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THE USA INITIAL QUIZ TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT 1.

How many states does it have? 50 states and a federal district (48 and the federal district Washington DC in central North America, Alaska and Hawai)

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Where was the Declaration of Independence written? On hemp paper.

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Which is the longest river in the USA? The MississippiMissouri.

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In which state is the Grand Canyon? In Arizona. How many presidents of the USA were killed? 4 (Abraham

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Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy) Who sold Alaska to the States in 1867? Russia What is the capital city of America? Washington DC.

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What do the stars and stripes in the flag represent? The 50 stars represent the 50 states and the 13 stripes the original states.

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What’s the nickname used to refer to the States?

Uncle Sam is a national personification of the United States and sometimes more specifically of the American government, with the first usage of the term dating from the War of 1812 against the British Empire. He is depicted as a stern elderly white man with white hair and a goatee beard, and dressed in clothing that recalls the design elements of flag of the United States—for example, typically a top hat with red and white stripes and white stars on a blue band, and red and white striped trousers. In the year 1812, a large quantity of provisions for the army was purchased at Troy, N.Y., by Elbert Anderson, a government contractor. The goods were inspected by two brothers, Ebenezer and Samuel Wilson. The last named was invariably known among the workmen as "Uncle Sam." The packages were marked E.A.-U.S. On being asked the meaning of these initials, a workman jokingly replied that he didn't know unless they meant Elbert Anderson and Uncle Sam. So, the title became current among the workmen, soldiers, and people, and the United States Government is now known affectionately as "Uncle Sam". Uncle Sam became a useful, popular icon in cartoons, much like the John Bull character who represented the United Kingdom. John Bull and Uncle Sam have squared off in hundreds of political cartoons throughout the years. The most famous image of the Uncle Sam persona was a World War I recruiting image that depicted a stern Sam pointing his finger at the viewer and declaring, "I want you." This was painted by artist James Montgomery Flagg in the year of 1917, just prior to US involvement in World War I.

10. What’s the official motto of the USA? In God we trust. 11. What’s the smallest USA state? Rhode Island. 12. And the largest? Alaska 13. What’s the name of the monument in South Dakota where you can see the face of four presidents of the USA? Mount Rushmore 14. What are the names of these four presidents? George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln 15.

Which city does jazz music come from? New Orleans (Louisiana)

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Who was the country founded by? By 13 British colonies.

17. Who fought the American Civil war? The North and the South

18. Who won? The North 19. When is the national holiday? 4th July

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21. What year was the first Thanksgiving? In 1621 with the Pilgrim fathers. 22. Who was Malcolm X? Malcolm X (1925-1965), was an African-American Muslim minister, public speaker, and human rights activist. To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of African Americans, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. His detractors accused him of preaching racism, black supremacy, anti-Semitism, and violence. He has been described as one of the greatest, and most influential, African Americans in history.

23. Who was Martin Luther King? Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African American civil rights movement. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he expanded American values to include the vision of a color blind society, and established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other nonviolent means. By the time of his death in 1968, he had refocused his efforts on ending poverty and stopping the Vietnam War. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January) was established as a U.S. national holiday in 1986.

24. What killed thousands of people in the Gulf Coast in August 2005? Hurricane Katrina

25. Where did the Ku Klux Klan start? In Tennessee 26. What’s the name of the ship that carried the Pilgrims to America in 1620? The Mayflower 27. Who was the youngest man elected President in the USA? Kennedy (43) 28. What’s the American national anthem? The Star Spangled Banner 29. What’s the Tea Party movement? The Tea Party movement is a populist, conservative/libertarian political movement in the United States that emerged in 2009 through a series of locally and nationally coordinated protests. The protests were partially in response to several Federal laws: the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and a series of healthcare reform bills. The name "Tea Party" echoes the Boston Tea Party, a 1773 incident when colonists destroyed British tea rather than paying what they considered a tax that violated their right to "No Taxation without Representation." As of 2010, it is not a national political party, does not officially run Congressional candidates, and its name has not appeared on any ballots. 30. What’s the national bird? The bald eagle

More information: http://awesomeamerica.com/usa/

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