The US History Trivia Questions!

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The US History Trivia Questions!

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  • 1. 
    How did mining change over time?
    • A. 

      Individual miners working independent claims took over claims abandoned by large corporations.

    • B. 

      Large mines owned by corporations took over independent claims worked by individual miners.

    • C. 

      As barbed wire became available, mines were pushed into smaller and smaller areas until they went out of business.

    • D. 

      Mining became more profitable after Native Americans were restricted to living on reservations.

  • 2. 
    Which of the following speakers is most likely a Chinese settler in the West in the 1880s?
    • A. 

      "I want to get my family away from the black codes and Jim Crow laws and find a better place for us to live."

    • B. 

      "I owned a farm in Oregon Territory, but I've come to California to find gold."

    • C. 

      "I had to leave my country to escape religious persecution. I hope to find to freedom in America."

    • D. 

      "I came to California hoping to make my fortune in the gold rush. Now I work in an orchard in California's Central Valley."

  • 3. 
    Many western settlers lived in shelters dug into the sides of hills because
    • A. 

      Underground structures were more secure against Indian attack.

    • B. 

      Native Americans taught settlers this labor saving construction method.

    • C. 

      Wood was in limited supply.

    • D. 

      They were more fashionable than wood structures.

  • 4. 
    What type of business organization originated during the Gilded Age?
    • A. 

      Sole proprietorship

    • B. 

      Entrepreneurial

    • C. 

      Corporation

    • D. 

      Partnership

  • 5. 
    "They were born of the necessity of workers to protect and defend themselves from encroachment, injustice and wrong. … To protect the workers in their inalienable rights to a higher and better life; to protect them, no only as equals before the law, but also in their health, their homes, their firesides, their liberties as men, as workers, and as citizens; to overcome and conquer prejudices and antagonism; to secure to them the fight to life; the right to be full sharers in the abundance which is the result of their brain and brawn, and the civilization of which they are the founders and the mainstay; to this the workers are entitled..."In the above passage, Samuel Gompers is describing the mission of
    • A. 

      The labor movement

    • B. 

      Social Darwinism

    • C. 

      Benevolent societies

    • D. 

      The civil rights movement

  • 6. 
    Which of the following statements reflects the attitude of W.E.B. Du Bois toward African American advancement?
    • A. 

      He wanted black people to advance, but to do it without angering white people.

    • B. 

      He called for armed revolt against white oppressors, even if it cost lives.

    • C. 

      He wanted African Americans to strive for full rights immediately.

    • D. 

      He recommended waiting until white people were ready to accept blacks in positions of leadership.

  • 7. 
    The Knights of Labor campaigned for
    • A. 

      An 8-hour workday, the end of child labor, and equal pay for equal work.

    • B. 

      Wage increases and shorter workweeks.

    • C. 

      The right to use strikes as a negotiating tactic.

    • D. 

      A 12-hour workday for adults, and an 8-hour workday for children.

  • 8. 
    Which of the following eased street traffic in cities?
    • A. 

      Subways

    • B. 

      Automobiles

    • C. 

      Telegraphs

    • D. 

      Airplanes

    • E. 

      Railroad

  • 9. 
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    • A. 

      Cities develop mass transportation systems.

    • B. 

      Construction of skyscrapers becomes practical.

    • C. 

      Construction worker deaths decrease.

    • D. 

      Settlement houses are established in many cities.

  • 10. 
    Railroads were able to expand rapidly when
    • A. 

      Native Americans were restricted to reservations.

    • B. 

      The Chisholm Trail finally reached the Kansas border.

    • C. 

      The telegraph allowed for more accurate scheduling of trains.

    • D. 

      The Bessemer process made production of steel faster and cheaper.

  • 11. 
    “While the law [of competition] may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it insures the survival of the fittest in every department. We accept and welcome, therefore, as conditions to which we must accommodate ourselves, great inequality of environment, the concentration of business, industrial and commercial, in the hands of a few, and the law of competition between these, as being not only beneficial, but essential for the future progress of the race.” —Andrew Carnegie, “Wealth,” North American Review, June 1889 What phrase in this passage best indicates Andrew Carnegie’s belief in social Darwinism?
    • A. 

      “conditions to which we much accommodate ourselves”

    • B. 

      “great inequality of environment, the concentration of business”

    • C. 

      “the law [of competition] may be . . . hard for the individual”

    • D. 

      “it insures the survival of the fittest in every department”

  • 12. 
    Most people in the cities lived in ______________________, which were run-down apartment buildings.
    • A. 

