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The United States of America has been for a long time regarded as the strongest country in the world, both economically and military wise. How much do you know of this great country? Find out more in the quiz below.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following was a result of the Columbian Exchange?

    • A.

      The first English settlement was established at Jamestown, VA

    • B.

      Native Americans were forcibly removed from their lands

    • C.

      About 600,000 Africans were taken to work as slaves in America

    • D.

      Foods, animals, plants, and diseases moved between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres

    Correct Answer
    D. Foods, animals, plants, and diseases moved between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres
    Explanation
    The Columbian Exchange refers to the widespread transfer of plants, animals, culture, human populations, technology, and ideas between the Western and Eastern Hemispheres following Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas in 1492. This process had a profound impact on both sides of the Atlantic. It led to the introduction of new foods, such as potatoes and tomatoes, to Europe and the transfer of livestock, such as horses, to the Americas. It also resulted in the spread of diseases, such as smallpox, which had devastating effects on indigenous populations. Therefore, the movement of foods, animals, plants, and diseases between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres is a direct result of the Columbian Exchange.

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following did NOT happen as a result of the arrival of 14 million immigrants in the United States between 1860 and 1900

    • A.

      The western frontier became filled, and all available land was settled

    • B.

      The suburban areas grew and expanded as large numbers of people began to leave the nation's cities

    • C.

      Urban areas such as Chicago and New York expanded rapidly

    • D.

      The nation began to shift from an agricultural base to an industrial base

    Correct Answer
    B. The suburban areas grew and expanded as large numbers of people began to leave the nation's cities
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "the suburban areas grew and expanded as large numbers of people began to leave the nation's cities." This did not happen as a result of the arrival of 14 million immigrants in the United States between 1860 and 1900. Instead, the urban areas such as Chicago and New York expanded rapidly, and the nation began to shift from an agricultural base to an industrial base. The western frontier became filled, and all available land was settled.

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  • 3. 

    Which of these is a  key feature of a representative democracy?

    • A.

      The people elect officials to represent them

    • B.

      State governments are allowed to exercise certain powers that the federal government does not control

    • C.

      State, local, and federal government systems share specific powers

    • D.

      The people of each state elect two people to represent them in the federal government

    Correct Answer
    A. The people elect officials to represent them
    Explanation
    A key feature of a representative democracy is that the people elect officials to represent them. In this system, the citizens have the power to choose their representatives through elections. These elected officials then make decisions and pass laws on behalf of the people they represent. This ensures that the government is accountable to the people and reflects their interests and values. It allows for a broader participation of citizens in the decision-making process, even if they are not directly involved in every decision.

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  • 4. 

    Which of these describes what happened as a result of the Louisiana Purchase

    • A.

      Settlers moved westward to the Mississippi

    • B.

      The United States nearly doubled in size

    • C.

      Tensions between the North and the South led to the Civil War

    • D.

      Eastern urban areas quickly became industrialized

    Correct Answer
    B. The United States nearly doubled in size
    Explanation
    As a result of the Louisiana Purchase, the United States nearly doubled in size. The Louisiana Purchase was a land deal between the United States and France in 1803, in which the U.S. acquired approximately 827,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River. This acquisition significantly expanded the territory of the United States, allowing for westward expansion and the eventual development of new states. The Louisiana Purchase is considered one of the most important events in U.S. history, as it shaped the future of the nation and its territorial boundaries.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following does NOT describe a change that took place in the United States in the second 1/2 of the 20th century (1950 - 1999)

    • A.

      The United States was recognized as the world's only superpower

    • B.

      The United States became the world's greatest economic power

    • C.

      The women's right's movement resulted in legislation that guaranteed equality for all Americans, male or female

    • D.

      The majority of immigrants came from Asia or Latin America

    Correct Answer
    A. The United States was recognized as the world's only superpower
    Explanation
    The statement "the United States was recognized as the world's only superpower" does not describe a change that took place in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. This is because the United States had already emerged as a superpower after World War II, and this recognition did not change during the period from 1950 to 1999.

