Course Name: American History 2 Course ID: SSTH034060 Submittal: 52
Student: Kwinda Netshitangani ID: J47865775
Progress Test 2
Although the progress test is similar in style to the unit evaluations, the progress test is a closed-book, proctored test.
You may not have access to notes or any of the course materials while you are taking the test. It is important
that you do your own work. Select the response that best completes the statement or answers the question.
____ 1. This book written in the 50s about poverty being widespread in America shocked many Americans.
a. The Other America
b. The Catcher in the Rye
c. The Lonely Crowd
d. The Feminine Mystique
____ 2. This law abolished poll taxes in any state in 1964.
a. the 24th Amendment
b. the Poll Tax Act
c. the 25th Amendment
d. the Voting Rights Act
____ 3. In an attempt to integrate public schools in Little Rock Arkansas, nine African American students were
chosen to integrate this school first.
a. North High
b. Little Rock High
c. Central High
d. Little Rock North High
____ 4. During the 50s, “In God We Trust” was added to the dollar bill and “under God” was added to the Pledge of
Allegiance to emphasize
a. the First Amendment to the Constitution.
b. the contrast between American beliefs and Soviet atheism.
c. acceptance of different faiths.
d. an archaeological discovery believed to be Noah’s Ark.
____ 5. This book written by Dr. Spock provided expert advice on how to raise children during the 50s.
a. The Common Sense Book of Parenting
b. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care
c. The Best Parenting Practices
d. Expert Parenting Practices for Babies and Children
____ 6. To help counteract the spread of communism around the globe Truman promised to aid countries struggling
against communist movements. This was known as
a. the Truman Doctrine.
b. the Iron Curtain.
c. the Truman Plan.
d. the Cold War.
____ 7. The _________________ sought to end Native Americans’ control of their tribal governments and relocate
them to the nation’s cities.
a. Native American Act
b. Bursum Bill
c. Termination Policy
d. Dawes Act
____ 8. The average American family in the 50s had twice the real income of the average family during the 20s.
____ 9. Chief Justice Earl Warren read the decision of the unanimous Supreme Court ruling on Brown v. Board of
____ 10. After World War II was over, China resumed its own civil war between the Nationalist forces and
Communists who were led by ________.
a. Jiang Jieshi
b. Mao Zedong
c. Hideki Tojo
d. North Korea
____ 11. Which country did the CIA help install a new government and in power?
____ 12. President Truman took the first steps toward desegregation even though it might cost him the White House.
____ 13. All of the following were rock and roll musicians during the 50s except
a. Little Richard.
b. Chuck Berry.
c. Angus Young.
d. Elvis Presley.
____ 14. When a government takes control of a region and everything that is in that region, it is called
____ 15. These two organizations had split in the 30s but joined together again in 1955 to consolidate labor union
____ 16. The media’s coverage of the attacks in Birmingham on schoolchildren horrified many people and they
a. join the movement.
b. send letters to the President asking him to act.
c. riot in their cities.
d. send letters to MLK asking him to stop the protests.
____ 17. ENIAC was one of the first _______________ that developed after World War II.
____ 18. President Nixon established this program in his administration to encourage racial equality.
a. Equal Pay Act
b. affirmative action
c. occupational action
d. Fair Pay and Occupation Act
____ 19. In Anniston, AL, Southern segregationists protested a group of students on interstate buses by firebombing
the buses, and injuring people as they tried to escape. These civil rights supporters were called
a. Anniston 9.
b. freedom riders.
c. freedom buses.
d. interstate riders.
____ 20. ________________ continued to grow in large part, by contributions of new technology being used after
World War II such as computers.
b. Retail stores
c. Worker productivity
d. Labor unions
____ 21. _________________ is the name given to the legislation created which would establish a connection
between all major cities in the U.S.
b. The Interstate Highway Act
c. The Suburban Highway Act
d. The California Master Plan
____ 22. This man became an outspoken critic on nonviolent protests in the early 60’s speaking on behalf of the
nation of Islam.
a. Elijah Muhammad
b. Tommie Smith
c. James Earl Ray
d. Malcolm X
____ 23. An arms race developed early on in the Cold War and heated up when the U.S detonated the first
a. nuclear missile.
b. hydrogen bomb.
c. nitrogen bomb.
d. plutonium bomb.
____ 24. Compared to white Americans in the 50s, African Americans had all of the following except
a. significantly higher levels of poverty.
b. significantly higher levels of illiteracy.
c. significantly lower life expectancy.
d. significantly higher crime rates.
