History Quiz: Panama Canal Trivia Questions!

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  • 1. 

    Who crossed Panama in the 1500's?

    • A.

      James Monroe

    • B.

      Vasco de Balboa Nunez

    • C.

      Cipriano Castro

    • D.

      Vesti de Jesco

    Correct Answer
    B. Vasco de Balboa Nunez
    Explanation
    Vasco de Balboa Nunez crossed Panama in the 1500's.

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  • 2. 

    Who passed the Monroe Doctrine

    • A.

      James Monroe

    • B.

      Robert Monroe

    • C.

      Jack Monroe

    • D.

      Daniel Monroe

    Correct Answer
    A. James Monroe
    Explanation
    The correct answer is James Monroe. James Monroe was the president of the United States who passed the Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe Doctrine was a foreign policy statement that warned European powers against further colonization or interference in the Americas. It asserted the United States' dominance in the Western Hemisphere and set the stage for American expansion and influence in the region. James Monroe's presidency from 1817 to 1825 was marked by this significant policy statement.

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  • 3. 

    What was the treaty to jointly build and maintain a canal in Britain?

    • A.

      The Great Waterway Treaty

    • B.

      Great Canal Treaty

    • C.

      Clayton-Bulwer Treaty

    • D.

      The British Canal Treaty

    Correct Answer
    C. Clayton-Bulwer Treaty
    Explanation
    The Clayton-Bulwer Treaty was an agreement between the United States and Britain to jointly construct and maintain a canal in Central America. This treaty, signed in 1850, aimed to ensure equal access and rights for both countries in the construction and operation of the canal. It established guidelines for the construction, neutrality, and management of the canal, and was an important step towards the eventual construction of the Panama Canal.

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  • 4. 

    Who became a president after William McKinely's death?

    • A.

      Benjamin Harrison

    • B.

      Abraham Licoln

    • C.

      Theodore Roosevelt

    • D.

      William Howard Taft

    Correct Answer
    C. Theodore Roosevelt
    Explanation
    After the death of William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt became the president.

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  • 5. 

    Who completed negotiations with Great Britain?

    • A.

      Thomas Hay

    • B.

      John Jackson

    • C.

      Thomas Jackson

    • D.

      John Hay

    Correct Answer
    D. John Hay
    Explanation
    John Hay completed negotiations with Great Britain.

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  • 6. 

    How much did the United States pay for a five mile wide strip of land across isthmus? 

    • A.

      $10 million + $250K per year for 99 years

    • B.

      $5 million + $250K per year for 99 years

    • C.

      $10 million + $100K per year for 99 years

    • D.

      $5 million + $100K per year for 99 years

    Correct Answer
    A. $10 million + $250K per year for 99 years
    Explanation
    The United States paid $10 million upfront, along with an additional $250,000 per year for 99 years, for a five mile wide strip of land across the isthmus. This means that the total cost of the land acquisition was $10 million plus $250,000 multiplied by 99 years.

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  • 7. 

    Why  did a warship goto Colon, Panama on November 2, 1903?

    • A.

      An enemy country had attacked

    • B.

      A rebellion broke out

    • C.

      It was for defense purposes

    • D.

      The coast of U.S. was too crowded

    Correct Answer
    B. A rebellion broke out
    Explanation
    A warship went to Colon, Panama on November 2, 1903 because a rebellion broke out. This suggests that the warship was sent to address the rebellion and maintain control or restore order in the area. The rebellion may have posed a threat to the stability and security of the region, prompting the deployment of the warship as a defensive measure.

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  • 8. 

    What was the thinking Roosevelt had thought of forcing debtor nations to pay their debts?

    • A.

      Roosevelt Corollary

    • B.

      Definite Debt

    • C.

      The Debt Act

    • D.

      The Money Act

    Correct Answer
    A. Roosevelt Corollary
    Explanation
    The Roosevelt Corollary was an extension of the Monroe Doctrine, which stated that the United States would intervene in Latin American affairs to prevent European colonization. In the context of debtor nations, Roosevelt believed that if these countries were unable to pay their debts to European powers, it could lead to the intervention of those powers in the Western Hemisphere. Therefore, the Roosevelt Corollary aimed to assert the United States' role as a dominant power in the region and prevent European interference by taking on the responsibility of collecting and enforcing debt payments from debtor nations.

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  • 9. 

    When did the Panama Canal first open?

    • A.

      January 3rd, 1914

    • B.

      September 26th, 1916

    • C.

      August 15th, 1914

    • D.

      August 15th, 1916

    Correct Answer
    C. August 15th, 1914
    Explanation
    The correct answer is August 15th, 1914. This is the date when the Panama Canal first opened.

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  • 10. 

    When did William Howard Taft become president?

    • A.

      1909

    • B.

      1912

    • C.

      1910

    • D.

      1932

    Correct Answer
    A. 1909
    Explanation
    William Howard Taft became president in 1909. This is the correct answer because Taft was elected as the 27th President of the United States in 1908 and officially took office on March 4, 1909. He served as president until 1913.

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