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  • 6. 

    In the postindustrial economy of the United States, a majority of Americans work in the service industry

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because in the postindustrial economy of the United States, the focus has shifted from manufacturing and production to providing services. This means that a majority of Americans are employed in sectors such as healthcare, education, finance, hospitality, and retail, where they provide services rather than producing goods. This shift is a result of technological advancements, globalization, and changes in consumer preferences.

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  • 7. 

    That so many people own cars in the United States helps explain why people were able to move to suburbs from cities

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The high rate of car ownership in the United States facilitated the movement of people from cities to suburbs. With cars, individuals had the means to commute longer distances and live outside of crowded urban areas. This allowed for the development of suburban communities, as people could easily drive to work in the city while enjoying the benefits of a quieter and more spacious suburban lifestyle.

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  • 8. 

    In a free enterprise system, businesses are operated for profit under strict control by the federal government

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    In a free enterprise system, businesses are not operated under strict control by the federal government. Instead, they are allowed to operate with minimal government intervention and regulation. This allows businesses to make their own decisions regarding pricing, production, and distribution in order to maximize profits. The role of the government in a free enterprise system is to create a fair and competitive market by enforcing laws and regulations that protect consumers and prevent monopolies.

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  • 9. 

    The United States is composed of a diverse group of races and ethnicities, arts and popular culture, and languages and religions.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the United States is indeed composed of a diverse group of races and ethnicities, arts and popular culture, and languages and religions. The country has a long history of immigration, resulting in a rich tapestry of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Additionally, the United States is known for its vibrant arts scene and popular culture, which encompasses various forms of music, film, literature, and more. Furthermore, due to its history of immigration and freedom of religion, the United States is home to a wide range of languages and religions practiced by its diverse population.

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  • 10. 

    The success of the American economy can be attributed to a skilled labor force, a stable political system that encourages economic development, and the world's highest percentage of goods exported to other countries.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that the success of the American economy can be attributed to three factors: a skilled labor force, a stable political system that encourages economic development, and the highest percentage of goods exported to other countries. Since these factors are generally recognized as important contributors to a strong economy, it can be inferred that the statement is true.

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  • 11. 

    The subregion of the United States most aided by the development of irrigation and air conditioning was

    • A.

      The South

    • B.

      The North

    • C.

      The East

    • D.

      The West

    Correct Answer
    D. The West
    Explanation
    The development of irrigation and air conditioning greatly benefited the West region of the United States. The West is known for its arid climate and limited water resources, so the introduction of irrigation systems allowed for the cultivation of crops in areas that were previously unsuitable for agriculture. Additionally, air conditioning made it possible for people to live and work comfortably in the hot and dry conditions of the West. Therefore, the West region was the most aided by these developments.

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  • 12. 

    Twenty percent of the population of the United States lives in the the northeast, which covers _____ of the nation's land area

    • A.

      50

    • B.

      25

    • C.

      20

    • D.

      5

    Correct Answer
    D. 5
    Explanation
    The given statement states that twenty percent of the population of the United States lives in the northeast. This means that the northeast region has a smaller population compared to the rest of the country. Since the population density is lower in the northeast, it can be inferred that the northeast covers a smaller land area compared to other regions. Therefore, the correct answer is 5, indicating that the northeast covers 5% of the nation's land area.

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  • 13. 

    The midwestern city that serves as that regions industrial, transportation, and cultural center is

    • A.

      Detroit, Michigan

    • B.

      Chicago, Illinois

    • C.

      New York, New York

    • D.

