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Do you know anything about the history of the United States? It has been said that the first settlers of North America migrated from Siberia by way of the Bering land bridge. These people arrived at least 12,000 years ago. The Spanish and the French established their settlements in America. If you need to learn more about the history of the United States, complete this quiz.


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  • 1. 

    Which of the following helped to write the Federalist Papers prior to the ratification of the Constitution?

    • A.

      John Adams

    • B.

      James Wilson

    • C.

      Alexander Hamilton

    • D.

      Thomas Jefferson

    Correct Answer
    C. Alexander Hamilton
    Explanation
    Alexander Hamilton helped to write the Federalist Papers prior to the ratification of the Constitution. The Federalist Papers were a series of essays written by Hamilton, along with James Madison and John Jay, under the pseudonym "Publius." These essays were published in newspapers to promote the ratification of the Constitution and to provide a defense of its principles. Hamilton played a significant role in shaping the content and arguments presented in the Federalist Papers, making him an important figure in the development of the Constitution.

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  • 2. 

    The Agricultural Adjustment Act was created under the administration of which U.S. President?

    • A.

      Franklin D. Roosevelt

    • B.

      William McKinley

    • C.

      Jimmy Carter

    • D.

      Harry Truman

    Correct Answer
    A. Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Agricultural Adjustment Act was created during his administration. This act was passed in 1933 as part of Roosevelt's New Deal program to address the economic challenges faced by farmers during the Great Depression. It aimed to stabilize agricultural prices and increase farmers' income by reducing surpluses and controlling production. The act provided subsidies to farmers who agreed to reduce production and destroy excess crops and livestock. It also established the Agricultural Adjustment Administration to oversee the implementation of the act.

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  • 3. 

    What Constitutional Amendment prohibits congressman from receiving a pay raise while in office?

    • A.

      4

    • B.

      27

    • C.

      25

    • D.

      26

    Correct Answer
    B. 27
    Explanation
    The 27th Constitutional Amendment prohibits congressmen from receiving a pay raise while in office. This amendment was ratified in 1992 and states that any pay raise for members of Congress cannot take effect until after the next election. This was done to ensure that congressmen are held accountable to their constituents and to prevent them from giving themselves immediate pay raises.

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  • 4. 

    "Sergeant York" was a film about which U.S. military conflict?

    • A.

      Vietnam War

    • B.

      World War II

    • C.

      Spanish-American War

    • D.

      World War I

    Correct Answer
    D. World War I
    Explanation
    "Sergeant York" was a film that depicted the life of Alvin C. York, a decorated soldier from Tennessee who fought in World War I. Therefore, the correct answer is World War I.

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  • 5. 

    Who was the general who surrendered the Confederate troops at Vicksburg, MS?

    • A.

      John S. Bowen

    • B.

      John Pemberton

    • C.

      Sam D. French

    • D.

      Joe Johnston

    Correct Answer
    B. John Pemberton
    Explanation
    John Pemberton was the general who surrendered the Confederate troops at Vicksburg, MS. He was a Confederate Army officer and the commander of the Army of Mississippi. After a long siege, Pemberton surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant on July 4, 1863. This surrender was a significant turning point in the American Civil War, as it gave the Union control of the Mississippi River and split the Confederacy in two.

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  • 6. 

    Whose Presidential campaign slogan was the New Freedom?

    • A.

      Abraham Lincoln

    • B.

      Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    • C.

      Woodrow Wilson

    • D.

      John Kennedy

    Correct Answer
    C. Woodrow Wilson
    Explanation
    Woodrow Wilson's Presidential campaign slogan was the New Freedom. This slogan represented his progressive agenda and his promise to restore economic opportunities, promote social justice, and limit the power of big business. Wilson believed in breaking up monopolies, regulating corporations, and creating a fairer society for all Americans. The New Freedom slogan resonated with voters and helped Wilson secure the presidency in 1912.

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  • 7. 

    Who was a founding member of the N.A.A.C.P.?

    • A.

      Booker T. Washington

    • B.

      W.E.B. Dubois

    • C.

      Theodore Roosevelt

    • D.

