National Endowment for the Arts: History & Controversy


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1. In what year did the NEA come into existence?

2. Which president investigated the NEA with a special panel to see if continued funding was appropriate?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to test your understanding of the history of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Some of the information you'll be assessed on includes the founding of this organization as well as the president who tried to discontinue its funding.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • President Kennedy's favorite poet
  • Birth of the NEA
  • Controversies attributed to the NEA and two American presidents
  • Highest award offered by the NEA

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the history of the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding presidential influence on the NEA
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the founding of the National Endowment for the Arts

Additional Learning

To learn more about the arts, review the accompanying lesson titled National Endowment for the Arts: History & Controversy. This lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Describe how the National Endowment of the Arts came into being
  • Know how the NEA receives its funding
  • Relate controversies associated with the NEA
  • Understand the NEA's impact on American society