Городской конкурс на знание американской истории и культуры
среди школьников г.о. Тольятти в рамках празднования
20-летия сотрудничества городов-побратимов Тольятти-Флинт
United States of Ameriсa.
Choose the correct answer from choices listed below.
1. How many states does the United States of Ameriсa comprise at present?
a) 50 b) 13 c) 49
2. Where is Washington, the federal capital, located?
a) in the State of Washington b) in the District of Columbia c) in the State of New York
3. What do America people call the national flag?
a) the Stars and Bars, the Confederate Flag, the Southern Cross
b) the Union Jack, the Saint George’s Cross, the Saint Andrew’s Cross
c) the Stars and Stripes, the Stars-Spangled Banner, the Old Glory
4. Who made the first American flag?
a) Betsy Ross b) Harried Tubman) c) Elizabeth Stanton
5. How many stars and stripes does the American national flag have?
a) 50 stars and 13 strips b) 13 stars and 50 strips c) 20 stars and 15 strips
6. What is the national anthem of the USA?
a) the Stars and Stripes b) the Spangled Banner c) America the Beautiful
7. What are the mottos of the USA?
a) ”God save our gracious Queen”, “Dieu et mon droit”
b) “E plurubus unum”, “In God we trust”
c) ”Liberty Enlightening the World”, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America”
8. What does the Coat of Arms of USA show?
a) a bald eagle with a ribbon in its mouth bearing the device “E plurubus unum”, 13 arrows and an olive in its talons
b) a shield, a crown, a lion, a unicorn and the device “Dieu et mon droit”
c) a shield with coats of arms of four countries and three maple leaves
9. What are the two leading national parties in the USA?
a) the Republican Party and Democratic Party
b) the Conservative Party and Labour Party
c) the Green Party and the Prohibition Party
10. What chambers does Congress consist of?
a) the Supreme Court and the Federal Courts
b) the House of Representatives and the Senate
c) the House of Commons and the House of Lords
11. What is the highest mountain in the USA?
a) Mount Vernon b) Mount Whitney c) Mount McKinley
12. What is the longest river in the USA?
a) the Tennessee b) the Mississippi c) the Colorado
13. Where are Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks located?
a) in California b) in Montana c)in Alaska
14. When did Christopher Columbus discover America?
a) in 1000 b) in 1492 c) in 1607
15. When do American people celebrate Thanksgiving Day?
a) in November b) in July c) in September
16. Who do Americans call the Pilgrim Fathers?
a) Puritans who arrived in America aboard the ship Mayflower
b) people who make a journey to a holy place for a religious reason
c) Native Americans
17. Which of the American presidents are honored on Presidents Day?
a) George Washington and Thomas Jefferson
b) Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt
c) George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
18. When did the War of Independence take place?
a) in 1812 – 1814 b) in 1861 – 1865 c) in 1775 – 1783
19. When do Americans celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.?
a) on 15 January b) on 14 February c)on 17 March
20. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
a) on 4 July,1776 b) on 12 October,1492 c) on 30 April,1789
21. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
a) George Washington b) Thomas Jefferson c) Benjamin Franklin
22. When was the Constitution of the United States adopted?
a) in 1791 b) in 1787 c) in 1776
23. What do Americans call the first ten amendments to the US Constitution?
a) the Bill of Rights b) the Civil Rights Act c) the Voting Rights Act
24. What do Americans call the people who came to California during the gold rush
in the 19th century?
a) the Pilgrims b) the Forty-Niners c) the Confederates
25. Which road was called the Trail of Tears?
a) the route of the pioneers across the treeless prairie, the Rocky Mountains and deserts to Oregon in 1830 – 1850s
b)the journey of the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620
c) the journey of the Cherokee Indians forced by American soldiers from their own land to the Oklahoma Territory in 1838 – 1839
26. When did the Civil War in the United States take place?
a) in 1861 – 1865 b) in 1848 – 1849 c) in 1840 – 1870
27. The Emancipation Proclamation written by Abraham Lincoln in 1863…
a) gave women the right to vote.
b) freed the Blacks in South from slavery.
c) proclaimed the independence of the country from Britain.
