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Westward Expansion Test 6th - Quiz

36a - analyze the establishment and growth of the University of Georgia, Louisville, and the spread of Baptist and Methodist churches. 36b - evaluate the impact of land policies pursued by Georgia to include the headright system, land lotteries, and the Yazoo land fraud. 36c - defend how technological developments impacted Georgia’s growth to include the cotton gin and railroads. 36d - analyze the events that led to the removal of the Creeks and Cherokees including the roles of Alexander McGillivray, William McIntosh, Sequoyah, John Ross, the Dahlonega Gold Rush, Worcester v. Georgia, Andrew Jackson, John Read moreMarshall, and the Trail of Tears


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The capital of Georgia has changed five times in the history of the state.  In what two directions has the capital city moved?

    • A.

      West and North

    • B.

      East and North

    • C.

      West and South

    • D.

      East and South

    Correct Answer
    A. West and North
    Explanation
    The capital of Georgia has changed five times in its history, indicating that it has moved from one location to another. The answer "West and North" suggests that the capital city has moved in both the western and northern directions. This implies that the capital has been relocated to different areas within the state, moving both towards the west and north at different times.

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  • 2. 

    Why was Louisville chosen as Georgia’s capital in 1786?

    • A.

      Louisville was the state’s largest city

    • B.

      Louisville was more centrally located

    • C.

      Louisville was the most important center for trade

    • D.

      Louisville played an important role in the American Revolution

    Correct Answer
    B. Louisville was more centrally located
    Explanation
    Louisville was chosen as Georgia's capital in 1786 because it was more centrally located. This means that it was situated in a position that was more convenient and accessible for the entire state. Being centrally located would have made it easier for people from different parts of Georgia to travel to the capital. Additionally, a central location would have allowed for more equal representation and accessibility for the citizens of the state.

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  • 3. 

    Which denomination of Christianity used traveling ministers called circuit riders to spread Christianity throughout the frontier region?

    • A.

      Baptist

    • B.

      Catholic

    • C.

      Anglican

    • D.

      Methodist

    Correct Answer
    D. Methodist
    Explanation
    During the frontier period, the Methodist denomination of Christianity used traveling ministers known as circuit riders to spread their faith. These circuit riders would travel on horseback from one settlement to another, preaching the teachings of Methodism and establishing new churches. They played a crucial role in bringing Christianity to the frontier regions where there were few established churches or clergy. The Methodist Church's emphasis on evangelism and its commitment to reaching out to rural and remote areas made the use of circuit riders an effective method of spreading Christianity during this time.

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  • 4. 

    Which statement BEST describes a “land grant university”, such as the University of Georgia?

    • A.

      The land for the college was donated by the federal government

    • B.

      The land could not be used for any purpose other than a college

    • C.

      The college was a public university with free tuition to state residents

    • D.

      The college was established as an agricultural college to improve farming

    Correct Answer
    A. The land for the college was donated by the federal government
    Explanation
    A "land grant university" refers to a university that was established on land that was donated by the federal government. This means that the land on which the University of Georgia was built was given to the university by the federal government. This type of university was typically established with the intention of promoting education in agricultural and mechanical sciences, as well as to provide opportunities for higher education to a wider population.

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  • 5. 

    Name the five Georgia cities that have served as the capital of Georgia.

    • A.

      Savannah, Augusta, Louisville, Milledgeville, and Atlanta

    • B.

      Waycross, Athens, Macon Savannah, and Dalton

    • C.

      Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, Augusta and Columbus

    • D.

      Clarksville, Albany, Atlanta, Macon and Savannah

    Correct Answer
    A. Savannah, Augusta, Louisville, Milledgeville, and Atlanta
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Savannah, Augusta, Louisville, Milledgeville, and Atlanta. These five cities have all served as the capital of Georgia at different points in history. Savannah was the first capital of Georgia when it was founded in 1733. Augusta became the capital in 1785, followed by Louisville in 1796. Milledgeville served as the capital from 1804 to 1868, and finally, Atlanta became the capital in 1868 and has remained so ever since.

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  • 6. 

    Explain why the capital of Georgia kept moving?

    • A.

      Politicians kept accepting bribes to move the capital

    • B.

      As the population of Georgia continued to expand westward and farther from Savannah and the coast, the capital moved to be more centrally located

    • C.