      Settlement houses

    • B. 

      Tenements

    • C. 

      Shacks

    • D. 

      Mansions

  • 13. 
    _______________________made his fortune designing and building sleeper cars for railroads, which made long-distance travel more comfortable.
    • A. 

      Andrew Carnegie

    • B. 

      George Pullman

    • C. 

      Lucas Osswald

    • D. 

      Tennifer Judson

  • 14. 
    There was little concern for workers in the climate of _______________________ capitalism.
    • A. 

      Laissez-faire

    • B. 

      Free-market

    • C. 

      Constructive

    • D. 

      Progressive

  • 15. 
    The railroads set up a scheme to funnel federal money to stockholders through a company called _______________________.
    • A. 

      Credit Mobilier

    • B. 

      Standard Oil

    • C. 

      CSX

    • D. 

      Central Rail Holding Co.

  • 16. 
    A machine called the _______________________ could produce legible documents very quickly.
    • A. 

      Ink-doubler

    • B. 

      Telegraph

    • C. 

      Typewriter

    • D. 

      Telephone

    • E. 

      Facsimile duplicator

  • 17. 
    Government policy toward Indians changed in the mid-1800s from pushing them westward to forcing them onto reservations.
    • A. 

      TRUE

    • B. 

      FALSE

  • 18. 
    Railroads hindered the settlement of the West.
    • A. 

      TRUE

    • B. 

      FALSE

  • 19. 
    “New” immigrants in the late 1800s mainly came to the United States from northern and western Europe.
    • A. 

      TRUE

    • B. 

      FALSE

  • 20. 
    Mining camps sometimes grew into major cities, such as Denver, Colorado.
    • A. 

      TRUE

    • B. 

      FALSE

  • 21. 
    John D. Rockefeller used vertical integration to increase profits.
    • A. 

      TRUE

    • B. 

      FALSE

  • 22. 
    Said, “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more, forever”
    • A. 

      Thomas Edison

    • B. 

      Chief Joseph

    • C. 

      Sitting Bull

    • D. 

      Geronimo

    • E. 

      Jane Adams

  • 23. 
    Economic system in which most businesses are privately owned.
    • A. 

      Communism

    • B. 

      Capitalism

    • C. 

      Federalism

    • D. 

      Marxism

    • E. 

      Fascism

  • 24. 
    Founder of one of the first settlement houses.
    • A. 

      Richard Sears

    • B. 

      Jim Crow

    • C. 

      Jane Adams

    • D. 

      Booker T. Washington

    • E. 

      Cornelius Vanderbilt

  • 25. 
    Made his fortune in railroads.
    • A. 

      John D. Rockefeller

    • B. 

      Thomas Edison

    • C. 

      Cornelius Vanderbilt

    • D. 

      Lilly Wingfield

  • 26. 
    Called for bank regulation, government ownership of railroads, and unlimited coinage of silver.
    • A. 

      Republicans

    • B. 

      The Progressives

    • C. 

      Liberty Party

    • D. 

      Communist Party

    • E. 

      Populist Party

  • 27. 
    Believed African Americans could best improve their lives by learning practical skills.
    • A. 

      Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • B. 

      W.E.B. Du Bois

    • C. 

      Booker T. Washington

    • D. 

      Frank Lawson

    • E. 

      Malcolm X

  • 28. 
    Began in San Antonio and ended in Kansas.
    • A. 

      Trail of Tears

    • B. 

      Chisholm Trail

    • C. 

      Trail of Trials

    • D. 

      Oklahoma Land Rush

    • E. 

      The West

  • 29. 
    Left about 150 Cheyenne people dead on their Colorado reservation.
    • A. 

      Sitting Bull

    • B. 

      Sand Creek Massacre

    • C. 

      Battle of Little Big Horn

    • D. 

      Chief Joseph

    • E. 

      Battle of Big Bend

  • 30. 
    Wizard of Menlo Park.
    • A. 

      John D. Rockefeller

    • B. 

      Thomas Edison

    • C. 

      Alexander Graham Bell

    • D. 

      Jim Crow

    • E. 

      Albert Einstein

  • 31. 
    Created and enforced segregation.
    • A. 

      Booker T. Washington

    • B. 

      Slave Codes

    • C. 

      Black Regulations

    • D. 

      Jim Crow Laws

    • E. 

      The Ku Klux Klan

  • 32. 
    Richard Sears got his start in what city?
    • A. 

      Philadelphia

    • B. 

      New York

    • C. 

      Chicago

    • D. 

