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Who invented the telephone?Alexander Graham Bell
91.9%
Who invented the incandescent light bulb, phonograph, and storage battery?Thomas Alva Edison
88%
Who was the famous steel magnate and philanthropist?Andrew Carnegie
69.9%
Who was the founder of the Standard Oil Company that became the wealthiest man in America?John D. Rockefeller
66.8%
What horticulturist, a teacher at Tuskegee Insitute, developed many uses for the peanut and sweet potato?George Washington Carver
66.4%
Jesse _______ was a noted train robber in the Old West.James
53.7%
What was the nom de plume of Samuel Clemens--the famous American author of 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Huckleberry Finn'?Mark Twain
52.9%
What Republican President served from 1897-1901--at which point he was assassinated?William McKinley
45.9%
Who led the U.S. cavalry troops at the Battle of Little Big Horn?General George Custer
43.6%
Who was his assistant?Thomas Watson
42.9%
What is the title given to the period of time between 1865 and 1900?Industrial Age
41.7%
Which Republican President was assassinated after only four months in office?James A. Garfield
40.5%
Grover Cleveland was the first Democrat to win the Presidency after the ______ ______.Civil War
39.4%
What is the alternate title Mark Twain assigned to this time span?Gilded Age
39.4%
What is the term for the rapid increase of prices which results when the value of the dollar declines?Inflation
39.4%
What is the surname of the brothers credited with the invention of the safety elevator?Otis
37.8%
Who was the founder of Hull House--a famous settlement house in Chicago?Jane Addams
37.1%
He was also the only President to serve two _________________ terms.non-consecutive
37.1%
Giving away large sums of money to needy individuals and private charities is called what?Philanthropy
35.9%
In what year did Chicago host the World's Fair (World's Comlumbian Exposition)?1893
34.7%
Who was his VP who became President after his death?Chester Arthur
34.7%
In what year was the transcontinental railroad completed?1869
34.4%
Who invented the box camera and roll film?George Eastman
34%
What Englishman developed an inexpensive method of turning iron ore into steel?Sir Henry Bessemer
34%
In what year was Chicago destroyed by a fire?1871
31.3%
Who wrote 'Little Women'?Louisa May Alcott
31.3%
Which company built westward from Omaha through the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains to complete the transcontinental railroad?Union Pacific Railroad
30.9%
What great American orator ran as a Democratic candidate for the Presidency on the platform of free coinage of silver?William Jennings Bryan
30.5%
As the sheriff of Dodge City, _______ _____ and his brothers killed several outlaw gunmen at the O.K. Corral.Wyatt Earp
28.6%
He was also the only President to ________ while in the White House.marry
28.6%
What Republican President served from 1889-1893? (first and last name)Benjamin Harrison
27.4%
What musician is known as 'The March King' and is most well-known for his song 'Stars and Stripes Forever'?John Philip Sousa
27.4%
What state was the first to grant women full political privileges?Wyoming
26.3%
Who is known for organizing the American Federation of Labor?Samuel Gompers
25.9%
What well-known American poet wrote such works as 'O Captain, My Captain?'Walt Whitman
25.1%
What Supreme Court case declared that racial segregation was legal in the United States?Plessy v. Ferguson
24.7%
Who wrote a canon of short, untitled poetry which was not published until after her death?Emily Dickinson
24.3%
What is the term for the process which refers a proposed law directly to the voters?Referendum
23.9%
Question Answer % Correct
What Sioux chief led the Indian attack at the Battle of Little Big Horn?Crazy Horse
23.2%
What piece of legislature broke up large companies and set a precedent for government regulation of American business?Sherman Antitrust Act
22%
Which company built eastward from Sacramento through the Sierra Nevadas to complete the transcontinental railroad?Central Pacific Railroad
21.6%
What was the largest steel company in the world at the end of the 19th century?Carnegie Steel Company
21.2%
Which state is known as the 'Centennial State' because it joined the union in 1876?Colorado
21.2%
What is the term for one who risks personal loss to develop and market a new product?Entrepreneur
20.5%
What is the name for the rugged terrain in South Dakota which was once promised to the Indians but settled in 1874 when gold was discovered?Black Hills
20.5%
Which medical school was known for its extensive medical research in the years leading up to the 20th century?Johns Hopkins
19.7%
What organization was founded as a political organization of farmers that sought to regulate the railroad freight rates?The Grange
19.3%
What German-born engineer pioneered the design of suspension bridges, including the Brooklyn Bridge?John Roebling
18.1%
What political party formed to maintain or increase the number of paper bills in circulation?Greenback Labor Party
17.8%
In which town in Utah was the first transcontinental railroad completed?Promontory Point
17.4%
What was the name given to the violent strike held by the ironworkers' union at the Carnegie steel mill in Pennsylvania?Homestead Strike
17.4%
What architect is remembered for his early skyscraper designs?Louis Sullivan
17%
What prospector drilled the first oil well?Edwin L. Drake
15.8%
What piece of legislation offered land and U.S. citizenship to any head of an Indian family who would take up farming or ranching?Dawes Act
15.4%
'Drake's Folly' was the first successful ______________.Oil Well
14.3%
Who invented barbed wire?Joseph Glidden
13.5%
What is the term for the process in which voters in a state can sign a petition and begin passage of a law without waiting for the legislature to propose it?Initiative
13.1%
Name one of the two famous artists known for depicting American life in the 19th century. (Hint: think Christmas carols)James Merritt Ives
12.7%
Where was the first interracial hospital in the US located?Providence
12.4%
What former shoe salesman was possibly the best-known American evangelist of the late 19th century?Dwight L. Moody
12.4%
Name the otherNathaniel Currier
11.6%
What piece of legislation provided for competitive examinations for civil-service workers?Pendleton Civil Service Act
11.6%
Who founded the Union Oil Company of California, the largest independent oil company on the west coast?Lyman Stewart
11.2%
Who developed the first practical commercial typewriter?Christopher Sholes
10.8%
What building was the first modern American skyscraper? (1890)Wainwright Building
10.8%
Which hospital opened the first school of nursing? (1873)Bellevue Hospital
10.8%
What was the first government agency set up to regulate private business? (1887)Interstate Commerce Commission
10.8%
What school did he found in Chicago?Moody Bible Institute
10.4%
What piece of legislation made gold the only measurement for monetary value?Gold Standard Act
10.4%
Name the blind composer of many famous gospel songs and hymns.Fanny Crosby
8.9%
Who wrote 'Ben Hur'Lew Wallace
7.3%
Who founded this organization?Oliver Hudson Kelly
6.9%
Name the famous 19th century artist known for painting waterscapes in vivid color.Winslow Homer
6.9%
Who was 'the Hoosier poet' who wrote folsky poetry in the Hoosier dialect such as 'When the Frost is on the Punkin.'James Whitcomb Riley
5.4%
Who wrote 'In His Steps'?Charles M. Sheldon
5%
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