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The Gold Rush: 1849 to 1860
Questions 

Level 1 Questions
  1. Gold was discovered by:
    1. James Marshall
    2. John Sutter
    3. Robert Field Stockton
    4. Earl Warren

  2. Gold was first discovered at what site?
    1. Sutter's fort
    2. Sutter's Mill in Coloma
    3. James Marshall's cabin
    4. San Francisco

  3. Gold was discovered in this year:
    1. 1846
    2. 1847
    3. 1848
    4. 1849

  4. A safe way to make money during the gold rush was to:
    1. Sell jeans with rivets
    2. Do the laundry for miners
    3. Sell goods to miners
    4. Pan for gold
    5. a, b, and c are correct
Level 2 Questions
  1. The average price per ounce of Gold in San Francisco during the Gold Rush was:
    1. $1,000
    2. $500
    3. $16
    4. $4

  2. The longest route to the gold fields, taking about 6 months was:
    1. The overland route
    2. The Panama route
    3. Around Cape Horn
    4. Take the train

  3. The fastest route to the gold fields was:
    1. The overland route
    2. The Panama route
    3. Around Cape Horn
    4. Take the train

  4. The largest city in Gold Rush California, and the destination of most 49ers taking an oceanic route was:
    1. Los Angeles
    2. San Francisco
    3. Sacramento
    4. San Diego

  5. A 49er ran the highest risk of contracting Yellow fever if he took:
    1. The overland route
    2. The Panama route
    3. The Cape Horn Route
    4. Taking the Train

  6. During the Gold Rush attempts were made to prevent which of the following ethnic groups from engaging in placer mining?
    1. Chinese
    2. Blacks
    3. Hispanics
    4. All of the above

  7. This group of San Francisco businessmen constituted a paramilitary, paralegal organization that perpetrated several lynchings in 1849 and 1850:
    1. The Law and Order Society
    2. The Society of Cincinnatus
    3. The Vigilante Committee
    4. The Hang 'Em High Boys

  8. Tools of placer mining might include everything except:
    1. rocker
    2. gold pan
    3. hydraulic cannon
    4. long tom

  9. The simplest placer mining technique was to use a:
    1. Rocker
    2. Gold Pan
    3. Long Tom
    4. Sluice

  10. The placer mining device that required the most cooperation and resources, but also allowed miners to sift through the greatest amount of gold bearing sediment was the:
    1. Rocker
    2. Gold Pan
    3. Long Tom
    4. Sluice

  11. Hydraulic mining had all the advantages except:
    1. It washed dirt and gravel "slickins" into waterways
    2. It allowed access to gold trapped deep in hill sides
    3. It allowed for large-scale corporate style mining operations
    4. It was enormously profitable

  12. Which of the following groups most adamantly opposed hydraulic mining?
    1. Miners
    2. Farmers
    3. Chinese Immigrants
    4. Labor Unions

  13. Major hydraulic mining operations were forced to shut down because:
    1. The State legislature banned the practice.
    2. A court ordered an injunction against the practice.
    3. Congress banned the practice nationwide
    4. Hydraulic mining ceased to be profitable
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