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Semester II Final Exam (updated 6/7/07)

The Me Generation and the 1970s


1.      Examples of the Me Generation – disco, etc.

2.      Disillusionment of 70s continued:  economic crisis, energy crisis, environmental/health issues and Iran Hostage Crisis

3.      Election of 1980 and “Morning in America” – why Ronald Reagan was elected and how the U.S. felt like times changed when he was elected (hostages released)


The Nixon Presidency


1.      Nixon and the oil crisis of 1973

2.      Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”

3.      Nixon’s Foreign policy accomplishments – détente, end of Vietnam, China

4.      SALT I Treaty

5.      Watergate Chronlogy – Plumbers, Break-in, Trial, Investigation, etc.

6.      Legacies of Watergate

7.      Silent Majority

8.      Nixon’s Vietnam Strategies


Vietnam War


1.  Know the roles of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon in the escalation of the Vietnam Conflict

2.  Ho Chi Minh Trail and Operation Rolling Thunder

3.  Geneva Accords / Paris Peace Accords – what happened at each – differences between two

4.  Invasion of Cambodia

5.  Tet Offensive / American Embassy

6.  How the U.S. militarily attacked Vietnam – strategies and methods

7.  My Lai Massacre and its significance

8.  Ngo Dinh Diem / Buddhist policies

9.  Election of 1968 and the issue of the Vietnam War

10.  Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

11. When and how the Vietnam War ended

12.  U.S. and Ho Chi Minh during WWII

13.  U.S. role in the French Indochina War

14.  Draft during Vietnam - fairness

15.  North Vietnamese advantages in fighting the Vietnam War

16.  Problems faced by U.S. in fighting the Vietnam War

17.  Student Protest movement – growth and changes



Society in the 50s and 60s / Civil Rights


1.  Black Panthers

2.  Anti War protests – role of students

3.  Democratic National Convention – 1968 – what happened that was symbolic of divisions in America

4.  Birmingham

5.  Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965


Cold War


1.  Truman Doctrine

2.  Yalta Conference

3.  containment

4.  Sputnik vs. NASA (when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon) and National Defense Education Act

5.  NATO vs. Warsaw Pact

6.  McCarthyism and Truman’s Loyalty Program

7.  How the U.S. government tried to ease the fears of Americans about nuclear attacks


World War II


1.  Manhattan Project

2.  Why Truman used the a-bomb

3.  Rosie the Riveter

4.  “Double V” Campaign




1.  What were the causes of the Watergate Scandal?  How did the scandal become tied to President Nixon?  What were the effects of the Watergate scandal through the rest of the decade?

Hints on organization:  In your introduction, introduce what Nixon had done that was positive, then address each of the topics above briefly.  In your first body paragraph deal with causes, in your second body paragraphy deal with how the scandal was tied to Nixon, and finally in your 3rd body paragraph deal with the long term effects.  In your conclusion, state how Watergate still affects the United States today.