Science & Technology in the U.S. in the 1950s


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With what country did the United States compete in the Space Race?

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1. What is the name of the molecule whose structure was discovered in 1953?

2. Which disease did Jonas Salk create a vaccine against?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Examine your understanding of the science and technology discovered in the 1950s. In order to successfully complete the quiz, you must understand what Sputnik was and be aware of widespread consumer goods present in the 1950s.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will evaluate you on:

  • The disease that Jonas Salk created a vaccine for
  • Sputnik
  • The country the U.S. competed with in the Space Race
  • Widespread consumer goods of the 1950s
  • The discovered molecule in 1954

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on science and technology advances
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the vaccine that was invented by Jonas Salk
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer a question about the country that was competing with the U.S. in the Space Race

Additional Learning

To review concepts related to science and technology, read through the lesson titled Science & Technology in the U.S. in the 1950s. The lesson will cover the following objectives:

  • Identify what the atomic age was and its effect on the world
  • Recall why clinical studies are conducted
  • Learn about the race to space
  • Understand the different consumer goods that were common during the 1950s
  • Know about the major advances in medicine