APUSH Short Answer Questions

short answer questions

Short Answer Question 1

“The Roaring Twenties were marked by a clash of cultures. As cities grew, rural areas began to lose political power. The urban-rural divide manifested in the form of cultural tensions, with urban areas embracing modernity and rural areas holding onto traditional values. The Scopes Trial, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, and the Prohibition era are all emblematic of these tensions.”

— Dr. Jane Smith, The Twenties: A Decade of Tension, 2015.

Using the excerpt provided, answer the following questions:

1. Identify and explain one specific event mentioned in the excerpt that exemplifies the cultural tensions of the 1920s.

2. Describe how urban areas and rural areas differed in their cultural values during the 1920s, as suggested by the excerpt.

3. Provide one additional example (not mentioned in the excerpt) from the 1920s that further illustrates the urban-rural cultural divide.

Short Answer Question 2

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”

— Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, 1863.

Short Answer Question 2 Prompts: Using the excerpt provided, answer the following questions:

1. Identify and explain the significance of the event during which this speech was given.

2. According to the excerpt, what fundamental principle was the nation founded upon?

3. Provide one additional example from the Civil War era that further illustrates the national struggle with the principle identified in the excerpt.

Short Answer Question 3

Answer the following questions related to the Progressive Era:

1. Identify one major social reform movement of the Progressive Era and explain its primary goal.

2. Describe a significant political change or reform that occurred during the Progressive Era.

3. Provide an example of a key figure from the Progressive Era and explain their contribution to a specific reform movement.