Do You Know About U.S. History?

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  • 1. 

    What year did the U.S. Congress create Yellowstone National Park?

    • A.

      1959

    • B.

      1963

    • C.

      1887

    • D.

      1940

    Correct Answer
    C. 1887
    Explanation
    In 1887, the U.S. Congress created Yellowstone National Park. This was a significant milestone in the history of conservation and the establishment of national parks in the United States. Yellowstone National Park became the first national park in the country and is widely considered to be the first national park in the world. It was created to preserve the unique natural features and wildlife of the area, and its establishment marked the beginning of a new era of protected public lands in the United States.

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  • 2. 

    What year did Edison invent the record player?

    • A.

      1945

    • B.

      1949

    • C.

      1887

    • D.

      1969

    Correct Answer
    C. 1887
    Explanation
    In 1887, Edison invented the record player. This invention revolutionized the way music was listened to and paved the way for the development of the modern phonograph. The record player allowed for the recording and playback of sound, marking a significant milestone in the history of audio technology.

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  • 3. 

    What year was the Statue of Liberty dedicated in New York?

    • A.

      1937

    • B.

      1886

    • C.

      1999

    • D.

      1972

    Correct Answer
    B. 1886
    Explanation
    The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York in 1886. This iconic statue was a gift from France to the United States, symbolizing friendship and freedom. It was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and its construction was completed in France before being disassembled and shipped to the United States. The dedication ceremony took place on October 28, 1886, marking the official unveiling of the statue on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.

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  • 4. 

    What year did American troops capture Apache chief Geronimo?

    • A.

      1958

    • B.

      1946

    • C.

      1945

    • D.

      1886

    Correct Answer
    D. 1886
    Explanation
    In 1886, American troops captured Apache chief Geronimo. This marked the end of the Apache Wars, a series of conflicts between the United States and various Apache tribes. Geronimo was a prominent leader and warrior who fought against the encroachment of settlers on Apache lands. His capture by the American troops represented a significant victory for the US government in their efforts to control and subdue Native American tribes.

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  • 5. 

    What year did Richard Sears establish the first mail-order house?

    • A.

      1886

    • B.

      1988

    • C.

      1943

    • D.

      1994

    Correct Answer
    A. 1886
    Explanation
    Richard Sears established the first mail-order house in 1886. This means that he started his business of selling goods through mail and delivering them to customers' homes in that year.

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  • 6. 

    What year did Mark Twain publish "Huckleberry Finn"?

    • A.

      1941

    • B.

      1801

    • C.

      1884

    • D.

      1831

    Correct Answer
    C. 1884
    Explanation
    Mark Twain published "Huckleberry Finn" in the year 1884. This information is widely known and documented in literary history. It is important to note that Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens, wrote and published the novel during the 19th century, not in the 20th century as suggested by the option 1941. The other options, 1801 and 1831, are also incorrect as they do not correspond to the actual publication date of the book.

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  • 7. 

    What year did the first roller coaster open at Coney Island?

    • A.

      1940

    • B.

      1884

    • C.

      1970

    • D.

      1945

    Correct Answer
    B. 1884
    Explanation
    In 1884, the first roller coaster opened at Coney Island. This date marks the beginning of the roller coaster phenomenon at this popular amusement park. It is significant because it introduced a thrilling and exhilarating experience for visitors, and roller coasters have since become a staple of amusement parks worldwide.

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  • 8. 

    When did outlaw Jesse James get shot in the back?

    • A.

      1882

    • B.

      1944

    • C.

      1899

    • D.

      1933

    Correct Answer
    A. 1882
    Explanation
    Jesse James, the outlaw, was shot in the back in 1882. This event occurred when Jesse James was at his home in St. Joseph, Missouri. He was shot by a member of his gang, Robert Ford, who was hoping to collect the reward money. This incident marked the end of Jesse James' criminal career and his death.

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  • 9. 

    What year did the Earps lead the shootout at the O.K. Corral?

    • A.

      1881

    • B.

      1974

    • C.

      1967

    • D.

      1978

    Correct Answer
    A. 1881
    Explanation
    In 1881, the Earps led the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral. This event took place in Tombstone, Arizona, and involved a confrontation between the Earp brothers (Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan) and their friend Doc Holliday, against a group of outlaws known as the Cowboys. The shootout lasted only about 30 seconds but resulted in three deaths and several injuries. It became a significant event in Wild West history and is often portrayed in movies and books.

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  • 10. 

    When did Thomas Edison invent the light bulb?

    • A.

      1879

    • B.

      1818

    • C.

      1943

    • D.

      1979

    Correct Answer
    A. 1879
    Explanation
    Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879. This invention revolutionized the way we live by providing a reliable and convenient source of artificial light. Edison's light bulb used a carbon filament that could last for many hours, making it practical for everyday use. This invention paved the way for the development of modern lighting systems and had a significant impact on various industries and daily life activities.

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  • 11. 

    What year was St. Patrick's Cathedral opened in New York?

    • A.

      1936

    • B.

      1973

    • C.

      1931

    • D.

      1879

    Correct Answer
    D. 1879
    Explanation
    St. Patrick's Cathedral was opened in New York in 1879.

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  • 12. 

    What year did the Sioux win the Battle of Little Big Horn?

    • A.

      1938

    • B.

      1986

    • C.

      1969

    • D.

      1876

    Correct Answer
    D. 1876
    Explanation
    The Sioux won the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. This battle, also known as Custer's Last Stand, took place between the Sioux tribe and the United States Army. It was a significant event in the history of the Native American resistance against the U.S. government's westward expansion. The Sioux, led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, successfully defeated Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his troops in this battle.

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  • 13. 

    When was Susan B. Anthony arrested for trying to vote?

    • A.

      1997

    • B.

      1872

    • C.

      1929

    • D.

      1943

    Correct Answer
    B. 1872
    Explanation
    In 1872, Susan B. Anthony was arrested for trying to vote. This was a significant event in the women's suffrage movement as she was arrested for attempting to exercise her right to vote, which was denied to women at that time. Anthony's arrest and subsequent trial brought attention to the issue of women's suffrage and helped to further the cause for women's right to vote in the United States.

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  • 14. 

    What year was the Indian Appropriation Act passed by Congress?

    • A.

      1942

    • B.

      1871

    • C.

      1969

    • D.

      1925

    Correct Answer
    B. 1871
    Explanation
    The Indian Appropriation Act was passed by Congress in 1871. This act marked a significant shift in federal Indian policy, as it ended the practice of making treaties with Native American tribes and instead established a policy of assimilation. It also gave the President the authority to designate reservations and to allocate funds for various purposes, such as education and healthcare, for Native American tribes. This act had a lasting impact on the relationship between the federal government and Native American tribes, as it greatly diminished tribal sovereignty and autonomy.

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  • 15. 

    What year was the Chicago Fire that burnt down land over 3 miles?

    • A.

      1954

    • B.

      1924

    • C.

      1871

    • D.

      1940

    Correct Answer
    C. 1871
    Explanation
    In 1871, the Chicago Fire occurred, which resulted in the destruction of land over 3 miles. This fire was a devastating event that caused widespread damage and loss of life in the city of Chicago.

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