The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events


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The Cold War was a period of tension between the United States and Soviet Union. Which of the following did this period encompass?

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1. Why is the Potsdam conference linked to the start of the Cold War?

2. Which of the following was NOT an economic plan for defeating the Soviet Union?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the beginning of the Cold War. Some of the details that you will be assessed on include the implementation of NSC-68 and the event that is believed to mark the start of the Cold War.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to check your knowledge of:

  • Origins of the Cold War
  • Economic plans for defeating the Soviet Union
  • Effect of the National Security Act of 1947

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the beginning of the Cold War
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Marshall Plan
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about areas of tension during the Cold War

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson titled The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the characteristics and origins of the Cold War
  • Recognize the escalation of tensions during the Truman administration
  • Define the policy of containment
  • Understand the impact and legacy of the National Security Council Report-68