prejudice

    • C. 

      Religious intolerance

    • D. 

      Anti-Asian sentiment

  • 6. 
    As immigration continued to the United States throughout the twentieth century, and especially after the Immigration Act of 1965, what was the effect on religion in this country?
    • A. 

      The number and diversity of religions in the United States decreased.

    • B. 

      The number and diversity of religions in the United States increased.

    • C. 

      The majority of Americans abandoned organized religion.

    • D. 

      The majority of Americans became much more conservative religiously.

  • 7. 
    In what way does the Establishment clause of the First Amendment strive to guarantee separation of church and state?
    • A. 

      The Establishment clause forbids the government from suppressing freedom of religious worship.

    • B. 

      The Establishment clause guarantees that the “establishment” and not the government will oversee religious freedom in the United States.

    • C. 

      The Establishment clause forbids the government from creating an official religion or supporting religious activities.

    • D. 

      The Establishment clause allows the government to create an official religion.

  • 8. 
    Which term best describes U.S. foreign policy—including the annexation of Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam, and the Spanish-American War—near the start of the twentieth century?
    • A. 

      Capitalist

    • B. 

      Imperialist

    • C. 

      Nationalist

    • D. 

      Socialist

  • 9. 
    President McKinley’s Open Door policy stressed that all nations should be allowed to trade freely with China. This policy was formulated in a response to which of the following?
    • A. 

      A the Japanese invasion on China and Korea

    • B. 

      Russian and Japanese control over China and Korea

    • C. 

      Domestic expansionist pressures

    • D. 

      “leasehold” domination of China’s economy by European nations

  • 10. 
    Which action of Theodore Roosevelt enabled the United States to build the Panama Canal?
    • A. 

      He sent forces to support Panamanian revolt from Columbia in 1903.

    • B. 

      He annexed Panama in 1903.

    • C. 

      He refinanced the bankrupt French company that had started building the canal.

    • D. 

      He sent forces to support the Columbian overthrow of Panama in 1903.

  • 11. 
    Both Theodore Roosevelt’s “Big Stick diplomacy” and Howard Taft’s “Dollar diplomacy” may be defined as which of the following?
    • A. 

      Attempts to protect autonomy in Latin America

    • B. 

      Extensions of the Monroe Doctrine

    • C. 

      Invitations to other nations to invest in Latin America

    • D. 

      Efforts to thwart burgeoning socialism in Latin America

  • 12. 
    Which of the following statements about the effect of World War I on the home front is correct?
    • A. 

      For the first time in U.S. history, women and African Americans were included in the draft.

    • B. 

      President Wilson had to abandon all Progressive ideas of government in order to successfully fight the war.

    • C. 

      As opposed to other wars,World War I had little effect on the way U.S. civilians used resources at home.

    • D. 

      Large numbers of African Americans and Mexican Americans filled job opportunities created by the draft.

  • 13. 
    Sports such as boxing, horseracing, and tennis exploded in popularity in the 1920s. Which of the following best describes the new-found interest in these sports?
    • A. 

      With the new prosperity many households had radios and leisure time to follow sports broadcasts closely.

    • B. 

      With the new prosperity more people than ever were participating in professional sports, making them more competitive.

    • C. 

      Organized sports had not existed prior to 1920.

    • D. 

      Sports were the only form of popular entertainment available in the 1920s.

  • 14. 
    Which of the following was a characteristic of Warren Harding’s administration that was not shared by Coolidge’s or Hoover’s after him?
    • A. 

      Harding firmly believed that “the chief business of the American people is business.”

    • B. 

      Harding’s economic policies would lead the nation into the Great Depression.

    • C. 

      Harding advocated “cooperative individualism,” giving business much freedom from control.

    • D. 

      Harding’s administration was marked by the Teapot Dome and other scandals.

  • 15. 
    The philosophies of Universal Negro Improvement Association leader Marcus Garvey were most unlike those of which of the following?
    • A. 

      The “Back to Africa” movement

    • B. 

      The American Civil Liberties Union

    • C. 

      The Jazz Age flappers of the 1920s

    • D. 

      The resurgent Nativists of the 1920s

  • 16. 
    Which of the following was a result of the Eighteenth Amendment and Prohibition?
    • A. 

      During the 1920s no Americans had access to alcohol.

    • B. 

      Urban social problems associated with alcohol practically vanished.

    • C. 

      Organized crime and smuggling flourished.

    • D. 

      Christian Fundamentalism was born.

  • 17. 
    The reform movement that began in 1848 and culminated in 1929 with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment was known as which of the following?
    • A. 

      Progressive movement

    • B. 

      Prohibition movement

    • C. 

      Labor movement

    • D. 

      Suffrage movement

  • 18. 
    Which of the following statements about the Harlem Renaissance is correct?
    • A. 

      The impact of the Harlem renaissance was not felt outside of African American neighborhoods.

    • B. 

      The Harlem Renaissance was in large part a result of the Great Migration.

    • C. 

      Women played a negligible role in the Harlem renaissance.

    • D. 

      The Harlem renaissance involved some of the arts (music, literature) but not others (painting, theater).

  • 19. 
    Which of the following may correctly be said of the explosion of popular music, radio shows, and movies in the 1920s?
    • A. 

      The huge growth of popular culture created a sense of shared national identity.

    • B. 

      American jazz culture was held in contempt in Europe.

    • C. 

      For the first time, African Americans were fairly represented in popular media.

    • D. 

      The quality of early radio and film was uniformly poor.

  • 20. 
    The economic boom that accompanied new assembly-line, mass-production techniques (as with the automobile) had which of the following effects?
    • A. 

      Established financial empires collapsed.

    • B. 

      New luxury goods were available only to the very wealthy.

    • C. 

      The lifestyle of most Americans was unaffected.

    • D. 

      Many Americans embraced the idea of consumer credit.

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