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Did you know that once in US history people held a trial against tomatoes? Find out how much you know about the US history, dating way back, many years ago by taking the quiz below. Good luck!


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  • 1. 

    What was the only state that was formerly a kingdom with a ruling monarch?

    • A.

      Hawaii

    • B.

      Florida

    • C.

      Alaska

    • D.

      Texas

    Correct Answer
    A. Hawaii
    Explanation
    Hawaii is the correct answer because it was the only state that was formerly a kingdom with a ruling monarch. Prior to its annexation by the United States in 1898, Hawaii was an independent kingdom ruled by a monarchy. The kingdom was overthrown in 1893, leading to its eventual annexation by the US. Florida, Alaska, and Texas were never kingdoms with ruling monarchs.

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  • 2. 

    Who was the first Republican President?

    • A.

      Andrew Jackson

    • B.

      Bill Clinton

    • C.

      George Washington

    • D.

      Abraham Lincoln

    Correct Answer
    D. Abraham Lincoln
    Explanation
    Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican President because he was elected as the 16th President of the United States in 1860, representing the newly formed Republican Party. Prior to Lincoln, the Republican Party was established in the mid-1850s as a coalition of anti-slavery activists and former Whigs. Lincoln's election marked the first time a Republican candidate won the presidency, signaling the party's emergence as a major political force. His presidency was also significant for leading the country through the American Civil War and issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, which ultimately abolished slavery in the United States.

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  • 3. 

    Which one of Richard Nixon's TV speeches became famous for its use of his dog?

    • A.

      Millie

    • B.

      Rover

    • C.

      Chuckles

    • D.

      Checkers

    Correct Answer
    D. Checkers
    Explanation
    Richard Nixon's TV speech, known as the "Checkers speech," became famous for its use of his dog named Checkers. In this speech, Nixon addressed allegations of financial impropriety and used the story of his dog to connect with the American people and defend himself. The speech was a pivotal moment in Nixon's political career and is remembered for its emotional appeal.

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  • 4. 

    What was responsible for the "Whiskey Rebellion"?

    • A.

      Bad Crop Of Whiskey Made Thousands Die

    • B.

      Increase In Taxes On Whiskey

    • C.

      The U.S. Government Banned The Consumption Of Whiskey On Thursday

    • D.

      The People Revolted Because There Was No More Whiskey

    Correct Answer
    B. Increase In Taxes On Whiskey
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Increase In Taxes On Whiskey". The Whiskey Rebellion occurred in the late 18th century in the United States, when the federal government imposed a tax on whiskey to help pay off the national debt. This tax disproportionately affected small whiskey producers in western Pennsylvania, who relied on whiskey as a form of currency and saw the tax as unfair and burdensome. The rebellion was a response to this tax and the resistance against it by the affected people.

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  • 5. 

    What breed of dog did Lyndon Johnson have at his ranch?

    • A.

      Dobermans

    • B.

      Beagles

    • C.

      Scottish Terriers

    • D.

      Bulldogs

    Correct Answer
    B. Beagles
    Explanation
    Lyndon Johnson had Beagles at his ranch. Beagles are a popular breed of dog known for their friendly and sociable nature. They are often used as hunting dogs due to their keen sense of smell. It is possible that Johnson chose Beagles as they are known to be good family pets and have a reputation for being loyal and affectionate.

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  • 6. 

    Who recovered the North-West Passage for America/U.S.?

    • A.

      Lois & Clark

    • B.

      Christopher Columbus

    • C.

      Roberto California

    • D.

      Lewis & Clark

    Correct Answer
    D. Lewis & Clark
    Explanation
    Lewis & Clark were the explorers who undertook the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition from 1804 to 1806. Their main goal was to explore and map the newly acquired western territory of the United States, including the area that would later become the state of Oregon. While they did not actually find the Northwest Passage, their expedition provided valuable information about the geography, resources, and Native American tribes of the region. Their journey laid the groundwork for future exploration and settlement of the American West.

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  • 7. 

    Which was never declared a war but, rather, was considered only a conflict?

    • A.

      War Of 1812

    • B.

      Vietnam War

    • C.

      World War II

    • D.

      French And Indian War

    Correct Answer
    B. Vietnam War
    Explanation
    The Vietnam War is the correct answer because it was never officially declared as a war by the United States. Instead, it was considered a conflict or a military intervention. This is because the U.S. Congress did not issue a formal declaration of war against North Vietnam. The conflict arose from the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam conflict between North and South Vietnam, which lasted from 1955 to 1975. Despite its significant impact and duration, it was never officially declared a war.

