1990s PRESENTATIONS
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1990s ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS:
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  1. Explain the causes, course, and consequences of the Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991.
ANSWER: Causes: Husseins elimination of opposition in politics and the elimination of numerous political parties in Iraq, Husseins power in the Persian Gulf, and Husseins aspiration to become leader of the Arab World
Course: August 2, 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait. The country of Kuwait was liberated within hours of invasion. Kuwait became the 19th province of Iraq.
Consequences: The US undertook a long term military presence in the middle eastern country of Saudi Arabia. The US looked to bring a "New World" government to the tiny country of Kuwait. The US also looked to convince Hussein to use his resources for his people rather than building weapons of mass destruction with them. The US designated "no-fly zones" throughout the Middle East, mainly in Iraq. This policy protected the Kurdish and Shiite people of Iraq.




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2. One direct result of the Persian Gulf War was that the United States
A. gained control of oil resources in the Middle East
B. liberated Kuwait from Iraqi control
C. brought about peaceful relations between Israel and its neighbors
D. obtained overseas colonies in the Middle East




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3. Explain the impact that social and cultural issues had during the 1992 presidential election and during President Clinton’s first term.
ANSWER:A major problem faced durng the time of the 1992 elections was the economy. President Clinton focused on fixong the economy while Bush focused moreso on foreign affairs. As a result, Clinton was victorious. The 1992 elections in particular displayed the economic stance of the American population. Also, the "don't ask, don't tell" movement greatly impacted the gay and lesbian rights issues in America. Clinton's strong support of gay rights in the military and the majority of America's support of Clinton reflects how crucial homosexual rights were to the election. Controversial posters like the one's below show the reaction of some American's to President Clinton's stance:
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4. What was the Contract with America? How did the Contract with America reflect the ideals of Republican congressional candidates in 1994?
ANSWER:Put forward by House Republicans, the Contract with America was a ten-point plan that promised to reshape government. Its main theme was the decentralization of federal authority: deregulation, tax cuts, reform of social programs, increased power for states, and a balanced Federal Budget.


5. Explain why and how President Clinton compromised with congressional Republicans after 1994.
ANSWER:Clinton and Congressional Republicans clashed mostly on the topic of economic regrowth. They were finally able to reach a compromise on a bill that reduced capital gain and estate taxes and gave taxpayers a credit of $500 per child and tax credits for college tuition and expenses. The bill also called for a new individual retirement account (IRA) called the Roth IRA to allow people to invest taxed income for retirement without having to pay taxes upon withdrawal. Additionally, the law raised the national minimum for cigarette taxes. The next year, Congress approved Clinton's proposal to make college more affordable by expanding federal student financial aid through Pell Grants, and lowering interest rates on student loans.
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6. How was President Clinton able to lower the budget deficit during his first term?
ANSWER:Clinton's economic plan focused on deficit reduction rather than a middle class tax cut, which had been high on his campaign agenda. Clinton submitted a budget that would cut the deficit by $500 billion over five years by reducing $255 billion of spending and raising taxes on the wealthiest 1.2% of Americans. It also imposed a new energy tax on all Americans and subjected about a quarter of those receiving Social Security payments to higher taxes on their benefits.

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7. What policies of the Clinton administration reflected President Clinton’s effort to move his party to the right?
ANSWER: Clinton encouraged Democrats to cut welfare spending, balance the federal budget, and embrace the North American Free Trade Agreement. He worked with Congressional Republicans to reduce the size of the government workforce, expand international trade, and eliminate the federal budget deficit.
  • Retreat from gay rights claimed he won't lift the ban on gay people serving in the military, but instead instituted "don't ask, don't tell." Made it illegal for the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages licensed by individual states by the Defense of Marriage Act.
  • Welfare Reform Reduced protections for poor by limited welfare payments to two consecutive years and establishing a lifetime limit of aid at five years.
  • Deficit Reduction Restricted the growth of government spending
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8. Explain the impeachment of President Clinton.
ANSWER: Clinton was accused of telling 24-year-old white house intern to lie when speaking to lawyers about the lawsuit concerning sexual affairs with the president. Clinton denied having sexual relationships for seven months then finally admitted it. In December of 1998 he was approved for four articles of impeachment by the House Judiciary Committee. The articles accused Clinton of committing perjury, obstructing justice, and abusing his power. Clinton is the second president in American history to face impeachment. Most of the American people did not approve of Clinton's behavior but still supported him because of his success he had in fixing the economy.
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9. Which of the following scandals of the Clinton administration led to his impeachment?
A. accusations of financial impropriety uncovered in the Whitewater investigation
B. the acquisition by the Clinton administration of private FBI files of many public officials
C. the firing of career members of the White House travel office to be replaced with Clinton supporters
D. political donations linked to access to President Clinton, including the apparent sale of "coffees" with him and accusations of renting out the Lincoln bedroom for donations
E. Bill Clinton's perjury and alleged obstruction of justice about his affair with Monica Lewinsky when testifying in the Paula Jones sexual harassment trial
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10. For the United States, the breakup of the Soviet Union had had the greatest effect on
A. import quotas
B. immigration policies
C. advances in technology
D. defense spending

11. Explain the economic, social, and cultural impact technology has had on the U.S.
ANSWER: The 90's introduced countless inventions of digital technology. Cell phones, while large and lacking in some areas, were used by the wealthy. The World Wide Web was invented and by the 2000's, over half of the population were using cell phoes and the internet. Other things that became popular were email, instant messaging, cameras, and the MP3 player. These inventions launched not only the US but the rest of the world into a technology craze. The 90's marked the technology takeover, people all over the country began using technology because it was convinient and efficient; it changed the way people interact with each other. The economy prospered due to the amount of money people began spending on technology, cell phones and MP3 players made headlines on every paper and consumed millions of dollars. On the social end of things, parents were now able to track their children during the day and make sure they were not getting up to mischief. The 90's were the building blocks of how we live our lives today, the technology boom has transformed America and swept everyone away with the incredible inventions of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs etc. The creations of 1990's have greatly impacted modern life.
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12. In the late twentieth century, economic globalization transferred the United States. Explain what globalization is and how it has affected American demographics and economics.
ANSWER: Globalization is the integration of the national economies of the world or the merging of countries to form one global government. Globalization has brought new opportunites into developing countries, giving citizens more chances of having a good life. It also has increased the reliance of market economies and helped the private capital. Even though many people see globalization as a good thing, it has also intensified the competition between economies of the world making trade and country alliances more challenging.Due to more opportunity in America, immigration has increased greatly. Due to the immigration rate going up, the economy has also been affected by the number of people who need jobs in the United States.

13. How did the supporters of immigration answer critics who blamed immigrants to taking away jobs from native-born Americans?
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14. Which of the following phrases best describes the U.S. economy of the 1990s?
A. severe recession
B. longest and largest economic boom in history
C. extended bear market
D. steadily climbing interest rates