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Learning Exercise: The Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan
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.
Course: United States History/Western Civilization


Submitted by:
William Paquette
Date Last Modified:
December 30, 2005


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: None.



  • College General Ed
  • College Lower Division
  • High School


United States
The Cold War



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.

Type of Task

  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental activity
  • Unsupervised

Technical Notes