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American History Trivia Questions


The Lewis and Clark Expedition was also known as the what?
A:  Corps of Discovery Expedition.

It was the first American expedition to cross what?
A: What is now the western portion of the United States.

When did the expedition begin?
A: May 1804.

Where did the expedition start?
A: Near St. Louis on the Mississippi River.

Who commissioned the expedition?
A: President Thomas Jefferson shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

The expedition consisted of a select group of what?
A:  U.S. Army volunteers.

Whose command  were they under?
A: Captain Meriwether Lewis.

What was the name of Merewether's close friend?
A: Second Lieutenant William Clark.

How long did the expedition last?
A: From May 1804 to September 1806.

What was the objective of the expedition?
A: It was to explore and map the newly acquired territory, and establish an American presence before Britain and other European powers tried to claim it.

The campaign's secondary objectives were what?
A: To study the area's plants, animal life, and geography, and establish trade with local Indian tribes.

References to Lewis and Clark "scarcely appeared" in history books even during the what?
A: The United States Centennial in 1876.

Lewis and Clark began to gain new attention around when?
A: The start of the 20th century.

The 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, in St. Louis, showcased Lewis and Clark as what?
A:  American pioneers.

The 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, in Portland, Oregon, also did what?
A: Showcased Lewis and Clark as American pioneers.

A complete and reliable set of what was finally compiled by Gary E. Moulton in 2004?
A: The expedition's journals.

In the 2000s, what event further elevated popular interest in Lewis and Clark?
A: The bicentennial of the expedition.

What did Thomas Jefferson want to discover ?
A: A practical route through the Northwest to the Pacific coast.

Two years into his presidency, Jefferson asked Congress to do what?
A: Fund an expedition through the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific Ocean.

Lewis demonstrated remarkable skills and potential as a what?
A: Frontiersman.

In 1803, what did Jefferson have Lewis do?
A: Study medicinal cures under Benjamin Rush, a physician and humanitarian.

Jefferson also arranged for Lewis to be further educated by Andrew Ellicott in the use of what?
A: The use of the sextant and other navigational instruments.

Lewis was not ignorant of science and had demonstrated to Jefferson a marked capacity to do what?
A: To learn, especially with Jefferson as his teacher.

At Monticello, Jefferson had the largest library in the world on what subject?
A: The geography of the North American continent.

Lewis spent time in the library doing what?
A: Consulting maps and books and conferring with Jefferson.

When did Lewis and Clark meet near Louisville, Kentucky?
A: In October 1803 at the Falls of the Ohio before departing later in the month.

The U.S. mint prepared special silver medals called what?
A: Indian Peace Medals.

The soldiers were to distribute the medals to whom?
A: To the nations they met.

These symbolized what?
A: U.S. sovereignty over the indigenous inhabitants.

The expedition also prepared "what" to display their military firepower?
A: Advanced weapons.

One of the weapons was a.46 caliber repeating rifle with a 20-round tubular magazine that was powerful enough to do what?
A: Kill a deer.

The expedition was prepared with sufficient black powder and lead for their what?
A: Flintlock firearms.