GED Social Studies : Isolationism and Neutrality

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GED Social Studies

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Example Questions

Example Question #52 : United States History

The Fourteen Points and the League of Nations were the ideas of which American President?

Possible Answers:

Woodrow Wilson

Theodore Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Richard Nixon

Chester Arthur

Correct answer:

Woodrow Wilson

Explanation:

The League of Nations was an idea proposed by Woodrow Wilson in the aftermath of World War One. It was part of Wilson’s Fourteen Points, which he published with the aim of preventing a large scale international conflict from breaking out in the future.

Example Question #1 : Isolationism And Neutrality

In the League of Nations the United States __________

Possible Answers:

was willing to participate in the diplomatic process but refused to commit troops and financial support.

contributed a massive amount of troops and financial support but stayed out of the decisions taken by the league.

was never a full member because Congress refused to ratify American membership.

adopted a leading position and guided the direction it took until the outbreak of World War Two dissolved the league.

took a backseat to the major European powers of the day who guided the direction of the league.

Correct answer:

was never a full member because Congress refused to ratify American membership.

Explanation:

Despite being the brainchild of American President Woodrow Wilson, the United States never formally entered the League of Nations. This is because Congress did not ratify American membership in the league. In United States law any treaties or foreign-relations decisions taken by the United States President have to be approved by Congress before they can be enacted. Many historians believe that America’s failure to join the League of Nations contributed to its ineffectiveness and swift decline.

Example Question #54 : United States History

The United States’ foreign policy belief that America should remain out of international conflicts and disputes is called __________

Possible Answers:

jingoism.

imperialism.

separatism.

Manifest Destiny.

isolationism.

Correct answer:

isolationism.

Explanation:

For the majority of the nineteenth century, United States’ foreign policy, particularly with Europe, revolved around the belief that America should not involve itself in any international conflicts or disputes. This policy is called "isolationism." It faded from preeminence towards the beginning of the twentieth century, when the United States ascended as a world power and began to embark on its own path of imperialist conquest. Isolationism has occasionally resurfaced throughout American history, such as around the time of World War One and of World War Two.

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