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Ninth Grade U.S. History
"This is a quiz about various aspects of United States History. If you are a history buff you will find this easy. If you didn't pay attention in your high school history class you might have trouble with this one."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
In 1803 the United States purchased a large amount of land from the French. President Jefferson needed experienced people to explore this land then report back to him. Who were the explorers that he chose?
Lewis and Clark
Crockett and Bowie
DeSoto and Cartier
Austin and Decatur
In 1814 during the War of 1812 the British invaded Washington, D.C. They set fire to many public buildings and stole property from the buildings. What single thing probably saved the city from destruction?
A group of volunteer firemen, dressed as British soliders, put out the fire
Water from the Potomac River was diverted into the city and put out the fire
President Madison begged the British general to allow his soldiers to put out the fire
A sudden and violent thunderstorm extinguished most of the fire
What two significant events happened on July 4, 1828?
Both the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the C&O Canal started construction on the same day
St. Louis and New York City had large fires
The Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial were both opened to tourists
A steamship caught fire and sank off of New York and a train crashed at Washington killing fifty people
The first large wave of European immigration happened in the 1840's. The Irish were the first group to come in large numbers. Why was this?
Because of the potato famine in Ireland
The Irish believed that much of the new land contained gold
The Irish were promised forty acres of free land if they came to America
The Irish were were offerred reduced rates on steamships bound for America
Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first airplane flight in 1903. They chose Kill Devil Hills, near Kitty Hawk, NC for their test flight. How far did their airplane travel on the first attempt?
About 120 feet
About three miles
About a half mile
About five thousand yards
On one of these days a large number of Americans were killed. Which day had the largest loss of life?
September 11, 2001
September 17, 1862
December 12, 1937
What was the period called the "Prohibition"?
A time in the early 20th century when it was illegal to sell or buy alcoholic beverages
A time when slaves were prohibited from owning property of any kind
A time when women were prohibited from owning autos
A time in the late 1800's when it was against the law for black people to vote
Most people know that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Many ships were sunk and the American fleet was dealt a heavy blow. What single stroke of good luck saved the Pacific fleet from total destruction?
The admiral in charge of Pearl Harbor was lucky enough to see the Japanese planes approaching
Many of the American battleships were equipped with high powered guns
The United States aircraft carriers were not in Pearl Harbor having left for a training mission
Soldiers and sailors were called at home and were able to defend the harbor
During the Great Depression Franklin Roosevelt instituted a program known as the New Deal. Which one of these agencies was NOT part of the New Deal?
Which one of these men was known as the "oil tycoon"?
Robert T. Mellon
John D. Rockefeller
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