____ 25. How did the United States and Britain supply West Berlin when Stalin blocked all roads and trains into the
a. the Berlin Chunnel
b. the Berlin Blockade
c. the Berlin Airlift
d. the Berlin Wall
____ 26. All of the following were popular TV shows during the 50s except
a. The Howdy Doody Show.
b. The Lone Ranger.
c. Family Matters.
d. I Love Lucy.
____ 27. The GI Bill of Rights fueled several aspects of life during the 50s. It did all of the following except
a. leading to the boom of suburban neighborhoods.
b. sending more young men to college or to finish high school.
c. providing money for living expenses.
d. encouraging veterans to stay in the service longer than they normally would have.
____ 28. __________________ is a type of segregation that is imposed by law.
a. Du jure segregation
b. De facto segregation
c. Limited segregation
d. Lawful racism
____ 29. Many people did not like the growth of franchise industries, citing all of the following reasons except
a. people would eat bland food.
b. people lived in the same type of houses.
c. people had less choice of products to consume.
d. people watched shows with the same plot lines.
____ 30. This was the name of the line that divided Korea into two separate countries after World War II.
a. the 99th Parallel
b. the 83rd Parallel
c. the 12th Parallel
d. the 38th Parallel
____ 31. ____________ called for a system consisting of research universities, state
colleges, and community colleges.
a. The California Master Plan
b. The National Defense Education Act
c. The California Education Act
d. The National Education Act
____ 32. The name given to the explosion of births during the 50s after many veterans returned from World War II
and many families were prospering was called
a. the baby boom.
b. birth rate boom.
c. baby birth boom.
d. population explosion.
____ 33. The time period in the late 40s through the 50s when many Americans were frightened that Communists
were working to destroy their way of life was called
a. the Communist Manifesto.
b. the Second Red Scare.
c. the Red Menace.
d. the Red Death.
____ 34. The Mississippi Freedom Summer sparked the creation of a new political party for a short time. It was
a. the Freedom Summer Party.
b. the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
c. the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
d. the Black Americans Party.
____ 35. The Kerner Commission’s report on why race riots started in major cities during the 60s blamed the civil
rights movement as the leading cause.
____ 36. The name of the first satellite launched into space by the Soviet Union was called
c. Sputnik 1.
d. Satellite 1.
____ 37. As president, Harry Truman did not always get along with Congress. They refused to vote for programs like
national health insurance that were part of his
a. campaign promises.
b. civil rights committee.
c. Fair Deal.
d. Fair Shake Program.
____ 38. Bobby Seale and Huey Newton started a political party in California called
a. the Black Power movement.
b. the Black Panthers.
c. the Black Resistance.
d. the Black Freedom Fighters.
____ 39. During the 50s, many major cities saw a decline in the economy when
a. the Cold War started.
b. the Beats wrote about life in the suburbs.
c. middle class whites left the cities.
d. rock and roll became popular.
____ 40. This man decided to integrate the University of Mississippi in 1962, effectively integrating colleges and
a. Martin Luther King Jr.
b. Medgar Evers
c. James Meredith
d. Thurgood Marshall
____ 41. Satellite states were several Eastern European countries that were controlled by ___________ after World
a. the Soviet Union
c. the U.S.
____ 42. This court case overturned the Plessey v Ferguson decision of 1896 and declared that all public schools
should be integrated with all deliberate speed.
a. Little Rock Nine v. Faubus
b. Brown v. Board of Education
c. Miranda v. Arizona
d. Roe v. Wade
____ 43. After World War II, the United States gave Greece and Turkey funding to support them against communism.
____ 44. This term was applied to extreme reckless charges by one man during the height of the Second Red Scare.
a. extreme interrogation
b. red interrogation
c. red hysteria
____ 45. This man was elected President in 1952 after Truman did not seek re-election.
____ 46. The individual(s) known as ___________ publicly refused to answer the HUAC’s questions about their
communist sympathies and was promptly blacklisted by the federal government as communists.
a. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
b. Robert Oppenhiemer
c. the Hollywood 10
d. the Communist 10
____ 47. John F. Kennedy responded to civil rights as a _________ issue in his address to the nation in June 1963.
d. black and white
____ 48. The Montgomery bus boycott was the first major form of _________________ in the Civil Rights movement.
a. disobeying the law
b. nonviolent protest
c. reverse racism
d. violent protest
____ 49. This country sought democratic reforms after it saw Khrushchev allow Poland greater control of their
government, but was crushed and brutally beaten back.
____ 50. All of the following were reasons people moved to the area known as the Sunbelt during the 50s except
a. appealing climates.
b. large number of jobs available.
c. growth in aerospace and electronics industries.
d. cheaper standard of living.
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