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U.S. History Multiple Choice #4

Can you answer these multiple choice questions related to American history?
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1. Who shot Abraham Lincoln?
John Wilkes Booth
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Lee Harvey Oswald
2. In which state would you find Gettysburg and Valley Forge?
California
Maryland
New York
Pennsylvania
3. Who or what were flappers?
Brash young women of the 1920s
Jousting sticks used by early fighter planes
Members of the 1970s cult led by the Bhagwan
4. Which Fleetwood Mac song did Bill Clinton use in his campaign in 1992?
Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)
Go Your Own Way
Landslide
You Make Loving Fun
5. Which of these is a major reason the U.S. got involved in the Vietnam War?
Domino theory
Oil
The explosion of the U.S.S. Maine
The Zimmerman Telegram
"Domino Theory" said that, if one area fell to Communism, neighboring areas would topple like dominos
6. Who was John Brown?
A radical abolitionist who was hanged after raiding Harper's Ferry
"The Godfather of Soul"
The leader of Jamestown colony in Virginia
7. What judge's last name became a verb meaning "to vilify a person with the hope of preventing his or her appointment to public office"?
Robert Bork
Felix Frankfurter
Clarence Thomas
Robert Bork was "borked" in 1987, preventing his appointment to the Supreme Court
8. Why were the Brooklyn Dodgers known as the dodgers?
They dodged baseballs
They dodged the Draft
They dodged their wives
They dodged trolleys
9. Twenty people were executed for "witchcraft" in the Salem witch trials. How were 19 of the 20 executed?
Burned at the stake
Crucifixion
Hanging
Stoning
Giles Corey was pressed to death undernearth heavy weight. Additionally, five people died in jail.
10. What happened to the whale ship Essex?
It served for over 100 years until being replaced by a helicopter
It was captured by Albanian pirates
It was sunk by a whale
This story was the inspiration for "Moby-Dick"
11. What did George Washington warn against in his farewell address in 1796?
A British reconquest
Large corporations
Political parties
The advancement of military technology
12. What did Dwight Eisenhower warn against in HIS farewell address?
Breakdown of the nuclear family
Illegal drugs
Social media
The military-industrial complex
13. What was the Monroe Doctrine?
A warning to European powers not to interfere in the Americas
Adding a balanced number of free states and slave states to the Union
The settling of Native Americans west of the Mississippi
14. During what war was the White House burned down?
Civil War
Revolutionary War
War of 1812
World War II
15. What Native American group did Crazy Horse belong to?
Comanche
Cherokee
Lakota Sioux
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Level 88
Oct 18, 2020
Was that part of the Dodgers' spring training?
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Level 63
Oct 19, 2020
As in many municipalities, pedestrians in Brooklyn had trouble adjusting to the new electric trolleys which were much faster than horse drawn vehicles and injuries were frequent. MLB teams dressed in their uniforms at their hotel and made their way to the ball park, dodging trolleys as they went.

Being conspicuous in their uniforms, the team name changed from Superbas to Trolley Dodgers around 1911.

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Level 71
Jan 31, 2024
I had a teacher who grew up in Flatbush and used to go into the local bars after Dodger games to get their autographs. Problem was, by the time he found them some of them no longer remembered their names.
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Level 71
Jan 31, 2024
Made no sense as a trolley in the UK is for putting your shopping in at the supermarket until I realised it is what we know as trams
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Level 55
Feb 6, 2024
I was thinking of a tea trolley. My gran had one - although quite how they were used in training, I couldn't work out. .
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Level 75
Oct 18, 2020
Who is John Brown? An underperformer on my fantasy football team
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Level 63
Oct 19, 2020
We used to sing the song "John Brown's Body" and had no idea what we were singing about and wondered why they had to plagiarize the tune.
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Level 70
Oct 20, 2020
John Brown's Body was the original; the tune was later used for the Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Level 75
Nov 29, 2020
What American men worried about in 1859: what do I think about John Brown and the abolition of slavery?

What American men worry about in 2020: should I start John Brown or Hollywood Brown in my fantasy league?

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Level 92
Oct 18, 2020
I particularly admire George Washington's perspicacity. Eisenhower's was pretty good too.
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Level 63
Oct 19, 2020
Isn't it great that so many successful generals hate war?
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Level 80
Jan 31, 2024
Just goes to show how bad it is.
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Level 77
Oct 20, 2020
learned a new word today. thank you!
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Level 72
Oct 19, 2020
"Bork" is also frequently said by the Swedish Chef.
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Level 67
Nov 28, 2020
Svindi verdi mergi svergi. Bork bork bork.
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Level 77
Oct 20, 2020
This is the quiz that gets me to level 72. A good day!
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Level 68
Oct 21, 2020
8/15, Almost all of what I know of US History is what I've picked up from the Simpsons
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Level 76
Nov 28, 2020
Funny. I get the first seven right, then the next seven wrong (sounds almost like a bible story). Only the last one saves me from getting below 50%.
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Level 72
Nov 28, 2020
I only missed the Salem witch question. I knew they pressed witches with heavy weights. I figured burned at the stake was the obvious answer.
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Level 82
Jan 31, 2024
Common misconception popularized by modern media. Historically, witches were almost always hanged. It was heretics who were typically burned, not witches. "Witch burning" is a kind of modern fiction (yes, there were some cases, people. They were very rare exceptions).

Also, in the case of Corey, he wasn't pressed to death as punishment for being a witch. Your "knowledge" that historically witches were pressed to death is also wrong. It was a form of "enhanced interrogation" to try to force him to enter a plea in the face of being charged with witchcraft, which he simply refused to do to the point of his death.

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Level 60
Nov 28, 2020
I thought I was gonna do terribly, yet I got 13/15. Not bad
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Level 69
Nov 28, 2020
I only got the Dodger's question because of 99% invisible. Yay for retention of knowledge from podcasts I listen to while mopping floors.
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Level 75
Feb 17, 2021
I though Eisenhower warned against social media.
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Level 83
Mar 29, 2022
Phillip Seymour Hoffman and You Make Lovin Fun were amusing choices
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Level 34
Jan 31, 2024
Got 10 right and most from listening to Last Podcast on the left!

Thanks Marcus.

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Level 61
Jan 31, 2024
On the Salem question the after-quiz hint reads 'undernearth'. suggest changing to 'underneath'