      The Georgia Constitution stated that the capital should move every 5 years

    • D.

      The towns that served as capitals asked to no longer serve as the capital of the state due to the overwhelming number of politicians that flooded into their peaceful cities

    Correct Answer
    B. As the population of Georgia continued to expand westward and farther from Savannah and the coast, the capital moved to be more centrally located
    Explanation
    The capital of Georgia kept moving because the population of Georgia was expanding westward and away from Savannah and the coast. In order to be more centrally located and accessible to the growing population, the capital had to be relocated multiple times.

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  • 7. 

    What were the two largest church denominations in Georgia by 1860?

    • A.

      Baptist and Jewish

    • B.

      Methodist and Baptist

    • C.

      Episcopal and Catholic

    • D.

      Episcopal and Methodist

    Correct Answer
    B. Methodist and Baptist
    Explanation
    By 1860, the two largest church denominations in Georgia were the Methodist and Baptist. This can be inferred based on the options provided and the historical context of Georgia during that time period. Methodism and Baptist were both popular and influential denominations in the southern United States, including Georgia, during the 19th century.

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  • 8. 

    What was the purpose of the headright system in Georgia?

    • A.

      It distributed Indian lands to new settlers

    • B.

      It administered voting and election districts

    • C.

      It established a method of counting population

    • D.

      It provided an organized system of collecting taxes

    Correct Answer
    A. It distributed Indian lands to new settlers
    Explanation
    The purpose of the headright system in Georgia was to distribute Indian lands to new settlers. This system allowed for the allocation of land to individuals based on the number of people they brought with them to settle in Georgia. It was a way of encouraging settlement and expansion into Indian territories, ultimately leading to the displacement of Native American tribes from their lands.

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  • 9. 

    What scandal took place when Georgia’s governor and some legislators were bribed to sell public land to private developers at cheap prices?

    • A.

      Georgia’s land lottery

    • B.

      Yazoo Land Fraud

    • C.

      Mississippi Land Fraud

    • D.

      Trail of Tears

    Correct Answer
    B. Yazoo Land Fraud
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Yazoo Land Fraud. The Yazoo Land Fraud scandal occurred when Georgia's governor and some legislators were bribed to sell public land to private developers at cheap prices. This scandal caused public outrage and led to the nullification of the land sales.

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  • 10. 

    What was the purpose of the land lottery?

    • A.

      The state wanted good citizens to settle western lands that were once Cherokee and farm them

    • B.

      The state wanted to establish good relationships with the Indians through agriculture

    • C.

      The state wanted the people to introduce new crops

    • D.

      Georgia wanted to build a defense buffer between its settlers, and California

    Correct Answer
    A. The state wanted good citizens to settle western lands that were once Cherokee and farm them
    Explanation
    The purpose of the land lottery was for the state to encourage responsible and productive citizens to settle and cultivate the western lands that were previously inhabited by the Cherokee. By doing so, the state aimed to promote development and economic growth in the region while also ensuring a buffer between its settlers and California.

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  • 11. 

    Which was NOT a requirement to participate in the land lottery?

    • A.

      White male

    • B.

      Age 21

    • C.

      Black male

    • D.

      Widow

    Correct Answer
    C. Black male
    Explanation
    The land lottery required participants to be white males, aged 21 and above, or widows. However, being a black male was not a requirement to participate in the land lottery.

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  • 12. 

    As a result of the Yazoo land fraud, the state of Georgia lost legitimate claims to lands in present-day Alabama and Mississippi.  The new western boundary of Georgia moved from the Mississippi River to the

    • A.

      Savannah River

    • B.

      Chattahoochee River

    • C.

      Oconee River

    • D.

      Ocmulgee River

    Correct Answer
    B. Chattahoochee River
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Chattahoochee River. The Yazoo land fraud refers to a corrupt land deal in the late 18th century involving Georgia politicians and land speculators. The fraud resulted in the illegal sale of millions of acres of land in present-day Alabama and Mississippi. As a consequence, Georgia had to give up its legitimate claims to these lands. The new western boundary of Georgia was moved from the Mississippi River to the Chattahoochee River.

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  • 13. 

    Which answer choice is a reasonable conclusion about the statement below? This system needs to be replaced!  It is unfair that because my wife and I only had two children we only get 300 acres of land.

