SAQs for APUSH Topic 8.2 — The Cold War

Twenty questions designed to help students review for the annual exam and that relate to a period of geopolitical tension between the Soviet Union and the United States and their respective allies, the Eastern Bloc and the Western Bloc

  1. Between 1945–1991, United States policymakers engaged in a Cold War with the authoritarian Soviet Union. What was the Cold War (being sure to include the words “tension” and “proxy” in your answer)? Also, what was a major Cold War goal of US policymakers relating to the Soviet Union?

All SAQs associated with this page have been produced by a team of APUSH teachers and teacher-leaders. They are not official CB-created exam questions. While CB/AP cannot endorse the work, it “ appreciate(s) the enthusiasm and efforts to create and share resources that students and teachers in the AP community may find helpful.”



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Peter Paccone

High school APUSH teacher with much in-class and online teaching experience. Also a blogger, keynote speaker, editor, podcast host, and conference presenter.