World History Quiz: Colonial Characteristics

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How well do you know colonial characteristics in history? Colonial history is quite interesting. It covers the history of European colonization of America from the early 16th century until introducing the groups into the United States of America. During the late 16th century, major colonization programs were launched in America. This quiz will tell you all about colonial characteristics and how it pertains to the United States' history.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following are characteristics of the Frontier Region?

    • A.

      Used slaves on plantations

    • B.

      Made Moonshine (whiskey)

    • C.

      Raised hogs (pigs)

    • D.

      People practiced Puritanism

    • E.

      People came over mainly from England

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Made Moonshine (whiskey)
    C. Raised hogs (pigs)
    Explanation
    The characteristics of the Frontier Region include making moonshine (whiskey) and raising hogs (pigs). This suggests that the people in this region were involved in the production of alcohol and had a significant farming industry focused on hogs. The other options, such as using slaves on plantations and practicing Puritanism, are not mentioned as characteristics of the Frontier Region. Additionally, the fact that people came mainly from England indicates the origin of the settlers in this region.

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  • 2. 

    Which are characteristics of the Southern colonies?

    • A.

      Governed by the Mayflower Compact

    • B.

      New Jersey was one of the colonies

    • C.

      Grew cash crops, like indigo

    • D.

      Jamestown was one of its first settlements

    • E.

      Were not loyal to England, but France

    Correct Answer(s)
    C. Grew cash crops, like indigo
    D. Jamestown was one of its first settlements
    Explanation
    The characteristics of the Southern colonies included growing cash crops, like indigo, and Jamestown being one of its first settlements. These colonies were known for their agricultural economy, relying heavily on the cultivation of crops for profit. Indigo was one of the cash crops grown in the Southern colonies, along with tobacco, rice, and cotton. Jamestown, located in Virginia, was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas and played a significant role in the establishment and development of the Southern colonies.

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  • 3. 

    Which are characteristics of the New England colonies?

    • A.

      Accused women of being witches

    • B.

      Governed by the Mayflower Compact

    • C.

      Had mixed religious backgrounds

    • D.

      Used slaves as labor

    • E.

      Had a snowy, cold climate

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Accused women of being witches
    B. Governed by the Mayflower Compact
    E. Had a snowy, cold climate
    Explanation
    The New England colonies had a snowy, cold climate, which is supported by historical records and geographical location. They also accused women of being witches, as seen during the Salem witch trials, which were a significant part of their history. The colonies were governed by the Mayflower Compact, which was a governing document created by the Pilgrims upon their arrival. Additionally, the New England colonies had a mixed religious background, with various religious groups settling in the region, including Puritans, Pilgrims, and Quakers.

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  • 4. 

    Which are characteristics of the Middle Colonies?

    • A.

      Sits in a fertile river valley

    • B.

      Nicknamed the Breadbasket Colonies

    • C.

      Leader was William Bradford, a Pilgrim

    • D.

      One colony was home to the Quakers

    • E.

      Failed because of starvation and disease

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Sits in a fertile river valley
    B. Nicknamed the Breadbasket Colonies
    D. One colony was home to the Quakers
    Explanation
    The Middle Colonies were known for being situated in a fertile river valley, which provided rich soil for agriculture and contributed to their economic success. They were also referred to as the Breadbasket Colonies because they were major producers of wheat and other grains. Additionally, one of the colonies in the Middle Colonies region, Pennsylvania, was home to the Quakers, a religious group known for their tolerance and emphasis on equality.

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  • 5. 

    Which is NOT a characteristic of the Southern Colonies?

    • A.

      Used slaves as labor on plantations

    • B.

      Grew crosp, such as indigo and cotton

    • C.

      Practiced the Puritan religion

    • D.

