Trivia Quiz: What Do You Know About The Age Of Imperialism?

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What Do You Know About The Age Of Imperialism? Imperialism is the policy of power and influence, and it's used for military force. This period in history was marked by most of the European counties getting a stake of the less developed countries, most especially in Africa and thereby controlling their resources in the process. You can learn more about by taking this quiz!


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  • 1. 

    "The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations [but] to have with them as little political connection as possible." Trade with other nations would benefit America,s but "entangling alliances" would draw the United States into undesirable conflicts." In the statement above, President George Washington encouraged Americans to

    • A.

      Form a military alliance with Britain

    • B.

      Stay out of foreign conflicts

    • C.

      Stop all trade with France and Britain

    • D.

      Launch a naval attack Britain and France.

    Correct Answer
    B. Stay out of foreign conflicts
    Explanation
    President George Washington encouraged Americans to stay out of foreign conflicts. He emphasized the importance of maintaining commercial relations with other nations but advised against forming political connections or alliances that could potentially draw the United States into undesirable conflicts. This approach aimed to prioritize the economic interests of the United States while avoiding entanglement in the political affairs of other nations.

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  • 2. 

    What was referred to as "Seward's Folly?"

    • A.

      The purchase of Alaska

    • B.

      The conquest of Samoa

    • C.

      The sending of a U.S. fleet to Japan

    • D.

      The annexation of Hawaii

    Correct Answer
    A. The purchase of Alaska
    Explanation
    "Seward's Folly" refers to the purchase of Alaska. This term was used to mock Secretary of State William Seward's decision to acquire Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million. Critics believed that the vast, sparsely populated territory was a wasteland and saw the purchase as a foolish and unnecessary expense. However, the discovery of valuable natural resources such as gold, oil, and timber in Alaska later proved the critics wrong, making the purchase a wise investment for the United States.

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  • 3. 

    How did the Hawaiian Islands become a part of the US?

    • A.

      Hawaii was purchased from Russia

    • B.

      Hawaii was ceded by Spain

    • C.

      Hawaiians voted to become Americans

    • D.

      American planters overthrew the queen, and it was later annexed by the U.S.

    Correct Answer
    D. American planters overthrew the queen, and it was later annexed by the U.S.
    Explanation
    American planters in Hawaii, with the support of the US government, orchestrated the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani in 1893. This was done in order to gain control over Hawaii's resources, particularly its profitable sugar industry. Following the overthrow, Hawaii was later annexed by the United States in 1898, making it a part of the US.

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  • 4. 

    The time when powerful nations created large empires by exercising economic and political control over weaker regions was called an age of

    • A.

      Expansionism

    • B.

      Isolationism

    • C.

      Civilization

    • D.

      Imperialism

    Correct Answer
    D. Imperialism
    Explanation
    During the time when powerful nations created large empires by exercising economic and political control over weaker regions, it was referred to as imperialism. This term accurately describes the practice of expanding a nation's power and influence through colonization, annexation, and domination of other territories. It involves the establishment of colonies, exploitation of resources, and the imposition of cultural and political systems on the conquered regions. Imperialism was a significant characteristic of the 19th and early 20th centuries when European powers, such as Britain, France, and Germany, sought to expand their empires through these means.

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  • 5. 

    What was the immediate spark of the Spanish-American War

    • A.

      The Boxer rebellion in China

    • B.

      The explosion of the battleship Maine

    • C.

      The opening of the Panama Canal

    • D.

      The cruelty of General Weyler

    Correct Answer
    B. The explosion of the battleship Maine
    Explanation
    The immediate spark of the Spanish-American War was the explosion of the battleship Maine. This event occurred on February 15, 1898, when the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor, Cuba. The explosion resulted in the death of 260 American sailors. Although the exact cause of the explosion was never determined, it was widely believed at the time that it was caused by a Spanish mine. This incident heightened tensions between the United States and Spain, eventually leading to the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in April 1898.

