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On the western border of the United States, lies Mexico. To date, the Mexican-American border is filled with a lot of issues, from immigrants, smuggling just to mention but a few. Test your knowledge of the Mexican-American war below.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    When was the war started?

    • A.

      May 16, 1844

    • B.

      April 25, 1846

    • C.

      January 5, 1847

    • D.

      February 2, 1848

    Correct Answer
    B. April 25, 1846
    Explanation
    The correct answer is April 25, 1846. This date marks the start of the war being referred to in the question.

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  • 2. 

    Who was the president of the United States when the Mexican War began?

    • A.

      John Slidell

    • B.

      Fabius Stanley

    • C.

      Abraham Lincoln

    • D.

      James Polk

    Correct Answer
    D. James Polk
    Explanation
    James Polk was the president of the United States when the Mexican War began. The Mexican War, also known as the Mexican-American War, started in 1846 and lasted until 1848. Polk, who served as the 11th president of the United States from 1845 to 1849, was a strong advocate for territorial expansion and believed in the concept of Manifest Destiny. He played a significant role in initiating the war by sending troops to the disputed border region between Texas and Mexico. Polk's presidency was marked by his aggressive policies towards Mexico, which ultimately led to the outbreak of the Mexican War.

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  • 3. 

    Which battle provoked the Mexican American War to Begin?

    • A.

      Thornton Affair

    • B.

      Battle of Monterey

    • C.

      Battle of Chino

    • D.

      Battle of Cerro Gordo

    Correct Answer
    A. Thornton Affair
    Explanation
    The Thornton Affair provoked the Mexican American War to begin. This was a skirmish that occurred on April 25, 1846, when a patrol of American soldiers led by Captain Seth Thornton was attacked by Mexican forces near the Rio Grande. This incident was seen as an act of aggression by Mexico against the United States, and it played a significant role in escalating tensions between the two countries, ultimately leading to the outbreak of the Mexican American War.

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  • 4. 

    Who won the war?

    • A.

      Mexicans

    • B.

      Americans

    Correct Answer
    B. Americans
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Americans. This implies that in the war being referred to, the Americans emerged as the winners.

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  • 5. 

    The Mexicans had far better weapons than the U.S.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because historically, the United States has had far superior weapons and military technology compared to Mexico. The United States has a larger defense budget and has invested heavily in advanced weaponry, giving them a significant advantage in terms of firepower and military capabilities.

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  • 6. 

    What was the standard issue firearm for the U.S. soldier?

    • A.

      The .69-caliber smoothbore flintlock musket

    • B.

      The double-barreled shotgun

    • C.

      Flintlock Pistol

    • D.

      Percussion Pistol

    Correct Answer
    A. The .69-caliber smoothbore flintlock musket
    Explanation
    During the early years of the United States, the standard issue firearm for U.S. soldiers was the .69-caliber smoothbore flintlock musket. This musket was widely used during the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. It was a muzzle-loading firearm that used a flintlock mechanism to ignite the gunpowder and propel the round ball. The .69-caliber refers to the diameter of the ball used in the musket. The smoothbore design meant that the musket had no rifling, which affected its accuracy but allowed for easier loading and cleaning. Overall, the .69-caliber smoothbore flintlock musket was the standard weapon for U.S. soldiers during this time period.

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  • 7. 

    Who had the better cannons?

    Correct Answer
    Americans
    americans
    america
    America
    the U.S.
    U.S.
    United States
    united states
    the United States
    The United States
    the united states
    the americans
    Explanation
    The question is asking about who had the better cannons, and the correct answer is "Americans, americans, america, America, the U.S., U.S., United States, united states, the United States, The United States, the united states, the americans." This answer suggests that the better cannons belonged to the United States or the Americans.

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  • 8. 

    The Mexicans had newer weapons.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False

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