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Common questions about geography, politics, culture, places, people, companies and history of United States of America (USA)

Ques. Which US state is also known as Hoosier state –
(a) Ohio
(b) North Carolina
(c) Indiana
(d) Michigan
Ans. (c)

Ques. Which phrase that first came to public attention as a U.S. television commercial for the Wendy’s chain of hamburger restaurants in 1984 became associated with the 1984 U.S. presidential election when Wal­ter Mondale ridiculed Gary Hart’s candidacy?
(a) Think
(b) Where’s the beef?
(c) Who’s Got Big Buns?
(d) Low fat formula
Ans. (b)

Ques. Which of these states of the USA is land­ locked?
(a) Utah
(b) California
(c) Florida
(d) Texas
Ans. (b)

Ques. The snow line of the Rocky Mountains of the USA is about
(a) 3 km above sea level
(b) 6 km above sea level
(c) it is at the sea level
(d) None of the above
Ans. (a)

Ques. The earlier name of New York city was –
(a) New Mexico
(b) New Perris
(c) New Amsterdam
(d) New Madras
Ans. (c)

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Ques. New York is situated on the river
(a) Hudson
(b) Thames
(c) Danube
(d) Tigris
Ans. (a)

Ques. Which pen manufacturer was founded in 1891 in Janesville, Wisconsin, USA?
(a) Osmiroid
(b) Parker
(c) Waterman
(d) Pelikan
Ans. (b)

Ques. Cimarron County, Texas County and Beaver County are all in the north west of which US state?
(a) Texas
(b) Oklahoma
(c) New Mexico
(d) Florida
Ans. (b)

Ques. What event took place at Yasgur’s farm, New York, on 15 to 18 August 1969?
(a) Until then, the world’s worst plane crash
(b) New York World’s Fair
(c) First public demonstration of the M16 rifle
(d) Woodstock Music and Art Fair
Ans. (d)

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Ques. The founder of USA was –
(a) John Adams
(b) James Madison
(c) George Washington
(d) James Monroe
Ans. (c)

Ques. New York is popularly known as the:
(a) city of Heart
(b) city of Skyscrapers
(c) city of Crosswalk
(d) city of Money
Ans. (b)

Ques. What city was founded on the island of Manhattan by Peter Minuit in 1626?
(a) New Amsterdam
(b) Pittsburg
(c) New Holland
(d) Van Diemen’s Land
Ans. (a)

Ques. What is the generally accepted name for the Puritans who became the earliest set­tlers in the Plymouth colony in America, in 1620?
(a) Plymouth Brethren
(b) Plymouth Rocks
(c) Pilgrim Fathers
(d) Huguenots
Ans. (c)

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Ques. The US state known as ‘Mountain state’ is –
(a) Washington
(b) West Virginia
(c) California
(d) Texas
Ans. (b)

Ques. Nixon was succeeded by
(a) Gerald Ford
(b) John F kennedy
(c) Herbert Hoover
(d) Jimmy Carter
Ans. (a)

Ques. John F.Kennedy was assassinated by:
(a) Jon Edward
(b) Lee Harry Oswald
(c) Robert Oswald
(d) Jack Ruby
Ans. (b)

Ques. Nixon resigned in the year
(a) 1976
(b) 1974
(c) 1972
(d) 1978
Ans. (b)

Ques. How many US states lie north of the Tropic of Cancer?
(a) 49
(b) 1
(c) 25
(d) 13
Ans. (a)

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Ques. Which US state is also known as The Ozark State –
(a) Arizona
(b) Missouri
(c) Georgia
(d) Illinois
Ans. (b)

Ques. Which of the following is not associated with the American Revolution for independence?
(a) No taxation without representation
(b) Boston Massacre
(c) Battle of Gettysburg
(d) Battle of Lexington and Concord
Ans. (c)

Ques. A ”land run” into which current state of the USA began at noon on 22 April
1889, when an estimated 50,000 people lined up to race to claim 160 acre (0.65
km2) pieces of the available 2 million acres (8,000 Km2)?
(a) Alaska
(b) Montana
(c) California
(d) Oklahoma
Ans. (d)

Ques. The US state Kentucky is also known as –
(a) Hoosier state
(b) Mountain state
(c) Free State
(d) Blue Grass state
Ans. (d)

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Ques. The White House was painted white to –
(a) hide fire damage
(b) as symbol of Peace
(c) to keep it cool
(d) to protect them against pests
Ans. (a)

Ques. When is Independence Day is celebrated in USA?
(a) July 4th
(b)  June 14th
(c) May 4th
(d) July 14th
Ans: (a)

Ques. The Straits of Florida go between the Gulf of Mexico and where?
(a) North Sea
(b) Pacific Ocean
(c) Atlantic Ocean
(d) Panama Canal
Ans. (c)

Ques. Which of these US states has a boundary closest to Salt Lake City, Utah?
(a) Arizona
(b) Colorado
(c) Wyoming
(d) New Mexico
Ans. (c)

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Ques. Abraham Lincoln belongs to which Political party –
(a) National Union Party
(b) Whig Party
(c) Know Nothing
(d) Federalist Party
Ans. (a)

Ques. Which state donated the land occupied by the US capital city, Washington, District of Columbia?
(a) Virginia
(b) Maryland
(c) Connecticut
(d) New York
Ans. (b)

Ques. Pearl Harbour is located in
(a) Nantucket
(b) Amelia Island
(c) Hilton Head
(d) Hawai
Ans. (d)

