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The Spanish-American War Quiz
by Staff
Ah, the famous Spanish-American War! Where ... that one side ... fought for that one cause. Learn a thing or two about this brief period of American history or brag to your friends about how you charged the hill and took this quiz without a fight.

What were the two sides in the Spanish-American War?

  • Spanish and Americans
  • Americans and the Cubans
  • Spanish-Americans and Dominicans

When did the Spanish-American War begin?

  • 1910
  • 1898
  • 1870

What country was trying to become independent from Spain, which prompted the Spanish-American conflict?

  • Nicaragua
  • Cuba
  • Puerto Rico

Shortly before the war, the United States sent what to Havana partly as a gesture of diplomacy?

  • a statue of an olive tree
  • Teddy Roosevelt
  • a U.S. battleship

The battleship was called:

  • the USS Castro
  • the USS Maine
  • the USS Henry

Before the start of the war, popular opinion in the U.S. was on the side of:

  • Nobody cared.
  • the Spanish
  • the Cuban rebels

What was the name given to the sensational, shocking news stories that stirred up anti-Spanish sentiment in the 1890s?

  • corpse copy
  • yellow journalism
  • whacky writing

What happened to the USS Maine?

  • It was blown up.
  • It left for Miami.
  • It was captured by rebels.

Who was responsible for the Maine's explosion?

  • Spain
  • Cuban rebels
  • No one knows.

How many people died on the ship?

  • 89
  • 15
  • 260

The sinking of the Maine became a rallying point for:

  • the Spanish to start a war
  • Americans wanting to intervene on behalf of the Cuban rebels
  • Cubans to arm against Spain

Spain was giving Cuba limited powers of self government when the U.S. Congress did what?

  • demanded Spain withdraw from Cuba
  • gave the U.S. President the power to use force for a Spanish withdrawal
  • both

Who declared war first?

  • America
  • Spain
  • both at the same time

The U.S. declared war back on what date?

  • April 25th
  • April 21st
  • both

While the issue at hand was Cuba, where was the first engagement of the Spanish-American war fought?

  • Miami
  • the Philippines
  • Barcelona

How did the Battle of Manila Bay go for the U.S.?

  • It was extremely easily.
  • It was not so hot.
  • It was a tie.

Spain was:

  • confident they would easily win the conflict
  • equipped with the most advanced and prepared naval fleet
  • categorically unequipped for a foreign naval war

The Spanish admiral in charge of the fleet heading to Cuba warned Spanish officials:

  • He didn't have enough coal to power his ships.
  • He didn't have enough ammunition for an engagement.
  • both

When the ships got to Santiago, they were met by:

  • Cuban rebels ready to fight
  • a much more robust American presence, blockading the harbor
  • no American presence

The Rough Riders were what kind of military volunteers?

  • cavalry
  • Marines
  • medics

What famous American was a Rough Rider in the Spanish-American War?

  • Franklin Roosevelt
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Henry Ford

The Rough Riders charged up:

  • San Juan Hill
  • Kettle Hill
  • neither

What other troops were fighting just as ferociously alongside the heralded Rough Riders?

  • Buffalo soldiers
  • nobody
  • local children who were armed with knives

The Spanish fleet attempted to leave Santiago Harbor on July 3. How long before Santiago was surrendered to U.S. troops?

  • two weeks
  • a month
  • two months

The Treaty of Paris was signed:

  • July 1898
  • August 1898
  • December 1898

In the Treaty of Paris, Spain:

  • ceded all claim to Cuba
  • assumed Cuban debt
  • both

What else did the United States get in the Treaty of Paris?

  • Puerto Rico
  • Guam
  • both

The United States also assumed control of the Philippines. How did that go over?

  • Nobody cared.
  • Everyone was delighted.
  • It was not so hot, both domestically and in the Philippines.

All in all, the Spanish-American War was over in:

  • less than a year
  • a year and a half
  • two months

What was the leading cause of death for U.S. soldiers during the Spanish-American War?

  • infection
  • gunshot wounds
  • heat stroke and dehydration