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Cultural Literacy Test - American History II

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1. One of the most famous residents of Jamestown, Virginia, was
William Penn
Lord Baltimore
James I
2. In U.S. history, Prohibition meant
the closing of U.S. borders to new immigrants
the outlawing of slavery
laws forbidding the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages
state regulations against collective bargaining
3. The War of 1812 was primarily caused by
Britain's interference with American commerce
Napoleon's sale of the Louisiana Territory
Jefferson's refusal to serve a third term
the colonists' desire to be free of British rule
4. The New Deal was the name given to
Theodore Roosevelt's foreign policy
Harry S. Truman's domestic programs
Franklin D. Roosevelt's social and economic reforms
Lyndon B. Johnson's social programs
5. In his Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln
declared that the slaves in the Confederate States would henceforth be considered free
announced the withdrawl of Union troops from the South
dedicated a cemetery in Pennsylvania
declared war on the Confederacy
6. An immigrant arriving at Ellis Island in 1900 was most likely to be from
England or Ireland
Latin America
eastern Europe
7. Which of the following statements is not true of the Spanish-American War?
The United States asked Spain to withdraw from Cuba.
Theodore Roosevelt was involved in the fighting.
Guam and Puerto Rico became U.S. territories.
Germany aided the Nationalists.
8. The pony express was no longer needed after
coast-to-coast telegraph lines were completed
cattle rustling became a federal offense
wagon trains began to head west
Texas was admitted to the Union
9. The town of Salem, Massachusetts, is perhaps best known for
Paul Revere's ride in 1775
the St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929
witchcraft trials in 1692
the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire of 1911
10. U.S. military involvement in Vietnam followed
the defeat of the French and partition of the country in 1954
the Tet Offensive in 1968
the death of Ho Chi Minh in 1969
the invasion of Cambodia by Vietnamese forces in 1978
11. Valley Forge was the site of an encampment by
Union troops under Grant during the winter of 1863
federal troops under Lee preceding the Harpers Ferry raid
British forces under Cornwallis in 1783
the Continental army under Washington in 1777-1778
12. The Monroe Doctrine and its "Roosevelt corollary" were used to
lower tariffs and make trade with Europe easier
provide incentives for farmers to switch to ranching
support policies of European exclusion and American domination in the Western Hemisphere
allow the United States to abandon isolationism and form alliances
13. An oil reserve called Teapot Dome gave its name to
a scandal involving bribery during the Harding administration
a corrupt group of New York City Democrats under Boss Tweed
an energy commission set up by Jimmy Carter
an act of rebellion by Boston colonists
14. The Watergate scandal began when
Richard Nixon resigned the presidency under pressure from Congress
five men were arrested for breaking into an office
a U.S. pilot was caught running guns to Nicaragua
the House Un-American Activities Committee discovered Communist sympathizers in the Senate
15. Aided by an Indian woman named Sacajawea, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
led a party of explorers to the fountain of youth
defeated Chief Sitting Bull at Little Bighorn
charted a route from Missouri to the Pacific
searched for the headwaters of the Hudson River
16. Carpetbaggers, scalawags, and the Ku Klux Klan were groups that flourished during the Reconstruction period
between the World Wars
after the Civil War
in the post-Depression years
following the American Revolution
17. During the Boston Tea Party,
John Brown led an uprising in support of abolitionism
thousands protested the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti
colonists protested taxation by the British
Minutemen celebrated their siege of Boston
18. Which of the following was not a result of the Homestead Act?
The Middle West experienced a great increase in population.
Steelworkers achieved the right to organize unions.
U.S. agricultural production increased dramatically.
People with little money were able to own land.
19. What important event took place in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848?
Women met to call for their rights as citizens.
The Johnstown Flood killed over two thousand people.
A revolution led Joseph Smith to create the Book of Mormon.
The Erie Canal was completed.
20. Which country has the United States occupied militarily?
all of the above
21. The gold rush in 1848
justified the purchase of Alaska
ensured the conversion of paper money to gold
brought 100,000 settlers into a new territory
made millionaires of Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller
22. Which of the following was not an episode in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s?
the enactment of the Jim Crow laws
the March on Washington
the passage of the Voting Rights Act
the "freedom rides"
23. Harriet Tubman is primarily known for
founding the first college for black students
spying for Confederate forces during the Civil War
leading slaves north on the Underground Railroad
her work with the suffragist movement
24. Through the Marshall Plan, the United States
aided European economies after World War II
supplied arms to developing nations in the 1970s
allied with France and Great Britian in 1917
developed plans for the League of Nations
25. The term isolationism describes
American foreign policy during the 1970s and 1980s
a military theory best paraphrased as "divide and conquer"
an ideal economic balance between nations
a policy on nonintervention in other countries' affairs
Excellent. You are on your way to true cultural literacy.
Good. You have more than a passing knowledge of this subject.
Fair. You have a competent grasp of many aspects of this subject.
Poor. You could use some improvement in this area.
Below 60%
Time for literacy training.
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