American History Xtreme Multiple Choice #2

How American are you?
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1. Why did the war of 1812 start?
The United Kingdom's economy relied too heavily on colonial mercantilism, so they attempted to recolonize America.
American aid in the French Revolution developed into war with Britain when they aided the opposing side.
British Ships continually raided American trading vessels, hindering the economy's growth.
Spain fabricated a fake letter supposedly sent from the United Kingdom to Mexico, telling them to go to war with the USA, promising extra land.
2. Which American Senator was majorly responsible for the Red Scare?
Joseph McCarthy
William Seward
John C. Calhoun
Mitt Romney
3. Which two presidents are the only ones who have not brought the country into a new external military conflict?
Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama
Jimmy Carter and Donald Trump
Millard Fillmore and Gerald Ford
Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt
Obama was in office during the Libyan Civil war, Fillmore sent ships to strongarm Japan, Ford sent aid to Israel during the Yom Kippur War, and Wilson and Roosevelt held office during the World Wars.
4. Which of these famous scientists was born in the United States?
Albert Einstein
Nikola Tesla
Thomas Edison
Stephen Hawking
Einstein was born in Germany, Tesla in Austria-Hungary, and Hawking in the United Kingdom.
5. Which President is the only one whose first language was not English?
Martin Van Buren
Barack Obama
James Polk
Andrew Garfield
Van Buren spoke Dutch as a first language.
6. How many Olympics have taken place in the United States
5
12
2
8
7. In 1948, which Republican governor was incorrectly reported in Newspapers to have won the presidential race against Harry Truman?
Dwight Eisenhower
Thomas Dewey
Douglas MacArthur
Huey Long
8. Many founding fathers chose to allow slavery in the country because they believed it was in decline, and would eventually die out. What was the main reason for the change?
The Industrial Revolution, in particular the cotton gin.
The settling of fertile lands in Louisiana Territory leading to more plantations
The plundering of American commerce ships making domestically made products significantly more profitable
The yellow fever epidemic resulting in many people sending slaves to work so they could stay safe at home
9. Which of these inventions was NOT debuted or popularized at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition)?
Waffle Cone
X-Ray Machine
Wireless Telephone
Air Conditioner
Other expositions included an airship contest leading to the city's nickname, "Flight City", The Private Automobile, The Fax Machine, and Dr. Pepper.
10. Which of these cities did NOT have a major fire?
Miami
New York
San Francisco
Chicago
New York actually had three great fires.
11. Which of these countries was NOT owned by the United States at some point in history?
Cuba
Argentina
Philippines
Liberia
The United States has actually owned land on every continent (unless you don't count occupation during wars, in which case Europe is the exception).
12. Which of the following poems is about the United States?
Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
On the Pulse of Morning by Maya Angelou
The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus
The New Colossus refers to the Statue of Liberty. Kubla Khan describes Xanadu, which is an Anglicized version of Shangdu. The other two poems don't describe a specific place.
13. The United States declared independence on July 2nd, 1776. Which of these countries DID NOT exist at that time?
Prussia
Qing
Inca
Mughal
The Inca Empire had been conquered centuries before.
14. Which of these songs did Ronald Reagan want to use to support his reelection campaign, not knowing that it actually criticized many of his actions?
Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Everybody Loves Me, Baby by Don McLean
15. Which of the following presidents is the only one to have served as chief justice of the Supreme Court?
Ulysses S. Grant
Woodrow Wilson
John Adams
William Howard Taft
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