    • A.

      The statement is criticizing the land lottery.

    • B.

      The statement is criticizing the headright system.

    • C.

      The statement is supporting fact that the headright system is more fair than the land lottery.

    • D.

      The statement is explaining why slavery should be made illegal.

    Correct Answer
    B. The statement is criticizing the headright system.
    Explanation
    The statement expresses dissatisfaction with the fact that the speaker and their wife only received 300 acres of land because they had only two children. This implies that the speaker believes the allocation of land in the headright system is unfair, suggesting that the statement is criticizing the headright system.

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  • 14. 

    Which of the following people would have been eligible to participate in the land lottery?

    • A.

      A woman whose husband was still alive and gave her a ticket for the land lottery

    • B.

      The daughter of a wealthy farmer who still lived at home with her parents.

    • C.

      A 40 year old man who had fought in the Revolutionary War.

    • D.

      A 16 year old boy who wanted to move off of his parents’ farm and start his own business.

    Correct Answer
    C. A 40 year old man who had fought in the Revolutionary War.
    Explanation
    The land lottery was a system used in the past to distribute land to eligible participants. In this case, the only person who would have been eligible to participate in the land lottery is the 40 year old man who had fought in the Revolutionary War. This is because the land lottery was often open to veterans of the war as a reward for their service. The other individuals mentioned, such as the woman whose husband gave her a ticket, the daughter of a wealthy farmer, and the 16 year old boy, do not meet the criteria of being a veteran of the Revolutionary War.

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  • 15. 

    How can the following be categorized? ·         Many of Georgia’s legislators were eventually removed from office. ·         The federal government paid $1.25 million for Georgia to cede its western land. ·         Georgia lost land      

    • A.

      Results of the Yazoo Land Fraud

    • B.

      Results of the Oconee War

    • C.

      Causes of the Yazoo Land Fraud

    • D.

      Reasons why Georgia wanted to declare independence from Great Britain

    Correct Answer
    A. Results of the Yazoo Land Fraud
    Explanation
    The given statements suggest the results of the Yazoo Land Fraud. Many of Georgia's legislators being removed from office indicates the consequences faced by those involved in the fraud. The federal government paying $1.25 million for Georgia to cede its western land shows the financial outcome of the fraud. Additionally, Georgia losing land further supports the notion that these statements pertain to the results of the Yazoo Land Fraud.

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  • 16. 

    What is the benefit of Eli Whitney’s cotton gin?

    • A.

      It was used as a disinfectant in surgeries

    • B.

      It separated the seeds from cotton fiber

    • C.

      It made farm labor less needed

    • D.

      It allowed many farmers to retire

    Correct Answer
    B. It separated the seeds from cotton fiber
    Explanation
    The benefit of Eli Whitney's cotton gin is that it separated the seeds from cotton fiber. This innovation greatly increased the efficiency of cotton production, as it eliminated the need for manual labor to remove the seeds. With the cotton gin, the process of separating the seeds became much faster and easier, leading to a significant increase in cotton production and profitability.

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  • 17. 

    The cotton gin had which of the following effects on Georgia?

    • A.

      It made harvesting cotton easier so that slaves were no longer needed

    • B.

      It made cleaning cotton more efficient and increased the state’s dependence on slavery

    • C.

      It caused many mills to close and go out of business

    • D.

      It made it harder for large plantation owners to make money

    Correct Answer
    B. It made cleaning cotton more efficient and increased the state’s dependence on slavery
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "It made cleaning cotton more efficient and increased the state's dependence on slavery." The cotton gin, invented by Eli Whitney in 1793, revolutionized the cotton industry by automating the process of separating cotton fibers from the seeds. This invention significantly increased the efficiency and speed of cotton cleaning, leading to a surge in cotton production. As a result, the demand for slave labor also increased, as more slaves were needed to cultivate and harvest the larger cotton crops. Therefore, the cotton gin not only made cotton cleaning more efficient but also reinforced the reliance on slavery in Georgia.

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  • 18. 

    In the early 1800’s, what development allowed the South’s economy to grow the most?

    • A.

      Mechanical reaper

    • B.

      Cow milking technology

    • C.

      Railroads

    • D.

