For part 2 of the Unit 3 Exam,
choose ONLY 1 essay question
from the list below. Grades will be based on the content of the answer and
must be
more than 300 words
in length.
Direct quotes do not count toward the required word count.
Part 2 Essay Questions:
1 – Describe how government military spending during the war affected the economic development of the West and South.
2 – “World War II reshaped ideas about American nationality.” Assess the validity of this statement by comparing the experiences of first-generation immigrants, second-generation immigrants, and black Americans during World War II.
3 – How did the experiences of African-Americans during World War II lay the foundation for the modern civil rights movement?
4 – World War II is often referred to as the “Good War.” Evaluate that title for the war. Is it appropriate? Why, or why not?
5 – Discuss World War II’s impact on ethnic minorities in America. How did the experiences of Asian-Americans, Native Americans, and Mexican-Americans compare? How did their experiences differ on both the individual and group level? Be sure to consider these experiences in the context of the war on all fronts when composing your response.
6 – Eric Foner wrote, “the language with which World War II was fought helped to lay the foundation for postwar ideals of human rights that extend to all mankind.” Do you agree with that statement? Why, or why not?
7 – Analyze the policy of containment. How did the United States enact this policy?
8 – Describe how the Cold War was fought by each superpower. Be sure to discuss how both the United States and the Soviet Union believed that their social systems were firmly based on principles of freedom and social justice.
9 – The Cold War impacted every aspect of American life. Discuss the domestic implications of the Cold War. Your essay should explain how the Cold War affected higher education, the economy, immigration policy, civil rights, and civil liberties.
10 – By 1952, the Cold War was cast in terms of a worldwide battle between freedom and slavery. Explain (1) how the Cold War had come to be seen in this way, (2) events that illustrate this view, and (3) the historical consequences of such a view.

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