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  • 1. 

    What did the sailors on the Mayflower call the Pilgrims who were seasick?

    • A.

      Vomit-saints

    • B.

      Glib-gabbety puke stockings

    • C.

      Disgusting Pili-grimies

    Correct Answer
    B. Glib-gabbety puke stockings
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Glib-gabbety puke stockings." This term suggests that the sailors on the Mayflower referred to the seasick Pilgrims in a humorous and somewhat derogatory manner. The phrase "glib-gabbety" implies that the Pilgrims were talking or complaining a lot, and "puke stockings" refers to their seasickness. This answer captures the sailors' perspective on the Pilgrims' discomfort during the voyage.

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  • 2. 

    What is the name of the first English baby born in the Americas?

    • A.

      Eleanore White

    • B.

      Elizabeth Virginia

    • C.

      Virginia Dare

    Correct Answer
    C. Virginia Dare
    Explanation
    Virginia Dare is the correct answer because she was indeed the first English baby born in the Americas. She was born on August 18, 1587, in the Roanoke Colony, which is now known as North Carolina. Virginia Dare's birth holds historical significance as she was part of the Lost Colony, a group of settlers who mysteriously disappeared shortly after her birth.

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  • 3. 

    Did Pocahontas have brothers or sisters?

    • A.

      Yes. She has a few.

    • B.

      No. She has none.

    • C.

      She only had one.

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes. She has a few.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Yes. She has a few." This suggests that Pocahontas did have brothers or sisters, and specifically, she had more than one sibling.

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  • 4. 

    What does DC stand for G4ssis students?

    • A.

      Dakota, Colorado

    • B.

      District of Columbia

    • C.

      Daily Chicago

    Correct Answer
    B. District of Columbia
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "District of Columbia." The abbreviation "DC" stands for District of Columbia, which is a federal district located in the United States. It is the capital city of the country and is home to various government institutions and agencies. Dakota and Colorado are both states in the U.S., while "Daily Chicago" does not have any relevance to the given question.

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  • 5. 

    What was the name of Pocahontas's child?

    • A.

      Lucy

    • B.

      Thomas

    • C.

      Anne

    • D.

      Edward

    Correct Answer
    B. Thomas
    Explanation
    Pocahontas's child was named Thomas.

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  • 6. 

    Who was Jamestown named after?

    • A.

      James Cromwell

    • B.

      James Fretwell

    • C.

      King James I

    • D.

      James Smith

    Correct Answer
    C. King James I
    Explanation
    Jamestown was named after King James I. He was the monarch of England at the time when the settlement was established in 1607. The settlers wanted to honor their king by naming the settlement after him. King James I was known for his support of English colonization efforts and his patronage of the Virginia Company, which was responsible for establishing Jamestown.

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  • 7. 

    Who was Virginia named after?

    • A.

      Virginia Dare

    • B.

      Queen Elizabeth I

    • C.

      King Henry VIII's youngest daughter

    Correct Answer
    B. Queen Elizabeth I
    Explanation
    Virginia was named after Queen Elizabeth I. Queen Elizabeth I was the reigning monarch of England during the time when the English colonists settled in what is now known as Virginia. The colonists named the region in honor of the queen, who was known for her support and patronage of the English colonization efforts. Naming the colony after Queen Elizabeth I was a way for the colonists to show their loyalty and gratitude to the queen. Therefore, the correct answer is Queen Elizabeth I.

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  • 8. 

    Who discovered the Hudson River?

    • A.

      George Washington's grandfather

    • B.

      John Cabot

    • C.

      Queen Elizabeth

    • D.

      A man called Henry

    Correct Answer
    D. A man called Henry
    Explanation
    The given answer, "A man called Henry," suggests that the Hudson River was discovered by an individual named Henry. This implies that the question is asking for the name of the person who discovered the river. However, without any additional context or historical information, it is difficult to provide a more specific explanation regarding the discovery of the Hudson River.

