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OCR Past GCSE History exam questions on USA in the 1920s 2005-15

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OCR Past GCSE History exam questions on USA in the 1920s 2005-15

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OCR Past GCSE History exam questions on USA in the 1920s 2005-15

  1. 1. The USA, 1919-41 ‘The Roaring Twenties’ 4 mark questions  Describe the Republican government’s economic policies in the 1920s. (2005)  What problems did black people face in the USA during the 1920s? (2006)  Describe the main features of stock market speculation in the USA during the 1920s. (2006)  Describe how the authorities tried to enforce prohibition. (2007)  Describe the main problems facing farmers in the 1920s. (2008)  What discrimination did black Americans experience during the 1920s? (2009)  What was the Wall Street Crash? (2009)  Describe the American cinema and movie industry in the 1920s. (Jan 2010)  What benefits did the First World War bring to the American economy? (June 2010)  What was the Ku Klux Klan? (June 2010)  What problems faced older, more established, industries in the 1920s? (Jan 2011)  Describe the Republican government’s economic policies in the 1920s. (June 2011)  Describe the American cinema and movie industry in the 1920s. (Jan 2012)  Describe the social consequences of the Wall Street Crash. (June 2012)  Describe the main changes in popular entertainment in America in the 1920s. (Jan 2013)  Describe how an assembly line operated. (June 2013)  Describe the Sacco and Vanzetti case. (June 2014)  Describe the policies of the Republican presidents during the 1920s. (June 2015)  Describe the difficulties faced by African Americans in the 1920s (June 2015) ‘Explanation’ questions (6/8 marks)  Explain why some Americans did not benefit from the government’s economic policy in the 1920s. (2005)  Explain why American farmers faced problems during the 1920s. (2006)  Explain the causes of the Wall Street Crash. (2006)  Explain why prohibition failed. (2007)  Explain why black people faced problems in the 1920s. (2008)  Explain why some white people joined the Ku Klux Klan. (2009)  Explain why American industries were over-producing by the late 1920s. (2009)  Explain why the lifestyle of some women changed in the 1920s. (Jan 2010)
  2. 2.  Explain why some older industries failed to benefit from the ‘boom’ in the 1920s. (June 2010)  Explain why Sacco and Vanzetti were executed. (June 2010)  Explain why prohibition failed. (Jan 2013)  Explain why some American people did not benefit from the economic boom. (Jan 2011)  Explain why many American farmers suffered financial difficulties in the 1920s. (June 2011)  Explain why there was a ‘Red Scare’ in the 1920s. (Jan 2012)  Explain why Hoover was unsuccessful in dealing with the effects of the Depression. (June 2012)  Explain why some US industries did not benefit from the economic prosperity of the 1920s. (June 2013)  Explain why prohibition was introduced. (June 2014)  Explain the consequences of over-production in the 1920s. (June 2014)  Explain why some industries faced problems before 1929. (June 2015)  Explain why people joined the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s (June 2015) Essay questions (10 marks)  ‘The most important factor enabling American industry to boom during the 1920s was the development of mass production.’ Do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer. (2005)  The following were reasons why American industry boomed in the 1920s: i) The effects of the First World War; ii) Republican policies; iii) New methods of production. Which of these reasons do you think was the most important? Explain your answer, referring only to (i), (ii) and (iii). (2006)  How far was America fair and free during the ‘Roaring Twenties’? Explain your answer. (2007)  ‘The most important factor creating the economic boom in the 1920s was the growth of the motor industry.’ How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer. (2008)  The following had an equally important effect on the way of life in the USA in the 1920s: i) Prohibition; ii) The changing role of women; iii) The entertainment industry. How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer referring only to (i), (ii) and (iii). (2009)
  3. 3.  ‘Americans were intolerant in the 1920s.’ How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer. (Jan 2010)  To what extent was the economic boom of the 1920s caused by new methods of production? Explain your answer. (June 2010)  ‘Prohibition ended because it encouraged gangsters.’ How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer. (June 2010)  ‘The expansion of the automobile industry contributed more than any other factor to the economic boom of the 1920s.’ How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer. (Jan 2011)  ‘Hire purchase credit was the most important reason for the economic boom in the USA.’ How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer. (June 2011)  How far did the lives of women change in the 1920s? Explain your answer. (Jan 2012)  The following were equally responsible for the Wall Street Crash: i) Speculation on the stock market; ii) Overproduction by American industries. How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer. (June 2012)  To what extent was America an intolerant society in the 1920s? Explain your answer. (Jan 2013)  ‘The impact of the First World War was the most important cause of the economic boom of the 1920s.’ How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer. (June 2013)  ‘1920s America was a land of opportunity for women.’ How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer. (June 2014)  ‘The main reason for the boom in the American economy in the 1920s was the impact of the First World War’. How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer. (June 2015)  ‘Prohibition failed because it encouraged corruption’. How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer. (June 2015)

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