A Trivia Quiz On Columbus Day!

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A Trivia Quiz On Columbus Day!

How much do you know about the famous explorer and his holiday?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What was Christopher Columbus' heritage?
    • A. 

      Spanish

    • B. 

      German

    • C. 

      Italian

    • D. 

      British

  • 2. 
    In what year was Christopher Columbus born?
    • A. 

      1450

    • B. 

      1451

    • C. 

      1452

    • D. 

      1453

  • 3. 
    What was the purpose of Columbus' journey?
    • A. 

      To explore America.

    • B. 

      To make sure the Earth was round.

    • C. 

      To explore a western route to East Asia/the Indies.

    • D. 

      To find pirates.

  • 4. 
    Why was a western route to Asia desired?
    • A. 

      Water travel is easier than land travel.

    • B. 

      The Ottoman Turks had made land travel to the Far East dangerous.

    • C. 

      To convert East Asians to Catholicism.

    • D. 

      Gold would be easier to ship on a boat.

  • 5. 
    Why did Portugal's king decline to sponsor Columbus' mission?
    • A. 

      Because an eastern sea route was reached around Africa's southern tip.

    • B. 

      The king's advisers felt that Columbus had underestimated the distance of a western journey to Asia.

    • C. 

      The king was Catholic and thought the Earth was flat.

    • D. 

      A and B

  • 6. 
    After asking multiple monarchs, Columbus eventually received support from Spain. Who convinced the Spanish king and his advisers to support Columbus' journey?
    • A. 

      Columbus

    • B. 

      Queen Isabella

    • C. 

      Princess Joanna

    • D. 

      Local merchants

  • 7. 
    Columbus had three ships for his first journey. On which one did he travel?
    • A. 

      The Nina

    • B. 

      The Pinta

    • C. 

      The Santa Maria

    • D. 

      The Isabella

  • 8. 
    How many voyages did Christopher Columbus make to America?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 9. 
    When did Columbus realize he had explored a new continent?
    • A. 

      During his first trip.

    • B. 

      During his second trip.

    • C. 

      After his last trip.

    • D. 

      Until he died, he thought he had explored Asia.

  • 10. 
    In what year did Congress make Columbus Day a nationally recognized holiday?
    • A. 

      1789

    • B. 

      1880

    • C. 

      1909

    • D. 

      1971