The Challenges of the Twenty-First Century
The Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

The Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

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A question pack on the recent past from an American perspective.

32.1

The prison operated by the U.S. military for the detention and interrogation of terrorist suspects and “enemy combatants” is located at .

A

Kuwait City, Kuwait

B

Riker’s Island, New York

C

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

D

Lahore, Pakistan

32.2

Unwarranted wiretapping in the United States was conducted by .

A

the FBI

B

the CIA

C

the New York Times

D

the NSA

32.3

In what ways did the U.S. government attempt to deny the rights of prisoners taken in Afghanistan and Iraq?

32.4

What investment banking firm went bankrupt in 2008, signaling the beginning of a major economic crisis?

A

CitiBank

B

Wells Fargo

C

Lehman Brothers

D

Price Waterhouse

32.5

A subprime mortgage is .

A

a high-risk, high-interest loan

B

a federal bailout for major banks

C

a form of insurance on investments

D

a form of political capital

32.6

What are the pros and cons of school vouchers?

32.7

A popular Mexican American studies program was banned by the state of , which accused it of causing resentment of white people.

A

New Mexico

B

California

C

Arizona

D

Texas

32.8

The first state to allow same-sex marriage was .

A

Massachusetts

B

New York

C

California

D

Pennsylvania

32.9

What was the result of the Bush administration’s unwillingness to recognize that climate change is being accelerated by human activity?

32.10

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in .

A

2007

B

2009

C

2013

D

2014

32.11

Which of the following is not a goal of Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act)?

A

to provide all Americans with access to affordable health insurance

B

to require that everyone in the United States acquire some form of health insurance

C

to lower the costs of healthcare

D

to increase employment in the healthcare industry

32.12

What has Barack Obama done to make college education more accessible?

32.13

What factors led to the Great Recession?

32.14

How have conservatives fared in their efforts to defend “American” culture against an influx of immigrants in the twenty-first century?

32.15

In what ways are Barack Obama’s ideas regarding the economy, education, and the environment similar to those of Bush, his Republican predecessor? In what ways are they different?

32.16

How successful has the United States been in achieving its goals in Iraq and Afghanistan?

32.17

In what ways has the United States become a more heterogeneous and inclusive place in the twenty-first century? In what ways has it become more homogenous and exclusive?