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  • 9. 

    How many rooms were there in colonial time houses?

    • A.

      3

    • B.

      1

    • C.

      2

    • D.

      4

    Correct Answer
    B. 1
    Explanation
    During colonial times, houses typically had one room. This was because houses were smaller and simpler compared to modern houses. The single room served as a multi-purpose space, functioning as a living area, bedroom, and kitchen. The limited space and resources available during colonial times meant that houses were designed to be compact and efficient, with one room serving all the necessary functions.

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  • 10. 

    Was John Smith beaten by the Native American warriors?

    • A.

      Yes he was but the chief told them to stop.

    • B.

      No because Pocahontas begged her father to stop them.

    • C.

      Yes, but then he ran away.

    Correct Answer
    B. No because Pocahontas begged her father to stop them.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "No because Pocahontas begged her father to stop them." This is because Pocahontas intervened and pleaded with her father to prevent the Native American warriors from beating John Smith.

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  • 11. 

    What do the indians call the colonists?

    • A.

      Pale faces

    • B.

      English dogs

    • C.

      Mysterious people from the east

    Correct Answer
    A. Pale faces
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "pale faces" because it refers to the physical appearance of the colonists, who had lighter skin compared to the indigenous Indians. This term was often used by Native Americans to describe the European settlers during the colonial period.

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  • 12. 

    Why are the Native Americans called, "The Red Men"?

    • A.

      Because their skins were tanned.

    • B.

      Because they used bear fat with red colorings to paint their faces in war.

    • C.

      Because they sunburn easily.

    Correct Answer
    B. Because they used bear fat with red colorings to paint their faces in war.
    Explanation
    The Native Americans were called "The Red Men" because they used bear fat with red colorings to paint their faces in war. This practice of painting their faces with red pigments symbolized strength, courage, and readiness for battle. It was a traditional practice among many Native American tribes and was done to intimidate enemies and show solidarity among their own warriors. The red color also represented the connection to the earth and their spiritual beliefs.

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  • 13. 

    What happened to kids at school if they were bad?

    • A.

      The teacher gave spankings

    • B.

      The children were whipped

    • C.

      The children were expelled

    • D.

      The children got extra homework

    Correct Answer
    B. The children were whipped
  • 14. 

    What did they do when they had lots of families in the house?

    • A.

      Stay squished

    • B.

      Build more rooms

    • C.

      Build a new house.

    Correct Answer
    B. Build more rooms
    Explanation
    When they had lots of families in the house, they decided to build more rooms. This suggests that they needed additional space to accommodate the increasing number of families. Instead of moving to a new house, they chose to expand their existing one by constructing more rooms. This decision allowed them to provide sufficient living space for all the families without the need for relocation.

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  • 15. 

    What did the boys like to play when they had time?

    • A.

      Play basketball.

    • B.

      Play cops and robbers.

    • C.

      Play pick up sticks.

    Correct Answer
    C. Play pick up sticks.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Play pick up sticks. This can be inferred from the question which asks what the boys liked to play when they had time. Out of the given options, playing pick up sticks is the only activity mentioned.

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  • 16. 

    Which religion were the best friend of the Native Americans?

    • A.

      Quakers

    • B.

      Pilgrims

    • C.

      Puritans

    Correct Answer
    A. Quakers
    Explanation
    The Quakers were the best friends of the Native Americans because they believed in equality, peace, and respect for all people. They treated the Native Americans as equals and formed strong relationships with them. The Quakers also actively worked towards protecting the rights and land of the Native Americans, advocating for fair treatment and justice. Their values aligned with the Native American culture, making them trusted allies and friends.

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  • 17. 

    What is a game that children played in the colonial times?

    • A.

      Uno

    • B.

      Operation

    • C.

      Hide & Seek

    • D.