28. What tragic event made the USA declare war on Japan in 1941?
a) The German bombing raids on Great Britain
b) The Japanese invasion into Manchuria
c) The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
29. What tragic event happened on September 17, 2001?
a) The Twin Towers in New York were destroyed by terrorists.
b) The American war in Afghanistan began.
c) The American war in Iraq started.
30. What type of schools provides free secondary education?
a) comprehensive schools b) private schools c) public schools
31. What is the oldest university in the USA?
a) The University of California b) Harvard University c) Princeton University
32. What do Americans call the eight oldest and most prestigious universities and colleges?
a) Oxbridge b) the Ivy League c) the Major Leagues
33. What is the centre of the US automobile industry?
a) Chicago b) Detroit c) San Francisco
34. Which state is called the nation’s Dairy Belt?
a) Illinois b) Indiana c) Wisconsin
35. What are the States of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana called?
a) The Corn Belt b) the Wheat Belt c) the Rust Belt
36. What products are made in Silicon Valley?
a) medical tools b) computers c)steel
37. Which State is called the Oil State?
a) Pennsylvania b) California c) Texas
38. What is the name of the building of the US Department of Defense?
a) The Mission Control Centre b) the Pentagon c) the War Ministry
39. Where does the American President live and work?
a) in the City Hall b) in the White House c) in the Capitol
40. Where is the Statue of Liberty located?
a) in New York Harbor b)in Washington Mall c) on Broadway in New York
41. Who created the Statue of Liberty?
a) Frederic August Bartholdi b) Frank Lloyd Wright c) Pierre L’Enfant
42. Which of the famous American presidents are carved in Mount Rushmore in South Dakota?
a) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt
b) George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John Adams, Andrew Jackson
c) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt
43. Where are the United Nations Headquarters situated?
a) in Washington b) in New York c) in Philadelphia
44. Where is Hollywood, the centre of the US film industry, located?
a) in Los Angeles, California b)in Miami, Florida c)in Boston, Massachusetts
45. What is the symbol of US financial power?
a) Times Square b) Pennsylvania Avenue c) Wall Street
46. Where is the Sears Tower located?
a) in New York b) in Chicago c) in Seattle
47. How many floors does the Empire State Building have?
a) 102 b) 50 c) 120
48. Who designed the Guggenheim Museum in New York?
a) Frank Lloyd Wright b) Thomas Jefferson c) John C.Portman Jr.
49. Where is the Metropolitan Museum of Art located?
a) in Washington b) in Atlanta c) in New York
50. Who is the author of the first dictionary of American English?
a) D. Jones b) J.C. Wells c) N. Webster
ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:
51. What is the official emblem (symbol) of the USA?
52. In which famous location do people in New York City celebrate New Year’s Eve?
53. Who is the American composer who wrote West Side Story?
54. Which sport is considered to be the national pastime of America?
55. Give the name of the most famous American chess player of our time.
56. Which American silent film star is called “The Little Tramp”?
58. What monument in Washington,D.C., dedicated to an American president, is nicknamed “The Pencil”?
59. In which U.S. city were the 1996 Summer Olympics held?
60. What is the name of the awards given to the best movie actors and actresses each year
in the U.S.?
61. Which American state was the last to acquire “state” status?
62. Which major city in the state of Florida has the same name as a Russian city?
63. In which city and state is Disney World located?
64. Name the two political parties in the USA and say which animals symbolize each party?
65. What was the first “talking” film in the US?
66. Give the names of the three ships on which Christopher Columbus made his first voyage to America.
67. What is an unofficial symbol of the U.S. government?
68. Where does the American President live and work?
69. Which American President was the first to live in the White House?
70. For how many years may a President serve?
71. Which country presented the US with the Statue of Liberty? What was the occasion?
72. Which American astronaut first stepped on the surface of the Moon and was the year?
What was the name of his spaceship?