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  • 6. 

    Which event did NOT feed the fever for war against Spain? 

    • A.

      William McKinley became President in 1897

    • B.

      Americans were sympathetic to the Cuban revolution against Spain

    • C.

      An explosion sank the battleship ' Maine '

    • D.

      Sensational news coverage in the New York World and New York Journal aroused American anger.

    Correct Answer
    A. William McKinley became President in 1897
    Explanation
    William McKinley becoming President in 1897 did not directly contribute to the fever for war against Spain. While McKinley did eventually lead the United States into the Spanish-American War, his election alone did not feed the fever for war. The other events listed, such as the sympathy towards the Cuban revolution, the sinking of the battleship Maine, and the sensational news coverage, all played a more direct role in arousing American anger and contributing to the war fever.

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  • 7. 

    As a result of the peace treaty with Spain, the US gained

    • A.

      Honduras, Columbia, and Australia

    • B.

      Mexico, Venezuela, and Canada

    • C.

      The Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico

    • D.

      Samoa, the Philippines, and South Africa

    Correct Answer
    C. The Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico. This is because after the peace treaty with Spain, the United States acquired these territories as a result.

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  • 8. 

    "It is not necessary to own people in order to trade with them. We carry on trade today with every part of the world, and our commerce (trade) has expanded more rapidly than the commerce of any European empire. We do not own Japan or China but we trade with their people." The statement above most reflects the beliefs of a(n)

    • A.

      Supporter of expansion and imperialism

    • B.

      Anti-imperialist

    • C.

      Nativist

    • D.

      Yellow journalist

    Correct Answer
    B. Anti-imperialist
    Explanation
    The statement emphasizes that trade can occur without the need for owning or controlling people. It highlights the success of trade and commerce without the need for imperialism or expansion. This aligns with the beliefs of an anti-imperialist, who opposes the idea of acquiring colonies or territories for economic and political control.

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  • 9. 

    The Industrialization of the US influenced America's foreign policy and contributed to the rise of US imperialism. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Industrialization of the US led to an increase in economic and military power, which in turn influenced America's foreign policy. As the US became more industrialized, it sought to expand its markets and access to raw materials, leading to a desire for territorial expansion and imperialism. This can be seen in events such as the Spanish-American War and the acquisition of territories like the Philippines. Therefore, the statement that the Industrialization of the US influenced America's foreign policy and contributed to the rise of US imperialism is true.

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  • 10. 

    The Open Door Policy created spheres of influence in China during the late 1800s.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The Open Door Policy did not create spheres of influence in China during the late 1800s. Instead, it aimed to ensure equal trading rights for all countries in China and prevent the carving up of China into exclusive zones controlled by foreign powers. The policy was put forward by the United States in 1899 and sought to maintain China's territorial integrity and promote open trade.

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  • 11. 

    The Chinese welcomed foreign influence into their country because they believed they were in need of help. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The Chinese did not welcome foreign influence into their country because they believed they were in need of help. In fact, China had a long history of self-sufficiency and viewed foreign influence as a threat to their cultural and political stability. They often resisted and even fought against foreign powers who tried to exert influence over their country.

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  • 12. 

    The primary goal of the US in issuing the Open Door Policy was to protect China's resources and interest.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The primary goal of the US in issuing the Open Door Policy was not to protect China's resources and interest. Instead, the Open Door Policy aimed to ensure equal trading opportunities for all countries in China, preventing any one nation from dominating the Chinese market. It sought to promote free trade and prevent the carving up of China into exclusive spheres of influence by colonial powers.

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  • 13. 

    President responsible for building the Panama Canal & intervening in the affairs of many countries using his "Big Stick" policy

    Correct Answer
    Theodore Roosevelt
    Roosevelt
    President Roosevelt
    President Roosevelt
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Theodore Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt was responsible for building the Panama Canal and he implemented his "Big Stick" policy, which involved intervening in the affairs of many countries. He believed in using American power and influence to maintain stability and protect American interests in the Western Hemisphere. He is often referred to as President Roosevelt, as he was the 26th President of the United States.

