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1
The Clinton years were a time of
A)liberal domination of the federal government.
B)bitter partisan struggles.
C)conservative control despite a Democratic president.
D)bipartisan accomplishment in Congress.
E)liberal domination of the presidency but conservative control of the House and Senate.
2
President Clinton's approach to trade was to
A)create protectionist tariffs through the negotiation of NAFTA.
B)isolate the United States from the global market as much as possible.
C)support a global economic perspective and strongly advocate free trade through documents such as NAFTA.
D)pursue a moderate course that combined general free trade principles with high tariffs to protect the most vulnerable American industries.
E)dismiss the idea of free trade.
3
What major domestic initiative of the first two years of the Clinton administration was a political failure?
A)mental health
B)child welfare
C)educational improvements
D)health care reform
E)workplace equality
4
By his second term, President Clinton
A)had failed to significantly reduce the budget deficit.
B)had succeeded in reducing the deficit to some degree, but had not managed to balance the budget.
C)achieved a balanced budget.
D)achieved the first budget surplus of the twentieth century.
E)failed to achieve a balanced budget.
5
The efforts to impeach President Clinton
A)made no progress in either the House or the Senate.
B)achieved considerable support in both houses but led to no indictments.
C)were successful.
D)led the House to indict the president and the Senate to convict him.
E)led to two indictments in the House but an acquittal in the Senate.
6
Among the most significant changes in the political culture of the 1990s was/were
A)the expanding role of scandal in American politics.
B)the blurring of the distinction between public and private behavior.
C)the American electorate's increased unwillingness to tolerate scandal.
D)the decreased role of economic issues in the voting considerations of the American public.
E)the expanding role of scandal in American politics and the blurring of the distinction between public and private behavior.
7
In the presidential election of 2000,
A)Al Gore won the popular vote.
B)George W. Bush won the popular vote.
C)John McCain won the popular vote.
D)it could not be determined who won the popular vote.
E)Al Gore won both the popular and electoral vote.
8
In the election of 2000, the state where the outcome of the voting became most confused was
A)California.
B)Texas.
C)New York.
D)Florida.
E)Ohio.
9
The Supreme Court's decision on the presidential election of 2000
A)was unanimous.
B)allowed the recounts to continue until the winner of the election could be determined.
C)argued that the standards for evaluating the disputed ballots were too arbitrary to withstand constitutional scrutiny.
D)was greeted with nearly unanimous support by an American public that had tired of the controversy.
E)immediately halted the recounts.
10
President George W. Bush
A)instituted the largest tax cut in American history in his first year in office.
B)refused to cut taxes even after he promised to do so during the campaign.
C)increased the income tax but reduced the nation's sales tax.
D)instituted the largest tax increase in the nation's history.
E)instituted the second largest tax increase in the nation's history, after his father's.
11
The American economy in the period of the late 1980s and early 1990s was characterized by all of the following EXCEPT
A)the highest rate of poverty in the post-World War II era.
B)a decline in the relative importance of heavy manufacturing.
C)an increase in the number of families needing more than one income to maintain their desired standard of living.
D)an unequal distribution of wealth and income, with the middle 40 percent experiencing a decline in wealth.
E)the lowest rate of poverty in the post-World War II era.
12
Between 1980 and 1999, The Dow Jones Industrial Average
A)decreased by more than 25%
B)remained relatively static.
C)increased by more than 100%.
D)increased by more than 1000%.
E)decreased by more than 50%.
13
According to the text, one of the primary causes of the economic downturn in 2001 was
A)the Enron scandal.
B)the sell-off of "dot.com" stocks.
C)the growing disparity between rich and poor.
D)the collapse of the steel industry.
E)Bush's large tax cuts.
14
Each of the following was a result of the scientific and technological boom of the late twentieth century EXCEPT
A)the Internet.
B)the personal computer.
C)the Human Genome Project.
D)the cure for Alzheimer's disease.
E)Microsoft.
15
During the late twentieth century, the American population
A)was growing older.
B)was getting younger.
C)had a vastly increased birth rate.
D)had a birth rate that remained relatively static.
E)was becoming less diverse.
16
From 1965 to the early 1990s, there was significant relative and actual increase in immigration by all of the following groups EXCEPT
A)Asians.
B)Mexicans.
C)Puerto Ricans.
D)Europeans.
E)Latinos.
17
Which of the following best represents the economic status of African Americans by the 1980s?
A)Despite the efforts of the 1960s, all classes of blacks were falling further behind whites.
B)Working-class blacks made limited strides and failed to match their white counterparts.
C)Working-class blacks made significant strides but white-collar options remained closed, so middle-class blacks made little gain.
D)Except in the South, average family income for blacks matched that of whites by the 1990 census.
E)The black middle class made significant gains, but the gap between the black middle class and underclass was accentuated.
18
In the early stages of the AIDS epidemic, which of the following groups showed the greatest number of incidents?
A)homosexual men
B)homosexual women
C)heterosexual men
D)heterosexual women
E)homosexual men and women
19
The forces opposed to legalized abortion were generally known as the ____________ movement.
A)abstinence
B)birthright
C)baby alive
D)right-to-life
E)pro-choice
20
The Three Mile Island accident involved
A)the biggest automobile accident and traffic tie up in U.S. history on the New York City suburban freeways.
B)the release of DDT into irrigation canals in California.
C)an oil tanker running aground along the inner passage of Alaska.
D)the AIDS epidemic.
E)a nuclear power plant episode in Pennsylvania.
21
Political correctness refers to
A)the litmus test issues that Newt Gingrich tried to enforce on Republican members of Congress.
B)the centrist positions that President Clinton adopted after the Democratic setbacks in 1994.
C)the attempt by some radical feminists and others to limit public discourse that they regarded as contrary to their views of women and minorities.
D)the tendency of the upper middle class to avoid political involvement altogether as long as their privileged economic interests are not threatened.
E)the promotion of correct information about the AIDS epidemic.







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