      Had a long-growing season

    Correct Answer
    C. Practiced the Puritan religion
    Explanation
    The Southern Colonies did not practice the Puritan religion. The Puritans were primarily located in the New England Colonies, such as Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Southern Colonies, on the other hand, were predominantly Anglican and later became home to a diverse range of religious groups including Catholics, Quakers, and Baptists. The Southern Colonies were known for their agricultural economy, which relied heavily on slave labor, and their cultivation of cash crops like indigo and cotton. They also had a long-growing season due to their warm climate.

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  • 6. 

    Which is NOT a characteristic of the New England colonies?

    • A.

      Only the rich were educated by tutors

    • B.

      Turned to the sea for fish and whales

    • C.

      Jobs were in shipbuilding and forestry

    • D.

      Education was provided for all children

    Correct Answer
    A. Only the rich were educated by tutors
    Explanation
    During the colonial era, education in the New England colonies was highly valued and widely accessible. Unlike other regions where education was often limited to the wealthy, New England colonies established a system of public schools where children from all socioeconomic backgrounds could receive an education. Therefore, the statement "Only the rich were educated by tutors" is not a characteristic of the New England colonies.

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  • 7. 

    Which is a characteristic of the Frontier region?

    • A.

      Learned to feritilize with fish from the Natives

    • B.

      All children and adults went to community schools

    • C.

      Made up of Irish, Scottish, and German immigrants

    • D.

      The Quakers lived on the Frontier

    Correct Answer
    C. Made up of Irish, Scottish, and German immigrants
    Explanation
    The characteristic of the Frontier region mentioned in the given options is that it was made up of Irish, Scottish, and German immigrants. This suggests that these groups of immigrants settled in the Frontier region, contributing to its cultural and ethnic diversity.

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  • 8. 

    In the South, farmers grew cash crops.  Which is an example of a cash crop?

    • A.

      Cotton

    • B.

      Wheat

    • C.

      Barley

    • D.

      Squash

    Correct Answer
    A. Cotton
    Explanation
    Cotton is an example of a cash crop because it is a crop that is grown specifically for the purpose of being sold for profit. Cash crops are typically high-value crops that can be easily transported and have a high demand in the market. Cotton meets these criteria as it is a valuable commodity that is used in various industries, such as textile and clothing manufacturing. Farmers in the South grew cotton as a cash crop to generate income and contribute to the regional economy.

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  • 9. 

    In which colonial region were only the rich educated using tutors?

    • A.

      New England

    • B.

      Southern

    • C.

      Middle

    • D.

      Frontier

    Correct Answer
    B. Southern
    Explanation
    In the Southern colonial region, only the rich were able to afford tutors for education. This suggests that education was primarily accessible to the wealthy population in this region.

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  • 10. 

    The House of Burgesses was the government in one of the colonies in the _____________ region

    • A.

      Southern

    • B.

      New England

    • C.

      Middle

    • D.

      Frontier

    Correct Answer
    A. Southern
    Explanation
    The House of Burgesses was the government in one of the colonies in the Southern region. This is because the House of Burgesses was the legislative assembly of the Virginia colony, which was located in the Southern region of the American colonies. The House of Burgesses was established in 1619 and was the first representative assembly in the American colonies, making laws and governing the colony.

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  • 11. 

    People who lived in the ________________ region may have come over on the Mayflower.

    • A.

      Frontier

    • B.

      Middle

    • C.

      New England

    • D.

      Southern

    Correct Answer
    C. New England
    Explanation
    The correct answer is New England because the Mayflower was the ship that transported the Pilgrims from England to the New World in 1620. The Mayflower landed in what is now known as Plymouth, Massachusetts, which is located in the New England region. Therefore, it is likely that people who lived in the New England region may have come over on the Mayflower.

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  • 12. 

    In the ________________ region, cities grew quickly, like New Amsterdam, and were centers for trade.

    • A.

      Southern

    • B.

      Middle

    • C.

      Frontier

    • D.

      New England

    Correct Answer
    B. Middle
    Explanation
    During the colonial period, the Middle region of the United States experienced rapid urbanization and economic growth. Cities like New Amsterdam (now known as New York City) emerged as important trade centers due to their strategic location and access to natural resources. The Middle region, located between the Southern and New England regions, became a hub for commerce and trade, attracting settlers and fostering the development of thriving cities.

