World History Quiz: 18th Century To Early 21st Century

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World History Quiz: 18th Century To Early 21st Century - Quiz

Are you familiar with world history from the 18th century to the early 21st century? This quiz encompasses earlier days to modern times. You will be required to know what date did 9/11 happen, who was our first president, in which war did around 70 million people die, what was the Cuban Missile Crisis, and who was the 14th president. You will ACE this quiz. All the best.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What date did 9/11 happen? 

    • A.

      September 10, 2003

    • B.

      October 11, 2001

    • C.

      September 11, 2001

    • D.

      September 11, 2004

    Correct Answer
    C. September 11, 2001
    Explanation
    September 11, 2001 is the correct answer because it is the date on which the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon occurred in the United States. These attacks, commonly referred to as 9/11, resulted in significant loss of life and had a profound impact on global politics and security.

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  • 2. 

    When was the Declaration of Independence signed? 

    • A.

      1776

    • B.

      1775

    • C.

      1774

    • D.

      1766

    Correct Answer
    A. 1776
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1776 because that is the year when the Declaration of Independence was signed. This document was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, and it declared the thirteen American colonies as independent states and no longer under British rule. The signing of the Declaration of Independence marked a significant milestone in the American Revolution and the establishment of the United States as a sovereign nation.

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  • 3. 

    Which U.S. President was involved in the Watergate scandal?

    • A.

      Bush

    • B.

      Nixon

    • C.

      Obama

    • D.

      Reagan

    Correct Answer
    B. Nixon
    Explanation
    Nixon is the correct answer because he was the U.S. President who was involved in the Watergate scandal. The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal in the 1970s, where Nixon's administration was found to have engaged in illegal activities, including the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Nixon's involvement in the cover-up of these activities eventually led to his resignation as President.

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  • 4. 

    Which U.S. document states "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government"

    • A.

      Constitution

    • B.

      Bill of Rights

    • C.

      Gettysburg Address

    • D.

      Declaration of Independence

    Correct Answer
    D. Declaration of Independence
    Explanation
    The Declaration of Independence states "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government." This document was written in 1776 by Thomas Jefferson and it proclaimed the thirteen American colonies as independent from British rule. It outlined the reasons for seeking independence and asserted the rights of the people to change or overthrow a government that fails to protect their rights. The Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Gettysburg Address are important documents in American history, but they do not contain this specific statement.

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  • 5. 

    During World War 2, Hitler was in control of what country? 

    • A.

      Italy

    • B.

      Japan

    • C.

      Germany

    • D.

      Russia

    Correct Answer
    C. Germany
    Explanation
    During World War 2, Adolf Hitler was the leader of Germany. He was the Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and played a significant role in shaping the policies that led to the war. Hitler's Nazi regime sought to expand German territory and exert control over Europe, leading to the invasion of Poland in 1939 and the subsequent outbreak of the war. Germany's aggressive actions and Hitler's leadership were central to the events of World War 2.

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  • 6. 

    Benitio Mussolini was from what country? 

    • A.

      Italy

    • B.

      France

    • C.

      Romania

    • D.

      Spain

    Correct Answer
    A. Italy
    Explanation
    Benito Mussolini was the leader of the National Fascist Party in Italy and served as the Prime Minister from 1922 to 1943. He is known for establishing a fascist dictatorship in Italy and for his alliance with Adolf Hitler during World War II. Therefore, it is correct to say that Benito Mussolini was from Italy.

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  • 7. 

    Around 70 million people died in which war? 

    • A.

      World War 1

    • B.

      World War 2

    • C.

      US Civil War

    • D.

      Cold War

    Correct Answer
    B. World War 2
    Explanation
    World War 2 is the correct answer because it was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, resulting in the death of approximately 70 million people. The war lasted from 1939 to 1945 and involved many countries around the world. It was characterized by significant military campaigns, mass bombings, and genocide, including the Holocaust. The death toll includes both military personnel and civilians, making it one of the most devastating wars in terms of human loss.

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  • 8. 

    Which polotician voted against going into World War 1 and 2? Hint: She was from Montana. 

    • A.

      Jone Rose

    • B.

      Jeannette Rankin

    • C.

      Marilyn Monroe

    • D.

      Elizabeth Arden

    Correct Answer
    B. Jeannette Rankin
    Explanation
    Jeannette Rankin is the correct answer because she was a politician from Montana who voted against going into both World War 1 and World War 2. Her pacifist beliefs and commitment to non-violence led her to cast the sole dissenting vote against the United States entering these wars. Jeannette Rankin was known for her strong stance against war and her dedication to promoting peace.

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  • 9. 

    About how many people died in result of the 9/11 attacks?

    • A.

      300

    • B.

      3,000

    • C.

      30,000

    • D.

      3

    Correct Answer
    B. 3,000
    Explanation
    Approximately 3,000 people died as a result of the 9/11 attacks. This tragic event occurred on September 11, 2001, when terrorist group Al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The attacks caused the collapse of the Twin Towers and significant damage to the Pentagon, resulting in the loss of thousands of innocent lives. The 9/11 attacks had a profound impact on the United States and the world, leading to increased security measures and a shift in global politics.

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  • 10. 

    Who was our first President?

    • A.

      George Bush

    • B.

      Abraham Lincoln

    • C.

      Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    • D.

      George Washington

    Correct Answer
    D. George Washington
    Explanation
    George Washington was the first President of the United States. He served as the President from 1789 to 1797. He played a crucial role in the formation of the country and establishing many of the precedents and traditions that are still followed today. His leadership during the Revolutionary War and his commitment to a strong and unified nation made him a highly respected figure. His presidency set the stage for the future success and growth of the United States.

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  • 11. 

    What was "Executive order 11110?"