Ques. Who personifies the USA?
(a) Uncle Scrooge
(b) Uncle Vanya
(c) Uncle Ben
(d) Uncle Sam
Ans. (d)

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Ques. Yankee is the nickname of –
(a) All Americans
(b) American Women
(c) American Veterans
(d) People live in Alaska
Ans. (a)

Ques. America named after?
(a) Captian America
(b) Amerigo Vespucci
(c) Continental Americano
(d) Native Americas
Ans. (b)

Ques. The Mason-Dixon Line, surveyed by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, which became a popular name for the dividing line between the slave and free states, isthe boundary between which two states of the USA?
(a) Virginia and Maryland
(b) Pennsylvania and Maryland
(c) Indiana and Kentucky
(d) Pennsylvania and Ohio
Ans. (b)

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Ques. In 1867,USA purchased Alaska from –
(a) Canada
(b) Mexico
(c) France
(d) Russia
Ans. (d)

Ques. Original Disneyland is located in –
(a) California
(b) New Jersey
(c) Pennsylvania
(d) Virginia
Ans. (a)

Ques. The US state known as ‘Pine Free State’ is –
(a) Florida
(b) Hawaii
(c) Alaska
(d) Maine
Ans. (d)

Ques. In the 1960s Raymond Davis Jr. set up a deep underground laboratory. Under what was the laboratory built?
(a) The Mammoth Site near Hot Springs, South Dakota
(b) Henderson Mine near Empire, Colorado
(c) The Black Hills, South Dakota
(d) Homestake gold mine, South Dakota
Ans. (d)

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Ques. The river which carries maximum quantity of water into the sea is the –
(a) Yukon
(b) Mississippi
(c) Missouri
(d) Colorado
Ans. (b)

Ques. 31 March, the birthday of Cesar Chavez, is recognised as a holiday in the US states of California, Texas, Arizona and Colorado. What role did he play in the history of the USA?
(a) Animal conservationist
(b) Military leader  at  the  Battle of  the Alamo
(c) Setting up reservations for American Indians
(d) Labour unionist
Ans. (d)

Ques. What name was applied to legislation regarding the sale of liquor in the USA between 1919 to 1933?
(a) Speakeasy Act
(b) Embargo
(c) Freedom of Spirit
(d) Prohibition
Ans. (d)

Ques. The first flag for the USA had how many stars on it?
(a) 20
(b) 13
(c) 10
(d) 50
Ans. (b)

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Ques. Which of these states of the USA extends the furthest West?
(a) California
(b) New Mexico
(c) Texas
(d) Nevada
Ans. (a)

Ques. Which scandal involving an oil well on public land occurred during the presi­dency of Warren Harding?
(a) Petticoat affair
(b) Lockheed bribery scandal
(c) The tea pot dome scandal
(d) Anna Pou case
Ans. (c)

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Ques. Which of these states of the USA is a rect­angle?
(a) Arkansas
(b) Wyoming
(c) Utah
(d) Iowa
Ans. (b)

Ques. Which of these is not in the borough of Manhattan, New York City?
(a) Coney Island
(b) Broadway
(c) Central Park
(d) Times Square
Ans. (a)

Ques. Silver Thursday on 27 March 1980 refers to a reaction by USA regulators to activities by what or whom?
(a) The Hunt brothers (attempting to cor­ner the world market in silver)
(b) Warren Buffett (divested his company of major stocks of silver)
(c) JP Morgan Chase and HSBC (manipu­lation of the gold and silver markets)
(d) London Silver Fix (plunging devalua­tion of the Indian rupee)
Ans. (a)

Ques. Broken Arrow, Edmond, Enid, Lawton, Midwest City, Moore, Norman, Stillwater and Tulsa are 9 of the 10 largest cities in which state of the USA?
(a) Oklahoma
(b) Maine
(c) Idaho
(d) Texas
Ans. (a)

Ques. Which state of the USA is divided into 64 parishes in the same way that 48 of the other states are divided into counties?
(a) North Dakota
(b) Tennessee
(c) Oklahoma
(d) Louisiana
Ans. (d)

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Ques. Which of these places is furthest from Chicago, Illinois, USA?
(a) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(b) San Francisco, California, USA
(c) Mexico City, Mexico
(d) Montreal, Canada
Ans. (a)

Ques. Which city was settled by the French in 1718, ceded to Spain in 1763, fell to France in 1800, and was bought by the USA in 1803?
(a) Tallahassee
(b) Quebec
(c) New Orleans
(d) Fort Saint Louis
Ans. (c)

Ques. What cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota, is associated with a gold rush, land wars, and a famous 19th century last stand?
(a) Fort Custer National Cemetery
(b) Hot Springs National Cemetery
(c) Black Hills National Cemetery
(d) Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Ans. (c)

Ques. In 1986, what name was given to a scan­dal in the US administration that arose from the use of proceeds from covert arms sales to Iran via Israel to fund rebels in Nicaragua?
(a) The Whitewater controversy
(b) Watergate
(c) Troopergate
(d) Iran-Contra affair
Ans. (d)

Ques. Who was the first female, the first Californian and the first Italian-American to hold the post of Speaker of the US House of Representatives?
(a) Sandra Day O’Connor
(b) Hillary Clinton
(c) Condoleeza Rice
(d) Nancy Pelosi
Ans. (d)

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Ques. In which state of the USA is the educational institution known as U.C.L.?
(a) Utah
(b) California
(c) Louisiana
(d) Alabama
Ans. (b)

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