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Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

Who gave an important speech at Fulton, Missouri in 1946 and coined the phrase, “An iron curtain has fallen across Europe.”
a.
Harry Truman
c.
Winston Churchill
b.
Dwight Eisenhower
d.
Douglas MacArthur
 

 2. 

What countries were trapped behind the Iron Curtain?
a.
Eastern Europe
c.
West Germany and Finland
b.
Western Europe
d.
England, France and the other allied countries.
 

 3. 

Who was the dictator of the Soviet Union in the late 1940’s?
a.
Nikita Khrushchev
c.
Winston Churchill
b.
Joseph Stalin
d.
Michael Gorbachev
 

 4. 

What was the job situation for returning veterans right after World War II?
a.
jobs were plentiful
c.
jobs were scarce
b.
jobs were plentiful for civilians but not for returning soldiers
d.
jobs were plentiful in manufacturing but not in the service industries
 

 5. 

What two things did the GI Bill provide for returning servicemen?
a.
Government backed loans for homes and money for education
c.
Money for education and public housing
b.
Government backed loans and free medical care
d.
Government public housing and free medical treatment for stress caused by war service
 

 6. 

What caused the dramatic expansion of the economy in the late 40’s and 50’s?
a.
An expansion of free credit for returning servicemen
c.
Pent-up demand from the war years
b.
The pending war in Korea
d.
A lack of demand during the post war period
 

 7. 

Who was the first African American to play baseball in the major leagues and what team did he play for?
a.
Jackie Robinson for the LA Dodgers
c.
Nat King Cole for eh NY Yankees
b.
Jackie Robinson for the Brooklyn Dodgers
d.
Don Newcomb for Brooklyn Dodgers
 

 8. 

From 1948 to 1952, forty five million people were added to the U.S. population. What was this event called?
a.
The Baby Boom
c.
The Graying of America
b.
The Sexual Revolution
d.
War Surplus
 

 9. 

Which president signed an executive order in 1948, ending segregation in the armed forces?
a.
FDR
c.
Harry Truman
b.
Dwight Eisenhower
d.
John F. Kennedy
 

 10. 

What was the Marshall plan
a.
A plan to build the industrial base of the Soviet Union after WWII
c.
A plan to relieve the suffering of the people of Europe
b.
A plan to arm the Soviet Union and England to enable them to fight Germany
d.
A plan for the liberation of France
 

 11. 

What was the purpose of the Marshall plan?
a.
Keep Europe from turning to Communism
c.
Liberate Eastern Europe
b.
Help the Allies win the war against Germany
d.
Liberate France with the DDay invasion
 

 12. 

Germany was divided into sectors after WWII. What were the sectors?
a.
British, American, Russian and Soviet
c.
American, Russian, and British
b.
England, France, American and Soviet
d.
none of these
 

 13. 

In what sector of Germany was the city of Berlin located?
a.
British
c.
American
b.
French
d.
Soviet
 

 14. 

What was the Berlin Airlift all about?
a.
The Americans supplied the Russians with arms to help them take control of Berlin
c.
An attempt by the West to start airline service to the city of Berlin
b.
The Americans supplied the Allies with arms so the Germans could be defeated.
d.
The Soviets closed the Western Sectors of Berlin so America re-supplied Berlin by air
 

 15. 

What happened in China in 1949?
a.
The Nationalist Armies took control of the country
c.
China invaded Korea
b.
The Communists took control of the country
d.
China attacked Taiwan
 

 16. 

How did the Korean war start?
a.
South Korea invaded North Korea
c.
China invaded North and South Korea
b.
North Korea invaded South Korea
d.
China invaded South Korea
 

 17. 

What was the conflict between MacArthur and Truman?
a.
MacArthur did not support Truman’s policies in the Korean war
c.
MacArthur was a Republican and Truman was a Democrat
b.
Truman could not convince MacArthur to be more aggressive in Korea
d.
Truman wanted Eisenhower to be general in Korea
 

 18. 

Who were the Rosenbergs?
a.
Russian spies who escaped to the Soviet Union
c.
Soviet spies who were executed for giving atomic secrets to the Soviet Union
b.
Soviet spies working in Hollywood
d.
Pro-Soviet college professors who were black-listed
 

 19. 

What prompted Americans to build bomb shelters in the early 50’s?
a.
China becoming communist
c.
The Soviets testing their first atomic bomb
b.
The Russian blockade of Berlin
d.
China testing its first atomic bomb
 

 20. 

What did Senator Joseph McCarthy investigate?
a.
Communist infiltration of television
c.
Communist infiltration of Hollywood
b.
Communist infiltration of the government
d.
Communist infiltration of American industry
 

 21. 

What World War II general ran for president as a Republican in 1952?
a.
Dwight Eisenhower
c.
Douglas MacArthur
b.
George Patton
d.
George Marshall
 



 
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