Immigration Trivia Quiz

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What was it like for immigrants at Ellis Island?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What was Ellis Island?
    • A. 

      An immigration center in New York Harbor

    • B. 

      An island on the way to America

    • C. 

      A vacation spot for rich Europeans

  • 2. 
    Did all immigrants come through Ellis Island?
    • A. 

      Yes, all immigrants had to go through Ellis Island.

    • B. 

      No, but many did.

  • 3. 
    Why did people leave their homelands?
    • A. 

      All immigrants were forced to leave their homelands.

    • B. 

      There were many reasons for leaving, including the potato famine in Ireland.

  • 4. 
    Why did people come to America
    • A. 

      You could get a decent job.

    • B. 

      Land was cheap.

    • C. 

      Western states wanted new settlers.

  • 5. 
    Every immigrant came voluntarily?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Familes didn't always come over together.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    What did people bring with them?
    • A. 

      Food

    • B. 

      Quilts, mattresses and pillows

    • C. 

      Horses and cows

  • 8. 
    How did people travel to the ships that brought them to America?
    • A. 

      Train, walked, horseback ...

    • B. 

      Airplane

  • 9. 
    You were examined before you left.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    The trip would take 2 years.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Steerage was the best place to be on the boat.  It was for the richest people.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    What did you do all day on the boat?
    • A. 

      Play marbles or dominoes

    • B. 

      Go up on the deck

    • C. 

      Swim in the ocean

  • 13. 
    The ocean voyage was dangerous.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    Everyone went straight to Ellis Island when they got off the boat.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    The first place you would go at Ellis Island was into the Registry Room (Great Hall).
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Doctors examined you while you were walking up the stairs.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    If the doctors found something wrong with you, you had to go back to your homeland right away.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    What kind of mental tests were given at Ellis Island?
    • A. 

      Simple arithmetic problems

    • B. 

      Reading a paragraph

    • C. 

      Flying a kite

  • 19. 
    What did the legal inspectors do?
    • A. 

      Checked your pasport.

    • B. 

      Asked twenty to thirty questions.

    • C. 

      Allowed you an interpretor to translate your answers.

  • 20. 
    You had to have money to come to America.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    You had to have a job waiting for you.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    You had to be able to read English.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    If you were detained because you were sick, you could go to the hospital.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    Some people stayed at Ellis Island for 5 years.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    The food was terrible at Ellis Island.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False