The History Of Westward Expansion And Manifest Destiny! Quiz

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Westward Expansion Quizzes & Trivia

The term ‘Westward Expansion’ refers to the period of time during the 19th Century when the United States federal government acquired more than a million square miles of land west of the Mississippi River, resulting in widespread American migration to the west. Can you tell us all about what happened during this period of time and what led to it in this quiz? Let’s find out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      Everyone in the United States moved to western states

    • B. 

      The United States decided to expand to the west and have more land

    • C. 

      The United States expanded from the west to the east

    • D. 

      All Americans realized the west was cooler than the east

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Louisiana, Oregon, California, New York, and Arizona

    • B. 

      Oregon, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Florida

    • C. 

      All 50 states

    • D. 

      Oregon, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, California, and New Mexico

  • 3. 
    Who Was President During The Mexican War?
    • A. 

      Andrew Jackson

    • B. 

      George Washington

    • C. 

      James K. Polk

    • D. 

      Abraham Lincoln

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      Because it was a slave state and the northern states had banned slavery

    • B. 

      Because it could possibly spark a war with Mexico

    • C. 

      Because it would give the southern states more power and there would be less balance between the states

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
    What Year Was The Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty Signed?
    • A. 

      1803

    • B. 

      1846

    • C. 

      1848

    • D. 

      1847

  • 6. 
    Who First Wrote About The Idea "Manifest Destiny"?
    • A. 

      Andrew Jackson

    • B. 

      John O'Sullivan

    • C. 

      James K. Polk

    • D. 

      General Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna

  • 7. 
    Before Louisiana Became Part Of The United States, Who Was It Owned By?
    • A. 

      France

    • B. 

      Spain

    • C. 

      Mexico

    • D. 

      Great Britain

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      That America needed more slave states

    • B. 

      That America needed to expand to the west and gain more land

    • C. 

      That it was our obvious fate to have a war with Mexico

    • D. 

      That America needed less slavery

  • 9. 
    Which Different Countries was Oregon Owned By In 1819?
    • A. 

      The United States, Great Britain, Spain, and Russia

    • B. 

      Spain, Mexico, France, and Great Britain

    • C. 

      The United States, Great Britain, Spain, and Mexico

    • D. 

      Mexico and The United States

  • 10. 
    Which Territory Was Once Known As The Lone Star Republic For Ten Years?
    • A. 

      California

    • B. 

      New Mexico

    • C. 

      Texas

    • D. 

      Louisiana

  • 11. 
    What Caused The Mexican War?
    • A. 

      Mexico was angry about the United States annexing Texas

    • B. 

      Sixteen American troops where shot at by a Mexican army

    • C. 

      The United States and Mexico had different ideas of which river was the border between Mexico and Texas

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 12. 
    What Did The Guadalupe Hidalgo Give To The United States?
    • A. 

      Texas and Louisiana

    • B. 

      Louisiana and The Mexican Cession

    • C. 

      California and The Mexican Cession

    • D. 

      The Mexican Cession and Texas

  • 13. 
    Who Went Into Florida With 1,700 Troops And Tortured Seminole Indians?
    • A. 

      James K. Polk

    • B. 

      General Santa Anna

    • C. 

      Andrew Jackson

    • D. 

      John O'Sullivan

  • 14. 
    • A. 

      1800

    • B. 

      1848

    • C. 

      1863

    • D. 

      1803

  • 15. 
    Why Did Some Americans Worry About Purchasing Louisiana?
    • A. 

      Because it was 15 million and it could be hard to govern such a large country

    • B. 

      Because it would turn into a slave state

    • C. 

      Because Mexico wanted it as their territory

    • D. 

      Because they were against the idea of Manifest Destiny