How Much Do You Know About the American West?

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How Much Do You Know About the American West?
When we hear about the American West, cowboys, ranchers, and outlaws immediately come to mind. The West is much more than a set of stereotypes from movies. It is a land rich in traditions, legends, and important figures. Let's see how much you know!

People who scrambled for land in Oklahoma were nicknamed what?

Land grabbers

Okies

Sooners

Soddies

Which of these people was one of the great leaders of the Ogala Lakota in the Great Sioux War?

Big Bear

Iron Crow

Red Cloud

Blue Sky

Which of these figures did NOT appear in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show?

Annie Oakley

Billy the Kid

Will Rogers

Calamity Jane

Gold was discovered in California on which person’s property?

Michael Keeley

Evan Smith

John Sutter

James Douglas

Speaking of Greeley, he ran for President and lost. Who was his opponent?

William McKinley

Abraham Lincoln

Grover Cleveland

Ulysses S. Grant

Who coined the phrase “Go west, young man.”

William Lloyd Garrison

Benjamin Franklin

William Randolph Hearst

Horace Greeley

Where in California did the Pony Express route end?

San Diego

San Jose

San Francisco

Sacramento

What state is Dodge City located in?

Montana

Oklahoma

Kansas

Nebraska

The Compromise of 1850 did all but which of the following:

Texas cedes the New Mexico territory

Slave trade was banned in D.C.

Made California a state

Kansas became a state

This treaty ended the Mexican-American War.

Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Treaty of Versailles

Treaty of Houston

Treaty of the Alamo

What disease did Doc Holliday suffer from?

Cancer

Diabetes

Lazy eye

Tuberculosis

Which US president is most closely associated with the philosophy of Manifest Destiny?

Abraham Lincoln

Martin Van Buren

Andrew Jackson

James K. Polk

Henry McCarty was known better by which name?

Hank the Gun

The Lone Gunman

Billy the Kid

The Ragin’ Cajun

Butch Cassidy and the _____ Kid

Sundance

Killer

Bandit

Rainbow

This city in the west is home to one of the largest Basque populations in America.

Denver

Boise

Salt Lake City

Sacramento

Some indigenous tribes in the Pacific Northwest carve these towering pieces of art.

Carved trees

Spirit poles

Totem poles

Picture trees

Los Angeles was settled by how many families?

100

11

2

50

The Hoover Dam holds back which great river?

Snake River

Colorado River

Mississippi River

Green River

Who shot and killed the outlaw Jesse James?

Thomas Brown

John Smith

Damon Holt

Robert Ford

The oldest continuous settlement in the United States is in New Mexico—who lives there?

Cherokee

Sioux

Acoma Pueblo

Ute

This ethnic group first emigrated to the American West and was instrumental in constructing the Transcontinental Railroad.

Spanish

Irish

German

Chinese

The forced removal of the Chickasaw, Cherokee, Choctaw, Seminole, and Creek to the West is known as what?

Road of Sorrows

Road of the Cherokee

Path of the Cherokee

Trail of Tears

“Spaghetti Westerns” became a huge movie genre. Where did the name come from?

They were Italian productions

The plots were complicated

They ate spaghetti on set

The director liked noodles.

This Wild West legend died holding a poker hand of two 8’s and two aces, now known as the “dead man’s hand”.

Doc Holliday

Wild Bill Hickok

Warren Earp

Wyatt Earp

Colorado had its own gold rush in 1859—what is it sometimes known as?

Second Gold Rush

Pike’s Peak Gold Rush

Western Gold Rush

Denver Gold Rush

Which western state is known as the “Centennial State”?

Nebraska

Colorado

Arizona

Utah

Doc Holliday was known for being a Western gunslinger and also which profession?

A banker

A dentist

A lawyer

A surgeon

This Shoshone woman accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition and proved invaluable.

Lozen

Sacagawea

Dahteste

Pocahontas

Lewis and _____

Clark

Ledyard

Jefferson

Mackenzie

This state was the last to be admitted to the United States in the 19th century.

Wyoming

Nebraska

Colorado

Utah

“_____ Bill”

Buffalo

Bison

Belligerent

Blustering

While we’re on the subject, which lawman family of brothers fought at the shootout?

The Bells

The Earps

The Brooks

The Garretts

The famed “Shootout at the O.K. Corral” took place in which town?

Santa Fe

Gunsmoke

Tombstone

Colorado Springs

Which state declared independence from Mexico in 1835?

Oklahoma

California

Texas

Arizona

Wounded _____ Massacre

Heart

Head

Feet

Knee

What is the name of the mail service that connected the West in the 1860s?

Pony Express

FedEx

US Postal Service

Mail by Equine

The Battle of Little Bighorn Lakota, Arapahoe, and Cheyenne victors were led by whom?

Crazy Horse

Red Shirt

Two Bears

Custer

The US military experimented with using these animals in the Southwest.

Rattlesnakes

Horses

Buffalo

Camels

The final railroad spike that completed the First Transcontinental Railroad what made of what?

Iron

Gold

Silver

Platinum

There was a devastating earthquake in 1906 in this major California city.

San Francisco

Los Angeles

San Diego

Sacramento

Western Lover

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Cowboy

You seem to get most of your knowledge of the American West from Western movies. However, you choose them carefully and see only those that can tell you about the history of the place, its legends and important personalities. You are already quite familiar with the culture of the Wild West, but from our test you learned a couple of new facts. Send this quiz to your friends, let's see if they can do it better!

Wild West Explorer

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