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2 Maine History quizzes and 20 Maine History trivia questions.
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  Some History of the Great State of Maine   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is on the history of the Pine Tree State, the most northeastern state of the U.S.
Average, 10 Qns, littlepup, Nov 04 16
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  Quiz on Maine History - Mixed   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a general quiz on Maine history and people.
Tough, 10 Qns, fifthavenue91, Jul 24 09
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Maine History Trivia Questions

1. What people inhabited the area of Maine 4,000 years ago, long before Europeans? They are known primarily for the color they used in their burials.

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Some History of the Great State of Maine

Answer: Red Paint People

We don't understand much about the Red Paint People, who disappeared for unknown reasons around 1,000 B.C., just as we don't know much about their arrival around 3,000 B.C. or before. They used red ochre in funeral rites. They apparently were able to catch swordfish from boats, and also lived by eating more mundane birds, shellfish and roots and berries, and had tools made of bone or stone, though no pottery has been linked to them.

2. Maine became a state the year before the following:

From Quiz Quiz on Maine History - Mixed

Answer: Missouri

Maine was admitted as a US State in 1820 as part of the Missouri compromise, which required one "free" state to be admitted for any "slave" state entering the Union, to maintain an equal balance between the two. Prior to that Maine had been a part of Massachusetts. Missouri was admitted in 1821.

3. What medical procedure was first performed in North America in the current state of Maine, as a French doctor tried to figure out why settlers were dying in the winter of 1604-1605?

From Quiz Some History of the Great State of Maine

Answer: autopsy

French settlers arrived in 1604 at St. Croix Island, which has been given many names but is just off the coast of Maine near the Canadian border. A skull was discovered in 2003 that was neatly opened and reclosed, matching Samuel Champlain's memoirs that said the settlement's barber-surgeon was told to "open several of the men to determine the cause of their illness." It's an unusual "first," but someplace has to claim it!

4. Abraham Lincoln's first Vice President, Hannibal Hamlin, also served in the military during the civil war. What was his rank in the military?

From Quiz Quiz on Maine History - Mixed

Answer: Private

Hamlin enlisted as a private in the Maine Coast Guard in 1861. He was promoted to Corporal and called to active duty in 1864, while a lame duck vice president. Hamlin was replaced on the Republican ticket by Andrew Johnson in Lincoln's second term. Had Hamlin ascended to the Presidency, it would have been the biggest promotion in military history, as he would have gone from Private to Commander in Chief of the Military. Source: www.http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/VP_Hannibal_Hamlin.htm.

5. Maine received statehood in 1819-1820 as part of a compromise with what other state? The other state would join as a slave state while Maine would join as a free state.

From Quiz Some History of the Great State of Maine

Answer: Missouri

It's called the Missouri Compromise, but the Maine-Missouri Compromise is more accurate. On March 15, 1820, Maine split from Massachusetts and gained its own statehood, with William King as governor. Allowing one slave state and one free state kept the delicate balance of power between the two.

6. How many men were killed in the hard-fought Aroostook War between the USA and Great Britain, over the subject of Maine's northeastern boundary in 1838-39?

From Quiz Some History of the Great State of Maine

Answer: 0

Called a war, it was more of a diplomatic negotation with militia standing by. No shots were fired. American Daniel Webster and Britain's Lord Ashburton negotiated the Wesbter-Ashburton Treaty in 1842, in which both sides would compromise with land and money. Webster learned of a map in Paris that showed Britain was entitled to the land, while Lord Ashburton discovered a map that showed the Americans owned the land. Each concealed his map from the other, but realized they needed to negotiate quickly and fairly, and the crisis was soon resolved.

7. What native product was Maine most known for producing and transporting from the forests to the coast, by floating it down the rivers, in the early 19th Century?

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Answer: timber

Pine dominated Maine's timber industry, and the swift spring streams were used to float trees to the coast. There, they could be shipped whole, or sawn into timber or smaller pieces at the increasing number of sawmills before being shipped coastwise, or the wood could be used in Maine's growing shipbuilding industry.

8. Part of Maine fell under British control during the War of 1812. What town or city was the center of that occupation?

From Quiz Quiz on Maine History - Mixed

Answer: Castine

Castine was controlled by the British from 1814 to 1816, more than 2 years after the Treaty of Ghent ended the War. Maine had not been admitted to the Union as a state at that time.

9. Which politician from the Civil War era was either born in or lived in Maine?

From Quiz Some History of the Great State of Maine

Answer: US Vice President Hannibal Hamlin

Lawyer, career politician, and veteran of the Aroostook War, Hamlin had long been anti-slavery and switched from the Democrat to the new Republican party in 1856. He was chosen to balance the Lincoln ticket geographically and to encourage Democrats to follow his example. Patriotic and bored, he joined the Maine State Guard, Co. A, while still vice president and served some time as a cook at Fort McClary, Kittery Point, Maine. He was replaced for Lincoln's second term with Vice President Andrew Johnson, as part of an attempt to better balance the party with a southerner, and missed an opportunity to become president upon Lincoln's death.

10. This "Official State Soft Drink of Maine" was reportedly as popular as Coca Cola and was developed by a pharmacist in Union, Maine in the 1880's. What is the name of this soda pop that held its own with Coca Cola well into the 1920's?

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Answer: Moxie

Moxie is still very popular in Maine and most believe it is an acquired taste. The annual Moxie festival is held each year in Lisbon, ME.

11. This famous Civil War General, Medal of Honor recipient, and four term Maine Governor was portrayed by Jeff Daniels in the 1993 film "Gettysburg". Who was this American Hero?

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Answer: Joshua Chamberlain

All were Union Civil War Generals, but only Chamberlain was a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions on Little Round Top at Gettysburg. Sherman is famous for his March to the Sea, which destroyed Atlanta, as well as having the "Sherman" tank named in his honor. Ambrose Burnside, in addition to briefly serving as Commander of the Army of the Potomac, is also famous for first wearing the style of facial hair that later became known as sideburns. Fighting Joe Hooker also served as Commander of the Army of the Potomac a year after Burnside.

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