SAT II US History : Sequence in U.S. Social History from 1899 to the Present

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT II US History

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Sequence In U.S. Social History From 1899 To The Present

The television became a regular household item in America in the __________.

Possible Answers:

the 1950s

the 1930s

the 1960s

the 1920s

the 1910s

Correct answer:

the 1950s

Explanation:

Television was first invented in the 1920s, but the technology to manufacture televisions and broadcast programming were extremely costly. Radio remained the premier form of home entertainment through World War II. In the post-war economic boom, however, more and more American families were able to acquire televsions and stations appeared all over the country. By the middle of the 1950s, television was the most popular form of home entertainment in America.

Example Question #2 : Sequence In U.S. Social History From 1899 To The Present

Why did Walter Waters and the Bonus Army march on Washington during the Great Depression?

Possible Answers:

To remove Civil Rights protestors who had forcibly taken up residence throughout the capital.

To show support for President Roosevelt in the face of scrutiny.

To demand that Congress expedite the payment of retirement money promised to veterans of World War One.

To protest the passage of recent bills that had greatly diminished the resources being accorded to the armed services.

To protest the fact that McCarthy was going after the army in his campaign against Communism.

Correct answer:

To demand that Congress expedite the payment of retirement money promised to veterans of World War One.

Explanation:

The Bonus Army is the popular name given to a group of veterans who marched to Washington in 1932 to protest the fact that they could not cash many of their service certificates until 1945. Following World War One, a cash-strapped United States government had issued certificates in lieu of payment. Many veterans were out of work or suffering deeply during the Great Depression, and the idea that they had been deprived of payment was enough to motivate a march upon the capital. They were forcibly evicted without having their demands met.

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