Ch 17: MTEL History: The Cold War

About This Chapter

Let us aid you as you refresh your knowledge of the events and personalities of the Cold War era. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes will help you prepare for the MTEL History exam.

MTEL History: The Cold War - Chapter Summary

Let us show you about events of the Cold War period, including information about the causes, conflicts during this time and the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. The lessons and quizzes in this chapter will help you successfully answer these types of questions on the exam:

  • Understanding the causes and early events of the Cold War
  • Describing the U.S. and Soviet Union's roles in the Cold War
  • Examining conflicts during this period, such as the Korean War
  • Exploring the nuclear arms race and Cold War politics
  • Analyzing the politics of the USSR's Brezhnev and Gorbachev
  • Identifying the events that led to the end of the Cold War

Our instructors, all experts in the field, have developed lessons and quizzes that will give you solid preparation for the exam questions. With this knowledge of Cold War politics and personalities, you'll be ready for this part of the MTEL History exam.

Objectives of the MTEL History: The Cold War Chapter

All Massachusetts teachers who want to be certified to teach history must pass the MTEL History exam. The topics examined in the Cold War chapter are in the exam's subarea on U.S. History, which comprises 30% of the test's total score.

Only multiple-choice questions are in this subarea, and the exam is computer-based. You can practice answering questions in this format on the self-assessment quizzes that follow each of our lessons. The quizzes also let you know in what areas you might require further study before test day.

6 Lessons in Chapter 17: MTEL History: The Cold War
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Approaches Toward the Cold War: Traditionalism, Revisionism & Post-Revisionism

1. Approaches Toward the Cold War: Traditionalism, Revisionism & Post-Revisionism

The study of the Cold War has produced a voluminous amount of interpretation. In this lesson, you will learn about the various schools of thought, including realism, traditionalism, revisionism and post-revisionism.

United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

2. United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

The Korean War was a short but bloody war with more than five million casualties. Find out what caused this deadly and destructive war, how the United States came to be involved and how the war affected Korea and its allies.

McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

3. McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

The fear of communism, known as the Red Scare, led to a national witch hunt for suspected communist supporters, which was known as McCarthyism. Learn about the rise of McCarthyism and the Red Scare, the impact of McCarthyism on American society and the legacy of the short-lived fear campaign.

Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

4. Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

President Dwight D. Eisenhower entered office during an amplified period of the Cold War. Learn about Eisenhower's domestic and foreign agenda in dealing with the Cold War during the 1950s.

John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

5. John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

Upon entering office in 1961, President John F. Kennedy was tasked with the challenge of maintaining the upper hand in the United States' battle against communism. Learn about Kennedy's successes and failures in handling the Cold War.

The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

6. The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

The Vietnam War was the longest and most polarizing conflict in the history of the United States. Learn about the causes of the war as well as its effects on the United States.

Chapter Practice Exam
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