The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life


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How did the Red Scare affect the lives of everyday Americans?

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1. Why did Congress enact the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947?

2. How did Congress work to investigate alleged communist supporters?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help check your understanding of the lesson on everyday life in America during the Cold War. Some of the details that you will be assessed on include the prevention of communist subversion into labor unions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Congressional committee that investigated potential communists
  • Cold War-era film focusing on a nuclear attack
  • The name for American fear over communist subversion in the Cold War era

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on everyday life in America during the Cold War
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding preparedness for a nuclear attack
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Truman program encouraging federal employees to swear an oath of allegiance

Additional Learning

Be sure to read or watch the accompanying lesson called The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life if you'd like more information. Some of the objectives of the lesson are as follows:

  • Define the origins of Cold War fear of communism
  • Understand actions taken against labor unions
  • Recognize the purpose and legacy of the congressional committee that investigated possible communists
  • Know the story of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
  • Identify examples of a resurgence in religious faith during the Cold War era