U.S. History : History from 1849-1900

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for U.S. History

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Example Questions

Example Question #2 : Us History

In what year and for what reason was the Secret Service founded?

Possible Answers:

1865; in order to protect the President of the United States

1912; in order to protect the President of the United States

1912; in order to protect the legitimacy of United States currency against rampant forgery

1865; in order to protect the legitimacy of United States currency against rampant forgery

Correct answer:

1865; in order to protect the legitimacy of United States currency against rampant forgery

Explanation:

The initial goal of the Secret Service was to fight a rampant tide of currency forgery in the late 19th century. After its founding the Secret Service wound up investigating all manner of Federal crimes (until the founding of the FBI), and undertook the protection of the President.

Example Question #3 : Us History

Which of these countries recognized the Confederacy as a nation?

Possible Answers:

Italy

France

None of these; no foreign nation recognized the Confederacy as a legitimate nation

Mexico

Correct answer:

None of these; no foreign nation recognized the Confederacy as a legitimate nation

Explanation:

The Confederacy was never recognized internationally as a legitimate nation. All diplomatic relations during its existence were conducted with the existent United States diplomatic and administrative institutions.

Example Question #4 : Us History

What was the name of the ship that fired the last shot of the Civil War?

Possible Answers:

USS Grant

CSS Shenandoah

USS Shenandoah

CSS Grant

Correct answer:

CSS Shenandoah

Explanation:

CSS stands for Confederate States Ship. It was the designation given to all Confederate war ships. The Shenandoah was also known as Sea King when it was first launched (on a mission to Australia) in 1863; it was recomissioned in 1864 as the Shenandoah, and was primarily used as a commercial raider. The infamous last shot of the Civil War was fired by the Shenandoah across the bow of a merchant whaling vessel.

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