HIS 122 ch 32

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Between 1945 and 1960 in the United States:

the gross national product almost doubled

The postwar economic boom was fueled mainly by:

cold war-related military spending

After the war, Americans were most eager to:


Which of the following is NOT true of the GI Bill?

Its huge cost did not justify its benefits.

While college enrollments soared in the postwar period:

black veterans encountered barriers to entrance

The baby boom:

started in 1946

Between 1945 and 1960, home ownership:

significantly increased

During the 1950s, the income gap between whites and blacks:


All of the following increased through the postwar years EXCEPT:

family savings

The postwar era witnessed its most dramatic population growth in:

the sunbelt

The location of William Levitt’s first suburban development was:

Long Island

Suburban growth was spurred by all of the following EXCEPT:

new construction of mass public transportation

Most blacks who moved to Chicago were fleeing terrible poverty in:

the rural South

Blacks who moved to northern cities found:

new problems and forms of exploitation

By the 1950s, suburban life was marked by an increasing:


In the postwar era, the trend in the corporate sector was toward:

bigness and concentration

Life magazine’s ideal woman of the mid-1950s was:

a white suburban housewife

With the end of World War II, women workers were encouraged to:

give up their jobs to returning veterans

By 1960, about 65 percent of Americans:

belonged to a church

One sign of the times came in 1954 when Congress added the words "under God" to:

the Pledge of Allegiance

One major reason for religion’s growing appeal in the 1950s was:

the desire to combat godless communism

The Reverend Norman Vincent Peale emphasized:

a cheerful approach to life and religion

The theologian Reinhold Niebuhr emerged as:

a critic of social conformity and complacency

In The Affluent Society, John Kenneth Galbraith pointed out the:

persistence of poverty

In The Crack in the Picture Window, John Keats described suburban
life as:

"homogeneous, postwar Hell"

Houses in Levittown in the mid-1950s all sold for just under:


In The Lonely Crowd, David Riesman described the dominant corporate personality as one who:

tried to please people and gain the boss’s favor

Willy Loman was:

the tragic lead character in Death of a Salesman

The African American writer who explored the theme of social alienation in Invisible Man was:

Ralph Ellison

Jackson Pollack pioneered the style of painting known as:

abstract expressionism

The youthful rebels known as the Beats:

favored road trips, Buddhism, and jazz

Howl was:

an explicit prose poem by Allen Ginsberg

Ultimately, the Beats:

helped inspire the youth revolt of the 1960s

In the 1950s, teenagers became especially important as:


FBI director J. Edgar Hoover blamed rising rates of juvenile delinquency on:

lack of religious values

Alan Freed was a notable:

disc jockey

The music Alan Freed labeled rock and roll was actually:

rhythm and blues

Elvis was especially controversial because of his:

suggestive gyrations on stage

One of rock and roll’s most important contributions was to:

bridge class and racial divisions

In retrospect, the material successes of the 1950s:

created new problems that would be addressed in the 1960s

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