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  • 14. 

    The country accused of treating Cubans harshly & blowing up the U.S.S. Maine

    Correct Answer
    Spain
    Explanation
    During the late 19th century, tensions between the United States and Spain were high. The U.S.S. Maine, an American battleship, exploded in Havana Harbor in 1898. The incident was widely blamed on Spain, leading to a wave of anti-Spanish sentiment in the United States. Additionally, Spain's treatment of Cubans during the Cuban War of Independence was seen as harsh and oppressive, further fueling the accusations against Spain.

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  • 15. 

    The act of a larger, more industrialized nation, taking over a weaker, less industrialized nation.

    Correct Answer
    Imperialism
    Explanation
    Imperialism refers to the practice of a stronger and more industrialized nation exerting its influence and control over a weaker and less industrialized nation. This can involve various means such as military conquest, economic dominance, or political manipulation. Imperialism often aims to exploit the resources and labor of the weaker nation for the benefit of the stronger one. It can also involve cultural assimilation and the imposition of the dominant nation's values and beliefs on the subjugated nation. Overall, imperialism represents a form of colonialism and expansionism by powerful nations seeking to extend their influence and control over others.

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  • 16. 

    Newspapers exaggeration of stories to sell more copies / biased & untrue. 

    Correct Answer
    Yellow Journalism
    Explanation
    Yellow Journalism refers to the practice of sensationalizing news stories, often with exaggerated or biased information, in order to attract more readers and increase newspaper sales. This type of journalism prioritizes sensationalism over accuracy and objectivity, often leading to the spread of false or misleading information. Yellow Journalism gained prominence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly during times of intense competition between newspapers. It is characterized by its use of eye-catching headlines, dramatic illustrations, and exaggerated stories to grab readers' attention.

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  • 17. 

    The explosion of this vessel sparked the Spanish-American War

    Correct Answer
    USS Maine
    Maine
    U.S.S. Maine
    Explanation
    The USS Maine was a United States Navy ship that exploded and sank in Havana Harbor in 1898. The explosion was a major factor in the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. The incident heightened tensions between the United States and Spain, leading to the U.S. intervention in the Cuban War of Independence. The sinking of the USS Maine became a rallying cry for war and a symbol of American imperialism.

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  • 18. 

    Also known as the "Big Stick Policy" it was an addition to the Monroe Doctrine where the U.S. would use force if necessary and intervene in Latin America to preserve law and order.

    Correct Answer
    Roosevelt Corollary
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is the Roosevelt Corollary. The Roosevelt Corollary was an addition to the Monroe Doctrine, which stated that the United States would use force if necessary to maintain law and order in Latin America. This policy came to be known as the "Big Stick Policy" because it emphasized the use of military power to assert American influence in the region. The Roosevelt Corollary was a significant shift in U.S. foreign policy, as it justified intervention in the affairs of other nations to protect American interests.

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  • 19. 

    Created a shorter trade route and method of travel from the east to west.

    Correct Answer
    Panama Canal
    Explanation
    The Panama Canal was created to provide a shorter trade route and method of travel from the east to west. By connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the canal eliminated the need for ships to sail around the southern tip of South America, saving time and resources. This allowed for faster and more efficient transportation of goods and people between the two coasts, benefiting international trade and travel.

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  • 20. 

    Remain neutral: Stay out of foreign affairs as a foreign policy.

    Correct Answer
    Isolationism
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "Isolationism." This refers to a foreign policy approach where a country chooses to remain neutral and avoid involvement in international affairs. Instead, it focuses on its own domestic issues and prioritizes its own interests over global concerns. Isolationism can manifest in various forms, such as avoiding military alliances, trade restrictions, or limiting diplomatic engagement with other nations. This approach aims to maintain sovereignty and minimize external influences on domestic affairs.

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