The Great American History Quiz: America at War

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The U.S. at war has long been a favorite subject for both history buffs and the lay person. From the Revolutionary War to World War II to the Vietnam War, every battle has had its riveting moments and stories. Now in a fascinating and challenging book based on the popular show on The History Channel, here is a quiz book on America's military conflicts. Readers are able to test their knowledge of American History from the basic to the arcane.
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Overview

The U.S. at war has long been a favorite subject for both history buffs and the lay person. From the Revolutionary War to World War II to the Vietnam War, every battle has had its riveting moments and stories. Now in a fascinating and challenging book based on the popular show on The History Channel, here is a quiz book on America's military conflicts. Readers are able to test their knowledge of American History from the basic to the arcane.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446678384
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Series: Great American History Quiz Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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The Great American History Quiz V


Warner Books

Copyright © 2001 A&E Television
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-67838-4


Chapter One

1) A fight sometimes breaks out over the simplest thing. A guy steps on your foot. Somebody cuts you off on the highway. Or the British come aboard your ships and take your sailors prisoner. And in 1812, the United States had had enough. The states had just won their freedom, yet Britain-which was at war with the French-was stopping U.S. ships enroute to France and forcing our sailors into the Royal Navy. But America wanted more than just maritime rights. What was another U.S. goal in the war?

(a) To gain possession of Canada

(b) To completely destroy the British navy

(c) To seize English colonies in the Caribbean

(d) To solidify relations with France

Answer:

(a) There were a number of reasons the United States wanted Canada, among them land for expansion and for use as a bargaining chip with Britain. Not to mention, of course, the beer and hockey.

2) Today, Cuba is one of the biggest political thorns in America's side. So it's ironic that the seeds of the Spanish-American War were planted during Cuba's struggle for independence from Spain. U.S. intervention was aroused by sensational reports of Spain's brutal measures to subdue the Cuban rebels. The question is, where was the first battle in the Spanish-American War fought?

(a) Bay of Pigs

(b) San Juan Hill

(c) Manila Bay

(d) Havana

Answer:

(c) A U.S. naval armada led by Commodore George Dewey entered Manila Bay, in the Philippines, on May 1, 1898, and destroyed the Spanish fleet.

And now, a few questions about the Korean War:

3) Who really remembers the details of the Korean War? It might be easier if we just put the war into M*A*S*H terms. Since Hawkeye and Major Burns were always squabbling, we'll call Syngman Rhee, the president of South Korea, Hawkeye. And Kim Il Sung, the leader of North Korea, is Major Burns. Plus, let's call Korea itself Hotlips.

Okay ... in the late 1940s, both Hawkeye and Major Burns wanted a unified Hotlips. But the United States wanted a democratic Hotlips, and the Soviets wanted a Communist one. Using Burns and Hawkeye as puppets, the two superpowers set out to achieve their agendas. And on June 25, 1950, war began when the North invaded the South. How long after that did the United States become part of the conflict?

(a) The same day

(b) Three weeks

(c) One month

(d) Six months

Answer:

(a) U.S. troops in South Korea saw action from the very first day of the conflict. Wow, that sure was quick-but maybe Hotlips was worth it.

4) The UN forces fighting Communist North Korea were composed mainly of American and South Korean troops, though soldiers from fifteen other nations were also engaged. Nonetheless, the UN forces, led by General Douglas MacArthur, were having an extremely difficult time keeping the North Korean army at bay.

In what is considered the single most brilliant strategic offensive of his military career, what kind of assault did General MacArthur lead on September 15, 1950, which proved to be a key element in forcing the Communist army to retreat back across the border?

(a) One of the first air strikes launched from carrier vessels at sea

(b) Surprise land assault modeled after the famous invasion of Hannibal over the Alps

(c) He faked a retreat with his center and crushed the enemy with his flanks

(d) An amphibious assault deep behind North Korean lines

Answer:

(d) On September 15, 1950, MacArthur led a daring and highly effective amphibious assault on the port city of Inchon, deep behind enemy lines.

5) General Douglas MacArthur actively advocated an atomic attack on which country in 1950?

(a) Soviet Union

(b) North Korea

(c) China

(d) Vietnam

Answer:

(c) Fortunately, President Truman vehemently objected to this suggestion, and no more atom bombs were dropped after the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

(Continues...)



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