Unit 2: Moving to the World Stage - America from 1900 to 1940

Possible Essay Questions for This Unit

3 Parts of the Unit, Resources, and Check Your Knowledge Quizzes D, E, and F



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Possible Essay Questions for This Unit  

The possible essay questions for the Unit tell you all possible essay questions on the Unit exam. They show you what combinations of facts to examine so you can notice how history changed during the Unit.

Click here for the possible essay questions for the exam that ends Unit 2.

3 Parts of the Unit, Resources, and Check Your Knowledge Quizzes D, E, and F

Parts in the Unit and Chapter #s

Check Your Knowledge Quizzes for Tips or Recording

Seeing How History Changes Over Time, Over Space, and Sometimes Both Simultaneously at One Time (The purpose says what you look for in the link.)

Part D: Progressivism: Roosevelt to Wilson


Chapters 20-21



·         Quiz D Check Your Knowledge – Has tips for locating information

·         Quiz D for Recording – Is printable for recording such things as what you missed and why, textbook page numbers where you found the answer, and what quiz questions are also part of essays questions.

·         -Study Tool: Chronological Events of the 1901-1914 Era (administrations of Republicans Theodore Roosevelt and Taft and of Democrat Wilson)

-       Notice the new trends in American life.

-       Notice how the political parties are working and what is leading to reform.

-       Notice the former categories of labor (usually factory workers) and farmers.

-       Notice the new groups that are trying to alter their position in American politics and life.

·         Sketching the differences in the 3 presidents the sketch as a PDF
Tip: Looking at my sketch may help some of you. Making your own sketch as you read can help all of you. The only difference in a sketch I was doing for my use only is that I would add page numbers to the sketch—not because I plan to cite, but because sooner or later I will have to retrace where I found a piece of evidence.

Part E: World War I
and Its Transformations Including Mass Culture


Chapters 21-23



·         Quiz E Check Your Knowledge

·         Quiz E for Recording

·         Study Tool: Chronological Events of the 1914-1921 Era (administration of Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, during World War I and the peace)

-       Notice what is happening in Europe in the years leading to war and how we get in the war.

-       Notice the new agencies in the national government created in response to World War I.

·         Snapshot from the 1870s to 1920s (PDF)  (a comparison between 1870s-1890s, 1895 to about 1920, and the Jazz Age (the 1920s)
How to use this resource to see how people, events, and trends fit together and change:

-       Use the PDF find feature to search for a name.

-       Look at rows on a specific issue to see change over time. Example: By looking at the rows on leisure, for example, you can see how things changed during the periods from the 1870s-1890s, from about 1895 to about 1920, and in the 1920s (also called the Jazz Age).


-       Notice what is going on in different areas (regions) and eras (time periods) of American life, including what is disappearing.

-       Notice the former categories of labor (usually factory workers), farmers, and the new number of white collar workers.

-       Notice how leisure changed over these three eras and in particular how it is in the Jazz Age.

·         Study Tool: Chronological Events of the 1921-1929 Era (administrations of Harding and Coolidge and the election of Hoover, all Republicans)

-       Notice what is changing in this period in foreign policy (including disarmament in the early years) and notice the reparations-debt cycle.

-       Notice big business and government.

-       Notice the former category of farmers and the new interest group of veterans.

Part F: Great Depression, Seeds of the New Deal, and The New Deal and New Challenges


Chapters 24-25



·         Quiz F Check Your Knowledge

·          Quiz F for Recording

·          Study Tool: Chronological Events of the 1929-1933 Era (Republican administration of Hoover and the Great Crash and the first years of the depression. These problems started before Hoover’s administration.)

-       Notice the categories of laborers, farmers, and veterans and the new category of the unemployed.

-       Notice government efforts to help business and later to provide relief.

-       Notice foreign policy changes.

·         Tools to help you confirm you read the textbook fully and understand the crisis of the Great Depression. These tools are handwritten but they show sets of related facts about:

-       What does the textbook show you about the reasons for the failure of the stock market?

-       AND about the crisis of liquidity of the banks and the failure of the banks and how that interconnects with the stock market

-       AND about the country’s fundamentals for the rich, farmers, and business--including GNP and market saturation, including the GNP and market saturation?

-       AND about the workers and about the responses in the first three years of this depression?

·         Tools to help you see the crisis on a single page and to see the connection between each problem in the crisis and each policy in the New Deal:

-       The table of problems without the New Deal Solutions – Try to complete the right side of the chart on your own before you look at the answers.

-       The table of problems with the New Deal Solutions


Reference If You Have a Question

·         About events and programs from 1933 to 1939, Study Tool: Chronological Events of the 1933-1939 Era 
Footnotes provide descriptions to help you keep this era straight.– Use Ctrl-F to display a Find box and enter the word you are looking for or scroll down to look through this chronologically.




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