      Automobiles

    Correct Answer
    C. Railroads
    Explanation
    Railroads allowed the South's economy to grow the most in the early 1800s. Railroads revolutionized transportation and enabled goods and resources to be transported more efficiently and quickly across long distances. This facilitated trade and economic development, connecting different regions and markets. Railroads also stimulated industrial growth, as they created a demand for iron, steel, and other materials. Additionally, railroads provided job opportunities and contributed to urbanization and population growth. Overall, the development of railroads had a significant impact on the South's economy, making it the correct answer.

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  • 19. 

    What is the comment below referring to?   “After our cotton was loaded into the train containers, the conductor said it would reach its destination in only 7 hours. It would have taken 4 days to reach the same destination just one year ago.”

    • A.

      The speed and efficiency of the railroads

    • B.

      The amount of money that a conductor makes in a day

    • C.

      The long wait farmers had to get their mail

    • D.

      Cotton being transported at a slow pace

    Correct Answer
    A. The speed and efficiency of the railroads
    Explanation
    The comment is referring to the speed and efficiency of the railroads. It highlights the improvement in transportation time for cotton, with the journey now taking only 7 hours compared to 4 days in the past. This indicates that the railroads have become faster and more efficient in transporting goods.

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  • 20. 

    The first gold rush in America took place in Georgia.  What is the name of the location where those looking to get rich could find the large deposits of gold?

    • A.

      Dahlonega

    • B.

      Dalton

    • C.

      Blue Ridge

    • D.

      New Echota

    Correct Answer
    A. Dahlonega
    Explanation
    Dahlonega is the correct answer because it was the location in Georgia where the first gold rush occurred. Those who were looking to get rich could find large deposits of gold in Dahlonega.

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  • 21. 

    In the U.S. Supreme Court case of Worcester v. Georgia, Chief Justice John Marshall ______________

    • A.

      Said that Georgia had the right to take Cherokee lands.

    • B.

      Said that President Jackson should make a ruling in this case.

    • C.

      Said that the Cherokee Nation had no right to sue in the United States’ courts.

    • D.

      Said that Georgia laws do not apply in the Cherokee territory.

    Correct Answer
    D. Said that Georgia laws do not apply in the Cherokee territory.
    Explanation
    In the U.S. Supreme Court case of Worcester v. Georgia, Chief Justice John Marshall stated that Georgia laws do not apply in the Cherokee territory. This implies that the Cherokee Nation has the right to govern their own lands and that the state of Georgia cannot enforce its laws within their territory. This decision affirmed the sovereignty and autonomy of the Cherokee Nation, recognizing their right to self-governance and protection of their lands.

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  • 22. 

    The Treaty of Indian Springs ceded the last of the Creeks’ lands in Georgia to the federal government.  Which Creek leader signed the Treaty of Indian Springs and was later killed by his own people for signing this treaty?

    • A.

      John Ross

    • B.

      Elias Boudinot

    • C.

      William McIntosh

    • D.

      Alexander McGillivray

    Correct Answer
    C. William McIntosh
    Explanation
    William McIntosh, a Creek leader, signed the Treaty of Indian Springs, which resulted in the cession of the Creeks' lands in Georgia to the federal government. However, his decision to sign the treaty was heavily opposed by many of his own people. As a result, McIntosh was later killed by his own people as a consequence of signing the treaty.

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  • 23. 

    What was one effect of the Trail of Tears?

    • A.

      The Cherokee capital was moved to New Echota.

    • B.

      The Cherokee were granted full rights as citizens.

    • C.

      The Cherokee were removed from their land in Georgia.

    • D.

      The Cherokee published the first Native American newspaper.

    Correct Answer
    C. The Cherokee were removed from their land in Georgia.
    Explanation
    The Trail of Tears refers to the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their ancestral lands in Georgia. This removal was a result of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, signed into law by President Andrew Jackson. The Cherokee were forcibly relocated to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), resulting in the deaths of thousands due to harsh conditions and lack of resources during the journey. This event had a devastating impact on the Cherokee nation, as they were forcibly uprooted from their homes and ancestral lands.

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  • 24. 

    Which Cherokee Chief went to Washington, DC to fight the removal of the Cherokee form north Georgia?

    • A.

      John Ross

    • B.

      William McIntosh

    • C.

      John Marshall

    • D.

