Quiz on America at the End of the 20th Century

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1. Public respect for the office of the presidency eroded in the late 1960s and early 1970s for all but one of the following reasons. Select the EXCEPTION.

a. The disclosure that Vice President Spiro T. Agnew had accepted bribes while he had serving as governor of Maryland. b. The revelation that the Nixon White House had planted electronic eavesdropping equipment in the Democratic Party’s national headquarters c. The discovery that President Lyndon B. Johnson had had an affair with a White House intern

2. For his role in the Watergate affair, Richard Nixon was

a. impeached and removed from office b. forced to resign the presidency c. sent to prison

3. To curb the powers of the president and eliminate corruption in presidential campaigns, Congress enacted all but one of the following measures in the early 1970s. Select the EXCEPTION.

a. It required presidents to receive explicit Congressional authorization in order to send American forces into combat b. It forbade the president from impounding funds appropriated by Congress c. It imposed limits on campaign contributions and provided funds for presidential candidates who met certain qualifications d. It restricted a president to two terms in office

4. Which was NOT a major economic problems during the 1970s?

a. rising oil prices b. climbing rates of inflation c. mounting foreign competition displacing American jobs d. stagnating real wages e. a sharply falling stock market

5. All but one of the following suggested that the United States was losing influence in world affairs during the 1970s. Select the EXCEPTION.

a. The fall of South Vietnam b. The seizure of American hostages in Iran c. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan d. Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait

6. Which was NOT part of Richard Nixon’s efforts to restore American influence in foreign affairs?

a. He began trade and diplomatic talks with China b. He initiated détente with the Soviet Union c. He helped establish NATO, a military alliance combining the United States, Canada, and nations in Western Europe

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