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American History Quiz: Questions

1.) The first black baseball player in the Major Leagues was Jackie Robinson.
      True
      False

2.) Ponce de Leon went to Florida to seek the mythical fountain of youth.
      True
      False

3.) George Wallace was considered racist for saying, "I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is a physical difference between the two which . . . will probably forever forbid their living together, . . . and I am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position."
      True
      False

4.) White Americans forced roaming Indians to settle down and farm.
      True
      False

5.) Who Said the Following Quotation: "Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."
      Abraham Lincoln
      Karl Marx
      Richard Nixon

6.) Who Said the Following Quotation: "It is above all to be remembered that the war did not originate with the North, but with the South. The North finds itself on the defensive."
      Abraham Lincoln
      Karl Marx
      Richard Nixon

7.) Who Said the Following Quotation: "Let us begin by committing ourselves to the truth, to see it like it is and to tell it like it is, to find the truth, to speak the truth and live with the truth."
      Abraham Lincoln
      Karl Marx
      Richard Nixon

8.) Who were the first non-Native settlers in what is now the United States?
      Vikings
      Africans
      English
      Asians

9.) Who were the first "pilgrims" (escaping religious persecution in Europe) in what is now the United States?
      Puritans
      Jews
      Catholics
      Hindus

10.) When was the term "Pilgrims" first used for the early British settlers of Massachusetts?
      1600s
      1700s
      1800s
      1900s

11.) What was the population of the Americas in 1492?
      1 million
      10 million
      50 million
      100 million

12.) What percentage of the Native Americans of coastal New England was killed by a disease transmitted by Europeans and Africans three years before the Pilgrims landed?
      0-25%
      25-50%
      50-75%
      75-100%

13.) Which of these wars cost the most American lives in combat, as a proportion of the total population?
      King Phillip's War
      French and Indian War
      American Revolution
      War of 1812
      Mexican War
      Spanish-American War

14.) Which war cost the most lives in total numbers?
      King Phillip's War
      French and Indian War
      American Revolution
      War of 1812
      Mexican War
      Spanish-American War

15.) What western hemisphere people were quick to aid George Washington's forces in the American Revolution?
      Haitians
      Native Americans
      Canadians
      Mexicans
      Mexican War
      Spanish-American War

16.) Who segregated the federal government?
      No one - it had always been segregated.
      Abraham Lincoln in 1861
      Ulysses S. Grant in 1871
      Woodrow Wilson in 1913
      Harry S. Truman in 1947

17.) Woodrow Wilson sent American troops into which of the following countries?
      Cuba
      Dominican Republic
      Haiti
      Mexico
      Nicaragua
      U.S.S.R.
      Panama
      All of the Above

18.) Which one statement about Christopher Columbus is true?
      Most of his compatriots, like the scholars of the time, thought the world was flat.
      He died never knowing he had "discovered" a new continent.
      He and his men massacred and enslaved the Caribbean Indians.
      He died alone and penniless.

19.) For how many years did the Norse visit North America?
      1
      2
      6
      50
      350

20.) Which of these Americans could be considered a communist?
      Helen Keller
      Groucho Marx
      John Brown
      Henry David Thoreau
      Rush Limbaugh

21.) Why did the Wilson Administration prosecute Robert Goldstein (and get him ten years in prison)?
      For murder
      For spying
      For making a movie making the British look bad
      For fraud

22.) How did Squanto learn English?
      From White Settlers
      As a slave in England
      From a book he found
      He didn't know English