GED Social Studies : Civil Rights Movement

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Example Questions

Example Question #5 : Civil Rights And Demographics

The domestic reforms of the Great Society are associated with which United States President?

Possible Answers:

Harry Truman.

Lyndon B. Johnson.

Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Richard Nixon.

John F. Kennedy.

Correct answer:

Lyndon B. Johnson.

Explanation:

The Great Society was a series of domestic programs and reforms instituted under President Lyndon B. Johnson. These are not to be confused with the New Deal programs of Franklin D. Roosevelt, although the two had somewhat similar goals. Part of the Great Society reforms were the extension of Medicare and Medicaid, the Civil Rights Acts, and the War on Poverty.

Example Question #6 : Civil Rights And Demographics

The Democratic National Convention of 1968 is notable for __________

Possible Answers:

the delegates voting against a resolution to end the war in Vietnam and sparking massive anti-war protests.

the delegates voting to fully abandon America’s policy of stockpiling nuclear weapons and losing the election as a result.

the assassination of Robert Kennedy, allowing Richard Nixon to claim the Presidency.

The assassination of John F. Kennedy, allowing Lyndon B. Johnson to assume the Presidency.

the delegates voting to pass a resolution to make the prevention of nuclear proliferation the number one foreign-policy goal of their party.

Correct answer:

the delegates voting against a resolution to end the war in Vietnam and sparking massive anti-war protests.

Explanation:

The Democratic National Convention of 1968 is notable primarily for the fact that the delegates in attendance voted against a resolution to end the war in Vietnam—refusing to make it part of their electoral platform. This sparked a massive conflagration between protesters and armed police, as well as national guardsmen. Although Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, this did not take place at the Democratic National Convention.

Example Question #7 : Civil Rights And Demographics

The Kent State Massacre involved the killing of four students who were protesting __________.

Possible Answers:

American involvement in the Vietnam War

American involvement in World War Two

the lack of equality for women in American society

the lack of equality for African Americans in American society

American involvement in the Gulf War

Correct answer:

American involvement in the Vietnam War

Explanation:

The Kent State Massacre took place in 1970. The late 1960s and early 1970s was a period of intense student activism in the United States. Students were protesting for advances in civil rights and equality, but also for an end to American involvement in the Vietnam War. Many students believed that it was absurd and immoral that so many young people should die in a war that did not directly affect American lives. The Kent State Massacre involved the killing of four students by the Ohio National Guard and furthered the divide between the mainstream and the counter-culture in American society.

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