U.S. History Cst Quiz

34 Questions
US History Quizzes & Trivia

Let’s take a walk through time as we look at assorted moments from throughout the great history of the United States of America. Know your fair share of historical facts? Let’s see if that’s true in this one.

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What effect did the Enlightenment have on political thought in the colonies?
    • A. 

      Colonial leaders began extending voting right to all citizens

    • B. 

      The First Continental Congress determined a need for a federal bill of rights.

    • C. 

      Colonial leaders began advocating the adoption of a stat-supported church.

    • D. 

      Colonists began to question the authority of the British monarchy.

  • 2. 
    The Declaration of Independence elaborates on the Enlightenment idea of
    • A. 

      Natural rights.

    • B. 

      Collective ownership.

    • C. 

      Religious freedom.

    • D. 

      Political equality.

  • 3. 
    What plan is missing:  New Jersey Plan- Equal representation for all states, Virginia Plan-Representation based on population, _____________ , US Congress-One house based on population and one house on equal representation.  Which of the following belongs in the underlined area?
    • A. 

      The Missouri Compromise

    • B. 

      The Great Compromise

    • C. 

      The Federalist papers

    • D. 

      The Articles of Confederation

  • 4. 
    Key decisions of the Supreme Court under the leadership of John Marshall solidified the power of the Supreme Court to
    • A. 

      Try cases between states.

    • B. 

      Accept appeals from lower court judges.

    • C. 

      Try cases involving foreign diplomats.

    • D. 

      Review the constitutionality of states and federal laws.

  • 5. 
    The acquisition of an American overseas empire during the late 1890s created legal controversies concerning the
    • A. 

      Power of the government to make and ratify peace treaties.

    • B. 

      Role of the President as Commander in Chief.

    • C. 

      Constitutional rights of the inhabitants of the new American territories.

    • D. 

      Rights of American businesses to operate in the territories.

  • 6. 
    Reconstruction comes to an end in the South. -> White government officials regain power in the South. -> Southern states begin to implement poll taxes, literacy tests, and and grandfather clauses.  During the late 19th century, the above sequence of events resulted in the
    • A. 

      Disfranchisement of most African Americans in the South.

    • B. 

      Movement to repeal the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

    • C. 

      Strengthening of the Republican Party in the South.

    • D. 

      Expansion of free public education to all children.

  • 7. 
    Of the following groups of states which group was the least industrialized  in the second half of the 1800s? Group A  (Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts), Group B (New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland) Group C (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio), or Group D (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia)
    • A. 

      Group A

    • B. 

      Group B

    • C. 

      Group C

    • D. 

      Group D

  • 8. 
    The railroad building boom during the nineteenth century contributed to
    • A. 

      Increasing agricultural production in the Northeast.

    • B. 

      The establishment of trade relations with Mexico.

    • C. 

      Dramatic population decreases in Southern cities.

    • D. 

      The rapid industrialization of the United States.

  • 9. 
    The First Great Awakening of the 1730s and 1740s was primarily a
    • A. 

      Movement to increase colonial loyalty to the British monarchy.

    • B. 

      Revival of evangelical religion that spread through the colonies.

    • C. 

      Process of assimilating immigrants into colonial American culture.

    • D. 

      Period of economic prosperity brought about by colonial trade.

  • 10. 
    Lord Baltimore established the Maryland colony in response to
    • A. 

      Spanish attempts to seize lands along the Chesapeake Bay.

    • B. 

      The overcrowding of England's large industrial centers.

    • C. 

      The growing demand for cotton in English textile mills.

    • D. 

      Discrimination against Roman Catholics in England.

  • 11. 
    The primary religious issue of the 1960 presidential election in the United States was
    • A. 

      The Catholic faith of John F. Kennedy.

    • B. 

      Richard Nixon’s upbringing as a Quaker.

    • C. 

      The teaching of creationism in public schools.

    • D. 

      The Mormonism of George Romney.

  • 12. 
    Which religious group has had the greatest increase in membership due to the increasing immigration from Latin American countries to the United States over the last fifty years?
    • A. 

      Catholics

    • B. 

      Jews

    • C. 

      Muslims

    • D. 

      Protestants

  • 13. 
    The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the federal government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion,” was one response to the
    • A. 

      Attempts by Maryland to make Catholicism the official state religion.

    • B. 

      Increasing number of Puritans arriving in the country.

    • C. 

      Religious persecution exhibited by the Church of England.

    • D. 

      Anti-religious sentiments expressed during the Great Awakening.

  • 14. 
    Which of the following was an effect of the publication of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle (1906)?
    • A. 

      It aided the growth of federal social services.

    • B. 

      It contributed to the development of settlement houses.

    • C. 

      It influenced the passage of the Meat Inspection Act.

    • D. 

      It led to the development of child labor laws.

  • 15. 
    The Americanization movement of the early twentieth century sought to
    • A. 

      Assimilate ethnic immigrant groups into the dominant culture.

    • B. 

      Restrict the military involvement of the United States in foreign conflicts.

    • C. 

      Protect domestic businesses from foreign competition.

    • D. 

      Diminish the role of government in the regulation of industry.

  • 16. 
    • A. 

      Discouraged the new immigrants from participating in civic affairs.

    • B. 

      Were usually supported by urban reformers.

    • C. 

      Provided essential services to the immigrants.

    • D. 

      Reminded immigrants of political practices in their homelands.

  • 17. 
    The muckraking journalists associated with the Progressive Era were known primarily for their
    • A. 

      Willingness to expose the corruption of U.S. society.

    • B. 

      Articles supporting the economic benefits of laissez-faire economics.

    • C. 

      Use of the media to advocate the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

    • D. 

      Support for the formation of U.S. military alliances with European countries.