      Weee

    Correct Answer
    C. Hide & Seek
    Explanation
    Hide & Seek is the correct answer because it is a game that has been played by children for centuries, including during colonial times. It is a simple and popular game where one person closes their eyes and counts while the other players hide. The person who is "it" then tries to find and tag the other players. Hide & Seek requires no special equipment or technology, making it accessible and enjoyable for children in any time period, including colonial times.

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  • 18. 

    What shape is a colonial home?

    • A.

      Square

    • B.

      Triangular

    • C.

      Long rectangular

    • D.

      Circular

    • E.

      Hexagon

    Correct Answer
    A. Square
    Explanation
    A colonial home is typically characterized by its symmetrical design and rectangular shape. The square shape is the most common and traditional form of a colonial home. It often features a central entrance, evenly spaced windows, and a balanced layout. This shape allows for efficient use of space and creates a sense of stability and symmetry, which are key elements of colonial architecture.

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  • 19. 

    What is the puneshment for biting your nails?

    • A.

      Wearing a sign.

    • B.

      Get your teeth filed down.

    • C.

      Slap your rip.

    • D.

      Paint your fingers black.

    Correct Answer
    A. Wearing a sign.
    Explanation
    The punishment for biting your nails is wearing a sign. This implies that if someone is caught biting their nails, they would have to publicly display a sign indicating their bad habit. This punishment serves as a deterrent and embarrassment for the person, as it draws attention to their nail-biting behavior.

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  • 20. 

    Why did William Penn get so much land in North America?

    • A.

      He was Queen Elizabeth's favorite poet.

    • B.

      He was rewarded by King Philip for winning battles.

    • C.

      King James owed his Penn's father money.

    • D.

      He stole it from the Native Americans.

    Correct Answer
    C. King James owed his Penn's father money.
    Explanation
    William Penn received a large amount of land in North America because King James owed his father money. This suggests that the king may have used the land as a form of payment or compensation for the debt.

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  • 21. 

    What was the name of the agreement that the native americans and the pilgrims made?

    • A.

      The Mayflower Compact

    • B.

      The Peace Treaty

    • C.

      The Pilgrim Promise

    Correct Answer
    B. The Peace Treaty
  • 22. 

    How many passengers were on the Mayflower?

    • A.

      96

    • B.

      102

    • C.

      130+1

    Correct Answer
    B. 102
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 102. The Mayflower was a ship that transported the Pilgrims from England to the New World in 1620. It is estimated that there were 102 passengers on board, including men, women, and children. These passengers were seeking religious freedom and a new life in America.

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  • 23. 

    What was the name of a boy who was born on  the Mayflower?

    • A.

      Mayboy

    • B.

      William

    • C.

      Oceanus

    Correct Answer
    C. Oceanus
    Explanation
    Oceanus is the correct answer because it was the name of a boy who was born on the Mayflower. The Mayflower was the ship that transported the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620. Oceanus was the son of Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins, who were passengers on the Mayflower. He was the only child born during the voyage and his name was inspired by the vastness of the ocean that surrounded them.

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  • 24. 

    What was the name of the school that children went in colonial times?

    • A.

      English School

    • B.

      Dame School

    • C.

      ABC School

    Correct Answer
    B. Dame School
    Explanation
    In colonial times, children went to Dame School. This type of school was typically run by a woman in her own home and focused on teaching young children basic reading, writing, and arithmetic skills. Dame Schools were prevalent during the colonial era as formal education options were limited, especially for girls.

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  • 25. 

    Who sent Henry Hudson to find a faster way to India and China?

    • A.

      The Swedish King

    • B.

      The Dutch

    • C.

      The English

    Correct Answer
    B. The Dutch
    Explanation
    Henry Hudson was sent by the Dutch to find a faster way to India and China. The Dutch were known for their exploration and trade during the 17th century, and they were particularly interested in finding a shorter route to the lucrative markets of the East. Hudson's voyages, including his famous exploration of the Hudson River and the surrounding areas, were sponsored by the Dutch East India Company. Therefore, it can be inferred that the Dutch were the ones who sent Henry Hudson on this mission.

