Midterm Study Guide for History 40C (Spring, ’13)
EXAM IS MONDAY, MAY 6
• BRING A BLUE BOOK TO CLASS; WE WILL MIX UP BLUE BOOKS. PLEASE TRY TO
COME TO CLASS A LITTLE EARLY SO YOU CAN BE READY TO WRITE BY 11:00.
• NOTE THAT THE IDS AND QUESTIONS ON THIS STUDY GUIDE ARE ADAPTED FROM
THE WEEKLY STUDY GUIDES. IF YOU HAVE KEPT UP WITH THIS CLASS, THE
MIDTERM SHOULD NOT BE DIFFICULT!
• ALSO NOTE THAT THE EXAM QUESTIONS WILL COME DIRECTLY FROM THIS
To remind you of the general areas we have addressed in this class so far:
Overall themes of course:
Organized chronologically around three broad themes, the class is developing one theme each day of each
week as follows:
• People (Monday classes)
o Who are “Americans”?: Immigration, mobility, race/ethnicity, gender
• Money (Wednesday classes)
o How have Americans lived?: The changing modes of production and consumption;
wealth and poverty
• Power (Friday classes)
o How have Americans governed?: The growth of federal government; rise of US power in
Study IDs and Essay Questions:
• You will have a choice of 2 out of 3 IDs (10 min total); choice of 1 out of 2
short answers (10 min total); and a choice of 1 out of 2 essays (30 min total).
• Please carefully plan your time. In 50 minutes you only have time to write 2-
5 sentences per ID, and a paragraph or so for the short answer. Leave
yourselves the full 30 min to develop a good essay with a thesis and an
argument that is supported by specific information.
IDs: identify briefly (1 sentence or so) and provide the significance of the term to this
course) (2-3 good sentences or so). These IDs come from your text and from lectures.
YOU should be creative in articulating the possible significance(s) this term has in
relationship to this course.
“Jim Crow” laws
“scientific management” and Frederick Taylor
So-called “New Immigration”
Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 Lewis Hine
War of 1898 (sometimes called the Spanish-American War)
Ida Wells Barnett
Committee on Public Information during World War I
League of Nations Debate
Post World War I “Red Scare”
Immigrant Restriction Act of 1924
Ku Klux Klan
Advertising and installment buying
FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
Social Security Act
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC)
Office of War Information
“Zoot suit riots” in LA
“Double V” campaign
Internment of Japanese Americans
Short Answer Question: Write a paragraph or two that clearly answers the
1. Assess how the wave of so-called “new immigration” from Europe and the restrictions
on immigration from Asia shaped the US population in the early 20th century. Be
specific. 2. Why did some Americans support acquiring an American empire in 1898 (especially in
the Philippines), and why did some oppose the war for imperial control over the
3. Explain how the immigrant restriction act of 1924 grew out of the post-World War I
environment, and analyze its effect on the composition of the American population.
4. Why did the United States not join the League of Nations even though it had been the
idea of President Woodrow Wilson?
5. The automobile became an important symbol of 1920s America. Analyze the role of
the automobile in America’s economics, culture, and international position in the 1920s.
6. The “New Deal” represented a philosophy that envis