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1. 1979 Exam (Question 2): "Most reform legislation since 1900 has been the work of special interests seeking to advance their own well-being, but the adoption of such legislation has required the general support of others who were not directly affected but who perceived it to be in the public interest." Assess the validity of this statement with reference to THREE examples of reform legislation since 1900. You may draw your examples from reform at any level of government: national, state, or municipal.

2. 1987 Exam (Question 6): "Social dislocations resulting from wartime conditions frequently bring lasting change within a society." Evaluate the relevance of this generalization to American society in the 20th century in view of the experiences of Blacks AND women.

3. 1993 Exam (Question 6): Describe THREE of the following and analyze the ways in which each of the three has affected the status of women in American society since 1940.
    • Changing economic conditions
    • The rebirth of an organized women's movement
    • Advanced is reproductive technology
    • The persistence of traditional definitions of women's roles

4. 2005 Exam B (Question 5): Analyze the ways in which TWO of the following contributed to the changes in women's lives in the United States in the mid-twentieth century.
    • Wars
    • Literature and/or popular culture
    • Medical and/or technological advances

5. 2005 Exam (Question 4): Describe the patterns of immigration in TWO of the periods listed below. Compare and contrast the responses of Americans to immigrants in these periods.
    • 1820 to 1860
    • 1880 to 1924
    • 1965 to 2000

6. 2007 Exam (Question 5): "Landslide Presidential victories do not ensure continued political effectiveness or legislative success." Assess the validity of this statement by comparing TWO of the following presidential administrations.
    • Franklin D. Roosevelt (1936)
    • Lyndon Johnson (1964)
    • Richard Nixon (1972)
    • Ronald Reagon (1984)

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