      Marcus Garvey

    Correct Answer
    B. W.E.B. Dubois
    Explanation
    W.E.B. Dubois was a founding member of the N.A.A.C.P. (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). He was an influential African American sociologist, historian, and civil rights activist. Dubois played a crucial role in the formation of the N.A.A.C.P., which aimed to fight for the rights and equality of African Americans. His intellectual and leadership contributions helped shape the organization's mission and strategies in addressing racial discrimination and advocating for social justice.

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  • 8. 

    Who ran against Rutherford Hayes for the presidency?

    • A.

      Arthur Schlesinger

    • B.

      Cornelius Vanderbilt

    • C.

      Samuel Tilden

    • D.

      George Burns

    Correct Answer
    C. Samuel Tilden
    Explanation
    Samuel Tilden ran against Rutherford Hayes for the presidency. This is evident from the question which asks for the person who ran against Hayes. The other options, Arthur Schlesinger, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and George Burns, are not relevant to the question and do not have any historical connection to the presidential election. Therefore, Samuel Tilden is the correct answer.

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  • 9. 

    Noah Webster was born on October 16th of what year?

    • A.

      1859

    • B.

      1899

    • C.

      1652

    • D.

      1758

    Correct Answer
    D. 1758
    Explanation
    Noah Webster was born in the year 1758.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following events of the War of 1812 occurred last?

    • A.

      Invasion Of Canada By The United States

    • B.

      Signing Of The Treaty Of Ghent

    • C.

      Battle Of New Orleans

    • D.

      Burning Of Washington, DC By The British

    Correct Answer
    C. Battle Of New Orleans
    Explanation
    The Battle of New Orleans occurred last in the War of 1812. This battle took place on January 8, 1815, after the signing of the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814. The invasion of Canada by the United States and the burning of Washington, DC by the British both happened earlier in the war.

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  • 11. 

    What does the 26th Amendment guarantee?

    • A.

      Right To Eat Pizza Crust First

    • B.

      Right To Vote, Regardless Of Race

    • C.

      Right Of 18-Year Olds To Vote

    • D.

      That The Vice President Will Succeed The President

    Correct Answer
    C. Right Of 18-Year Olds To Vote
    Explanation
    The 26th Amendment guarantees the right of 18-year-olds to vote. This amendment was ratified in 1971, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. It was a response to the Vietnam War, as many argued that if 18-year-olds were old enough to be drafted and fight in the war, they should also have the right to vote. This amendment aimed to ensure that young adults had a say in the democratic process and could participate in shaping the future of their country.

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  • 12. 

    Who was the first American President to die in office?

    • A.

      James Polk

    • B.

      Abraham Lincoln

    • C.

      William Henry Harrison

    • D.

      John Adams

    Correct Answer
    C. William Henry Harrison
    Explanation
    William Henry Harrison was the first American President to die in office. He served as the 9th President of the United States and his presidency lasted only 32 days. Harrison died of pneumonia, which he contracted shortly after delivering a lengthy inaugural address in cold and rainy weather. His death marked the shortest tenure of any U.S. President and set a precedent for the line of succession in case of a President's death.

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  • 13. 

    What year was the first Presidential election held?

    • A.

      1802

    • B.

      1780

    • C.

      1776

    • D.

      1789

    Correct Answer
    D. 1789
    Explanation
    The first Presidential election was held in 1789. This was the year when George Washington was elected as the first President of the United States. The election marked the beginning of the democratic process in the newly formed nation, following the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788.

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  • 14. 

    Who was George Washington's Vice President?

    • A.

      John Hancock

    • B.

      John Adams

    • C.

      Benjamin Franklin

    • D.

      Thomas Jefferson

    Correct Answer
    B. John Adams
    Explanation
    George Washington's Vice President was John Adams.

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  • 15. 

    Name the U.S. warship which sunk the Confederate raider Alabama?

    • A.

      The Enterprise

    • B.

      The Michigan

    • C.

      The Kearsarge

    • D.

      The Congress

    Correct Answer
    C. The Kearsarge
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Kearsarge. The USS Kearsarge was a warship of the United States Navy during the American Civil War. It famously sunk the Confederate raider Alabama during the Battle of Cherbourg in 1864. The Kearsarge played a crucial role in the Union's efforts to blockade Confederate ports and disrupt their naval activities.

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