Free CLEP Social Science Exam Practice Questions

  1. Which of the following is not true about the decade of the 1920s in the United States?
    1. The African-American population in New York City more than doubled during this decade.
    2. Novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald gave the name "The Jazz Age" to this time in American history.
    3. There was a significant increase in rates of divorces for Americans during this time period.
    4. Novelist Ernest Hemingway won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Old Man and the Sea.
    5. Over eight million women worked outside the home in 1920, and over ten million by 1930.
  2. Who was president of the United States when the Great Depression began?
    1. Warren Harding
    2. Calvin Coolidge
    3. Herbert Hoover
    4. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    5. None of these was president then.
  3. Which of the following was a program of Roosevelt's New Deal?
    1. the repeal of Prohibition, legalizing alcohol
    2. the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
    3. the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)
    4. the Social Security Act
    5. all of these
  4. Who produced the famous series of World War II propaganda films Why We Fight for the U.S. federal government?
    1. Frank Capra
    2. John Huston
    3. Leni Riefenstahl
    4. Jimmy Stewart
    5. William Wyler
  5. Which of the following is true about Senator Joseph McCarthy?
    1. In 1952, new Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower agreed with McCarthy's claims.
    2. McCarthy's 1950 speech on Communists in the State Department gave him much attention.
    3. During the course of his so-called "Red Hunt," McCarthy exposed several Communist spies.
    4. After his death in 1957, the House Committee on Un-American Activities ceased its work.
    5. All of these statements are correct regarding Senator Joseph McCarthy's senatorial career.
  6. Which of the following most officially signified the end of the Cold War?
    1. the fall of the Berlin Wall
    2. the fall of the Great Wall of China
    3. the collapse of the Soviet Union
    4. all of these events
    5. none of these events
  7. Which of the following is true about the Civil Rights Bill?
    1. It was passed by John F. Kennedy.
    2. It was created by Lyndon B. Johnson.
    3. It was passed by Lyndon B. Johnson.
    4. No group was formed to enforce it.
    5. It enabled many more blacks to vote.
  8. Which of the following did not take place in the United States during the 1960s?
    1. There were more college student enrollments than ever before in America.
    2. The British Invasion had a tremendous influence upon rock and roll music.
    3. The Berkeley Free Speech Movement was formed for organizing protests.
    4. Harvard professor Dr. Timothy Leary advocated the use of hallucinogens.
    5. Most rural communes were dissolved, and many hippies rejoined society.
  9. Which of the following American films was not released in the 1970s?
    1. The Graduate
    2. Patton
    3. M*A*S*H*
    4. Love Story
    5. Summer of '42
  10. Which of these statements is not true regarding America in the late 20th century?
    1. In the 1990s, the richest 20 percent of the population earned half of the country's total income.
    2. In the 1990s, the poorest 20 percent of the population earned ten percent of the country's total income.
    3. In 1998, 25 percent of blacks and Latinos were poor while ten percent of white and Asian Americans were poor.
    4. By 2000, Latinos were one-third of Texas, California and Arizona's populations and half of New Mexico.
    5. From 1990 to 2000, Hispanic immigrants became the largest single minority group in this country.

 

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