American History Chapter 1 Quiz #2

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American History Quizzes & Trivia

In this American History Chapter 1 Quiz #2, we’ll be putting your knowledge to the test on some more topics from days gone by in the United States of America, including topics like the English Reformation, the arrival of Columbus, colonial enterprises from Spain and much more!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Henry VIII started the English Reformation because he
    • A. 

      Converted to Protestant ideals

    • B. 

      Needed absolute control of the Church

    • C. 

      Wanted to change English Christianity

    • D. 

      Required a divorce in order to remarry

    • E. 

      Believed Catholicism was a pagan faith

  • 2. 
    Prior to the arrival of Columbus, the peoples of the present United States had 
    • A. 

      All of the answers below

    • B. 

      Less elaborate political systems than the peoples in Central and South America had

    • C. 

      Larger empires than the peoples in Central and South America had

    • D. 

      A larger population than the peoples of Central and South America had

    • E. 

      A larger reliance on written language than the peoples of Central America and South America had

  • 3. 
    Spanish colonial enterprises exhibited all of the following characteristics except
    • A. 

      By the end of the 1500s, Spanish colonies were tightly controlled by the Spanish monarchy

    • B. 

      The wide use of native labor

    • C. 

      Relatively few immigrants left Spain for the New World

    • D. 

      The successful search for gold and silver ultimately retarded Spain’s economic development

    • E. 

      Missionaries were among the least successful Spanish colonial adventurers

  • 4. 
    The Spanish conquest of the Aztecs was, in part, due to 
    • A. 

      All of the answers below

    • B. 

      An overwhelming superiority in numbers

    • C. 

      The diseases the Spaniards had given the Indians

    • D. 

      Destroying large English colonies in South America

    • E. 

      Creating a profitable agricultural economy

  • 5. 
    Before Europeans settled in the New World, western and southern Africans
    • A. 

      Did not tolerate the institution of slavery in their society

    • B. 

      Were unable to use natural resources wisely

    • C. 

      Had no widespread religions, just local ones based on nature worship or ancestor worship

    • D. 

      Did not have the extreme degree of sexual inequality found in most European countries

    • E. 

      Had no trade with the outside world and relied on hunting and fishing for their livelihood

  • 6. 
    The first few British expeditions to North America resulted in 
    • A. 

      Finding rich stores of gold and silver

    • B. 

      An end of Spanish explorations in the Western Hemisphere

    • C. 

      The overthrow of James I

    • D. 

      The failure to establish successful permanent settlements

    • E. 

      Britain’s decision to stop exploring the coastal region of Virginia

  • 7. 
    The anthropologist Henry Dobyns believed that 
    • A. 

      There were just over 1 million Indians in America before the arrival of Columbus

    • B. 

      The Aztecs were defeated by the Spaniards because they lacked skills as warriors

    • C. 

      British ethnocentrism resulted in the downfall of the Mayan culture

    • D. 

      There were 10 to 12 million natives living in North America before the arrival of Columbus

    • E. 

      It is impossible to use quantitative methods to estimate native populations before 1492

  • 8. 
    The religious dissatisfactions that ultimately propelled English “Separatists” into the New World can be traced to the 1517 protests of the German priest 
    • A. 

      Martin Luther

    • B. 

      John Calvin

    • C. 

      John Wesley

    • D. 

      James Stuart

    • E. 

      Richard Hakluyt

  • 9. 
    According to the principles of mercantilism, 
    • A. 

      The individual is the key to economic progress

    • B. 

      The world’s supply of wealth is almost unlimited

    • C. 

      Free trade is good for a country because it maximizes both imports and exports

    • D. 

      A successful nation should export its own goods in exchange for gold and silver

    • E. 

      Wealth should be shared by all social classes

  • 10. 
    The majority of English Puritans were religious dissenters who
    • A. 

      Wanted to leave the Church of England

    • B. 

      Wished to purify Anglican forms of worship

    • C. 

      Desired an end to the English civil war

    • D. 

      Were content with the reformed Church of England

    • E. 

