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California Becomes a State: 1849 - 1850

Level 1 Questions
  1. Between 1846 and 1848 the United States fought a war with: a. Mexico

  2. The President of the United States during the conquest of California was: a. James K. Polk

  3. Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft was very interesting in obtaining California for the United States. Which of these factors might have prompted Bancroft to desire California? c. San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay and San Diego Bay all could be used as naval bases.

  4. The movement in which a handful of armed American settlers proclaimed California's independence from Mexico was called: b. The Bear Flag Revolt

  5. California became a state in which year? c. 1850
Level 2 Questions
  1. The fleet that sailed into Monterey Bay, and proclaimed that California was henceforth part of the United States was commanded by: c. Commodore Thomas Sloat

  2. A United States Army officer who was in California at prior to the war, and led a large force of irregular troops against the Californios was: c. Captain John C. Fremont

  3. A calvary force which arrived in California after capturing Santa Fe in 1847 was commanded by: a. General Stephen Watts Kearny

  4. The Conquest of California: b. Was a sideshow when compared to the campaigns of Taylor and Scott in Mexico

  5. Which of the following Battles did NOT take place in California? b. The Battle of Buena Vista

  6. The Mexican American War was ended with the signing of: d. The Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo
Level 3 Questions

  1. In the peace agreement, Mexico sold the United States the territories containing California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. How much did the US pay for this massive swatch of land? c. 15 million dollars

  2. In his 1849 State of the Union Speech, President Polk announced that: b. There was gold to be found in California

  3. California never was... a. Organized as a Territory

  4. Southerners in Congress initially did not want California to become a state because: d. The entrance of a free California would tip the balance of Free States and Slave States against the Slave states.

  5. The drawn out Congressional process by which California was be admitted as a Free State is referred to as: a. The Compromise of 1850

  6. What were given to Southern Congressmen in exchange for the admittance of California as a Free State? d. B and C are correct

  7. California's first legislature was referred to as: a. The Legislature of 1000 Drinks

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