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Summer 2006 | Volume 29, Number 3 | Features


1. What was the source of the following phrase: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”?
a. The speech: “I have a Dream”
b. Declaration of Independence
c. U.S. Constitution
d. Gettsyburg Address (22%)

2. Who was the leading advocate for the U.S. entry into the League of Nations?
a. George C. Marshall
b. Woodrow Wilson (69%)
c. Henry Cabot Lodge
d. Eleanor Roosevelt

3. What was the lowest point in American fortunes in the Revolutionary War?
a. Saratoga
b. Bunker Hill
c. Valley Forge (38%)
d. Fort Ticonderoga

4. Who was the “Father of the Constitution”?
a. George Washington
b. Thomas Jefferson
c. Benjamin Franklin
d. James Madison (23%)

5. Who was the president of the United States at the beginning of the Korean War?
a. John F. Kennedy
b. Franklin D. Roosevelt
c. Dwight Eisenhower
d. Harry Truman (73%)

6. The Emancipation Proclamation issued by Lincoln stated that:
a. Slaves were free in areas of the Confederate states not held by the Union (35%)
b. The slave trade was illegal
c. Slaves who fled to Canada would be protected
d. Slavery was abolished in the Union

7. The Battle of the Bulge occurred during
a. The Vietnam War
b. World War II (37%)
c. World War I
d. The Civil War

8. Are Beavis and Butthead
a. A radio show
b. Television cartoon characters (99%)
c. A musical group
d. Fictional soldiers

9. The Monroe Doctrine declared that:
a. The American blockade of Cuba was in accord with international law
b. Europe should not acquire new territories in the Western Hemisphere (62%)
c. Trade with China should be open to all Western nations
d. The annexation of the Philippines was legitimate

10. Which of the following was a prominent leader of the Abolitionist Movement?
a. Malcolm X
b. Martin Luther King Jr.
c. W.E.B. Du Bois
d. Frederick Douglass (73%)

11. Social legislation passed under President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society Program included:
a. The Sherman Antitrust Act
b. The Voting Rights Act (30%)
c. The Tennessee Valley Authority
d. The Civilian Conservation Corps

12. Who was the European who traveled in the United States and wrote down perceptive comments about what he saw in Democracy in America?
a. Lafayette
b. Tocqueville (49%)
c. Crevecoeur
d. Napoleon

13. Who said, “I regret that I have only one life to give for my country”?
a. John F. Kennedy
b. Benedict Arnold
c. John Brown
d. Nathan Hale (40%)

14. When was Thomas Jefferson president?
a. 1780–1800
b. 1800–1820 (45%)
c. 1820–1840
d. 1840–1860
e. 1860–1880

15. The Scopes Trial was about:
a. Freedom of the press
b. Teaching evolution in the schools (61%)
c. Prayer in the schools
d. Education in private schools

16. Who was “First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen”?
a. George Washington (42%)
b. Woodrow Wilson
c. Dwight Eisenhower
d. Abraham Lincoln

Percentages of correct answers come from the final weighted results of interviews with 556 students.

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