      Boston

    • E. 

      Cleveland

  • 33. 
    Chicago acted as a gateway to the west, and processed many important goods like...(Select all that apply!)
    • A. 

      Meat

    • B. 

      Lumber

    • C. 

      Grain

    • D. 

      Water

    • E. 

      Railroad

  • 34. 
    The correct URL address for Mr. Johansson's website is:
    • A. 

      Eajohansson.net

    • B. 

      Eajohansson.com

    • C. 

      Johansson.net

    • D. 

      Johansson.com

  • 35. 
    To access the textbook website, use this website:
    • A. 

      Holt.com

    • B. 

      Www.hrw.com

    • C. 

      My.hrw.com

    • D. 

      Mytextbook.com

  • 36. 
    Homework in US History is usually scheduled for what days of the week?
    • A. 

      Monday, Wednesday, Friday

    • B. 

      Tuesday, Thursday

    • C. 

      Wednesdays only

    • D. 

      Fridays only

    • E. 

      Mondays and Wednesdays

  • 37. 
    If you are tardy (late) for class, you will get a weekday detention.
    • A. 

      TRUE

    • B. 

      FALSE

  • 38. 
    How many stars are on the U.S. Flag today?
    • A. 

      49

    • B. 

      50

    • C. 

      52

    • D. 

      48

  • 39. 
    How many people live in the United States today? (approximately)
    • A. 

      1.2 billion

    • B. 

      48 million

    • C. 

      309 million

    • D. 

      624 million

    • E. 

      987,000

  • 40. 
    The above graphic represents...
    • A. 

      The amount of cattle during the late 1800's

    • B. 

      The amount of improved land during the late 1800's

    • C. 

      The amount of railroad miles during the late 1800's

    • D. 

      The amount of settlers, or heads, in the West, during the late 1800's

  • 41. 
    The above graph displays the relationship between population growth and railroad mileage during the 1800's. What kind of relationship is it?
    • A. 

      Direct relationship

    • B. 

      Inverse relationship

    • C. 

      Relative relationship

    • D. 

      Negative relationship

  • 42. 
    What does this map show?
    • A. 

      Roads

    • B. 

      Trails

    • C. 

      Railroads

    • D. 

      Canals and Waterways

  • 43. 
    Richard Sears' success as a business man was in part due to the railroad.
    • A. 

      TRUE

    • B. 

      FALSE

  • 44. 
    In what general direction are most of the cattle trails headed?
    • A. 

      North

    • B. 

      South

    • C. 

      East

    • D. 

      West

  • 45. 
    What city is not one of the final destinations for cattle processing?
    • A. 

      Chicago

    • B. 

      Kansas City

    • C. 

      Salt Lake City

    • D. 

      St. Louis

    • E. 

      Omaha

  • 46. 
    Steel processing became hugely important to the development of the United States as an industrial nation. Who was one of early entrepreneurs in the steel industry?
    • A. 

      Richard Sears

    • B. 

      John D. Rockefeller

    • C. 

      Andrew Carnegie

    • D. 

      George Pullman

    • E. 

      Cornelius Vanderbilt

  • 47. 
    John D. Rockefeller started his own oil refining company early on. What was it called?
    • A. 

      Standard & Poors

    • B. 

      Standard Gasoline

    • C. 

      Standard Refinery

    • D. 

      Standard Oil

    • E. 

      Rockefeller Oil

  • 48. 
      –noun
    1. A person who loves mankind (the human race) in general.
    2. A very generous person or institution.
    3. Someone who makes charitable donations intended to increase human well-being.
    • A. 

      Arborist

    • B. 

      Philanthropist

    • C. 

      Humanist

    • D. 

      Plagiarist

    • E. 

      Philosopher

  • 49. 
    If Jimmy wants to horizontally integrate his hot dog stand, what should he do?
    • A. 

      Buy all the other hot dog stands.

    • B. 

      Buy all the companies that supply his stand, like the baker that makes the bun, the place that makes the relish, etc.

    • C. 

      Buy other businesses that specialize in fine foods, like the Blue Canyon in Twinsburg.

    • D. 

      Try to sell more hot dogs than anyone else.

  • 50. 
    Susie is looking to increase her business and make more profits, so she decides to vertically integrate her hair salon. What should she NOT do?
    • A. 

      Buy all the other hair salons in the area.

    • B. 

      Purchase businesses in the supply chain of her hair salon, like the makers of the shampoo.

    • C. 

      Spend more money on advertising.

    • D. 

      Offer sales and rebates to her customers.