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The War of 1812 Quiz
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This should be easy — a quiz about the war between, um, the Americans and the — uh — hmm. What exactly happened in the War of 1812? Oh, say you can see in this War of 1812 quiz.

Who did the U.S. declare war with in the War of 1812?

  • Britain
  • France
  • Mexico

What was Britain doing that ticked the U.S. off?

  • Britain was trying to buy Louisiana.
  • Britain was interfering with trade.
  • Britain tried to take back New Jersey.

The British were also doing what to American seamen?

  • making fun of them
  • forcing them into Royal Navy service
  • stealing their ships

One incident that precipitated the eventual conflict involved the USS Chesapeake. What happened?

  • The Chesapeake was smuggling contraband goods.
  • The Chesapeake raised a flag making fun of the British.
  • A British warship attacked and boarded the Chesapeake looking for deserters.

Who was the commander of the British HMS Leopard, which took over the Chesapeake?

  • Gussie Fink-Nottle
  • Salusbury Pryce Humphreys
  • Ephraim Windingham Buckingham

James Barron was commander of the Chesapeake. Why was he court-martialed for the actions that took place with the Leopard?

  • for abandoning ship
  • for using his weapon
  • for being unprepared for battle

Barron got his revenge how?

  • He invented paper clips and became fabulously wealthy.
  • He killed one of his court-martial judges in a duel.
  • He joined the Royal Navy.

What is one nickname given to the War of 1812?

  • The Second War of Independence
  • The Dirty Dozen War
  • The 1812 Overture War

What were the Orders In Council that impacted American trade?

  • The British said that anyone who traded with them couldn't trade with France.
  • All ships had to stop in Britain to be assured nothing was going to French aid.
  • both

The Orders in Council were repealed, but the U.S. still declared war. What was one reason why?

  • Britain put in place another order that made trade with Spain illegal.
  • The United States still wanted a formal apology about the Chesapeake incident.
  • Word hadn't yet reached America that the Orders in Council were no longer in place.

How did the Napoleonic Wars contribute to the War of 1812?

  • France and Britain were both trying to discourage American trade to the other country.
  • The French Revolution inspired the American Revolutionary movement.
  • Napoleon told America to declare war on Britain.

What other extremely significant conflict played a role in the War of 1812?

  • expansion into Native American territory
  • slavery
  • cotton production

Why did Native Americans in the Northwest Territory join the British Canadian militias?

  • The British promised some tribes the state of Kansas.
  • The tribes had plans to take over Canada.
  • It was their hope that allying with the British would forestall American expansion.

When did the War of 1812 begin?

  • 1811
  • 1812
  • 1810

What primary British figure was assassinated right before the War of 1812?

  • the British Ambassador to America
  • the Prime Minister
  • the King

Why would war still probably have been declared even if America had gotten word that the Orders in Council were repealed?

  • The British were still impressing sailors in service.
  • The Native American territory issues were still unresolved.
  • both

Why might Britain have been a wee bit distracted and not given too much thought to the War of 1812?

  • They were in the midst of a much larger conflict with France.
  • They were trying to figure out who was to succeed King George.
  • They were having a civil war.

What great Native American leader fought alongside the British in the War of 1812?

  • Tecumseh
  • Geronimo
  • Chief Joseph

Tecumseh was part of what native tribe?

  • Cherokee
  • Shawnee
  • Sioux

Who was NOT a U.S. general in the War of 1812?

  • Robert E. Lee
  • Winfield Scott
  • Andrew Jackson

What monument of American government was burned by the British in 1814?

  • the Continental Congress meeting house
  • the White House
  • the Liberty Bell

What saved the city from more British ransacking?

  • a huge storm that caused the British to retreat
  • Andrew Jackson swooped in and fought off the invaders.
  • a peace treaty struck at the last minute

Who was the President during the War of 1812?

  • James Madison
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson

What political party in New England strongly opposed the War of 1812?

  • Whigs
  • Federalists
  • Tories

The Treaty of Ghent basically established what?

  • The Americans could go expand into the Northwest Territory.
  • Everything would go back to the same conditions as before the war.
  • The British had to agree to let America trade with whomever they wanted.

The treaty was signed on Christmas Eve, 1814. When did Andrew Jackson win the Battle of New Orleans?

  • Thanksgiving, 1814
  • January 1815
  • the day after the treaty was signed

"The Star-Spangled Banner" was composed when Francis Scott Key was watching what?

  • the Battle of New Orleans
  • the defense of Fort McHenry
  • the burning of Washington

One group that suffered heavy losses in the War of 1812 were:

  • Native Americans
  • the Navy
  • Canadians

The Battle of New Orleans inspired such patriotism that it resulted in what?

  • installing Andrew Jackson as president without an election
  • effectively killed the Federalist Party
  • caused hundreds of thousands to enlist in the Army

The British remember the War of 1812:

  • very fondly
  • with much anger
  • The War of 18- what, you say?