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  • 8. 

    In what city was Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated?

    • A.

      Birmingham, Alabama

    • B.

      Chicago, Illinois

    • C.

      Los Angeles, California

    • D.

      Memphis, Tennessee

    Correct Answer
    D. Memphis, Tennessee
    Explanation
    Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. This event took place on April 4, 1968, when King was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. He was shot by James Earl Ray, leading to his tragic death. This assassination had a profound impact on the civil rights movement and the history of the United States.

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  • 9. 

    If Benjamin Franklin had his way, what would our national bird be?

    • A.

      Dove

    • B.

      Peregrine Falcon

    • C.

      Turkey

    • D.

      Golden Eagle

    Correct Answer
    C. Turkey
    Explanation
    Benjamin Franklin believed that the national bird of the United States should be the turkey. He thought that the turkey was a more respectable and virtuous bird compared to the eagle, which was commonly associated with aggression and theft. Franklin admired the turkey for its intelligence and resourcefulness, considering it to be a symbol of American values. Despite Franklin's preference, the bald eagle was ultimately chosen as the national bird of the United States.

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  • 10. 

    Who was the U.S. President during the Gulf of Tonkin Incident?

    • A.

      Lyndon Johnson

    • B.

      John F. Kennedy

    • C.

      Dwight Eisenhower

    • D.

      Richard M. Nixon

    Correct Answer
    A. Lyndon Johnson
    Explanation
    Lyndon Johnson was the U.S. President during the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident refers to the events that occurred in August 1964, where U.S. naval vessels were allegedly attacked by North Vietnamese forces in the Gulf of Tonkin. This incident led to the escalation of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. As President at the time, Lyndon Johnson responded to the incident by ordering retaliatory airstrikes and seeking congressional approval for further military action in Vietnam.

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  • 11. 

    Who wrote a majority of the Bill of Rights?

    • A.

      George Washington

    • B.

      John Hancock

    • C.

      James Madison

    • D.

      Alexander Hamilton

    Correct Answer
    C. James Madison
    Explanation
    James Madison wrote a majority of the Bill of Rights. As one of the Founding Fathers and the fourth President of the United States, Madison played a crucial role in the drafting and ratification of the Constitution and its amendments. He is often referred to as the "Father of the Constitution" due to his significant contributions to its creation. Madison believed in the importance of protecting individual rights and freedoms, which led him to propose and draft the Bill of Rights. His extensive knowledge of political theory and commitment to safeguarding civil liberties made him the ideal author for this essential document.

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  • 12. 

    What was Jimmy Carter's occupation before entering politics?

    • A.

      Peanut Farmer

    • B.

      Military

    • C.

      Oil Business

    • D.

      College President

    Correct Answer
    A. Peanut Farmer
    Explanation
    Before entering politics, Jimmy Carter's occupation was a peanut farmer. This means that he was involved in the cultivation and farming of peanuts as his primary source of income and livelihood.

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  • 13. 

    What U.S. General was known as "Old Hickory"?

    • A.

      Sam Houston

    • B.

      Matt Ridgeway

    • C.

      Andrew Jackson

    • D.

      Omar Bradley

    Correct Answer
    C. Andrew Jackson
    Explanation
    Andrew Jackson was known as "Old Hickory" because of his tough and resilient nature, just like the strong and durable wood of a hickory tree. This nickname was given to him during his military career, where he displayed great courage and determination. Jackson's leadership and toughness were evident in his role as a general during the War of 1812 and later as the seventh President of the United States. His strong personality and unwavering determination earned him the nickname "Old Hickory" as a symbol of his strength and resilience.

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  • 14. 

    What famous battle happened just south of the Adirondack Park in New York?

    • A.

      Battle Of Quebec

    • B.

      Battle Of The Bands

    • C.

      Bull Run

    • D.

      Battle Of Saratoga

    Correct Answer
    D. Battle Of Saratoga
    Explanation
    The Battle of Saratoga is the correct answer because it is a famous battle that occurred just south of the Adirondack Park in New York. This battle took place during the American Revolutionary War in 1777 and is considered a turning point in the war. The American victory at Saratoga convinced the French to openly support the American cause, which ultimately led to their alliance and increased the chances of American independence.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following warships was not sunk at Pearl Harbor?

    • A.

      Oklahoma

    • B.

      Arizona

    • C.

      Utah

    • D.

      Saratoga

    Correct Answer
    D. Saratoga
    Explanation
    The warship Saratoga was not sunk at Pearl Harbor. It was actually undergoing repairs and was not present during the attack. The Oklahoma, Arizona, and Utah were all sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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