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  • 1. 

    Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in what state in 1849?

    • A.

      Maryland

    • B.

      North Dakota

    • C.

      Kentucky

    • D.

      Texas

    Correct Answer
    A. Maryland
    Explanation
    Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland in 1849. Maryland was a slave state during that time, and Tubman successfully made her way to freedom through the Underground Railroad. She later became a prominent abolitionist and humanitarian, helping many other enslaved individuals escape to freedom.

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  • 2. 

    Who graduated first in Robert E. Lee's class at West Point?

    • A.

      Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

    • B.

      Robert E. Lee

    • C.

      George Mason

    • D.

      Dan Butterfield

    Correct Answer
    C. George Mason
  • 3. 

    Who delivered President Thomas Jefferson's annual message (akin to today's State of the Union Address) to the Congress in December, 1801?

    • A.

      James Monroe

    • B.

      Thomas Jefferson

    • C.

      Meriwether Lewis

    • D.

      James Madison

    Correct Answer
    C. Meriwether Lewis
    Explanation
    Meriwether Lewis delivered President Thomas Jefferson's annual message to Congress in December 1801. Lewis was chosen by Jefferson to lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which explored the newly acquired western territory of the United States. As Jefferson's personal secretary, Lewis was trusted to convey the president's message to Congress. This was an important responsibility, as it allowed Jefferson to communicate his priorities and plans for the nation directly to the legislative branch.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following is the only President of the United States to have a foreign river named for him?

    • A.

      Theodore Roosevelt

    • B.

      Woodrow Wilson

    • C.

      George Washington

    • D.

      Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Correct Answer
    A. Theodore Roosevelt
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Theodore Roosevelt. He is the only President of the United States to have a foreign river named after him. The river is called the Rio Roosevelt and it is located in the Brazilian Amazon. Roosevelt was a prominent conservationist and explorer, and his efforts in preserving natural resources and wildlife made him a well-known figure in Brazil. As a tribute to his conservation work, the Brazilian government named the river after him.

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  • 5. 

    Who was ready to call the state militia to ensure Thomas Jefferson's 1801 inauguration as President?

    • A.

      James Madison

    • B.

      James Monroe

    • C.

      Andrew Jackson

    • D.

      William Henry Harrison

    Correct Answer
    B. James Monroe
    Explanation
    James Monroe was ready to call the state militia to ensure Thomas Jefferson's 1801 inauguration as President. This implies that Monroe was willing to use the state militia to maintain order and security during the inauguration, highlighting his commitment to a smooth transition of power and the stability of the new government.

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  • 6. 

    What U.S. President said, "I don't even think women should be educated"?

    • A.

      Richard M. Nixon

    • B.

      Andrew Johnson

    • C.

      Andrew Jackson

    • D.

      Ulysses S. Grant

    Correct Answer
    A. Richard M. Nixon
    Explanation
    Richard M. Nixon is the correct answer because he made several controversial remarks about women's rights and education during his presidency. Although he did not explicitly say, "I don't even think women should be educated," his views on women's role in society were often seen as regressive. Nixon's administration was known for its lack of support for women's rights and his policies did not prioritize gender equality or education for women.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following Presidents was a descendant of John and Priscilla Alden of "Mayflower" fame?

    • A.

      Ulysses S. Grant

    • B.

      John Adams

    • C.

      George W. Bush

    • D.

      Herbert Hoover

    Correct Answer
    B. John Adams
    Explanation
    John Adams was a descendant of John and Priscilla Alden of "Mayflower" fame. This means that John Adams can trace his ancestry back to the passengers of the Mayflower, the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620.

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  • 8. 

    In which year was Ohio granted statehood?

    • A.

      1810

    • B.

      1799

    • C.

      1805

    • D.

      1803

    Correct Answer
    D. 1803
    Explanation
    Ohio was granted statehood in 1803. This is because the year 1803 is the only option provided that falls within the range of possible years for Ohio's statehood. The other options, 1810, 1799, and 1805, are not consistent with the historical record of Ohio's admission into the Union. Therefore, 1803 is the correct answer.

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  • 9. 

    When U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. retired in 1990, who was named to replace him?

    • A.

      Ruth Ginsberg

    • B.

      David Souter

    • C.

      Sandra Day O'Connor

    • D.

      Judge Ito

    Correct Answer
    B. David Souter
    Explanation
    David Souter was named to replace Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. when he retired in 1990.

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  • 10. 

    Paul Tsongas ran for President claiming which state as his home?

    • A.

      Virginia

    • B.

      Massachusetts

    • C.

      Rhode Island

    • D.

      New York

    Correct Answer
    B. Massachusetts
    Explanation
    Paul Tsongas ran for President claiming Massachusetts as his home because he was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. He served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and was known for his strong ties to the state. Tsongas emphasized his Massachusetts roots throughout his campaign, highlighting his understanding of the state's issues and his commitment to representing its interests.

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  • 11. 

    Whom was John Adams speaking of when he said, "the gentleman from Virginia"?

    • A.

      Robert E. Lee

    • B.

      George Washington

    • C.

      John Quincy Adams

    • D.

      Thomas Jefferson

    Correct Answer
    B. George Washington
    Explanation
    John Adams was speaking of George Washington when he referred to him as "the gentleman from Virginia." This statement suggests that George Washington, who was from the state of Virginia, was being discussed or addressed by John Adams.

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  • 12. 

    How many rows of stars are there on the U.S. flag?

    • A.

      Nine

    • B.

      Six

    • C.

      Twelve

    • D.

      Ten

    Correct Answer
    A. Nine
    Explanation
    The U.S. flag has nine rows of stars. Each row contains five stars, arranged in alternating patterns of six and five stars. The stars represent the 50 states of the United States.

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  • 13. 

    How did JFK's PT-109 ship sink?

    • A.

      Hit By A Bomb

    • B.

      Hit By A German Torpedo

    • C.

      It Didn't Sink

    • D.

      Rammed By A Japanese Ship

    Correct Answer
    D. Rammed By A Japanese Ship
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Rammed By A Japanese Ship." This means that JFK's PT-109 ship was hit and sunk by a Japanese ship intentionally colliding with it.

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  • 14. 

    What was the original name of the United Parcel Service?

    • A.

      United Mailing Service

    • B.

      American Messenger Company

    • C.

      Parcel Post

    • D.

      American Postage Service

    Correct Answer
    B. American Messenger Company
    Explanation
    The original name of the United Parcel Service was the American Messenger Company. This name suggests that the company initially focused on providing messenger services, which involved delivering messages and small packages locally. As the company grew and expanded its services, it eventually became the United Parcel Service, offering global package delivery and logistics solutions.

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  • 15. 

    What year was the Starbucks Coffee chain first opened?

    • A.

      1960

    • B.

      1980

    • C.

      1985

    • D.

      1971

    Correct Answer
    D. 1971
    Explanation
    Starbucks Coffee chain was first opened in 1971.

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