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Learning Exercise

Material: For European Recovery: The Marshall Plan
Submitted by: William Paquette on Dec 30, 2005
Date Last Modified: Dec 30, 2005
Title: The Marshall Plan
Description: The Marshall Plan not only rebuilt Europe but stopped the spread of Communism. This assignment is based upon a Library of Congress exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 2-3 hours
Topics: Europe
United States
The Cold War
Course: United States History/Western Civilization
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To acquaint students with the importance of the Marshall Plan to both United States and European History.
To acquaint students with the Marshall Plan's significance on The Cold War Era and Communism.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: Instructions: Answer the following questions based on the website "For European Recovery: The Marshall Plan."

1. Describe Europe in 1948.
2. Describe the circumstances that led to the implementation of the Marshall Plan.
3. How much money was allocated to the Marshall Plan?
4. What are the key dates in the history of the Marshall Plan? When did it end?
5. Who was George C. Marshall and why was the Plan named for him?
6. Explain Edwin Marcus' cartoon "While the Shadow Lengthens."
7. Why did President Truman support the Marshall Plan?
8. Who were the Marshall Plan's principal supporters?
9. List the countries who participated in the Marshall Plan.
10. How was the Marshall Plan promoted?
11. What was the Soviet response to the Marshall Plan?
12. Why was the Soviet Union opposed to the Marshall Plan?
13. What were the negative critiques of the Marshall Plan?
14. How did the Marshall Plan benefit the United States?
15. How did the Marshall Plan change European History?
16. How did the Marshall Plan affect the Communist movement?
17. What do the photographs reveal about the impact of the Marshall Plan on Europe?
Additional Information URL: None.
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