American Politics in the 1920s: Transition, Corruption & the Teapot Dome Scandal


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Which of the following statements about President Calvin Coolidge is true?

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1. Warren Harding ran for president in 1920, promising a return to 'normalcy'. Harding's 'normal' America can be best described as:

2. What effect did Harding's tax cuts have on the American economy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your understanding of American politics in the 1920s, especially on the presidential level. You'll learn about the top political issues of the time and how politicians responded to them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The role of big business in 1920s politics
  • Calvin Coolidge's presidency
  • Warren Harding's presidential campaign strategy
  • The elements and people involved in the Teapot Dome scandal
  • Woodrow Wilson's path to the presidency

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Teapot Dome scandal
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the presidencies of Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the historical role big business has played in politics in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about American politics in the 1920s, review the accompanying lesson. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Trace the presidencies of Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge
  • Identify top political and business issues of the 1920s, and how they intersected
  • Understand what 'normalcy' meant as a campaign promise and presidential deliverable in 1920s politics