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  • 26. 

    Who traded glass beads, cloth, and tools for New Amsterdam?

    • A.

      Peter Stuyvesant

    • B.

      John Smith

    • C.

      Roger Williams

    • D.

      Peter Minuit

    Correct Answer
    D. Peter Minuit
    Explanation
    Peter Minuit traded glass beads, cloth, and tools for New Amsterdam.

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  • 27. 

    What was Manhattan Island called before?

    • A.

      New Netherlands

    • B.

      New Albany

    • C.

      New Amsterdam

    Correct Answer
    C. New Amsterdam
    Explanation
    Manhattan Island was called New Amsterdam before it was renamed. This change in name occurred when the English took control of the area from the Dutch in 1664. The English renamed the city and the surrounding area New York, in honor of the Duke of York, who later became King James II of England.

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  • 28. 

    Why did the colonial boys work so hard?

    • A.

      To earn pocket money.

    • B.

      Because they had to.

    • C.

      Because it was the law.

    Correct Answer
    B. Because they had to.
    Explanation
    The colonial boys worked so hard because they had to. This suggests that there was some kind of obligation or requirement for them to work, possibly due to their family's financial situation or societal expectations. It implies that their work was not a choice but a necessity for their survival or to fulfill certain responsibilities.

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  • 29. 

    What is another name for tobacco?

    • A.

      Brown leaves.

    • B.

      Dry smelly leaves.

    • C.

      Brown gold.

    • D.

      American tea.

    Correct Answer
    C. Brown gold.
    Explanation
    Brown gold is another name for tobacco because it refers to the color of the leaves (brown) and the value or worth of tobacco (gold). This nickname highlights the economic significance and historical value of tobacco as a cash crop.

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  • 30. 

    What's Pocahontas' English name?

    • A.

      Ruby

    • B.

      Rachel

    • C.

      Rebecca

    • D.

      Roanoke

    Correct Answer
    C. Rebecca
    Explanation
    Pocahontas' English name is Rebecca. This is historically accurate as Pocahontas was given the name Rebecca when she converted to Christianity and married John Rolfe. The name Rebecca is commonly associated with her in historical records and popular culture.

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  • 31. 

    What's Pocanhontas' indian name?

    • A.

      Mannie

    • B.

      Maniwaka

    • C.

      Matoaka

    • D.

      Hliope

    Correct Answer
    C. Matoaka
    Explanation
    Matoaka is the correct answer because it is the actual Indian name of Pocahontas. Pocahontas was a Native American woman, belonging to the Powhatan tribe, and Matoaka was her given name at birth. She was later known as Pocahontas, which means "playful one" or "mischievous one" in the Powhatan language.

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  • 32. 

    Who kiddnapped Pocahontas?

    • A.

      Samuel Smith

    • B.

      John Smith

    • C.

      Samuel Argall

    • D.

      John Rolfe

    Correct Answer
    C. Samuel Argall
    Explanation
    Samuel Argall is the correct answer because he was an English captain who kidnapped Pocahontas in 1613. He took her hostage in order to negotiate with her father, Chief Powhatan, for the release of English prisoners and the return of stolen weapons and tools. This event strained relations between the English settlers and the Native Americans in Virginia.

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  • 33. 

    What's John Smith's motto?

    • A.

      We work, we survive!

    • B.

      He who works will not starve!

    • C.

      He who does not work will not eat!

    • D.

      Sing for your supper!

    Correct Answer
    C. He who does not work will not eat!
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "He who does not work will not eat!" This motto suggests that John Smith believes in the importance of hard work and productivity. It implies that those who do not put in the effort to work will not be able to provide for themselves and fulfill their basic needs. This motto promotes the idea of self-reliance and the necessity of labor in order to sustain oneself.

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  • 34. 

    When was Pocahontas born?

    • A.

      1751

    • B.

      1548

    • C.

      1595

    • D.

