US History Unit 3

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  • 1. 

    What item did Harvard University students reportedly steal on April 26, 1933?

    • A. 

      Harvard School Charter

    • B. 

      Boston Police Chief's Desk

    • C. 

      Sacred Cod

    • D. 

      Harvard President's Outhouse

    Correct Answer
    C. Sacred Cod
    Explanation
    Harvard University students reportedly stole the Sacred Cod on April 26, 1933. The Sacred Cod is a wooden carving of a codfish that has been hanging in the Massachusetts State House in Boston since the 18th century. It is a symbol of the state's fishing industry and its importance to the economy. The theft of the Sacred Cod by Harvard students was a prank that gained widespread attention and caused a stir at the time.

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  • 2. 

    What university had the Kipling Club in 1896?

    • A. 

      Bryn Mawr

    • B. 

      Harvard

    • C. 

      Yale

    • D. 

      East Stroudsburg State

    Correct Answer
    C. Yale
    Explanation
    In 1896, Yale University had the Kipling Club.

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  • 3. 

    From what point did John Savage look upon the Yosemite Valley?

    • A. 

      The Northernmost Point

    • B. 

      From The Top Of Half Dome

    • C. 

      Inspiration Point

    • D. 

      From The Top Of El Capitan

    Correct Answer
    C. Inspiration Point
    Explanation
    John Savage looked upon the Yosemite Valley from Inspiration Point.

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  • 4. 

    What general told his men to "Look as numerous as possible"?

    • A. 

      Lee

    • B. 

      Eisenhower

    • C. 

      Sherman

    • D. 

      Washington

    Correct Answer
    C. Sherman
    Explanation
    During the American Civil War, General Sherman famously said, "Look as numerous as possible," to boost the morale of his troops. This statement reflects Sherman's strategy of psychological warfare, where he aimed to intimidate and deceive the enemy by creating an illusion of a larger force. By appearing more numerous than they actually were, Sherman's men could potentially demoralize the opposing forces and gain an advantage in battle. This tactic was one of the many unconventional strategies employed by Sherman throughout the war.

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  • 5. 

    What killer used human skin to make home appliances like lamp shades?

    • A. 

      O.J. Simpson

    • B. 

      Benny Drummand

    • C. 

      Ted Bundy

    • D. 

      Ed Gein

    Correct Answer
    D. Ed Gein
    Explanation
    Ed Gein is the correct answer because he was a notorious American serial killer who used human skin to make various household items, including lamp shades. Gein's crimes and bizarre actions earned him the nickname "The Butcher of Plainfield." He would dig up corpses from graveyards and create macabre objects out of their skin and bones. His case became the inspiration for several horror movies, including "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

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  • 6. 

    Who made the existence of the "White House tapes" known to the committee investigating Watergate?

    • A. 

      Rose Mary Woods

    • B. 

      Alexander Butterfield

    • C. 

      William Richardson

    • D. 

      William Haig

    Correct Answer
    B. Alexander Butterfield
    Explanation
    Alexander Butterfield made the existence of the "White House tapes" known to the committee investigating Watergate.

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  • 7. 

    At what college do students steal the statue of Sabrina constantly?

    • A. 

      Rutgers

    • B. 

      Amherst

    • C. 

      Bowdoin

    • D. 

      Brown

    Correct Answer
    B. Amherst
    Explanation
    The question asks for the college where students constantly steal the statue of Sabrina. The correct answer is Amherst, as it is implied that students at this college have a reputation for repeatedly stealing the statue.

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  • 8. 

    At what college do the students steal the Doyle Owl?

    • A. 

      Baker University

    • B. 

      Reed College

    • C. 

      Merritt College

    • D. 

      Grinnell College

    Correct Answer
    B. Reed College
    Explanation
    Reed College is known for its tradition of stealing the Doyle Owl, a bronze statue that is considered a symbol of the school. This tradition has been going on for decades and is seen as a rite of passage for students. The Doyle Owl is often stolen by rival schools as a prank, and then returned to Reed College. This unique tradition has become a part of the college's identity and is a source of pride for its students.

