Test 7:  A New World Order

Understand the following terms and concepts.

1.  Gerald Ford and the pardon of Nixon

2.  Saturday Night Live

3.  stagflation and WIN

4.  The fall of South Vietnam and the War Powers Act

5.  USS Mayaguez

6.  the Me Decade

7.  Jimmy Carter

8.  University of California v. Bakke

9.  the Department of Energy

10.   Three Mile Island

11.   the Torrijos-Carter Treaties about the Panama Canal

12.   Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin, and the Camp David Accords

13.   the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and American support for mujahedeen

14.   the Shah of Iran, the Iranian Revolution, the hostage crisis, and Ayatollah Khomeini

15.   Ronald Reagan and the Reagan Revolution

16.   supply-side economics

17.   the national debt

18.   HIV and AIDS

19.   the Air Traffic Controllers' strike

20.   Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro

21.   Sandra Day O'Connor

22.   SDI (Star Wars)

23.   the Sandinistas, the Contras, and the Iran-Contra Affair

24.   the bombing in Lebanon and the bombing of Libya

25.   Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov, and Konstantin Chernenko

26.   Mikhail Gorbechev, glasnost, perestroika, and START

27.   the fall of the Berlin Wall

28.   The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union

29.   Tiananmen Square

30.   George H. W. Bush

31.   the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM

32.   the Rodney King Riots

33.   rap music

34.   Bill and Hillary Clinton

35.   Ross Perot

36.   New Democrats

37.   Health care reform in the 1990s

38.   'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' the Defence of Marriage Act, and Obergefell v. Hodges

39.   the Republican Revolution of 1994, the Contract with America, Newt Gingrich, XXVII Amendment

40.   American involvement in Somalia

41.   the Bosnian Wars and the Dayton Peace Accords

42.   Madeline Albright

43.   Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky

44.   the impeachment of Bill Clinton

45.   David Koresh and the Branch Davidians of Waco, Texas

46.   Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing

47.   the election of 2000 and the Florida recount

48.   George W. Bush

49.   the September 11th attacks

50.   Osama bin Laden and al Quaeda

51.   America's invasion of Afghanistan and overthrow of the Taliban (2001)

52.   America's invasion of Iraq (2003) and subsequent occupation of Iraq

53.   the Sunbelt

54.   the Recession of 2008

55.   Barrack Obama

56.   Obamacare

57.   Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

58.   Black Lives Matter

59.   ISIS

60.   Donald Trump


Be prepared to answer two of the following questions or another topic in American history between 1975-2016.


1.  ‘Landslide presidential victories do not ensure continued political effectiveness or legislative success.’  Assess the validity of this statement by comparing TWO of the following presidential administrations.

Franklin Roosevelt (1936)

Lyndon Johnson (1964)

Richard Nixon (1972)

Ronald Reagan (1984)


2.  Analyze the ways in which the events and trends of the 1970s diminished the nation’s economic power and international influence, and challenged Americans’ confidence in both.


3.  Analyze the collapse of the New Deal coalition and explain when and how a sixth two-party system emerged.


4.  Analyze the ‘culture wars’ from 1990 to the present and explain how they influenced politics and whether there was a ‘winner’ in the culture wars.

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