      Alexander McGillivray

    Correct Answer
    A. John Ross
    Explanation
    John Ross is the correct answer because he was a prominent Cherokee Chief who advocated against the removal of the Cherokee from north Georgia. He led efforts to resist the Indian Removal Act and fought for Cherokee rights in Washington, DC. Ross played a crucial role in the legal and political battles to protect Cherokee land and sovereignty, making him the most likely candidate to have gone to Washington, DC to fight the removal.

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  • 25. 

    Working with President George Washington, which Creek leader signed the Treaty of New York, giving up all of the Creek’s land east of the Oconee River?

    • A.

      John Ross

    • B.

      Elias Boudinot

    • C.

      William McIntosh

    • D.

      Alexander McGillivray

    Correct Answer
    D. Alexander McGillivray
    Explanation
    Alexander McGillivray was a Creek leader who signed the Treaty of New York, which resulted in the Creek tribe giving up all of their land east of the Oconee River. Working with President George Washington, McGillivray played a significant role in negotiating this treaty.

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  • 26. 

    What would be the next likely event in the sequence:   Sequoyah is interested in “talking leaves” -> Began work on a syllabary -> Completed 85 symbols ->  

    • A.

      The Cherokee Phoenix began printing.

    • B.

      The Trail of Tears began.

    • C.

      Sequoyah was killed by his own people.

    • D.

      Sequoyah began teaching his syllabary at the University of Georgia.

    Correct Answer
    A. The Cherokee Phoenix began printing.
    Explanation
    The given sequence shows the progression of Sequoyah's work on the syllabary. After being interested in "talking leaves," he began working on a syllabary and completed 85 symbols. The next likely event in this sequence would be the Cherokee Phoenix beginning to print, as it would be the natural progression of Sequoyah's work and the dissemination of the syllabary to the Cherokee people.

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  • 27. 

    The state of Georgia began to try to remove the Cherokee for which reason?

    • A.

      The Cherokee were a fierce, warlike tribe whom settlers feared.

    • B.

      Missionaries to the Cherokee said they needed to be relocated.

    • C.

      The Cherokee tried to take land belonging to the white settlers.

    • D.

      White settlers wanted the land on which the Cherokee lived.

    Correct Answer
    D. White settlers wanted the land on which the Cherokee lived.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that white settlers wanted the land on which the Cherokee lived. This is because the settlers desired the fertile land occupied by the Cherokee and saw it as valuable for agriculture and economic development. They sought to remove the Cherokee in order to take possession of the land for their own purposes.

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  • 28. 

    The Treaty of Indian Springs was to the Creeks, as ___________________ was to the Cherokee.

    • A.

      Worcester v. Georgia

    • B.

      Treaty of New Echota

    • C.

      Treaty of New York

    • D.

      Marshall v. Jackson

    Correct Answer
    B. Treaty of New Echota
    Explanation
    The Treaty of New Echota was to the Cherokee, as it was a controversial treaty signed in 1835 by a small faction of Cherokee leaders without the consent of the majority of the tribe. This treaty resulted in the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their ancestral lands in the Southeast to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), known as the Trail of Tears. The treaty was highly contested and led to significant divisions within the Cherokee Nation. Worcester v. Georgia, Marshall v. Jackson, and the Treaty of New York are unrelated to the Cherokee and do not have the same significance.

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  • 29. 

    Who is best described by the following descriptions? ·         President of the United States ·         Ignored the Supreme Court’s ruling in Worcester v. Georgia ·         Sent troops to forcibly remove the Cherokee from their lands  

    • A.

      John Marshall

    • B.

      Andrew Jackson

    • C.

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D.

      John Adams

    Correct Answer
    B. Andrew Jackson
    Explanation
    Andrew Jackson is best described by the given descriptions because he was the President of the United States, he ignored the Supreme Court's ruling in Worcester v. Georgia, and he sent troops to forcibly remove the Cherokee from their lands.

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  • 30. 

    Causes
    • White settlers are hungry to grow more cotton
    • Georgia is giving away land in the western section of the state.  
    • Gold is discovered in the mountains of Georgia.
    28.) Which statement BEST describes the effect of these causes?

    • A.

      The University of Georgia is created to offer white males a college level education.

    • B.

      The legislature gets involved with the Yazoo land fraud case and loses land for Georgia.

    • C.

      Religious circuit riders do not have to travel as far to either start new churches or spread their religious messages.