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  • 9. 

    At what university was the Pail and Shovel Party elected to student government?

    • A. 

      Idaho

    • B. 

      Yale

    • C. 

      Miami, Ohio

    • D. 

      Wisconsin

    Correct Answer
    D. Wisconsin
    Explanation
    The Pail and Shovel Party was elected to student government at the University of Wisconsin.

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  • 10. 

    Who said "If you want to make enemies, try to change something"?

    • A. 

      Martin Luther King

    • B. 

      Woodrow Wilson

    • C. 

      Abe Lincoln

    • D. 

      John Kennedy

    Correct Answer
    B. Woodrow Wilson
    Explanation
    Woodrow Wilson said, "If you want to make enemies, try to change something." This quote reflects Wilson's understanding that change often meets resistance and opposition from those who are comfortable with the status quo. He recognized that challenging the established norms and advocating for change can lead to the creation of enemies. Wilson's quote highlights the difficulties and backlash that can arise when attempting to bring about significant changes in society or politics.

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  • 11. 

    The submarine was first used during which U.S. war?

    • A. 

      The Civil War

    • B. 

      The Spanish-American War

    • C. 

      World War I

    • D. 

      The Revolution

    Correct Answer
    D. The Revolution
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Revolution. The question is asking about the first use of submarines during a U.S. war. The Revolution refers to the American Revolutionary War, which took place from 1775 to 1783. Although submarines were not widely used during this war, the Turtle, a small hand-powered submarine, was developed by American inventor David Bushnell and attempted to be used against British ships in 1776. Therefore, the Revolution is the most appropriate answer in the given options.

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  • 12. 

    What is the name of the first floorless coaster in the United States?

    • A. 

      Revolution

    • B. 

      Kumba

    • C. 

      Medusa

    • D. 

      Cyclone

    Correct Answer
    C. Medusa
    Explanation
    Medusa is the correct answer because it was the first floorless coaster in the United States. The term "floorless" refers to a type of roller coaster where riders are seated above the track with no floor beneath them, giving them a more thrilling and immersive experience. Medusa, located at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, opened in 1999 and introduced this innovative design to American roller coasters.

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  • 13. 

    Who assassinated President McKinley at the 1901 World's Fair?

    • A. 

      Charles Guiteau

    • B. 

      Leon Czolgosz

    • C. 

      Arthur M. Cleveland

    • D. 

      Dr. Marius Bicknell

    Correct Answer
    B. Leon Czolgosz
    Explanation
    Leon Czolgosz assassinated President McKinley at the 1901 World's Fair.

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  • 14. 

    Which President suffered acute laryngitis, and later died from this condition?

    • A. 

      George Washington

    • B. 

      Martin Van Buren

    • C. 

      John Tyler

    • D. 

      Millard Fillmore

    Correct Answer
    A. George Washington
    Explanation
    George Washington suffered from acute laryngitis, which is an inflammation of the voice box causing hoarseness or loss of voice. This condition can be caused by infections, overuse of the voice, or irritation. In severe cases, laryngitis can lead to complications such as difficulty breathing or swallowing. Unfortunately, in the case of George Washington, his acute laryngitis worsened and eventually led to his death.

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  • 15. 

    Which President obtained Florida from Spain?

    • A. 

      James Monroe

    • B. 

      John Quincy Adams

    • C. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D. 

      Andrew Jackson

    Correct Answer
    A. James Monroe
    Explanation
    James Monroe is the correct answer because he was the President who obtained Florida from Spain. In 1819, the Adams-Onís Treaty was signed, which ceded Florida to the United States and resolved border disputes between Spain and the US. This acquisition of Florida was a significant achievement during Monroe's presidency and helped to solidify American control over the southeastern territory.

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