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1. What controversy surrounded the 2000 presidential election?

•Took five weeks to determine the winner

•Lawsuits and request for recounts

•Punch cards were a vulnerable error because sometimes the voter would not punch all the way through the ballot, which resulted in a voter error

•The U.S. Supreme Court almost recounted all the votes, but then realized that “all votes must be treated equally”

First election in 112 years that the president lost the popular vote, but won enough states to win the electoral vote

2. What is the War on Terrorism (led to invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan)? How has the War on Terrorism affected the United State’s foreign policy?
  • ¡Term first used by George W. Bush and the U.S.
  • The campaign is waged against al-Qaeda and other militant organizations with the intent of eliminating them.
  • After the attempted bombing of the LA airport and 9/11, the U.S. decides to retaliate and attack Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Our goal was to eliminate Osama Bin Laden and destroy his organization, and to sustain the international effort to fight terrorism

3. September 11, 2001 ("9/11") was the
A. attack by terrorists on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon
B. date of the U.S. invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein
C. day that the stock market bubble "burst"
D. first time a surprise attack occurred against the U.S.

Here is a picture of the "9/11" memorial
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4. On what basis did the George W. Bush administration attempt to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003?
A. weapons of mass destruction
B. prosecution of the War on Terror
C. spreading democracy to Iraq
D. all of the above

5. The USA-Patriot Act provided for, among other things
A. trying suspected foreign terrorists before military tribunals.
B. permitting the break-ins of suspected Americans’ homes.
C. extensive telephone and e-mail surveillance and the detention/deportation of immigrants suspected of terrorism.
D. the use of the U.S. military in domestic police operations against terrorism.

6. Summarize the impact of and responses to natural disasters:
  • Southeast Asian Tsunami (2004)
  • Caused by an undersea earthquake. The Southeast Asian Tsunami affected 11 countries causing much devastation and leaving around 1.2 million people without homes. The tsunami called for governments and other organizations to provide help. The UN and the World Health Organization were two organizations involved in the relief effort in Southeast Asia.
  • Katrina (2005)
  • Hurricane Katrina was one of the most destructive and strongest hurricanes in U.S. history. Katrina caused devastation along the Gulf Coast affecting many thousands of people. There was an estimated $60 billion in insured losses, with a total possibly reaching $125 billion for the Gulf Coast. The responses from the different levels of government were highly criticized for their delayed response, while the Coast Guard and National Hurricane Center were commended for their responses.
  • Haitian Earthquake (2010)
  • 7.0 magnitude earthquake. The Haitian Earthquake affected around 3 million people with an estimated 316,000 people dead. Many countries, including the U.S, responded with aid. The UN has worked toward the rebuilding and recovery of Haiti after the earthquake in 2010.

7. Why is President Bush criticized for his response to hurricane Katrina?
ANSWER: President Bush and the government were criticized for the response to hurricane Katrina because of the lack of preparation for the relief effort and the delayed response to hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The evacuation process was not well coordinated, and people unable to evacuate themselves were left stranded. President Bush was also criticized for not returning from his vacation in Texas until a day after the hurricane had hit.

8. Explain the international response to the Southeast Asian Tsunami of 2004.
ANSWER: The devastation from the tsunami called for a great deal of assistance. The United States initially pledged $350 million with military support, then soon after, the United States requested for an additional $600 million. Other organizations also provided aid and supplies to the areas that were affected. quick international response minimized the affects of an increased death tool from lack of supplies. International aid has reached over $14 billion dollars from all parts of the globe trying to rebuild the damaged areas.

9. Identify the significance and social impact of Obama winning the 2008 presidential election.
  • Involvement through Empowerment- the mission of his campaign. Was the first political campaign to truly harness power of social media to spread the word
  • His campaign reached 5 million supporters on 15 different social networks, and by November 28, Obama had 2.5 Facebook supporters, 115,000 Twitter followers, and 50 million viewers on his YouTube channel.
  • Since Obama used technology to help run his campaign, he had a better chance of winning because he was connecting with the common people and grabbing their attention using everyday objects.

10. Summarize Obama’s domestic policy achievements.

11. Explain the accelerated rate at which the world population is increasing and identify strains this places on the world economy (energy crisis).

12. What are some of the possible consequences of the current trends in population growth?
  • The population of the United States is currently growing at a rate that won't be sustainable in the not so distant future.
  • If we continue at this rapid pace of growth, our biggest problems in the future will be overcrowding, infrastructure damage, and food shortages.
  • This can be prevented by promoting population control, and stop encouraging more children with things like tax breaks and child credits.

13. What methods have environmentalist identified to reduce strains on natural resources?
  • US scientists are investing in alternative energy sources such as Solar, Wind, and Nuclear power.
  • Americans as a whole are attempting to rely more on natural gases, which are extracted from the ground with a process called "fracking."

14. What were the causes, course and consequences of the financial crisis of 2007-2009?
  • The 2007 financial crisis was caused by many diverse and unpredictable factors.
  • However if one cause had to be isolated, poor loans made to sub-par candidates would be held responsible.
  • Many of these loans were made out to people attempting to purchase homes that were above their income levels, and when they had to default on the loans, the housing market collapsed.
  • As a result, confidence was shaken in the economy, and jobs disappeared, the value of stocks plummeted, and many people's savings were depleted.

15. Identify significant advances in technology and summarize the changes this has brought to information sharing and communication.
  • With internet and cellphones, it is easier to communicate with anyone in the whole entire world at any time. It is also easier to share ideas and important information very quickly and efficiently by a send of a text, phone call, or email. The technological advances in the 2000s have caused the world to communicate faster and easier.
  • With these new advances, trading has become easier with other foreign countries. The use of email or direct phone calls for communicating with other countries have increased trading with other countries, as well as the quickness of the trading actually taking place
  • New technology has also increased migration, which has increased transportation internationally. It has opened new business relations with other countries, as well as creating new opportunities for capital investment around the globe.

Here is a chart of the increased rates on internet use from the beginning, to the end of the 2000s
Internet users worldwide in 2000 and 2010
Internet users worldwide in 2000 and 2010

16. How has technology led to the formation of a global society?