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1957: School Desegregation and Sputnik Launch

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What historical event is described as the 'official start of the Space Age' in the text?

The launch of the Sputnik satellite by the Soviet Union

Why do many black newspapers and their readers fault the segregated school systems in America?

For preventing black students from getting the best education

What did Christine witness three years before the events described in the text?

The desegregation of schools after Brown v. Board of Education

What were the jobs held by most black women in the town where Christine grew up?

Holding jobs in the cotton mill

What was Christine's father's occupation?

Sales rep for North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company

What event prompted President Eisenhower to send Army troops to escort Black students through the doors of an all-white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas?

A showdown between the state and federal governments

What is Christine Mann's reason for wanting to attend a historically Black college different from those her older siblings attended?

She wants to pursue a career in science and engineering

What characterizes Christine Mann's approach to learning from a young age?

She was exceptionally curious and mechanically inclined

How does the American press attribute the United States' failure to keep up with the Soviets in 1957?

The denial of Black children's access to education

Where did Christine Mann begin her studies in August of 1958?

Hampton Institute

What was the role of Langley in the ambitious endeavor announced by President Kennedy in 1961?

To provide technical support and expertise

What was the response of the county where Dorothy taught high school to the protests against segregation?

They defunded all public schools rather than integrate them

What inspired the movement that spread across the South, with protestors often being violently arrested?

The sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina

What was the result of President Eisenhower's decision in response to the Little Rock incident?

The black students were successfully enrolled in the all-white high school

What does Christine Mann do during 1960 despite having a heavy courseload as a junior at the Institute?

Participates in voter registration drives

What impact did the spirit of the space race have on the activists at Hampton Institute?

It motivated the activists in their mission

Why were black parents in Prince Edward County forced to send their children to relatives around the state?

Because the schools in the county were defunded to avoid integration

What marked the end of the era of computing being thought of as women’s work?

Dorothy Vaughan teaching herself FORTRAN

What prompted President John F. Kennedy to announce executive order 10925?

The mandate for affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all employees and applicants

In what year does the text hint at the existence of a 'Lost Generation' due to school closures?


This quiz covers the significant events of 1957, including the dramatic school desegregation in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, by Russia. Explore the historical context and its impact on education and the space race.

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