110G Mid-term study guide

Your mid-term exam for History 110G is scheduled for Thursday November 9. It will consist of two parts.


First, you will be expected to answer all three parts of this essay question in detail, drawing from your books and on-line readings. It will be worth 70 percent of your exam grade.

Part I
Define the Cold War as it was understood by its leading advocates in the United States. Identify three important policy statements on how to wage the Cold War. Did everyone agree on how to pursue the United States’ rivalry with the Soviet Union? If not, why not?

Part II
How did the Cold War and McCarthyism change the United States domestically in the late 1940s and early 1950s? Offering examples (one apiece), show how the culture of the Cold War impacted each of these areas: movies, literature, television, and organized religion. Aside from anti-Communism, what were the values that the United States sought to promulgate in contrast to the Soviet Union during this period? Provide illustrations to make this point. Did the U.S. measure up to these values when it came to race relations?

Part III
How did various individuals respond to McCarthyism? Describe the strategies of three.  What was the “thaw”? Give two cultural examples from that period.


Second, seven identifications will appear on the exam. They will focus on the readings from weeks one through five. You will be required to answer three of them in paragraphs of four or five sentences each. Each will be worth a maximum of ten points.

PS: Bring a blue book!

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