      Los Angeles, California

    Correct Answer
    B. Chicago, Illinois
    Explanation
    Chicago, Illinois is the correct answer because it is widely recognized as the industrial, transportation, and cultural center of the Midwest. It is home to numerous manufacturing plants, a major transportation hub with its extensive rail and airport systems, and it boasts a vibrant arts and music scene, as well as world-class museums and theaters. Detroit, Michigan is known for its automotive industry, but it does not have the same level of prominence in transportation and culture as Chicago. New York, New York and Los Angeles, California are not located in the Midwest region.

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  • 14. 

    While at an earlier time, this key feature of the South was an obstacle to industrialization, the region has recently experienced rapid growth

    • A.

      Its history

    • B.

      Agriculture and livestock production

    • C.

      Its climate

    • D.

      Unusual landforms

    Correct Answer
    C. Its climate
    Explanation
    The key feature of the South that was an obstacle to industrialization in the past is its climate. The hot and humid climate of the region made it difficult for industries to thrive. However, in recent times, the South has experienced rapid growth despite this climate. This suggests that the region has found ways to overcome the challenges posed by its climate and has been able to foster industrialization and development.

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  • 15. 

    A megalopolis is a region

    • A.

      Where several large cities and their metropolitan areas develop together: EX: Baltimore and Washington, DC

    • B.

      Seen primarily in the West

    • C.

      Of great artistic diversity and cultural heritage

    • D.

      Dominated by agriculture

    Correct Answer
    A. Where several large cities and their metropolitan areas develop together: EX: Baltimore and Washington, DC
    Explanation
    A megalopolis is a region where several large cities and their metropolitan areas develop together. This can be seen in examples like Baltimore and Washington, DC.

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  • 16. 

    The United States is a federal republic, which divided power among national, state, and local governments, but it is also a representative democracy, which means that

    • A.

      Each person has one vote

    • B.

      The national government is more powerful than the state and local government

    • C.

      The people rule through elected representatives

    Correct Answer
    C. The people rule through elected representatives
    Explanation
    In a representative democracy, the people elect representatives to make decisions and govern on their behalf. This means that the power lies with the people, who exercise their authority through the act of voting. The elected representatives are responsible for representing the interests and opinions of the people and making decisions that align with the will of the majority. This system ensures that the government is accountable to the people and that their voices are heard in the decision-making process.

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  • 17. 

    The economy of the United States is run on a free enterprise system, in which

    • A.

      Goods and services are sold and traded at the highest profit margin possible

    • B.

      The government retains strict control over businesses, resources, and technology that are sold or traded for profit

    • C.

      Businesses, resources, and technology are worker-owned and operated

    Correct Answer
    A. Goods and services are sold and traded at the highest profit margin possible
    Explanation
    In a free enterprise system, the economy of the United States operates based on the principle of maximizing profit. This means that goods and services are sold and traded at the highest profit margin possible. This allows businesses to compete and strive for efficiency and innovation, ultimately benefiting both producers and consumers. The government does not retain strict control over businesses, resources, or technology, as it is a characteristic of a free market economy to have minimal government intervention. Additionally, the statement does not mention worker ownership or operation of businesses, resources, or technology, so it is not relevant to the explanation.

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  • 18. 

    Many American corporations are involved in business worldwide and are called

    • A.

      Multinationals

    • B.

      Service industries

    • C.

      Postindustrialists

    Correct Answer
    A. Multinationals
    Explanation
    The term "multinationals" refers to American corporations that engage in business activities on a global scale. These companies have operations and investments in multiple countries, allowing them to expand their reach and tap into international markets. The term "service industries" refers to businesses that primarily offer services rather than physical products. "Postindustrialists" is not an appropriate term to describe American corporations involved in global business activities.

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  • 19. 

    The subregion of the United States also known as "the rustbelt" is

    • A.

      The South

    • B.

      The West

    • C.

      The Midwest

    Correct Answer
    C. The Midwest
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Midwest. The term "rustbelt" refers to a region in the United States that was once heavily industrialized but experienced a decline in manufacturing and economic growth. This region, known as the Midwest, includes states such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. These states were once major centers of manufacturing and steel production, but faced economic challenges and job losses in the late 20th century. The term "rustbelt" reflects the image of abandoned factories and the decline of industry in this region.