      1607

    Correct Answer
    C. 1595
    Explanation
    Pocahontas was born in 1595.

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  • 35. 

    Where did Pocahontas live in England?

    • A.

      York

    • B.

      London

    • C.

      Hampshire

    • D.

      Jamestown

    Correct Answer
    B. London
    Explanation
    Pocahontas lived in London during her time in England. This is evident from historical records that show she arrived in London in 1616 and lived there until her death in 1617. London was a significant city in England during that time, serving as the political, economic, and cultural center of the country. Pocahontas' presence in London was part of her role as a diplomat and ambassador for her Native American tribe, the Powhatan Confederacy. She was introduced to English society and met with various prominent figures, including King James I.

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  • 36. 

    Who started Rhode Island?

    • A.

      Roger Williams.

    • B.

      William Penn.

    • C.

      Ann Hutchinson.

    • D.

      Peter Stuyvesant

    Correct Answer
    A. Roger Williams.
    Explanation
    Roger Williams is the correct answer because he was the founder of the colony of Rhode Island. He established the settlement in 1636 after being banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony due to his religious beliefs. Williams believed in the separation of church and state and advocated for religious freedom, which became a cornerstone of Rhode Island's founding principles. His actions in establishing Rhode Island as a haven for religious dissenters and promoting tolerance and freedom of conscience make him the most likely candidate for starting Rhode Island.

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  • 37. 

    When was Anne Hutchinson banished?

    • A.

      1678

    • B.

      1638

    • C.

      1740

    • D.

      1650

    Correct Answer
    B. 1638
  • 38. 

    When was Pennslvannia founded by Penn?

    • A.

      1607

    • B.

      1630

    • C.

      1681

    • D.

      1698

    Correct Answer
    C. 1681
    Explanation
    Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn in 1681. He received a land grant from King Charles II of England, which allowed him to establish a colony in the New World. Penn named the colony Pennsylvania, which means "Penn's Woods" in Latin, in honor of his father. Penn intended for Pennsylvania to be a place where people of different religious beliefs could live and worship freely. He also established a government based on democratic principles, making Pennsylvania one of the first colonies to have a representative assembly.

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  • 39. 

    What does Pocahontas called a beard?

    • A.

      Shaggy face

    • B.

      Hairy face

    • C.

      Black face.

    • D.

      Dirt

    Correct Answer
    C. Black face.
    Explanation
    Pocahontas called a beard a "black face". This suggests that she associated beards with the color black, possibly due to the dark appearance of facial hair.

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  • 40. 

    Who paid the Native Americans a fair price for their land?

    • A.

      The Virginians

    • B.

      The Quakers

    • C.

      The Massachusetts Bay Company

    • D.

      Peter Minuit

    Correct Answer
    B. The Quakers
    Explanation
    The Quakers paid the Native Americans a fair price for their land. The Quakers were known for their belief in equality and fairness, and they treated the Native Americans with respect and honesty. They recognized the rights of the Native Americans and were willing to compensate them fairly for their land. This approach was in stark contrast to the actions of other groups, such as the Virginians and the Massachusetts Bay Company, who often took advantage of the Native Americans and did not offer fair compensation. Peter Minuit, on the other hand, is not associated with paying Native Americans for their land.

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  • 41. 

    Which Native American chief made a peace treaty with the pilgrims? 

    • A.

      Massasoit

    • B.

      Squanto

    • C.

      Powhatan

    Correct Answer
    A. Massasoit
    Explanation
    Massasoit is the correct answer because he was the Native American chief who made a peace treaty with the pilgrims. He played a crucial role in establishing a peaceful relationship between the Wampanoag tribe and the English settlers in Plymouth Colony. This treaty, known as the Treaty of Plymouth, was signed in 1621 and lasted for over 50 years, ensuring cooperation and mutual protection between the two groups. Massasoit's diplomacy and willingness to negotiate helped to maintain peace and stability during the early years of the Plymouth Colony.

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