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Mexican-American War Quiz

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Much of the conflict surrounding the Mexican-American War originated when what current American state rebelled against Mexico to achieve its independence?
Texas
Colorado
California
New Mexico

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Animosity of Americans toward Mexico had been increasing ever since the last stand of Texas revolutionaries at what famous mission where Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie died?
The Alamo
The Righteous Seat
Los Ninos Mission
San Diego Mission

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The primary reason for the Mexican-American War was the dispute of where Texas's southern boundary ended. The Americans claimed Texas's southern boundary should end at what river which currently serves as the state's ending point?
The Rio Grande
The Colorado River
The Mississippi River
The Gadsden River

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Mexico claimed that the southern border of Texas should run along what river as opposed to the Rio Grande?
The Agodila River
The Mesa Verte River
The Nueces River
The Amarillo River

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What man was the President of the United States through the Mexican-American War?
William H. Taft
Rutherford B. Hayes
Millard Fillmore
James Polk

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What authoritarian led Mexico throughout the Mexican-American War?
Terra Alvares
Nicolas Cera
Pancho Villa
Santa Anna

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In what year did the Mexican-American War officially begin?
1846
1853
1862
1871

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The primary leader of America's armed forces during the first half of the war was what man who would become the country's 12th president?
Ulysses S. Grant
John Tyler
Zachary Taylor
Andrew Jackson

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What famous quote by President Polk urged Americans to declare war on Mexico after Zachary Taylor's men were attacked near the Rio Grande?
"A date that will live in infamy."
"The death of a single man is unforgivable."
"American blood was shed on American soil."
"God is with us. Strike the heathen."

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Before war was officially declared, James Polk sent what famous diplomat to offer Mexico money for an extension of Texas's border to the Rio Grande?
John Slidell
John Jay
Michael Morris
Henry Clay

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Santa Anna was only able to lead Mexico through the war because Americans freed him from his exile in what other colonial territory?
Haiti
Costa Rica
Puerte Rico
Cuba

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What naval officer famous for opening America's trade with Japan also commanded the American naval forces during the Mexican-American War?
Ronald Plaisance
Thomas Stockwell
Matthew Perry
Wendell Loward

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While the Mexican-American War was beginning, what future American President earned national notoriety as he proposed his 8 Spot Resolutions to try and discover if Mexico had actually attacked the United States?
Benjamin Harrison
Andrew Johnson
Abraham Lincoln
Ulysses S. Grant

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A point of historical interest surrounding the Mexican-American War is that many of the conflict's participants would later become power players in what major American war?
The Revolutionary War
The Civil War
World War 1
World War 2

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Records of Mexican casualties from the war are incredibly spotty. Having said that, American records are not much better. According to estimates, about 10,000 Americans died of illness during the war. About how many American soldiers were killed in combat?
1,500
5,000
11,000
15,000

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During the second half of the Mexican-American War, what man largely commanded the American forces that invaded central Mexico and captured the nation's capital?
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
Ulysses S. Grant
Winfield Scott
Oliver Hazard Perry

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One of America's most accomplished officers during the Mexican-American War was what man who would go on to primarily lead the Confederate forces during the Civil War?
A. P. Hill
Robert E. Lee
George Meade
Joshua L. Chamberlain

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What largest battle of the war took place in February 1847 and saw Zachary Taylor's entrenched forces barely manage to repel the primary might of Santa Anna's armies?
The Battle of Buena Vista
The Battle of Agua Fria
The Battle of Cape Assed
The Battle of the Chihuahua Flats

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In 1847, Winfield Scott's armies primarily handled the campaign to capture what city that acted as Mexico's capital?
Mexico City
Puerto Vallarta
Merrida
Oaxaca

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In order to secure a route to Mexico City, one of the steps Winfield Scott took was to siege what Mexican port city across the month of March in 1847?
Cancun
Veracruz
Puebla
Cozumel

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Colonel Stephen W. Kearny was the leader of the American incursions into what Mexican territory?
Costa Rica
California
Arizona
Colorado

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What 1847 treaty gave America control of California?
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The Treaty of Los Angeles
The Treaty of Cahuenga
The Treaty of Sutter's Mill
The Treaty of Califrias

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What battle of the Mexican-American War saw American forces scale a stone castle to gain a route to Mexico City's western gates?
The Battle of Chapultepec
The Battle of Sierre Cairus
The Battle of the Lost Ridge
The Battle of Derros Flats

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What former President and Vice President of Mexico is known for his valiant defense of Chapultepec?
Viktor Belvalance
Terrance Averde
Nicolas Bravo
Stefan Callous

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Another group of individuals who became lionized by Chapultepec was what group of cadets that refused to surrender and fought to the death?
The Castle Guards
The Juniors
The Protectors of the Flag
The Boy Heroes

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What April 1847 battle saw a dispatch led by Robert E. Lee successfully flank an entrenched Mexican position to capture the superior force stationed there?
The Battle of San Antonio's Villa
The Battle of El Paso
The Battle of Cerro Gordo
The Battle of Cera Amarillo

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What famousĀ Walden author was jailed in America throughout the Mexican-American War because he refused to pay taxes that would support the war effort?
Henry David Thoreau
Alexander Pope
Henry Wordsworth
Walt Whitman

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In what year did the Mexican-American War end?
1848
1850
1852
1854

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What is the name of the treaty that officially ended the Mexican-American War?
The Treaty of Mexico City
The Treaty of Houston
The Treaty of Cancun
The Treaty of Gaudalupe Hidalgo

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In 1854, America would round out is current southern border with Mexico thanks to what agreement where the U.S.A. paid for parts of southern Arizona and New Mexico?
The Gadsden Purchase
The Templeton Purchase
The Martin Purchase
The Holstead Purchase

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