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1. Points Assigned: 8.00 – Short Essay —Question:The video featured in Lesson 11, "Living Large," describes the 1950s as a periodof unprecdented growth and prosperity for the United States. As described in the video, discuss at least two of the factors that contributed to the United States' prosperity during the 1950s.Your Answer: Unions contributed to the United Sates prosperity duringthe 1950. Industrial worker started to join Unions because after the war bargingfor better wages and working conditions was part of the norm. The employees financially benefited from the Union because they started making more money. Because of increased wages people were able to purchase more things which improved theeconomy. <br /> The GI bill was also a major factor that contributed to the USprosperity because returning soldiers was allowed to learn new trades or start their own business which would allow them to be a more productive citizen. <br /><br />2. Points Assigned: 4.00 – Multiple Choice —Question:The most significant social trend in the postwar era in America wasCorrect Your Answer: BA. the decline of the nuclear family.B. the flight to the suburbs. (correct answer)C. a decline in the size of the family.D. the emergence of the drug culture.E. the growth of the "Sun Belt."3. Points Assigned: 3.00 – Multiple Choice —Question:The individual who invented the concept of mass construction of suburban homes wasCorrect Your Answer: AA. William Levitt. (correct answer)B. C. Wright Mills.C. William Douglas.D. William Whyte.E. Charles Newcastle.4. Points Assigned: 4.00 – Multiple Choice —Question:Which of the following was NOT an important stimulus to American economic growthin the late 1940s and early 1950s?Correct Your Answer: AA. direct government aid to industrial development (correct answer) B. the pent-up demand for consumer goodsC. heavy government spending during the Cold WarD. $37 billion in American savingsE. the Korean War5. Points Assigned: 4.00 – Multiple Choice —Question:Critical to life in the suburbs in the 1950s wasCorrect Your Answer: AA. the automobile. (correct answer)B. efficient mass transit.C. the development of jobs close to the home sites.D. the restructuring of American school systems.E. air conditioning.6. Points Assigned: 4.00 – Multiple Choice —
 
Question:The cover story in Look Magazine for December 25, 1956 featured this photographof Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, and their son Ricky. This photo demonstrates what strong cultural value of the 1950s?Correct Your Answer: DA. significance of music in family cohesivenessB. power of television and motion picture stars to influence societyC. rising influence of Hispanic culture in the United StatesD. importance of the nuclear family unit to the parents of the babyboom generation (correct answer)E. decline of marriage and families in the 1950s7. Points Assigned: 4.00 – Multiple Choice —Question:In 1946, Dr. Benjamin Spock wrote a bestselling book onCorrect Your Answer: EA. marriage.B. public education.C. the Cold War.D. space travel.E. infant and child care. (correct answer)8. Points Assigned: 0.00 – Multiple Choice —Question:The dominant social theme of the 1950s was A. patriotism.B. religion.C. reform.D. consumerism. (correct answer)E. protest.9. Points Assigned: 4.00 – Multiple Choice —Question:People's attitudes toward organized religion in the 1950s wasCorrect Your Answer: AA. incredibly positive and religious affiliation boomed. (correct answer)B. seen mainly in the growing numbers of Protestants.C. not as important in their lives as in previous generations.D. the only way to deal with the emotional stress of the Cold War.E. something there was no time for as life became more hectic.10. Points Assigned: 0.00 – Multiple Choice —Question:A major point of agreement among those concerned with education in the 1950s wastheir belief in the need for A. segregated schools.B. instruction in values and ethics.C. a college education. (correct answer)D. neighborhood schools.E. local control of the educational system.11. Points Assigned: 4.00 – Multiple Choice —Question:The most influential social critic of the 1950s wasCorrect Your Answer: BA. Dean Acheson.
 
B. David Riesman. (correct answer)C. Billy Graham.D. Whittaker Chambers.E. Ernie Kovacs.12. Points Assigned: 4.00 – Multiple Choice —Question:According to the social critic C. Wright Mills, the real villain in American society in the 1950s wasCorrect Your Answer: BA. the Soviet Union.B. the corporation. (correct answer)C. the labor union.D. the university.E. the government.13. Points Assigned: 3.00 – Multiple Choice —Question:The first U.S. satellite placed in Earth's orbit wasCorrect Your Answer: DA. Vanguard.B. Mercury.C. Apollo.D. Explorer. (correct answer)E. Voyager.14. Points Assigned: 4.00 – Multiple Choice —Question:Sputnik, the earth satellite put into orbit by the Soviet Union in 1957, was capable ofCorrect Your Answer: BA. launching a missile attack against the U.S.B. transmitting a "beep...beep...beep" radio signal. (correct answer)C. carrying out high-level photographic surveillance.D. carrying a dog into space.E. serving as a communications satellite.15. Points Assigned: 4.00 – Multiple Choice —Question:The National Defense Educational Act was passed in response toCorrect Your Answer: EA. the discovery that the Soviets had nuclear weapons.B. Truman's attempted nationalization of atomic energy.C. Truman's call for educational reform.D. a populace unsure of what to do in the event of nuclear war.E. the launching of Sputnik by the Soviet Union. (correct answer)16. Points Assigned: 4.00 – Multiple Choice —Question:Eisenhower's legislative record could be characterized asCorrect Your Answer: CA. impressive, particularly in terms of social programs.B. oriented toward much heavier government spending.C. very modest. (correct answer)D. in the tradition of Roosevelt and Truman.E. radical.17. Points Assigned: 4.00 – Multiple Choice —

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