    • A.

      Banned automatic rifles for civilians.

    • B.

      Start of the Social Security Act.

    • C.

      Banned explosives for civilians.

    • D.

      Allowed the Secretary of the Treasury to issue silver certificates.

    Correct Answer
    D. Allowed the Secretary of the Treasury to issue silver certificates.
    Explanation
    Executive Order 11110 was an order issued by President John F. Kennedy on June 4, 1963. This order authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to issue silver certificates, which were a form of currency backed by silver held by the government. The purpose of this order was to increase the circulation of silver certificates and reduce the power of the Federal Reserve, as Kennedy believed that the Federal Reserve had too much control over the nation's money supply. This executive order was later reversed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

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  • 12. 

    Executive order 11110 was enacted by which president? 

    • A.

      Barrack Obama

    • B.

      George Bush

    • C.

      Dwight D. Eisenhower

    • D.

      John F. Kennedy

    Correct Answer
    D. John F. Kennedy
    Explanation
    Executive order 11110 was enacted by President John F. Kennedy. This executive order authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to issue silver certificates in place of Federal Reserve notes. It was intended to increase the circulation of silver certificates and reduce the power of the Federal Reserve. However, this executive order was never fully implemented as Kennedy was assassinated shortly after its issuance.

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  • 13. 

    Who is the man in this picture? 

    • A.

      Thomas jefferson

    • B.

      John Adams

    • C.

      James Madison

    • D.

      Andrew Jackson

    Correct Answer
    A. Thomas jefferson
    Explanation
    The man in the picture is Thomas Jefferson.

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  • 14. 

    Who was the 14th president?

    • A.

      Abraham Lincoln

    • B.

      Andrew Johnson

    • C.

      Franklin Pierce

    • D.

      Theodore Roosevelt

    Correct Answer
    C. Franklin Pierce
    Explanation
    Franklin Pierce was the 14th president of the United States. He served from 1853 to 1857. Pierce was a Democrat and his presidency was marked by the growing tensions over slavery, which eventually led to the American Civil War. He is often considered one of the least effective presidents in American history, as his attempts to appease both the North and the South only further divided the country. Pierce's presidency was also marred by personal tragedy, as his young son was killed in a train accident shortly before his inauguration.

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  • 15. 

    Which President said this: “You are a den of vipers. I intend to rout you out and by the eternal God I will rout you out!”

    • A.

      Andrew Jackson

    • B.

      Thomas Jefferson

    • C.

      George Bush

    • D.

      Abraham Lincoln

    Correct Answer
    A. Andrew Jackson
    Explanation
    Andrew Jackson said the quote, "You are a den of vipers. I intend to rout you out and by the eternal God I will rout you out!" This quote reflects Jackson's strong and aggressive stance against corruption and his determination to eliminate it. Jackson was known for his confrontational style and his efforts to reform the government and fight against the perceived elite and privileged class. This quote exemplifies his determination to root out any wrongdoing and bring about change.

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  • 16. 

    When did the Falklands War take place? 

    • A.

      1982

    • B.

      1983

    • C.

      1980

    • D.

      1977

    Correct Answer
    A. 1982
    Explanation
    The Falklands War took place in 1982.

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  • 17. 

    What was the Cuban Missile Crisis? 

    • A.

      Cuba was going to nuke us.

    • B.

      Cuba allowed Russia to store nuclear weapons there in the 60's.

    • C.

      Cuba had many nuclear weapons and tried to launch them, but failed.

    • D.

      A false alarm. The president accidentally tripped triggering an alarm.

    Correct Answer
    B. Cuba allowed Russia to store nuclear weapons there in the 60's.
    Explanation
    The Cuban Missile Crisis refers to the event in the 1960s when Cuba allowed Russia to store nuclear weapons on its territory. This was a major international crisis as it brought the United States and the Soviet Union, the two superpowers of the time, to the brink of nuclear war. The discovery of these missiles by the United States led to a tense standoff and negotiations between the two countries, eventually resulting in a resolution that prevented a full-scale war.

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  • 18. 

    What was the goal of the Bay of Pigs operation? Did is succeed? 

    • A.

      To kill Fidel Castro, it was a failure.

    • B.

      To kill Hitler, it was a success.

    • C.

      To kill Osama Bin Laden, it was a success.

    • D.

      To kill Abraham Lincoln, it was a failure.

    Correct Answer
    A. To kill Fidel Castro, it was a failure.
    Explanation
    The goal of the Bay of Pigs operation was to kill Fidel Castro, but it was ultimately a failure.

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  • 19. 

    What 2 countries were involved in the Cold War? 

    • A.

      America and North Korea

    • B.

      America and Russia

    • C.

      America and Cuba

    • D.

      Russia and all of Europe

    Correct Answer
    B. America and Russia
    Explanation
    During the Cold War, which lasted from the late 1940s to the early 1990s, the two main countries involved were America (United States) and Russia (Soviet Union). These two superpowers were engaged in a political, economic, and ideological rivalry, characterized by tensions, proxy wars, and a nuclear arms race. The conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union shaped global politics and divided the world into two opposing blocs, with America leading the capitalist West and Russia leading the communist East.

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  • 20. 

    Who was the first man to step first on the moon?

    • A.

      Al Gore

    • B.

      Ben Afleck

    • C.

      Neil Armstrong

    • D.

      Buzz Aldrin

    Correct Answer
    C. Neil Armstrong
    Explanation
    Neil Armstrong is the correct answer because he was the first man to step foot on the moon. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong, as part of the Apollo 11 mission, became the first astronaut to set foot on the lunar surface, famously saying, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." His historic achievement marked a significant milestone in human space exploration and solidified his place in history as the first person to walk on the moon.

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