    • D.

      The Creeks and Cherokees are forced to give up the lands that have belonged to them for generations.

    Correct Answer
    D. The Creeks and Cherokees are forced to give up the lands that have belonged to them for generations.
    Explanation
    The causes mentioned in the question, such as the hunger of white settlers to grow more cotton, the offer of land by Georgia in the western section, and the discovery of gold in the mountains, ultimately lead to the forced removal of the Creeks and Cherokees from their ancestral lands. This effect is the most significant outcome of these causes as it represents the displacement and loss of land for these Native American tribes.

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  • 31. 

       In what year did the Creeks first cede land to the Europeans?

    • A.

      1835

    • B.

      1827

    • C.

      1793

    • D.

      1733

    Correct Answer
    D. 1733
    Explanation
    In 1733, the Creeks first ceded land to the Europeans.

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  • 32. 

    By what year had Europeans completed the removal of the Creeks from Georgia?

    • A.

      1763

    • B.

      1814

    • C.

      1827

    • D.

      1835

    Correct Answer
    D. 1835
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1835. This is the year by which Europeans had completed the removal of the Creeks from Georgia.

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  • 33. 

    The largest land cession from the Cherokee was in what year?  

    • A.

      1763

    • B.

      1814

    • C.

      1821

    • D.

      1835- 1836

    Correct Answer
    B. 1814
    Explanation
    In 1814, the largest land cession from the Cherokee occurred. This means that during this year, the Cherokee tribe gave up a significant amount of their land. The question is asking for the specific year in which this land cession took place, and the correct answer is 1814.

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  • 34. 

    There are several popular stories of the beginning of Georgia’s gold rush, but in fact, no one is really certain who made the first discovery or when.  According to one story, John Witherwoods found a three-ounce nugget along Duke’s Creek in White County.  Another says that Jesse Hogan, a prospector from North Carolina, found gold on Ward’s Creek near Dahlonega.  Yet another finds a young Benjamin Parks kicking up an unusual stone while on the lookout for deer west of the Chestatee River in 1828.  Regardless of who actually found the first gold, once word got out about the discovery, the first major gold rush in U.S. history began in the hills of North Georgia and the Cherokee Indians’ time in Georgia was coming to an end. Based on the passage, what was a cause for Indian removal from Georgia?

    • A.

      Benjamin Parks was hunting so many deer that food became scarce.

    • B.

      The need for more land by white Georgians moving west led to conflict.

    • C.

      None of those who claimed to discover the gold were Cherokee.

    • D.

      Gold was discovered in North Georgia

    Correct Answer
    D. Gold was discovered in North Georgia
    Explanation
    The passage mentions that once word got out about the gold discovery, the first major gold rush in U.S. history began in the hills of North Georgia. This implies that the discovery of gold in North Georgia was a cause for Indian removal from Georgia.

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  • 35. 

    There are several popular stories of the beginning of Georgia’s gold rush, but in fact, no one is really certain who made the first discovery or when.  According to one story, John Witherwoods found a three-ounce nugget along Duke’s Creek in White County.  Another says that Jesse Hogan, a prospector from North Carolina, found gold on Ward’s Creek near Dahlonega.  Yet another finds a young Benjamin Parks kicking up an unusual stone while on the lookout for deer west of the Chestatee River in 1828.  Regardless of who actually found the first gold, once word got out about the discovery, the first major gold rush in U.S. history began in the hills of North Georgia and the Cherokee Indians’ time in Georgia was coming to an end. What was the significance of the claims made by the three men discovering gold?

    • A.

      Although there were conflicting claims, they generated enough interest that led to the first major gold rush.

    • B.

      Since there were conflicting stories, interest in North Georgia was slow to grow.

    • C.

      Cherokees were relieved to know that gold was found on their land.

    • D.

      Gold discovered in North Georgia lead to a partnership between the Cherokee and the white Georgia settle

    Correct Answer
    A. Although there were conflicting claims, they generated enough interest that led to the first major gold rush.
    Explanation
    The significance of the claims made by the three men discovering gold is that they generated enough interest that led to the first major gold rush. Despite the conflicting stories, the discovery of gold in North Georgia captured people's attention and sparked a rush of people searching for gold in the area. This event marked the beginning of a significant historical event in the United States and had a profound impact on the region.

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