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  • 20. 

    During the 1800's, sectionalism within the rapidly growing United States eventually led to

    • A.

      Westward movement

    • B.

      The Civil War

    • C.

      Slave labor

    Correct Answer
    B. The Civil War
    Explanation
    Sectionalism refers to the loyalty and interests of a particular region or section of a country rather than the nation as a whole. During the 1800s, the United States experienced significant sectionalism, with different regions having distinct economic, social, and political interests. This sectionalism eventually led to the Civil War, as the North and South became increasingly divided over issues such as slavery, tariffs, and states' rights. The conflict between these two sections escalated to a point where war was inevitable, resulting in the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861.

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  • 21. 

    A majority of Americans work in fields such as information processing, finance, medicine, and education which are parts of the

    • A.

      Postindustrial economy

    • B.

      Service industry

    • C.

      Exports industry

    Correct Answer
    B. Service industry
    Explanation
    A majority of Americans work in fields such as information processing, finance, medicine, and education, which are all part of the service industry. The service industry refers to businesses that provide services rather than producing physical goods. This includes sectors such as healthcare, education, banking, and technology. Given that the mentioned fields are all service-oriented, it is logical to conclude that the majority of Americans work in the service industry.

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  • 22. 

    The United States is currently in what is called a postindustrial economy because

    • A.

      Manufacturing is no longer the country's most important industry

    • B.

      The country leads the world in trading

    • C.

      The country's industrial output is greater than anyone else's

    Correct Answer
    A. Manufacturing is no longer the country's most important industry
    Explanation
    The correct answer is manufacturing is no longer the country's most important industry. This implies that the United States has shifted from being primarily focused on manufacturing goods to other sectors of the economy, such as services, technology, and finance. This change is indicative of a postindustrial economy, where the importance of manufacturing has diminished compared to other industries.

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  • 23. 

    New England consists of Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and

    • A.

      Texas

    • B.

      Rhode Island

    • C.

      Florida

    Correct Answer
    B. Rhode Island
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Rhode Island because it is the only option listed that is a part of New England. New England is a region in the northeastern United States that includes Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Texas and Florida are not part of New England.

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  • 24. 

    The Next 5 Questions Pertain to your MAPMost of the tribes that experienced removals to Indian Territory originated in which region of the country

    • A.

      The West

    • B.

      The South

    • C.

      The Midwest

    • D.

      A and c

    • E.

      B and c

    • F.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. B and c
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "b and c". Most of the tribes that experienced removals to Indian Territory originated in the South and the Midwest. This means that the tribes were primarily located in these regions before being forcibly relocated to Indian Territory. The option "a and c" is incorrect because it suggests that the tribes originated in the West, which is not true.

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  • 25. 

    Which tribe was removed from Florida Territory

    • A.

      Shawnee

    • B.

      Seminoles

    • C.

      Sauk and Fox

    • D.

      Chickasaw

    Correct Answer
    B. Seminoles
    Explanation
    The Seminoles were the tribe that was removed from the Florida Territory. The Seminoles were originally part of the Creek Confederacy but migrated to Florida in the 18th century. The US government attempted to remove them from their lands through a series of wars and treaties known as the Seminole Wars. Despite the government's efforts, many Seminoles resisted removal and managed to stay in Florida, leading to the establishment of the Seminole Nation.

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  • 26. 

    In which general direction were the Native Americans relocated

    • A.

      North

    • B.

      South

    • C.

      East

    • D.

      West

    Correct Answer
    D. West
    Explanation
    The Native Americans were relocated westward. This was primarily due to the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which authorized the forced removal of Native American tribes from their ancestral lands in the southeastern United States to areas west of the Mississippi River. This relocation, known as the Trail of Tears, resulted in the displacement and suffering of thousands of Native Americans as they were forced to leave their homes and travel to unfamiliar territories.

