Westward Expansion Quiz

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Westward Expansion Quiz

Lesson 5: Westward Expansion. Directions: Make sure you put your name on this quiz when it asks for your name, I'll be checking to make sure each student finished all questions! You will only be allowed to take this quiz once, please do not close out and re-try. Choose the BEST answer (OR answers) from the available options. When you are finished, write your score on the paper you turn in. DISHONESTY ABOUT YOUR SCORE WILL RESULT IN A "0" SCORE ON THIS QUIZ. For the short-essay, if you prefer to answer on real paper instead of the form, type "see written" on the computer question and ask Ms. B. For a paper to answer. Visual Organizers are also available for these if you would like one.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who was Geronimo?
    • A. 

      An American general who killed many native Americans at the Battle of Little Big Horn

    • B. 

      A leader of the Apaches, a native American tribe in the Southwest area of the US

    • C. 

      A chief of the Sioux Indians, who lived near the Black Hills of North and South Dakota

    • D. 

      A guy who liked to jump off of high places and say "Geronimo!"

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      They were greedy, and wanted the land all to themselves so they could sell it later.

    • B. 

      The reservations were too close to large cities of settlers.

    • C. 

      They were originally nomadic tribes who didn't stay long in one place, and didn't want to be farmers.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

    • E. 

      ONLY answers A and B above.

  • 3. 
    What is a reservation?
    • A. 

      Any state in the West that was occupied by native Americans

    • B. 

      A Native-American attack on an American settlement

    • C. 

      Land set aside or "reserved" for a special purpose, such as for one group to settle on.

    • D. 

      A railroad system, which finally tied the United States together.

  • 4. 
    What does the word "nomadic" mean?
    • A. 

      A group who is settled on a reservation.

    • B. 

      Someone who is driven from their original home and has to flee (run away).

    • C. 

      It is a group of people but it refers to their horses, a "nomad" is a type of horse.

    • D. 

      To have a lifestyle or culture where everyone in the group moves around from place to place together.

    • E. 

      None of these.

  • 5. 
    In what year did the California gold rush occur?
    • A. 

      1896

    • B. 

      1879

    • C. 

      1867

    • D. 

      1812

    • E. 

      1849

  • 6. 
    Why was the purchase of Alaska called "Seward's Folly"?
    • A. 

      Because Secretary of State William Seward was a very silly and goofy man, he liked to clown around.

    • B. 

      People thought the land was too large and that we couldn't defend such a large piece of land.

    • C. 

      People thought William Seward paid too much for a cold, empty, useless piece of land.

    • D. 

      People thought that William Seward, who represented Russia and sold Alaska to the US, was stupid for asking so little for such a large piece of land.

  • 7. 
    CHECK ALL THE ANSWERS THAT ARE CORRECT. There will be more than one correct answer! Which of the following groups of people participated in the California Gold Rush?
    • A. 

      Native American families escaping reservations in the Southeast

    • B. 

      People who came by land and sea from the Eastern cities

    • C. 

      People who wanted to settle down, grow food, and build houses

    • D. 

      Prospectors

    • E. 

      Forty-Niners

  • 8. 
    TRUE OR FALSE? California entered the United States in 1850 as a slave state to balance the large number of free states that had recently joined the Union.
    • A. 

      TRUE

    • B. 

      FALSE

  • 9. 
    Why did Spain decide to sell Florida to the United States?
    • A. 

      It was already being captured by the US and Spain wanted to get some money out of it before it was captured.

    • B. 

      Spain was in a war and needed the money.

    • C. 

      Spanish settlers were rebelling against the Spanish government.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 10. 
    What was "Manifest Destiny?"
    • A. 

      The belief that the United States had a right given to them by God to expand from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

    • B. 

      That the United States was well on its way to becoming a world power.

    • C. 

      That America was a united and strong nation that was destined to influence other countries around the world.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      ONLY answers A and B above

    • F. 

      None of the above

  • 11. 
    What was the name of the policy that said that the United States would not interfere in the affairs of any country in Europe, and at the same time, that Europe should not interfere with the affairs of any countries in North or South America?
    • A. 

      The Gadsden Policy

    • B. 

      The Monroe Doctrine

    • C. 

      The Missouri Compromise

    • D. 

      The Mexican-American Cession

  • 12. 
    Who won the battle of the Alamo, where 187 people held out in a church for 11 days against a large fighting force?
    • A. 

      The Mexicans

    • B. 

      The Americans

    • C. 

      The Spanish

    • D. 

      The Texans

  • 13. 
    Who was Sam Houston?
    • A. 

      A Mexican leader who led the Mexican army in the battle for the Alamo

    • B. 

      A great general in the US Army, who fought in the Southeast US

    • C. 

      The priest who led the people at the Spanish mission where a group of Texans were defeated by the Mexicans

    • D. 

      The President of the United States at the time Texas became a State

    • E. 

      The commander in chief of the Texan Army

  • 14. 
    TRUE OR FALSE? America paid $15 million for the Mexican Cession, a territory which included California and most of what is now Mexico.
    • A. 

      TRUE, it was part of a treaty between the US and Mexico.

    • B. 

      FALSE, America won it in the Mexican-American war and did not pay for it.

  • 15. 
    How was America's dispute with England over the Oregon Country resolved or ended?
    • A. 

      England and the US went to war over it. The US won.

    • B. 

      England paid the US to keep the Oregon Country.

    • C. 

      The US paid England to keep the Oregon Country.

    • D. 

      England decided to split or divide the territory into nearly equal parts, with England getting the Northern half and the US getting the Southern half.

  • 16. 
    What is surprising to historians about the War of 1812?
    • A. 

      The US didn't lose the war.

    • B. 

      The US didn't crush the English as was expected.

    • C. 

      The US didn't take Canada in the war.

    • D. 

      The English declared war on the US for no apparent reason.

  • 17. 
    Who won the war of 1812?
    • A. 

      England.

    • B. 

      The United States.

    • C. 

      Both won, since both gained territory from the French, who the war was with.

    • D. 

      Neither won, since none of the disputes that caused the war were resolved, and neither country gained any land during the war.

  • 18. 
    Why did Napoleon agree to sell the Louisiana Purchase to the US?
    • A. 

      The US was invading and he was going to lose it anyway.

    • B. 

      He needed the money to pay for the French war with England.

    • C. 

      The French did not think the port of New Orleans was an important port.

    • D. 

      France was tricked into it and resents us to this day over it.

  • 19. 
    Why is the area that was called the Northwest territory NOT in the Northwest corner of what we now know as the United States?
    • A. 

      Because it was Northwest of Texas, where the capital of the US was when the land was named.

    • B. 

      Because it was Northwest of the original 13 colonies and the areas that were, at the time, the only "official" parts of the United States.

    • C. 

      Because it is Northwest of Europe, and everything was based around European perspective at the time.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

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