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Take this quiz! The USA-2

Wendy . Blog Published 23 September 2010

Estefania sent in a comment to the previous Post with a new list of questions.

Here they are. Can you answer them? The answers are at the bottom!


1. Who were "The Minute Men"?

2. What is known as "The Dust Bowl"? And the Great Plains?

3. Who invented barbed wire? Why?

4. When was Ellis Island Museum opened to the public?

5. What two Presidents have gone through an Impreachment?

6. Where is Yoknapatawpha County?

7. Who wrote "The Red Badge of Courage"?

8. Who is Ma Joad?

9. How many works did Walt Whitman write? Why?

10. What can you say about John Wilkes Booth?


dust: polvo
bowl: cuenco, plato hondo
plains: llanuras, praderas
barbed: de espino, con puas
wire: alambre,
impeachment: llamar a juicio a un president
county: condado, comarca
badge: placa, condecoración
courage: valor, coraje

ANSWERS below:






Ready? Did you answer all the questions?

1. The "Minute Men", the colonial militia, could respond immediately when their villages or farms were in danger. The call to arms came on the night of April 18, 1775. "The British are coming...." was the news in what is now the state of Massachusetts. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/apr19.html

2. The "Dust Bowl" refers to huge dust storms in the 1930s. the land was so dry that the topsoil was blown off the fields forming clouds of dust and leaving the land useless for farming. The area known as the Dust Bowl included parts of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/water_02.html

The "Great Plains" includes a much larger area between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. This is the great American prairie. Wheat, corn and soybeans are the principle crops. Annual production of wheat, oats, barley, rye, sorghum and corn in the region comprise about 25% of the world's total production.


3. "Barbed wire", also referred to as "barb wire" is used as fencing (alambrado/cercado). When the settlers arrived in the Great Plains they realized that there was a very limited supply of wood and stone, so fencing in their land would be difficult. Smooth wire was available but this did not deter animals from pushing through fences. In 1867 points were added to the wire. When large cattle ranches began to apper, barbed wire became a necessity. Now there are over 539 patents for various types of barbed wire. http://www.barbwiremuseum.com/barbedwirehistory.htm

4. Ellis Island was opened to the public from 1976 to 1984. Then after a big restoration project the main building was reopened in 1990 as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy/ellis_island_history.asp

5. Andrew Johnson in 1868 and William J CLinton in 1998 were impeached and later acquitted. Richard M. Nixon resigned just before being impeached in 1972. No president has actually been removed from office for "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors" http://americanhistory.si.edu/presidency/2c3.html

6. Yoknapatawpha Count is the setting for many of William Faulkner's novels. A fictional county in northwestern Mississippi. http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1949/faulkner-bio.html

7. The Red Badge of Courage was written by Stephen Crane. http://www.americanliterature.com/Crane/TheRedBadgeofCourage/TheRedBadgeofCourage.html

8. Ma Joad was the matriarch of a Dust Bowl family, as visualized by John Steinbeck in his epic novel The Grapes of Wrath (Uvas de la Ira).(1939)

Ma Joad said, "Well, Pa, a woman can change better'n a man. A man lives sorta-well, in jerks. Baby's born or somebody dies, and that's a jerk. He gets a farm or loses it, and that's a jerk. With a woman, it's all in one flow, like astream-little eddies and waterfalls-but the river, it goes right on. Woman looks at it thata way. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032551/quotes

9. Walt Whitman, a poet, essayist and journalist wrote hundreds of works.

How many: Hmm.......You count them!

Why did he write so many? Hmmm.....because he had a lot to say????



10. John Wilkes Booth assinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington DC in 1865.


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Comments (1)
Cristina Bamond (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Ummm....much worse than the Hawaii survey!

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