Final Study Questions
The final is a 3-hour essay exam.
On the day of the final, Tuesday March 17
at 8am to 11am, you will
write on ONE question that will be chosen at random from the post midterm study questions below and
ONE question that will be chosen at random from the cumulative questions below. We want to hear your
interpretations, and we want you to support your essays with specific and relevant examples from the
text, required YouTube clips, the reader, lectures and section discussions.
The trick is to make an
argument that includes a thesis and to use your evidence wisely and well.
Be creative, and please be bold.
Please be sure to address every issue raised by each question
You may wish to form study groups.
Whether or not you do, please keep asking yourself as you study if you are taking into account every
issue raised by each section.
Post Midterm (40%):
1) You are young supporter of Democrats for Reagan, and have just learned that your candidate won the
Presidency in 1980.
What political, cultural, and economic issues and events that occurred in the 1960s and
1970s led you to switch parties?
Why do you think it is time for a “Reagan revolution”?
How is Reagan’s
conception of government similar or different then President’s Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy
Remember to consider both policy shifts and changes in thinking about gender and race, as well as both
domestic and foreign policy in your answer.
Many things in the 1960s and 1970s began to make people fed up with the way things were, both about the
society and the government. What made the Reagan administration worth looking forward to were the problems
in the United States that couldn’t be ended during the previous administrations. There was the need for change.
And to permanently end these problems, new approaches were necessary. It was time for Reagan to come in
with a different idea and strategy in dealing with the each of the problems that previous presidents had failed to
put an end to.
Since the cultural movements kept expanding, people could have become tired of it. Not only African-
Americans but also Women, environmentalists, and other minority groups came to play roles in social
movements and tried to exert influence onto the government. This routine of movements certainly tired many
people who kept seeing them move to demand things. It contributed to the shift in support towards Reagan
because it stirred people to look to a change in the society.
Another notable thing about Reagan was his approach that was a departure from his predecessors. As critics
argued, LBJ’s War on Poverty was not effective enough to claim victory. During the Nixon administration,
Nixon’s policies only worked in the short run, also leaving the burden to his successors, whose policies also
failed to halt inflation and fix unemployment. This growing disillusionment of the government effectively
caused people to look forward to someone with a new way to deal with the economic crisis. This was why