Test 6 for
Fasttrack to America's Past
Section 6: The Gilded Age
|Section 6: The Gilded
Practice Test 6
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1. As American businesses grew in the period after the Civil War, many developed a pattern of business organization called a trust. What were trusts?
A. businesses that sought the trust of the average
a way to grow even larger
2. What cities were at the beginning and at the end of America’s first transcontinental railroad?
A. San Antonio and Abiline
3. Which city is at the end of the old cowboy and cattle trail known as the Chisholm Trail?
A. San Francisco, California
4. In the decades after the Civil War, Indians in the West were confined to reservations. Congress hoped to help them with a law called the Dawes Act. What did it try to do?
A. It tried to restore the rights of Indians to
5. If you were to study articles in old newspapers by Jacob Riis about tenements, what would you most likely learn about?
A. the construction of the transcontinental
6. What was Andrew Carnegie famous for?
A. He built up the steel industry, then gave away
dollars to good purposes.
7. Which of the statements below best captures the attitude of Social Darwinism that was widespread during the Gilded Age?
A. "Christianity must be practiced in business as
8. Where did Boss Tweed and other big city bosses find their main source of votes that kept them in power during the Gilded Age?
A. the upper classes who were moving to the
9. What was Susan B. Anthony best known for?
A. She started the settlement house movement.
10. What did the Homestead Act do?
A. It gave 160 acres of free land in the West to
settle on it.
11. What was “Promontory Point”?
A. the place where the Tammany Hall organization
12. What was the goal of Jane Addams and others in the settlement house movement?
A. to improve conditions on cattle trails and in
13. What is Ellis Island famous for in American history?
A. the extravagant summer home of Andrew Carnegie
14. If a headline reads “Graft Found At City Hall,” what is being said?
A. Financial records of the city government are
out of order.
15. How did the United States gain Alaska?
A. The U.S. bought it from Russia.
16. If we take steel as an example of growing industrial production in the Gilded Age, which statement below best describes the overall result of this growth?
A. Production rose dramatically, and the price of
17. What was the basic cause of the Spanish-American War?
A. The U.S. wanted the Philippines because the
18. Which of these best summarizes the views of Andrew Carnegie that are sometimes called “The Gospel of Wealth”?
A. Big industries need to act responsibly or
19. Which of these best summarizes Ida Tarbell’s writings about the Standard Oil Company?
A. Standard Oil became a near-monopoly using
or should be, illegal.
20. Which of these best summarizes the views of Samuel Gompers, a key figure in the early years of the American Federation of Labor?
A. Capitalism should be replaced by socialism.
Use the map below to answer questions 21 to 25.
22. What letter shows the location of the
23. What letter shows the location of Cuba?
24. What letter shows the location of Hawaii?
25. What letter shows where the Panama Canal was
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