US History II Final Exam Study Guide 2014 How to best prepare

US History II Final Exam Study Guide
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Possible Short Answer Question Topics BE SURE TO USE DETAILS/EXAMPLES TO EXPLAIN
1. Vietnam War-Era topics: My Lai Massacre and Vietnam War Protests
2. ESP of September 11, 2001
3. Explain the debate between Civil liberties and national security
4. ESP Impact of: Pearl Harbor, Holocaust, Atomic Bomb
5. FDR’s New Deal Plan-What was it? Name successes or failures.
6. Civil Rights Movement-causes and effects (two events)
7. Cold War-causes, Red Scare-impact on American society
8. ESP of the Vietnam War
9. Capitalism vs. Communism
10. ESP of the following:
*Oklahoma City Bombing
*1993 World Trade Center Bombing
*School Shootings 1998-2007
*Los Angeles Riots and Rodney King
*Death of Matthew Shepard
11. Counterculture and rights revolution of 1960s and 1970s-impact on American society (two
Topics to Prepare For!
15. What occurred during the Great Depression? (Dust Bowl, government assistance agencies,
minorities and employment difficulty)
16. What factors contributed to the rise and fall of stock prices (name three)?
17. What is the gross domestic product?
18. Explain what happened due to the nonregulation of banks.
19. Explain the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII.
20. What were war bonds and what purpose did they serve?
21. What is genocide?
22. Why did Truman decide to drop the atomic bomb?
23. Who was helped by job creation during WWI and WWII?
24. Explain equal protection of the law and what happened with Brown vs. BOE.
25. What was the common purpose of the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, and Eisenhower
26. Explain why privacy issues and computers are a rising issue in the U.S. and worldwide.
27. How did the public feel about Herbert Hoover? Was he generally liked as a President?
28. What were the lasting results of the New Deal policies in people’s lives? Give an example.
29. What was the purpose of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)?
30. Explain communism and production planning.
31. Why did these examples cause tension during the Cold War? Berlin Airlift, Blockade of
Berlin, Warsaw Pact, Berlin Wall
32. What was the Voting Rights Act of 1965?
33. Explain the relationship between immigration and economic advancement.
34. Explain the Domino Theory. What two wars was it a cause of?
35. Explain the theory behind anti-terrorism and pro-democracy policies after 9/11.
36. What is an economic depression?
37. Explain why the U.S. was dependent on imports after WWII.