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1. Explain the economic theory of “Reaganomics.”
ANSWER: Reaganomics is a term for the "Trickle Down" theory. Reagan used supply-side economics. Supply-side economics lowers the barrier for the people producing a good or service. This is done by lowering income tax rates, reducing the capital gains tax,and reduce governent regulation of private enterprises. Because of lower prices, supply-side economics is beneficial to the consumer.

2. All of the following were part of Reaganomics EXCEPT
A. cuts of benefits from Medicare and Social Security to seniors
B. a dramatic reduction in personal income taxes
C. deregulation of business and industry
D. tough stand against federal labor unions
E. the theory of supply-side economics

3.Why did economic inequality increase during Reagan’s administration?
ANSWER:Economic inequality did not really increase during Reagan's administration. People viewed as the "poorest" were the ones that were unable to work. The poor from a few years ago are different from the poor in the present. The economy is constantly growing and changing. By creating lower consumer prices, it made the poor less poor and created a stronger middle class.

4.Was “Reaganomics” successful in stimulating the economy? Explain why or why not.

ANSWER:Yes it was successful in stimulating the economy for a few reasons. The inflation, interest rates, and unemployment all decreased. The average income of a middle income family was increased by at least $4k. The economy itself grew by at least a third during the Reagan era.

5. Critics of Reagan's economic program
A. complained that an increase in taxes would damage economic growth

B. advised "priming the pump"
C. were supply-siders
D. believed that he was passing the problem of the huge federal deficit to future generations
E. urged a tax cut to jump-start the economy

6. How did anticommunism shape Reagan’s foreign policy?
Under a policy that came to be known as the Reagan Doctrine, President Reagan supported anti-communist movements worldwide and spent his first term forgoing the strategy of détente by ordering a massive military buildup in an arms race with the USSR. Reagan negotiated with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, culminating in the INF Treaty and the decrease of both countries' nuclear arsenals.
Reagan also deployed the CIA's Special Activities Division to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

7.Which activity consumed most of the Pentagon’s budget between 1981 and 1985?
A. the building of nuclear weapons
B. civil defense program
C. the construction of defensive missile systems
D. paying salaries

8. Summarize President Reagan’s approach to dealing with the Soviet Union.

President Reagan publicly described the Soviet Union as an "evil empire" and provided overt and covert aid to anti-communist resistance movements in an effort to "rollback" Soviet-backed communist governments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Also, President Reagan's approach to dealing with the Soviet Union is by building up the military and put most of the budget into the building of nuclear weapons.
He unveiled his plan for a missile-defense system called the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), which critics derided as "Sta-

r Wars," after the name of the popular movie.

9. Relate the 1980 Olympics to events of the Cold War and explain the boycott of the 1980 summer Olympics that was led by the United States.

  • In 1979 the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan
  • Jimmy Carter wrote an ultimatum that stated the US would boycott the Moscow Olympics if they did not leave within one month.
  • Japan, West Germany, China, The Philippines, Argentina, and Canada took part in the boycott
  • United Kingdom, France, and Australia supported the boycott but allowed their athletes to participate in the Olympics
  • Did not stop the Soviet Union but did ruin the effect of the games

10. Explain the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.
  • In Pres Reagen's second term, he was able to ease cold war hostilities with the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Gorbachev put into action several policies to help the Soviet Union's failing economy, containing politics, and high military costs: glasnost - policy of openness allowing for more freedom for the people of the Soviet Union, and perestroika- a plan to change and rebuild the Soviet Union's government and economy
  • In 1987, Gorbachev and Reagan signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which prohibited medium range nuclear weapons from Europe. Soviet Union troops were also withdrawn from Afghanistan.

  • The reforms of Gorbachev led to the breakup of the Soviet Union: economic issues in the Soviet Union were a point of frustration

  • In 1989 and 1990, the problems and weaknesses of the Soviet Union were revealed as the Soviet Union adopted a policy of nonintervention in Eastern Europe
  • Poland and Hungary held free elections, and the communist governments in Czechoslovakia and Romania fell, but the Soviet Union did nothing to intervene and promote communism.
  • After pro-democracy demonstrations, the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, and tens of thousands of East Germans fled to the West through Hungary.
  • Gorbachev resigned as president on December 25 as a result of the attempts by Communist-hardliners to oust him. (On Dec 1, Ukrainians voted for independence)
  • Presidents of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine declared the Soviet Union "ceasing its existence) and formed the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) - a loose confederation
  • Former Soviet republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, K
  • Moldova,, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan joined the CIS - Soviet Empire falls in December 1989

ABOVE: Gorbachev and Reagan at Geneva Summit

13. How did the Reagan administration supply the Contras with weapons and supplies after Congress cut off funds to this group?
ANSWER: In 1986 the NSC proposed a plan of a 15 million markup in the process of selling arms and other hardware to be sold to the Israelis.

14.How did the music of the 1980s reflect the times?
  • New Wave was the most popular form of music during the 80's. Many people were over Disco of the 70's and had moved on to Rock. Glam Rock, Punk Rock, and Soft Rock were a big part of the 80's. Also the Synthesizer became a huge part of 80's music, creating Synthpop. Electric music also became very popular during the 80's. The 80's is also know as the "Second British Invasion" because some british artists would sell more records than American artists. Madonna, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Def Leppard, and Poison were amount some of the most popular music during the 80's.


11. When did the Berlin Wall open?

A. 1992
B. 1989
C. 1979
D. 1975


12. Explain the Iran-Contra Affair and its impact on President Reagan’s legacy.
ANSWER: Still not known to this day whether or not Reagan was involved in it but it damaged his reputation to the point were his popularity drop was the single largest in U.S. history.