Exam 2 Finals

Exam 2 Finals

History 251-04

Exam #2


Directions: Write a well-conceived and argued essay, which answers ONE of the following questions. Be sure to include detailed, specific examples in your answer and respond to all parts of the question. You should incorporate information from your textbook, course videos, weekly discussion boards, and reflections. (HINT: These questions are usually covered in more than just one chapter of the textbook.) Be sure to include terms from your Exam Review. To answer the question completely, responses should be about 3-5 pages in length not including a cover page or Bibliography. You may find that your answer needs to be longer, which is fine. 

It is essential that your essay includes citations telling where your information came from. All writing assignments should be formatted using either the Chicago Manual of Style, the American Psychological Association (ASA), or Modern Language Association (MLA). Students should choose a style used in their academic discipline. For example, history majors should use the Chicago Manual of Style. Information on the Citation Guides is available at https://guides.library.unk.edu/c.php?g=861617. Papers should be double-spaced in 12-point font. It is preferred that papers be submitted as a .doc, .docx, or pdf. Any written assignments turned in late will be penalized 5 points for every 24 hours they are past due. 

Submit your completed essay to the assignment link by Thursday evening at 11:59 PM CST


  1. The Great Depression had profound effects on America from 1929 to 1941. What were the causes of the Great Depression? What consequences did the Great Depression have on everyday Americans? How did President Franklin Roosevelt seek to provide relief to Americans through New Deal programs? Was the New Deal successful in getting the economy back on track and providing relief to suffering Americans? Explain any lasting effects of the New Deal.


  1. Although war raged in Europe and Asia by the late 1930s, the United States remained neutral until December 1941. Discuss the world events that eventually forced the United States to abandon its policy of isolation and join the Allies in World War II. What were some of the major American campaigns and battles during World War II and how did the Allies eventually defat the Axis powers? What was life like on the American Home Front during World War II? How did this contribute to long-term societal changes?


  1. By the late 1940s the United States and the Soviet Union were engaged in an ideological conflict. Discuss the causes of the Cold War and the more serious incidents that took place between the two world powers from World War II through the Eisenhower administration. Explain the rise of McCarthyism and the Red Scare that plagued the United States on its own soil. Describe life in America as it developed in the 1950s in regards to social, economic, and political issues. What role did the Cold War play in this development?


  2. The 1960s was a decade of change. Discuss the actions taken by John F. Kennedy that led some to label him as a “cold warrior”. What impact did Kennedy’s assassination have on the nation? How did Lyndon Johnson desire to build a “Great Society” and in what ways was he successful? After inheriting the situation in Vietnam from his predecessor, what actions did President Johnson take over the next few years concerning the Vietnam War? Describe the growing protest movements and divide among Americans over the Vietnam War. How did these protests contribute to or stem from the growth of the counterculture movement of the 1960s?


  3. Ronald Reagan’s presidency made the 1980s a stark contrast to the previous decade. Discuss the domestic policies of Ronald Reagan as president, including the economic challenges the nation faced. How did Reagan’s economic policies contribute to the divisions between the wealthy and the poor and between whites and minority groups? As the New Right movement in America grew, how did its members stimulate “culture wars” with those who disagreed with them? What problems did the Reagan Revolution create for Reagan’s successors? How did the interventionist foreign policy supported by both Reagan and Bush end the Cold War?

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