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  • 27. 

    What two tribes were removed from Mississippi

    • A.

      Sauk and Fox

    • B.

      Shawnee and Cherokee

    • C.

      Creeks and Chickasaws

    • D.

      Chickasaws and Choctaws

    Correct Answer
    D. Chickasaws and Choctaws
    Explanation
    The Chickasaws and Choctaws were the two tribes that were removed from Mississippi. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 authorized the relocation of Native American tribes from their ancestral lands to areas west of the Mississippi River. As a result, the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes were forcibly removed from their homelands in Mississippi and relocated to Indian Territory, which is present-day Oklahoma. This relocation, known as the Trail of Tears, resulted in the displacement and suffering of thousands of Native Americans.

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  • 28. 

    Which tribe originated in Ohio

    • A.

      Shawnee

    • B.

      Cherokee

    • C.

      Potawatomi

    • D.

      Choctaws

    Correct Answer
    A. Shawnee
    Explanation
    The Shawnee tribe originated in Ohio. They were a Native American tribe that historically lived in the Ohio River Valley. The Shawnee people were known for their agricultural practices and their participation in conflicts with European settlers. They played a significant role in the history of Ohio and were influential in shaping the region's culture and politics.

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  • 29. 

    The Next 5 Questions Pertain to the Political CartoonWhat are the men at the left doing

    • A.

      They are "drawing straws" for land

    • B.

      They are making fun of Native Americans

    • C.

      They are holding a private meeting

    • D.

      They are in the act of voting

    Correct Answer
    D. They are in the act of voting
    Explanation
    The men at the left are in the act of voting. This can be inferred from the context of the political cartoon, where the men are shown gathered together and engaged in a process that involves making a decision or expressing their preferences. The other options, such as "drawing straws" for land, making fun of Native Americans, or holding a private meeting, do not align with the visual depiction of the men in the cartoon.

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  • 30. 

    Why is the officer telling the Native American to move on

    • A.

      The Native American intends to disrupt the men at the left

    • B.

      The Native American is NOT allowed to vote

    • C.

      The Native American is trespassing on the officer's property

    • D.

      The Native American is at the wrong polling place

    Correct Answer
    B. The Native American is NOT allowed to vote
    Explanation
    The officer is telling the Native American to move on because they are not allowed to vote.

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  • 31. 

    Which of these phrases best describes the Native American

    • A.

      Proud and unyielding

    • B.

      Disappointed and bitter

    • C.

      Furious and dangerous

    • D.

      Sly and cunning

    Correct Answer
    A. Proud and unyielding
    Explanation
    The phrase "proud and unyielding" best describes the Native American. This suggests that they have a strong sense of pride in their culture, heritage, and identity, and they are determined and unwavering in their beliefs and values.

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  • 32. 

    How do the men at the left view the Native American

    • A.

      They are laughing at him

    • B.

      They are plotting to get rid of him

    • C.

      They do not seem to be paying attention to him

    • D.

      They see him as troublesome and wanting to harm them

    Correct Answer
    C. They do not seem to be paying attention to him
    Explanation
    The men at the left do not seem to be paying attention to the Native American. This can be inferred from the fact that they are laughing and not engaging with him in any way. Their lack of attention suggests that they may not consider him important or worthy of their focus.

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  • 33. 

    Which of the following phrases best describes the cartoonist's attitude towards the treatment of Native Americans

    • A.

      Angry but hopeful

    • B.

      Troubled but amused

    • C.

      Outraged and ashamed

    • D.

      Annoyed and despairing

    Correct Answer
    C. Outraged and ashamed
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "outraged and ashamed." This can be inferred from the use of strong and negative adjectives like "outraged" and "ashamed," which indicate a strong negative attitude towards the treatment of Native Americans. The cartoonist likely feels a deep sense of anger and shame regarding the treatment of Native Americans.

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