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• 1.

What were Dwight D. Eisenhower's two favorite subjects in school?

• A.

History And Plane Geometry

• B.

Math And Science

• C.

Microbiology And Zoology

• D.

Chemistry And History

A. History And Plane Geometry
Explanation
Dwight D. Eisenhower's two favorite subjects in school were history and plane geometry. This suggests that he had a strong interest in both the study of the past and the principles and properties of shapes and figures in mathematics.

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• 2.

As a child, Martin Van Buren was called by what nickname?

• A.

Big Man

• B.

Little Mat

• C.

Little Brew

• D.

Tiny Toe

B. Little Mat
Explanation
Martin Van Buren was called "Little Mat" as a child. This nickname suggests that he was likely small in stature or younger compared to his peers.

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• 3.

How much did Richard Nixon weigh at birth?

• A.

10 Pounds

• B.

8 Pounds

• C.

9 Pounds

• D.

11 Pounds

D. 11 Pounds
Explanation
Richard Nixon weighed 11 pounds at birth.

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• 4.

Under which U.S. President was the Oregon Territory acquired?

• A.

Jackson

• B.

Tyler

• C.

Taylor

• D.

Polk

D. Polk
Explanation
Polk is the correct answer because under his presidency, the Oregon Territory was acquired. Polk's administration negotiated the Oregon Treaty with the British, which settled the boundary dispute between the United States and Britain. This treaty secured the majority of the Oregon Territory for the United States, extending its boundaries to the Pacific Ocean. Therefore, Polk is the U.S. President associated with the acquisition of the Oregon Territory.

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• 5.

What was the year of the Gadsden Purchase?

• A.

1854

• B.

1816

• C.

1848

• D.

1858

A. 1854
Explanation
The Gadsden Purchase took place in 1854. This was a treaty between the United States and Mexico, in which the US acquired a strip of land in present-day Arizona and New Mexico. The purchase was made in order to facilitate the construction of a southern transcontinental railroad route. This land acquisition helped to solidify the borders of the continental US and played a significant role in the westward expansion of the country.

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• 6.

In what city did the first U.S. Postmaster work?

• A.

Robert Morris, Trenton

• B.

Richard Fairbanks, Boston

• C.

• D.

Isac Putnam, Albany

B. Richard Fairbanks, Boston
Explanation
The correct answer is Richard Fairbanks, Boston. Richard Fairbanks was the first U.S. Postmaster and he worked in the city of Boston.

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• 7.

Which group of people moved from Mexico to Arizona in the 1400's. They developed agricultural methods including canals. What was their name?

• A.

The Hohokam People

• B.

The Hopi People

• C.

The Anasazi People

• D.

The Ho-Ho-Kus People

A. The Hohokam People
Explanation
The Hohokam People moved from Mexico to Arizona in the 1400's and developed agricultural methods including canals.

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• 8.

Who was the first Catholic bishop in America?

• A.

Juarez De Cordona,1528

• B.

Don Cabrillo,1528

• C.

Francois Des Orleans,1528

• D.

Fray Suarez,1528

D. Fray Suarez,1528
Explanation
Fray Suarez, 1528, is the correct answer because he was the first Catholic bishop in America. The other options, Juarez De Cordona, Don Cabrillo, and Francois Des Orleans, are not historically recognized as the first Catholic bishop in America.

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• 9.

In 1573 an important export entered Seville, Spain. What was this product?

• A.

Tobacco

• B.

The Potato

• C.

Opals

• D.

The Tomato

B. The Potato
Explanation
In 1573, an important export that entered Seville, Spain was the potato. The potato is a versatile and nutritious crop that originated in the Andes region of South America. It was introduced to Europe through Spanish explorers and quickly became a staple food in many countries. The potato played a significant role in the European diet, especially during times of scarcity and famine, and eventually spread to other parts of the world, revolutionizing agriculture and food production.

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• 10.

The Puritans began what is referred to as "The Great Migration" in 1630. About how many people were involved in this migration to the New World?

• A.

60,000

• B.

110,000

• C.

15,000

• D.

4,500

A. 60,000
Explanation
The Puritans began "The Great Migration" in 1630, which refers to their migration to the New World. The correct answer is 60,000, as this was the estimated number of people involved in this migration.

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• 11.

In 1789 a freed slave from Benin wrote a book detailing the terrible institution of slavery. What was his name?

• A.

Dred Scott

• B.

Qlaudah Equiano

• C.

T'oussaint L'overture

• D.

Nat Turner

B. Qlaudah Equiano
Explanation
Qlaudah Equiano is the correct answer because he was a freed slave from Benin who wrote a book in 1789 detailing the institution of slavery. His book, titled "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano," became an influential text in the abolitionist movement, shedding light on the horrors of slavery and advocating for its abolition. Equiano's firsthand account and powerful storytelling made a significant impact in raising awareness about the inhumanity of the slave trade.

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• 12.

What was Jefferson's view on the revolt of Toussaint L" Ouverture's rebellion in Haiti?

• A.

He Offered To Help Put It Down

• B.

He Kept A 'Hands-Off Attitude

• C.

He Offered Help To The Rebellion

• D.

He Never Heard About It Because Of Poor Communication

A. He Offered To Help Put It Down
Explanation
Jefferson's view on the revolt of Toussaint L'Ouverture's rebellion in Haiti was that he offered to help put it down. This suggests that Jefferson was not supportive of the rebellion and instead wanted to suppress it. This aligns with his belief in maintaining order and control, as well as his concerns about the potential impact of slave revolts on the institution of slavery in the United States.

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• 13.

What word described a black southerner who migrated to the Plain states in the 1870's to claim land for farming?

• A.

Carpetbagger

• B.

Squatter

• C.

Exoduster

• D.

Hohokam

C. Exoduster
Explanation
During the 1870s, a significant migration of black southerners to the Plain states occurred, as they sought to claim land for farming. This movement was known as the Exoduster movement, and those who participated in it were referred to as Exodusters. The term "Exoduster" is derived from the biblical story of Exodus, which symbolizes the escape from slavery and the pursuit of freedom. Therefore, the word "Exoduster" accurately describes a black southerner who migrated to the Plain states in the 1870s to claim land for farming.

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• 14.

Which was the first state to abolish capital punishment?

• A.

Ohio

• B.

Massachusetts

• C.

Michigan

• D.

Wyoming

C. Michigan
Explanation
Michigan was the first state to abolish capital punishment. This means that Michigan was the first state to legally end the practice of sentencing individuals to death for committing certain crimes.

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• 15.

In December of 1960, two planes collided and crashed over what city?

• A.

New Orleans

• B.

Detroit

• C.

Miami

• D.

New York

D. New York
Explanation
In December of 1960, a tragic event occurred in New York where two planes collided and crashed. This incident is known as the Park Slope plane crash, which happened over the city of New York. The collision resulted in the loss of many lives and caused significant damage. The answer, New York, accurately reflects the location where this unfortunate event took place.

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