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US History - Test 1


1. According to the Whig ideology, the best defense against corruption and tyranny rested in the?
    Increased power of the executive.
    Maintenance of a strong standing army.
    Suppression of dissent and sedition.
    Eternal vigilance by the people.


2. Between 1650 and 1750, family life in the English colonies changed such that in?
    Both northern and southern colonies, it grew more patriarchal.
    Northern colonies it grew less patriarchal, while in southern colonies it grew more patriarchal.
    Both northern and southern colonies, it grew less patriarchal.
    Northern colonies it grew more patriarchal, while in southern colonies it grew less patriarchal.


3. The decade of the 1950s in the United States was characterized by which of the following?
    More women than men in the legal and medical professions.
    A declining birth rate.
    A steady rise in the number of women employees in the overall work force.
    A decline in the life expectancy of women.


4. The mood of the Beat Generation is best reflected in which of the following?
    Jack Kerouac's On the Road.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise.
    Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.
    J. D. Sallinger's Catcher in the Rye.


5. All of the following are true regarding television during the 1950s EXCEPT?
    It altered eating habits at dinnertime with the appearance of TV trays and frozen TV dinners.
    Its drama was noted for its earthiness and extreme violence.
    It is revered as a classic period in television programming--a golden age of television.
    It relied heavily on programming that included the variety show and live drama.


6. Silent Spring?
    Argued that the use of DDT was dangerous to the entire food chain.
    Predicted the consequences of a nuclear power plant melt-down.
    Was Beat poet Allen Ginsberg's denunciation of American materialism.
    Described the lack of political involvement of most Americans during the 1950s.


7. Large numbers of Irish immigrants came to the United States in the 1840s because of the?
    Persecution of Irish Catholics in the rest of Europe.
    Massive failure of the potato crop in Ireland.
    Civil war between North Ireland and the rest of the country.
    British military aggression in Ireland.


8. The art of the Hudson River school may be described as?
    Brutally realistic in its depiction of often unpleasant subjects.
    Concentrating on grimy scenes of everyday life in crowded New York City tenements.
    Classically romantic, expressing an air of wonder at the mystery of nature.
    Almost completely abstract.


9. Horace Mann championed which of the following educational reforms?
    Gradeless, open-concept schools.
    Local curricular decisions.
    Private funding and control.
    Professional teacher training.


10. One of the purposes for writing the Declaration of Independence was to?
    Persuade the still undecided American populace to accept a permanent break with Great Britain.
    Convince potential foreign allies of American determination to gain independence.
    Protect captured American soldiers from possible treatment as traitors.
    Convince the British government to accept American independence.







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