      Hoped to return the English Church to the Roman Catholic Church

  • 11. 
    Before 1492, the many different Native American societies that existed in what is now the United States filled their food needs by 
    • A. 

      All of the answers below

    • B. 

      Gathering foods

    • C. 

      Fishing

    • D. 

      Farming

    • E. 

      Hunting

  • 12. 
    Before the arrival of Columbus, all Native American tribes assigned women the tasks of 
    • A. 

      All of the answers below

    • B. 

      Performing farming chores

    • C. 

      Tending to the fields

    • D. 

      Caring for children

    • E. 

      Controlling the social organization of the tribe

  • 13. 
    Before the coming of Europeans, the peoples who lived in what is now the United States had not developed 
    • A. 

      Large, permanent settlements

    • B. 

      A common language

    • C. 

      Division of labor

    • D. 

      Complex agricultural systems

    • E. 

      Elaborate religious practices

  • 14. 
    Dutch established their claims in North America through the efforts of the explorer 
    • A. 

      Samuel de Champlain

    • B. 

      Sir Walter Raleigh

    • C. 

      Henry Hudson

    • D. 

      Francis Drake

    • E. 

      Humphrey Gilbert

  • 15. 
    Between 1500 and 1600, the reasons that the Spanish traveled to the Americas included all of the following motives except
    • A. 

      Getting rich by finding gold and silver

    • B. 

      Replacing Portugal as the leading seafaring nation

    • C. 

      Spreading the Christian religion

    • D. 

      Destroying large English colonies in South America

    • E. 

      Creating a profitable agricultural economy

  • 16. 
    Because of their experiences in Ireland, most English colonists came to believe that they should 
    • A. 

      Try to rule the native population

    • B. 

      Civilize the native population

    • C. 

      Establish an English society separate from the native population

    • D. 

      Brutally conquer the eastern half of North America

    • E. 

      Attempt to convert the native population to Christianity

  • 17. 
    All of the following statements are true of the French colonists in North America except
    • A. 

      Their numbers grew rapidly because of their success in building industries

    • B. 

      They included Jesuit missionaries who established contacts far into the wilderness

    • C. 

      They depended on fur traders who dealt with the Indians of the interior

    • D. 

      They developed seignuries along the St. Lawrence River

    • E. 

      They made enemies of one of the most powerful of the Indian tribes

  • 18. 
    The first permanent English settlement in the New World was established at 
    • A. 

      New York

    • B. 

      Plymouth

    • C. 

      St. Augustine

    • D. 

      Roanoke

    • E. 

      Jamestown

  • 19. 
    The first American-born child of an English settler was 
    • A. 

      Virginia Dare

    • B. 

      Humphrey Gilbert

    • C. 

      Elizabeth Tudor

    • D. 

      Walter Raleigh

    • E. 

      John White

  • 20. 
    The first European country to launch long ocean voyages of exploration 
    • A. 

      Portugal

    • B. 

      Spain

    • C. 

      Holland

    • D. 

      England

    • E. 

      Italy

  • 21. 
    Between 1500 and 1550, exploration of the New World was dominated by the 
    • A. 

      Dutch

    • B. 

      English

    • C. 

      French

    • D. 

      Spanish

    • E. 

      Portuguese

  • 22. 
    Over the past century, when historians have estimated the population of Indians in North America before Columbus, they 
    • A. 

      Often have neglected to study Indian populations in the North

    • B. 

      Have come to realize that Tenochtitlan was not so large

    • C. 

      Regularly have estimated the population at just under 1 million

    • D. 

      Have generally increased the estimates of the native population

    • E. 

      Have relied on written records left by the Aztecs

  • 23. 
    Disagreements between historians have included the topics of 
    • A. 

      All of the answers below

    • B. 

      The size of the American population before European settlement

    • C. 

      Whether objectivity can truly be achieved as a method of research

    • D. 

      “sticking to the facts” vs. historical revision

    • E. 

      Whether truth is actually an achievable goal in the study of history