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US History Reading Quiz

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  • Q1
    How did the United States come to learn that the Soviet Union had set off an atomic bomb in 1949?
    The Soviet Union broadcast their achievement over Soviet radio.
    American allies in West Germany informed the US government.
    . CIA spies in Moscow let the US Government know.
    A US bomber detected radiation in the atmosphere while flying over Alaska.
  • Q2
    How many times more powerful than a traditional atomic bomb was the hydrogen bomb developed in 1952?
    10 times more powerful
    50 times more powerful
    100 times more powerful
    1000 times more powerful
  • Q3
    How did Dwight Eisenhower’s foreign policy compare with President Harry Truman’s foreign policy?
    Eisenhower was much more conciliatory with the Soviet Union. He sought peace by making concessions to the Soviet Union to keep them happy.
    Eisenhower kept the same foreign policy of “containment” as Harry Truman had, but was more reluctant to intervene abroad.
    Eisenhower was much tougher with communists and sought not to “contain” them but to end communist rule once and for all.
  • Q4
    What type of military forces did Eisenhower’s administration focus on improving?
    Nuclear weapons and the planes, missiles, and submarines needed to deliver them.
    Artillery and ground soldiers
    Aircraft carriers and battleships
    Tanks, Jeeps and Surface to Air missiles
  • Q5
    How did Eisenhower’s administration seek to deter Soviet Aggression?
    . By speaking with them at summits more frequently and seeking common ground.
    By threatening any aggression would be met with massive retaliation.
    By building and expanding the NATO alliance and other regional alliances around the world
    By threatening to expel the Soviet ambassador from the United States.
  • Q6
    Who became the leader of the Soviet Union following the 1953 death of Joseph Stalin?
    Leonid Brezhnev
    Konstantin Chernenko
    Who became the leader of the Soviet Union following the 1953 death of Joseph Stalin?
    Nikita Khrushchev
  • Q7
    Which eastern European nation experienced a student revolt against its communist government in 1956?
  • Q8
    How did the Soviet Union deal with the rebellion mentioned in the previous question (#7)?
    They crushed the revolt with their army.
    They permitted it to occur.
  • Q9
    When Gamal Abdul Nasser, the dictator of Egypt seized the Suez Canal in 1956 and Britain, France and Israel prepared an invasion to take the canal back, what action did President Eisenhower take in response?
    He didn’t get involved at all, he sought to stay out of what he considered the “Middle East mess”
    He sided with Egypt and threatened an oil blockade of France and Britain if they went through with their invasion plans.
    He took the issue to the United Nations and got the UN to issue a resolution calling for the Suez Canal to be controlled by UN peacekeepers.
    He sided with France, Britain and Israel and gave them military and logistical support in their campaign to retake the canal.
  • Q10
    What two world governments did President Eisenhower use the CIA to overthrow because they were tilting toward communism?
    El Salvador and South Africa
    Egypt and Greece
    Taiwan and Indonesia
    Guatemala and Iran
  • Q11
    Which federal agency was created in response to the Soviet launching of Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the earth in 1957?
    The United States Department of Homeland Security
    The Missile Defense Agency
    The Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Q12
    Which of the following accurately describes Dwight Eisenhower’s political experience before becoming president?
    He had no political experience in any elected office.
    He had been a mayor of Abilene, Kansas prior to his military service.
    He had served one term in the House of Representatives as a young man in his late 20’s.
    He had been elected Governor of New York in the late 1940’s following his World War II fame.
  • Q13
    According to the textbook suburbs became popular for all of the following reasons EXCEPT:
    Suburban construction firms lowered housing costs by building quickly and cheaply.
    Suburban homes became a good way for people to express their individuality and unique sense of style.
    . The Federal Government used the FHA to subsidize housing and help with down payments.
    The nation suffered from a severe shortage of urban housing.
  • Q14
    Which of the following achievements is President Eisenhower most known for:
    Beginning America’s Apollo program which would eventually land a man on the moon.
    Building America’s system of interstate highways.
    Giving the Panama Canal back to Panama.
    Paying off America’s war debt from World War II.
  • Q15
    What happened to the average family’s income or take home pay during the 1950’s?
    It declined over the course of the decade.
    It went up nearly two-fold in the decade.
    It stayed about the same as it was at the beginning of the decade.

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