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Trivia Quiz - Joseph McCarthy - Controversial Senator


Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist stance, pursued with little heed for the democratic process, created controversy and affected many lives of innocent Americans. Taken ten questions on this man whose contribution to American democracy remains debatable.

Quiz Number: 5746
Date Submitted: April 22, 2018
Quiz Categories: History, American History, American Government
Quiz Type: Personality Quiz
Author: grant228
Average Score: 75 percent
Times Taken: 2 times
Taken by Registered Users: 1
Quiz is about: Joseph McCarthy

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1. In what U S state was Joseph McCarthy born on November 14, 1908 and would be the state that elected him as a Republican senator?
  A.   West Virginia
  B.   Wisconsin
  C.   Washington
  D.   Wyoming

2. In 1935 Joseph McCarthy became his state’s youngest elected official in what area?
  A.   Attorney General
  B.   Sheriff
  C.   Circuit Judge
  D.   Mayor

3. Joseph McCarthy served during World War II in what branch of the services?
  A.   Marines
  B.   Army
  C.   Navy
  D.   Air Force

4. Elected to the U S Senate in 1947, McCarthy attacked which respected member of the Truman administration?
  A.   Avril Harriman
  B.   Dean Acheson
  C.   James Forrestal
  D.   George Marshall

5. What group of people did Senator McCarthy target, claiming they were a security risk?
  A.   Homosexuals
  B.   Blacks
  C.   Migrants
  D.   Union leaders

6. Senator McCarthy sent shock waves through the nation when he claimed there were 205 communists working in what government department?
  A.   Defense
  B.   Interior
  C.   Homeland Security
  D.   State

7. What famous Democrat family was a strong supporter of Joseph McCarthy?
  A.   Roosevelt
  B.   Kennedy
  C.   Wallace
  D.   Stevenson

8. What play by Arthur Miller was written as a criticism of McCarthy and his tactics?
  A.   A View From the Bridge
  B.   Death of a Salesman
  C.   The Crucible
  D.   All My Sons

9. Senator McCarthy was censured by the Senate (67 to 22) in 1954 following his attack on what U S institution?
  A.   Judiciary
  B.   Army
  C.   The Ivy League
  D.   The FBI

10. Joseph McCarthy died unexpectedly in 1957 aged 48 from what cause?
  A.   cancer
  B.   heart attack
  C.   suicide
  D.   liver failure


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