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  • 13. 

    In the Southern Colonies, parents of all wealth backgrounds (poor and rich) provided their children with education.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because in the Southern Colonies, education was primarily available to wealthy families who could afford to hire private tutors or send their children to private schools. Poor families, on the other hand, did not have access to formal education and often had to rely on informal methods of learning or no education at all.

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  • 14. 

    The Hosue of Burgesses was the representative government of _________________, which is a Southern colony.

    Correct Answer
    Virginia
    Explanation
    The House of Burgesses was the representative government of Virginia, which is a Southern colony. The House of Burgesses was established in 1619 and was the first legislative assembly in the American colonies. It allowed for elected representatives to make laws and decisions on behalf of the colony. Virginia, being one of the earliest English settlements in North America, had a significant role in the development of representative government in the colonies.

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  • 15. 

    The Middle Colonies were called the __________________ colonies because they grew wheat, barley, and other grains.

    Correct Answer
    Bread basket
    Breadbasket
    Explanation
    The Middle Colonies were referred to as the "Bread basket" or "Breadbasket" colonies because they specialized in the cultivation of wheat, barley, and other grains. These colonies, which included New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, had fertile soil and a favorable climate for grain production. They became known for their abundant harvests of grain, which played a vital role in supplying the growing population with staple food items like bread. The term "Bread basket" or "Breadbasket" highlights the significance of these colonies in providing a reliable source of grain for the region.

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  • 16. 

    New York City & New York State were founded by the ____________, who are from the Netherlands.

    Correct Answer
    Dutch
    Explanation
    New York City and New York State were founded by the Dutch, who are from the Netherlands. The Dutch established a settlement called New Amsterdam on the southern tip of Manhattan Island in 1624, which later became New York City. The Dutch also controlled the region known as New Netherland, which included present-day New York State. They played a significant role in the early colonization and development of the area before it was later taken over by the British.

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  • 17. 

    The ____________ region exported its crops, like cotton, to England.

    Correct Answer
    Southern
    South
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Southern". The Southern region is known for its agricultural production, including crops like cotton. These crops were exported to England, indicating that the Southern region had a significant role in international trade and commerce. On the other hand, "South" is a more general term and does not specifically refer to any particular region or its exports. Therefore, "Southern" is the more appropriate answer in this context.

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  • 18. 

    The Middle colonies were known for being tolerant of other religions.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Middle colonies were known for being tolerant of other religions. This means that they were accepting and respectful of different religious beliefs and practices. Unlike some other colonies, the Middle colonies did not enforce a single dominant religion and allowed individuals to freely worship according to their own faith. This tolerance fostered a diverse and multicultural society in the Middle colonies, where people of different religious backgrounds could coexist and practice their beliefs without fear of persecution.

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  • 19. 

    New England colonies, such as Plymouth and Mass. Bay in Massachusetts, were created so people could practice their religion freely.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The New England colonies, including Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay in Massachusetts, were established with the purpose of allowing individuals to freely practice their religion. This was in contrast to the colonies in other regions, where religious freedom was not as prominent. The New England colonies were founded by religious dissenters who sought a place where they could worship according to their own beliefs without persecution. Therefore, the statement that the New England colonies were created for people to practice their religion freely is true.

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  • 20. 

    Pennsylvania, founded by William Penn, was created for the Protestant sect called the _____________________.

    Correct Answer
    Quakers
    Explanation
    Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn as a safe haven for the Quakers, a Protestant sect that faced persecution in England. The Quakers believed in equality, pacifism, and religious freedom, which were central principles in the establishment of Pennsylvania. Penn envisioned Pennsylvania as a place where people of all faiths could live harmoniously and practice their religion without interference. The Quakers played a significant role in shaping the early history and culture of Pennsylvania, making it a unique colony known for its religious tolerance and democratic principles.

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