73. Which U.S astronaut spent almost four months during 1995 aboard the Russian space station “Mir”?
74. Which 19th century American writer is said to be the founder of detective genre?
75. Name the American science fiction writer born in Russia who wrote “I ,Robot”.
76. Which two novels by Mark Twain are often called “the first modern American novels”?
77. During which periods in American history was the novel “Gone with the Wind” set?
78. Name the 1954 Nobel Laureate in Literature who wrote, “The Sun Also Rises”
79. Which famous poem of Longfellow was translated into Russian by Ivan Bunin?
80. Which famous Edgar A. Poe poem named for a bird?
81. Which American author wrote “The Last of the Mohicans?
82. Name the largest library in the U.S.
83. Which famous American document begins with the words, “We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union …”
Guess famous people of U.S.
84. He was born in 1935. He learned to sing in church. With the help his manager Tom Parker he became popular not only in America, but all over the world. He died at the age of 42. Everyone knows him as the King of Rock' n' Roll. Who was he?
85. He was an American artist and film producer. He was famous for his animated cartoons .In the 1950’s and 1960’s he began developing the family-entertainment parks Disneyland and Disney World. Who was he?
86. He was born in a very poor family and grew up to become the sixteenth President of the United States. When he was elected in 1860, the question of slavery was the foremost political issue. In 1863 he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, giving freedom to three million blacks living in the South. Who was he?
87. He was born on January 15, 1929. He became a Baptist minister. He was a leader in the struggle for civil rights and equality for black people. In 1956 he led a famous boycott of the school system because blacks couldn’t become teachers. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 but was assassinated in 1968. Who was he?
88. He could do many things. As a young man, he was a farmer and a lawyer in Virginia. He was also a scientist, an inventor, a philosopher, and an architect. He could communicate in French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, and Greek. He held many important government jobs.
He was Ambassador to France, Secretary of State, Vice President, and the third President of the United States. Who was he?
89. He was President for only three years, but his personality and ideas changed America. He was the youngest President in the history of the country. He supported the ideas of Martin Luther King, and fought for civil rights, fair housing, and programs to stop poverty. He asked Congress for more money for education and medical care for elderly people. He was a man for the future. He worked to stop the testing of nuclear weapons. But on November 22, 1963, he was assassinated. Who was he?
90. This businessman changed factory production in America with assembly-line methods to lower costs. He worked for the Edison Company in Detroit until 1899 and then began manufacturing automobiles. His earliest cars were the Model T and the Model A. In 1932, his company began to sell cars with eight- cylinder engines. For many years, he refused to allow unions in his factories, but he signed his first contract with the United Auto Workers (UAW) in 1941. Who was he?
What holiday is this?
91. On July 4, 1776, the American colonies declared their independence from Britain.
July 4 is the birthday of the United States, an official national holiday. Americans flags
are everywhere. There are often parades and speeches. Many families celebrate this holiday by having picnics and by watching fireworks at night.
Which city is it?
92. This city is the largest in the USA. Its nickname is The Big Apple. This city is the world leader in business, arts, and communications. It’s also the centre of advertising, fashion, and publishing. Which city is it?
What is it?
93. It was a gift to the USA from the people of France. It’s a great monument. But it is not only a monument; it is a symbol of freedom to millions of people around the world.
What is it?
What do know about Flint?
94. What state of the USA is the town Flint in?
95. What world famous corporations were founded in the town Flint?
96. What informal name did the town Flint get after 1908?
97. What image is there on the coat of arms of Flint which symbolizes the main branch of industry in the town?
98. What is the name of the river near Flint?
99. When was the agreement signed between Flint and Togliatti establishing a sister-city relationship?
100. What is the name of the tallest building in the downtown Flint?
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