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History 1378: The US Since 1877 Exam 3

Part II: From the Readings (20 points)

BOTH of the following questions will appear on the exam, of which you will need to address ONE. Your response to the question you choose will be worth 20 points. You must reference (either by document name or authors name) and discuss at least two sources from your textbooks. Your response should be between 3/4 and 1 page.

1. How effective was the environmental “greening” movement under Nixon? How did the movement change under future presidents?

2. “America From Reconstruction to Rebellion” argues that President Reagan should not get credit for ending the Cold War. Do you agree that the Soviet Union dissolved due to internal pressures? Or was it because of Reagan’s “Star Wars” program?

Part III: Major Essay (50 points)

TWO of the following questions will appear on the exam. You will need to pick ONE and answer it thoroughly for a total of 50 points. Make sure you address ALL aspects of the question. Additionally, you need to write in essay form, with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Do not write one long paragraph. This should be at least 1 ½ pages.

1. What was the Iran-Contra Scandal, and what effect did it have on U.S. and Middle East relations?

2. What were Bill Clinton’s economic policies? Give at least four examples. Explain their difference, if any, from previous ruling U.S. economic theories. What effect did his policies have on the future?