Western Civilization Since 1945: Timeline & Summary


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What was the Cold War?

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1. What was the Iron Curtain?

2. Which is an accurate statement about the world since 1945?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

World War II was arguably the most significant event in the 20th century, and much of the world history that followed was affected by the events of the war in one way or another. This assessment will test you on western history in the time period after World War II. Some things you'll be assessed on include the rise of global superpowers and the Cold War.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Characteristics of the Cold War
  • World events after 1945
  • Superpowers after World War II
  • Consequences of the computer revolution

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - test your recollection of the history and major developments in the world following World War II
  • Defining key concepts - make sure that you understand the definitions of terms from the lesson, such as Cold War and Iron Curtain
  • Knowledge application - apply the knowledge that you've gained from the lesson to articulate some major events that occurred after World War II and their effects on the world

Additional Learning

To learn more about history after World War II, review the corresponding lesson called Western Civilization Since 1945: Timeline & Summary. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Aftermath of World War II
  • Rise of the Cold War and the 1960s
  • Significant events of the 1970s, '80s, and '90s