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Mexican California

Level 1 Questions
  1. Under the Mexican government California was:
    1. A poorly managed, semi-independent department.
    2. A flourishing, prosperous province
    3. An important military base
    4. A bread basket of agricultural products.

  2. The economy of California in the 1820s and 1830s centered around:
    1. Wine production
    2. Wheat growing
    3. Shipbuilding
    4. The hide and tallow trade

  3. The primary unit of production in Mexican California was:
    1. The Factory
    2. The Rancho
    3. Small farm plots
    4. The Plantation

  4. The primary source of manufactured goods in Mexican California was:
    1. Mexico
    2. Spain
    3. The Eastern Seaboard of the United States
    4. Factories in California

  5. Most of the land in California between 1821 and 1846 was owned by:
    1. Indian farmers who managed their small plots
    2. Wealthy ranchers, who managed enormous rancheros with the help of Indian labor
    3. The Missions
    4. American settlers

  6. One could get huge amounts of land in Mexican California by:
    1. Purchasing it from the government.
    2. Receiving a land grant from the government
    3. Squatting
    4. There was precious little land to be had in Mexican California.

  7. In 1839, John Sutter established a settlement in what is now the city of:
    1. San Francisco
    2. Redding
    3. Sacramento
    4. Santa Barbara
Level 2 Questions

  1. Under Mexican rule the California missions:
    1. Continued their operations
    2. Had their landholdings seized and divided.
    3. Where destroyed by Mexican troops
    4. Were taken over by the Jesuit order

  2. American settlers crossing into California were:
    1. Welcomed by Mexican authorities
    2. Considered dangerous illegal immigrants
    3. Encouraged to remain Protestants so as to give California greater religious diversity
    4. Hunted down and executed by Mexican troops

  3. An ill fated band of American settlers, trapped in the Sierra during the winter of 1946-47 and forced to resort to cannibalism to survive was:
    1. The Donner Party
    2. The Lewis and Clark Expedition
    3. The Reed Party
    4. The Kearny Expedition

  4. The Mexican defenses in California in 1846 were:
    1. Excellent, with large bodies of troops and well fortified garrisons dominating the countryside
    2. Based on dedicated militia forces
    3. In a state of decline, but still formidable
    4. Truly decrepit; the guns in the San Francisco Presidio had been cast in the 1600s.

  5. What did Commodore Thomas ap Catsby-Jones do at Monterey in 1842?
    1. Capture and occupy the town, under the false assumption that the United States and Mexico were at war.
    2. Promise the Mexicans that the United States had no aspirations for California
    3. Cause a scandal by eloping with the daughter of a prominent Mexican official
    4. Observe in his diary that California is a great place to live, work and play.

  6. What was the extent of Mexican control over the Department of California?
    1. Draconian, with Mexican officials closely regulating the everyday lives of Californios.
    2. A strong central government exerted significant local autonomy.
    3. A federal arraignment existed that allowed the territory significant autonomy, except in the realm of foreign affairs.
    4. Almost non-existent, with the Californios repeatedly rebelling against unpopular governors, and the Mexican government neither able or willing to enforce its will upon the region.

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