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The Gilded Age Quiz

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The name of the Gilded Age was formulated by what famous American writer of works like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?
Mark Twain
Dr. Seuss
O. Henry
Walt Whitman

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Which of the following terms was commonly used to refer to the immoral businessmen who rose to unprecedented levels of affluence through unsavory means during the Gilded Age?
Robber barons
Bandit kings
Carpetbaggers
Savage sultans

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What is the name for the apartment complexes that met the bare minimum safety standards which many poor people were forced to live in during the Gilded Age?
Tenements
Asylums
Statfords
Hestons

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In 1871, a cow began a fire that ravaged much of what major American city?
Los Angeles
Chicago
Boston
Cleveland

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The Gilded Age saw the origins of what social movement in America where people called for a ban to be placed on the sale of intoxicating liquors?
Reconquista
Perestroika
Vorstat
Prohibition

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What is the name of this Gilded Age business tycoon who made a major fortune in the steel business?
Cornelius Vanderbilt
John Rockefeller
Andrew Carnegie
Henry Ford

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In 1889, Andrew Carnegie released an article called "Wealth" which described his philosophy of philanthropy. In the modern day, this historic article is known by what more common name?
The Gospel of Wealth
The Monopoly Playbook
The Burden of Money
Providence Provides

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Andrew Carnegie and his associate H. C. Frick were involved in the dam collapse that destroyed what Pennsylvania town during the Gilded Age?
Johnstown
Weaver
Sobberdale
MacArthur's Point

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Which of the following terms refers to businesses during the Gilded Age who held most of, if not all of, a market and often abused this power to make more money?
Cobbles
Trusts
Highlights
Underbars

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What 1875 piece of legislation forbade Chinese women from immigrating to the United States?
The Robertson Act
The Page Act
The Missouri Exclusion
The American Protection Act

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In 1882, Congress passed a law preventing any Chinese people from immigrating to the U.S.A. This law would stand until the Magnuson Act passed in what year?
1910
1927
1943
1958

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In 1877, the employees of what railroad company began a major strike the likes of which the country had never seen?
The Reading Railroad
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
The Vanderbilt Railroad
The Tomilson Railroad

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What is the name of the 1869 union organization founded by Terrence Powderly that united workers who demanded better employment conditions?
The Knights of Labor
The Swords of Employment
The Cavaliers of Pay
The Champions of Benefits

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Unions and labor organizations throughout the Gilded Age campaigned to try and make the standard workday be how many hours long as they are now in the modern day?
4
6
8
12

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The poor conditions of the Gilded Age inspired what author to write the ground-breaking book The Jungle?
Henry David Thoreau
Washington Irving
Upton Sinclair
Edwin Arlington Robinson

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What is the term for the organizations that collected political power through patronage and corruption to try and ensure their political parties would remain in power over multiple election seasons during the time of the Gilded Age?
Political criers
Political tools
Political machines
Political vessels

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Figures like Boss Tweed and George Washinton Plunkitt were notable leaders in what infamous New York City political machine?
The Fifth Street Deal
Central Park's Sovereigns
The Briarwood Academy
Tammany Hall

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What American President signed into law the Pendelton Act which outlawed the act of patronage to try and weaken corruption and the influence of political machines?
Rutherford B. Hayes
Franklin Pierce
Calvin Coolidge
Chester A. Arthur

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In 1894, workers of what train car company striked to bring national attention to how poorly they were paid and treated?
Howard
Pullman
Talonheart
Steel Grid

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The anarchist Leon Czolgosz murdered what American President in protest of the terrible world of the Gilded Age?
Abraham Lincoln
William McKinley
Chester A. Arthur
Warren G. Harding

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What infamous robber baron was responsible for the creation of the General Electric company and was the inspiration for the Monopoly board game mascot?
Cornelius Vanderbilt
Howard Stanford
Henry Clay
J. P. Morgan

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In 1886, what organization began as a collection of labor unions that would later merge with the Congress of Industrial Organizations?
Gilded Age Quiz
The American Federation of Labor
The Heroes of All Labor
The Trans-Atlantic Union Organization
The Collective Powers and Bargaining Core

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As a result of the crooked politics of the Gilded Age, what odd political faction came to be by running off the platform of hunting down and eliminating corruption in the American government?
The Oldsdales
The Mugwumps
The Beanstalks
The Trolls

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What New York City neighborhood officially called Clinton was the sight of gang wars between immigrant groups like the Bowery Boys and the Five Points Gang throughout much of the Gilded Age?
Slicksburgh
The Marshland
Hell's Kitchen
The Spikes

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The American con artist Ferdinand Ward involved many influential Americans in a pyramid scheme during the early stages of the Gilded Age. Among those conned by Ward was what American President who also led the Union Army during the Civil War?
Chester A. Arthur
James Garfield
Ulysses S. Grant
Jefferson Davis

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What protest in 1886 saw the police fire on innocent civilians after a terrorist threw dynamite at them?
The Stonebridge Massacre
The Cleveland Riot of 1886
The Burroughs Riot
The Haymarket Riot

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In 1881, Charles Guiteau murdered what American President?
James Garfield
Warren G. Harding
Theodore Roosevelt
Woodrow Wilson

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In 1890, the American government took a major step at ending the Gilded Age by passing what piece of antitrust legislation?
The Roosevelt Antitrust Act
The Fredericks Antitrust Act
The Sherman Antitrust Act
The Cowlridge Antitrust Act

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What term meaning the lowest point of something is the name often given to the period of terrible race relations during the Gilded Age?
Rhine
Asalla
Orson
Nadir

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What is the name of the infamous robber baron who ran Standard Oil during the Gilded Age and made millions upon millions off of his monopoly-building tactics?
John Rockefeller
Cornelius Vanderbilt
Hampton Shores
Carl Dowager

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