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  • All questions on the Assessment Question sheet are included and answered correctly and thoroughly on this wiki page.
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1. What actions did the U.S. government take to limit communism at home?
ANSWER: Propaganda was the main way in which communism was deterred. There were countless trials and efforts to punish accused American supporters of communism. Many American's were dealt unjust punishment and jail time because of the stress there was for a communist free world, and many who were accused supporters were innocent.

2. How did Americans respond to real and perceived threats of domestic communism in the 1950s?
ANSWER: Many American lived in fear through a time some call the second red scare and people were arrested or fired from their jobs for no other reason than being accused of being a communist. Congress passed the McCarren act in order help prevent domestic communism and many books were written, including "Red Channels", that accused people in the entertainment industry of being communists and using movies, tv, and radio as vehicles for communist propaganda.

3. Accusations that communism was widely present in the U.S. government and military were made by
A. Douglas MacArthur
B. Joseph McCarthy
C. John Foster Dulle
D. Alger Hiss

4. What were the major goals of President Truman's Fair Deal?
    • Were these goals accomplished?
    • Why or why not?
ANSWER: The major goals of President Truman's Fair Deal were full employment, a higher minimum wage, a national health insurance program, construction of affordable housing, increased aid to farmers, and the expansion of welfare benefits. Many of his reforms were accomplished, however the Fair Deal had limited success because Americans were not excited about reform programs that would expand the government. All the American people wanted was peace, stability, and gradual prosperity.

5. What steps did President Eisenhower take to manage the nation's problems?
ANSWER: he pledged to balance the federal budget, reduce government regulation of the economy. he also eliminated thousands of government jobs, cut billions from the federal budget. social programs expanded social security and unemployment benefits, increased minimum wage, increased educational spending.

6. Where and how did Eisenhower practice containment?
ANSWER: Eisenhower helped to practice containment in the following ways:
-In 1954 he supplied South Vietnam with funds, weapons, military and advisors to help them resist Communist rebels and Ho Chi Min's government
-The Central Intelligence Agency was used to protect American political and economic interests.
-Throughout Latin America, Eisenhower used covert actions and the CIA to weaken government and administrations that were found to be objectionable.

7. What was suburban life like during the 1950s?
ANSWER: Suburban life was excelled by a growing population. After World War II and the Depression ended, couples were looking to begin a family. Marriage was at an all-time high while the age of brides and grooms were at an all-time low. Birthrate during the 1950's accounted for 90% population increase, also known as the Baby Boom. Childhood rearing placed an emphasis on mothers, who felt pressure to fit the portrayal of an ideal homemaker. In fact, most families felt pressure to conform to a broad image depicted by media such as the television. In addition to the television, people in the 1950's living in suburbia enjoyed musicals and cinema.

8. Which of these did not contribute to suburban growth in the 1950s?
A. housing costs were low
B. the population increased
C. the Highway Act made it easy for people to commute to jobs
D. apartments in the city were overcrowded

9. Compared to previous decades, the group that benefited most from the economy and culture of the 1950s was
A. African-American women.
B. African-American men.
C. white women.
D. white men.

10. The strength of the 1950s economy was due to
A. the growth of business and economic opportunities
B. the rapid growth of women in the work force
C. the increase of blue-collar jobs
D. the individuality of American workers and the dedication to their jobs

11. How did the trends in popular culture reflect the larger social changes among teenagers in the 1950s?
ANSWER: Movies, magazines, and clothes all reflected teenage interests that were distinct from their parents. Teens were starting to follow the fashions and trends that they saw on television shows and movies. Teens were eager consumers during this time.

12. How did technology contributed to suburbanization?
ANSWER: Suburbanization became possible because of the rise in vehicles, which allowed for people to live further from cities, and commercials on tv that idolized the suburban lifestyle, which consisted of backyard barbecues, owning a car, and having a family in a nice american home.

13. Criticism of television in the 1950s was based on
A. its portrayal of an idealized white society
B. an abundance of TV violence
C. the size of the screen
D. its black-and-white images

14. In the 1950s, both the beat movement and rock 'n' roll were viewed as forms of
A. harmless entertainment.
B. rebellion against mainstream values
C. African-American culture
D. mainstream American values

15. Which of the following fashions would NOT have been popular in the 1950's?
A. short bob hair cut for girls
B. the duck tail, often with greased hair for boys
C. jeans and rolled t-shirt (often w/ cigarettes in the sleeve)
D. bell bottoms and peasant tops

16. Who put the first satellite (Sputnik) into space?
B. Germany
C. Great Britain
D. Soviet Union

17. Which of the following economic changes led to the conformity and “cookie cutter” society of 1950s?
A. spread of franchises
B. development of cheap manufactured housing for the suburbs
C. television advertising encouraging you to "keep up with the Jones'" enhanced by planned obsolescence leading consumers to purchase the latest model
D. demand for “loyal personnel” and “company people” in white collar/service jobs
E. all of the above

18. Which of the following is NOT true about the 1950s?
A. With the growth of suburbia, inner cities began to decay.
B. Even after the Brown v. Board verdict, states were not fully cooperate did not completely integrate their schools.
C. 1950's society is often labeled a throw away society because of its materialism.
D. Families were larger in the 1950's as birth control was not available and women were encouraged to stay in traditional roles.
E. Native Americans saw a great expansion of rights and economic opportunities during the 1950's.

19. During the 1950s the number of working mothers
A. increased
B. decreased
C. stayed the same
D. was cut in half

20. Why did consumption expand so dramatically in the 1950s?
  • What aspects of American life and culture did it influence?
ANSWER: The 1950's were a time of prosperity for many american with increased salaries more jobs and an influx of goods and technologies. Consumption increased greatly during this time because americans had more goods to buy and more money to buy them with, especially with the ability to buy on credit. This most greatly affected the middle class and helped develop the american "dream life", which mostly consisted of living in a suburban house with a family and a car.