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Cultural Literacy Test - American History I

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1. Which three states were among those that seceded from the Union to form the Confederacy?
Kentucky, Mississippi, and West Virginia
South Carolina, Florida, and Ohio
Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia
Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware
2. What happened at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941?
Japaness forces bombed a U.S. naval base.
The Atlantic Charter was signed by Winston S. Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The first atomic bomb was completed.
The U.S. fleet set sail to recapture the Philippines from the Japanese
3. The precursor of the U.S. Constitution was
the Declaration of Independence
the Emancipation Proclamation
the Mayflower Compact
the Articles of Confederation
4. The Missouri Compromise determined that Missouri could become a state if
slavery was prohibited throughout the rest of the Louisiana Purchase north of Missouri
slavery was outlawed within the state
the Indians of Missouri signed a peace treaty with the government
the inhabitants renounced their alliance with France
5. The Open Door policy required that
all nations must welcome immigrants from China
no nation could claim exclusive trading rights in China
reporters must be allowed to observe the effects of the Chinese Cultural Revolution
the United States and the Soviet Union must conduct cultural exchanges
6. The Bay of Pigs episode took place when
Cuban exiles from Florida landed in Cuba in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro
U.S. troops invaded Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa
UN forces undertook an amphibious landing behind enemy lines in Korea
U.S. marines were sent by President Lyndon Johnson to the Dominican Republic
7. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks for
the rescue of Captain John Smith by Pocahontas
the establishment of the colony at Jamestown
the survival of the Plymouth Pilgrims through their first year
the unification of the thirteen American colonies
8. U.S. forces fought in Europe in World War I during the years
9. The term "Seward's Folly" refers to
the purchase of Alaska negotiated by Secretary of State William Seward
the impeachment of Andrew Johnson urged by Secretary of State William Seward
the cornering of gold by financier George Seward, which led to the stock market crash of 1869
the Great Fire of Chicago, which started in Seward's Tavern
10. What happened on July 4, 1776?
The first shots of the American Revolution were fired.
The treaty ending the American Revolution was signed.
The Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.
The Continental Congress adopted the Constitution.
11. The Korean War was a conflict between
North Korea, supported by the United States, and South Korea, supported by China
South Korea, supported by the United States, and North Korea, supported by China and the Soviet Union
Korea, supported by the United States, and China
South Korea, supported by the United States, and North Korea, supported by the Chinese Nationalists
12. In the Dred Scott case, the Supreme Court ruled that
an escaped slave could be forcibly returned to his master
segregated facilities in public places were legal
no slave could claim U.S. citizenship
public schools must be desegregated
13. Why is the year 1492 important in American history?
In 1492 Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson River to New York.
In 1492 the first English colony was established at Jamestown.
In 1492 the Spanish settled St. Augustine, the first colony in America
In 1492 Christopher Columbus landed in the New World.
14. The "Great Awakening" of the 1740s concerned
a rise in anti-British feeling among the American colonists
a series of discoveries by colonial American scientists
the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in the American colonies
a widespread religious revival among the American colonists
15. What was the final result of the political rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr?
a duel in which Alexander Hamilton was shot and killed
an election in which Aaron Burr became vice president
a duel in which both men were wounded
a feud that forced Alexander Hamilton to flee to Canada
16. What was the initial purpose of the League of Nations?
It was intended to reduce Germany's power after World War II.
It was intended to found a Jewish homeland after World War II.
It was intended to combat the growing threat of Germany and Italy before World War I.
It was intended to preserve peace after World War I.
17. The United States acquired California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Texas, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming as a result of
the Gadsden Purchase of 1853
the Mexican War of the 1840s
the Land Grant Act of 1862
the Louisiana Puchase of 1803
18. What happened at My Lai, Vietnam, in 1968?
Communist troops attacked a town, resulting in the Tet offensive.
Peace talks began among the Viet Cong, the South Vietnamese, the North Vietnamese, and the Americans.
Ngo Dinh Diem, president of South Vietnam, was assassinated.
Lieutenant William Calley, Jr. led an attack that resulted in the massacre of twenty-two South Vietnamese.
19. For what is Senator Joseph McCarthy best known?
running unsuccessfully for President in 1972
playing a leading part in the settling of the Oregon Territory
leading investigations of numerous people suspected of being Communists in the 1950s
opposing American involvement in the Vietnam War in the 1960s
20. The French and Indian War was a conflict between
France and India over control of the spice trade
French Canadians and the Iroquois Nation
England and France in the worldwide struggle for empire
French settlers and their Carib slaves
21. Four presidents of the United States have been assassinated while in office. Who were they?
Abraham Lincoln, William Mckinley, James Garfield, and John F. Kennedy
William McKinley, Andrew Johnson, John F. Kennedy, and Franklin Roosevelt
Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, James Madison, and Millard Fillmore
William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Van Buren, and James Buchanan
22. The "energy crisis" of the 1970s was primarily caused by
the embargo of Arab oil shipments to the United States
the failure of the Alaska pipeline
the explosion of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant
the massive increase in the number of automobiles owned by Americans
23. What was the League of the Iroquois?
an Indian congress formed to oppose the resettlement of Indians on reservations
a group of Plains Indians who united to oppose white settlement
a group of five eastern Indian tribes that shared a common language
a community of pueblo-dwelling Indians who lived by farming
24. What was Custer's Last Stand?
a steel mill strike at Homestead, Pennsylvania, in which eighteen people were killed
the battle of Little Big Horn, in which 264 soldiers were killed
the siege of the Alamo by Mexicans under Santa Ana
the attack on Harper's Ferry by abolitionists
25. Theodore Roosevelt's "trustbusting" efforts were directed against
political opponents who tried to detroy the public's trust in elected officials
stock market speculators who made investments without security to back them up
huge corporations that prevented competition in business
political machines that controlled power in major American cities
Excellent. You are on your way to true cultural literacy.
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