United States History and the Constitution Assessment Bank

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1. What did women's suffrage and Prohibition have in common?

A. both were motivated by anti-communist sentiments

B. both were successful conservative Christian crusades

C. both were state laws in many parts of the country before becoming constitutional amendments

D. both were enacted as laws by Congress and then struck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional


2. The creation of Prohibition had the unintentional effect of

A) causing people to turn to ‘harder’ drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

B) causing increased popularity of radical groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.

C) creating a network of organized crime that illegally supplied people with alcohol.

D) depleting the United States Treasury of revenues that would have come from taxes on alcohol.

3. During prohibition, bootlegging was popular in large cities. What were establishments that provided alcohol called?

A) Saloon

B) Talkies

C) Speakeasies

D) Night Clubs

4. The Red Scare of the 1920s was caused primarily by

A) the influenza outbreak.

B) fear of airborne diseases.

C) the actions of Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy.

D) fear of communist infiltration of the United States.

This photograph shows a woman protesting events during

A) World War I.

B) World War II.

C) the Cold War.

D) the Great Depression.



" Just Like That!" by Talburt, Washington News, 1933

This cartoon references an action that would eventually be known as

A) the New Deal.

B) the Volstead Act.

C) the 21st Amendment.

D) the 18th Amendment.



Based on this map, one can infer that women in the early 20th Century

A) were not allowed to vote in the Midwest.

B) did not have the benefit of suffrage in the western states.

C) had their voting rights protected by the federal government.

D) generally could not vote in states along the eastern seaboard.

· Gangsterism
· the Eighteenth Amendment
· bootleggers
· speakeasies

All of these terms are associated with what era in American history?
A) Prohibition
B) World War II
C) Civil Rights
D) Women's Suffrage
9. Amendments 15, 19, and 26 all deal with suffrage. Suffrage is
A) income taxation.
B) the right to vote.
C) religious freedom.
D) freedom from slavery.
10. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, women argued that the Fourteenth Amendment gave them the right to
A) attend school.
B) bear arms.
C) divorce.
D) vote.

11. In the second half of the 19th century, the U.S. government allowed more immigrants into the country MAINLY because

A) more soldiers were needed in the American military.
B) industries needed an increasing amount of cheap labor.
C) the World War in Europe was causing millions to flee their homelands.
D) western territories needed more settlers to explore for gold and silver.

12. Which of these best describes the term "flapper" in U.S. history?

A) women who worked in factories during World War II
B) women who campaigned for the abolition of slavery
C) women of the 1920s who listened to jazz, wore short hair and skirts, and challenged standards of behavior for women
D) women in the early 20th century who marched for the right to vote, inherit property, and serve in government institutions
13. In 1920 Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the ____ Amendment, earning it the nickname "The Perfect 36."
A) 17th
B) 18th
C) 19th
D) 20th

14. How did World War I impact women in the United States?

A) Women received equal pay for equal work.
B) Women were prohibited from working as Red Cross volunteers.
C) Women worked jobs that had been held almost exclusively by men.
D) Women no longer held traditional jobs such as nursing or teaching.
15. Which one of the following people would have been most likely to be labeled a “flapper?”

A) a finance capitalist of the early 20th century

B) an immigrant drafted into the Union army

C) a progressive woman of the 1920s

D) a politician speaking out against the US’ involvement in WWI


16. “It is not only the negro who must be guarded against, but Jews, Catholics, and the endless parade of foreign filth that invades our homeland, as well. We must protect the purity of our nation and our race. The hope of America in every region is shrouded in a white sheet and carries a burning cross!”

The quote above most likely comes from whom?

A) a northern Democrat in 1920

B) a member of the Ku Klux Klan following WWI

C) a member of the Ku Klux Klan during Reconstruction

D) a radical Republican
17. “Bootleggers” profited as a result of which of the following?

A) the Sherman Antitrust Act

B) Prohibition

C) the Sedition Act

D) the Nineteenth Amendment

18. Which of the following was not a result of the Red Scare that swept across the US following WWI?

A) fears about communism

B) increased membership in the Ku Klux Klan

C) suspicion of immigrants

D) more laws protecting free speech

19. After a long struggle for suffrage, women finally won the right to vote in 1920. Which amendment granted women the right to vote?

  1. Fifteenth Amendment

  2. Eighteenth Amendment

  3. Nineteenth Amendment

  4. Twenty-first Amendment

20. The organization that eventually became the Federal Bureau of Investigation was originally formed to

  1. Uncover German spies during World War I.

  2. Raid the headquarters of radical organizations in order to look for evidence of a Communist conspiracy.

  3. Infiltrate unions to head off strikes.

  4. Spread propaganda within the United States in support of World War I.

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