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A major purpose of both the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Gentlemen's Agreement with Japan was to
a) limit immigration of certain ethnic groups
b) enrich America's cultural diversity
c) treat all Asian and European immigrants equally
d) relocate Asians displaced by war

During the last quarter of the 19th century, large numbers of immigrants were admitted to the United States primarily because of the economy's need for more
a) skilled craftsmen
b) educated professionals
c) unskilled factory workers
d) scientists and technicians

In his book, How the Other Half Lives, muckraker Jacob Riis exposed the
a) ruthlessness of the Standard Oil Company
b) social ills of life in New York City's tenements
c) unsanitary conditions in the meatpacking industry
d) abuses of the railroad industry

Progressive Era authors such as Jacob Riis are best known for
a) focusing attention on social conditions
b) fighting for the civil rights of African Americans
c) promoting interests of the American farmer
d) supporting the goal of women's suffrage

Between 1880 and 1920, the majority of the new immigrants to the United States came from
a) northern and western Europe
b) southern and eastern Europe
c) Canada and Latin America
d) China and Southeast Asia

Most nativists of the late 1800s would most likely have supported the
a) creation of settlement houses to aid new immigrants
b) passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act
c) continuation of the contract labor system
d) assimilation of Native Americans into mainstream culture

Which statement best expresses the melting pot theory as it relates to American society?
a) only European immigrants will be allowed into the United States
b) all immigrant groups will maintain their separate cultures
c) different cultures will blend to form a uniquely American culture
d) immigrant ghettos will develop in urban areas

The main objective of the quota system established by the immigration laws of the 1920s was to
a) prevent illegal immigration
b) reduce the number of immigrants from certain nations
c) encourage immigration of the wealthy and educated
d) admit persons who were previously banned for immigrating

In 1892, the US government opened Ellis Island primarily to
a) process immigrants arriving from overseas
b) defend New York City from attack
c) check the safety of imported products
d) serve as the first federal prison in New York State

Books such as How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis exposed problems associated with
a) naturalization of immigrants
b) westward expansion
c) rapid industrialization
d) environmental conservation

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