  • 18. 
    Ford’s production of Model Ts in the early 20th century demonstrated the economic relationship between specialization and
    • A. 

      Reduced labor demand.

    • B. 

      Greater efficiencies in production.

    • C. 

      Higher production costs.

    • D. 

      Decreased union organization.

  • 19. 
    During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the U.S. government attempted to facilitate the growth of domestic industry by
    • A. 

      Placing high tariff barriers on foreign imports.

    • B. 

      Encouraging the growth of labor unions.

    • C. 

      Repealing the Sherman Antitrust Act.

    • D. 

      Providing subsidies to small businesses.

  • 20. 
    The followers of the Social Gospel movement believed that organized religion must place greater emphasis on
    • A. 

      Reconstructing American society.

    • B. 

      Raising funds.

    • C. 

      Supporting the Populist Party.

    • D. 

      Stopping immigration to the United States.

  • 21. 
    How did the growth of U.S. manufacturing affect the country’s international relations during the late nineteenth century?
    • A. 

      Increasing industrial production led to support for an isolationist foreign policy.

    • B. 

      Increasing demand for natural resources led to the U.S. acquisition of African colonies.

    • C. 

      Increasing demand for markets contributed to support for an Open Door policy in China.

    • D. 

      Increasing need for trading partners encouraged the United States to lower tariff rates.

  • 22. 
    In 1900 the United States declared an Open Door Policy that reflected which of the following beliefs?
    • A. 

      The Chinese were secretly negotiating trade privileges with European countries.

    • B. 

      Japan might conquer China and cut off all foreign trade.

    • C. 

      All countries should have equal trading rights in China.

    • D. 

      American consumers would be hurt by international trade.

  • 23. 
    During President Theodore Roosevelt’s administration, Congress gave the Interstate Commerce Commission the power to
    • A. 

      Enforce legislation regulating railroad rates.

    • B. 

      Construct a national canal system.

    • C. 

      Impose lower import tariffs on foreign goods.

    • D. 

      Mint a national currency.

  • 24. 
    Theodore Roosevelt’s “Speak softly and carry a big stick” policy relied on the United States having a
    • A. 

      Competitive economy.

    • B. 

      System of military alliances.

    • C. 

      Strong navy.

    • D. 

      Tax on imports.

  • 25. 
    The United States supported a revolution in Panama at the turn of the 20th century in order to
    • A. 

      Stop human rights abuses in Latin American countries.

    • B. 

      Prevent the spread of communism in Latin America.

    • C. 

      Secure the right to build a canal through Central America.

    • D. 

      End European colonialism in Central America.

  • 26. 
    Marcus Garvey’s program in the 1920s emphasized
    • A. 

      Vocational training.

    • B. 

      A back-to-Africa movement.

    • C. 

      Integration into mainstream society.

    • D. 

      In the United States. separate-but-equal doctrines.

  • 27. 
    What follows in the chain of events:  1.  President Wilson proposes the Fourteen points, 2.  Thirty-nine U.S. Senators sign petition against entry into the League of Nations, 3.  What happened next as it relates to World War I?
    • A. 

      The U.S. Senate approves a military alliance with Great Britain.

    • B. 

      The U.S. Senate refuses to ratify the Treaty of Versailles.

    • C. 

      The U.S. Senate fails to pass the Selective Service Act.

    • D. 

      The U.S. Senate authorizes the use of troops in Europe.

  • 28. 
    The Espionage Act of 1918 by the Wilson Administration reflected the belief that the
    • A. 

      Fourteenth Amendment permitted suspending the Bill of Rights in wartime.

    • B. 

      Nation’s war effort would be threatened if dissenters were allowed free speech.

    • C. 

      Public should be shielded from hearing about the reality of the war.

    • D. 

      Other countries at war had already curtailed civil liberties.

  • 29. 
    The “Red Scare” in the United States immediately following World War I was a reaction to
    • A. 

      President Wilson’s attempts to include the U.S. in the League of Nations.

    • B. 

      The perceived growth of organized crime in major urban areas.

    • C. 

      A perceived threat of a communist revolution in the United States.

    • D. 

      A rise in the number of immigrants from Germany.

  • 30. 
    What did the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine state?
    • A. 

      The United States would permanently station troops in the Philippines and other Pacific islands.

    • B. 

      The United States reserved the right to intervene in the affairs of Central America and the Caribbean.

    • C. 

      The United States had the right and duty to expand its colonial possessions in Asia.

    • D. 

      The United States would provide military aid to Europe to resist communism.

  • 31. 
    What organization was formed in the 1920's to ensure that the individual rights of citizens were protected from government abuse?
    • A. 

      House Un-American Activities Committee.

    • B. 

      American Civil Liberties Union.

    • C. 

      American Liberty League.

    • D. 

      United States Organization.

  • 32. 
    Why did the number of votes cast in the U.S. Presidential election rise by 8.2 million from 1916 to 1920?
    • A. 

      The Nineteenth Amendment gave millions of women the right to vote.

    • B. 

      The people were excited about voting on the issue of Prohibition.

    • C. 

      Demobilization of the military released millions of men for voting.

    • D. 

      Warren G Harding's call for "normalcy" energized the voters.

  • 33. 
    The primary objective of Harlem Renaissance writers was to
    • A. 

      Encourage militant protest among African Americans.

    • B. 

      Support educational programs for African Americans.

    • C. 

      Improve literacy rates among African Americans.

    • D. 

      Generate pride in African-American culture.

  • 34. 
    Marcus Garvey's "Back to Africa" movement and the creation of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) were both early 20th century responses to
    • A. 

      The passage of more restrictive immigration laws.

    • B. 

      The growth of communism in the South.

    • C. 

      The practice of racial discrimination in the United States.

    • D. 

      The desegregation of World War I combat units.