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Trivia Quiz - The Largest Mass Execution in U.S. History


On December 26, 1862, thirty-eight native Americans were hanged in what remains the largest mass execution in American history. Explore the events and morality behind this questionable episode in the colonization of North America.

Quiz Number: 5884
Date Submitted: December 07, 2020
Quiz Categories: History, American History
Quiz Type: General Quiz
Author: grant228
Average Score: 90 percent
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1. The 38 condemned men were from what native American band?
  A.   Navajo
  B.   Pawnee
  C.   Dakota
  D.   Cherokee

2. The men were hanged because they were found guilty of what crimes?
  A.   rape and murder
  B.   treason and rebellion
  C.   arson and theft
  D.   kidnapping and assault

3. What was the cause of the armed conflict between the United States and the native American band?
  A.   white settlers stealing native American women
  B.   treaty violations and late annuity payments
  C.   the assassination of the tribal chief by fur trappers
  D.   gold miners desecrating sacred tribal totems

4. Who was the leader of the native Americans?
  A.   Red Cloud
  B.   Spotted Tail
  C.   Two Moons
  D.   Little Crow

5. In what U.S. state did the war and execution take place?
  A.   Michigan
  B.   Montana
  C.   Minnesota
  D.   Missouri

6. Hundreds of native Americans were captured and put on trial. Which of the following has not been cited as a sign of the court's deficiency?
  A.   The court disregarded the concept of habeas corpus.
  B.   The trials were not conducted according to military law.
  C.   The proceedings were not explained to the defendants.
  D.   The defendants were not represented by defense attorneys.

7. How many of the charged native Americans were found guilty and sentenced to hang?
  A.   952
  B.   683
  C.   303
  D.   177

8. Who was the public official who commuted the death sentence of 264 of the prisoners?
  A.   Ulysses S. Grant
  B.   State Governor, Alexander Ramsey
  C.   Secretary of the Interior, Caleb Smith
  D.   President Abraham Lincoln

9. The 38 men were buried in the sand of a nearby riverbank. What happened to the bodies of the executed men?
  A.   Scavenging dogs consumed the bodies.
  B.   A flood the following Spring sent human remains through the town.
  C.   Grave robbers stole the bodies and sold them to doctors for study.
  D.   Descendants eventually recovered the remains and buried them on tribal land.

10. Two of the tribal leaders, Little Six and Medicine Bottle, escaped to Canada. What was their eventual fate?
  A.   They were granted clemency by President Andrew Johnson.
  B.   They secreted members of their tribe over the border to re-establish their group.
  C.   They were betrayed, drugged and returned to the U.S where they were hanged.
  D.   They joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show under assumed names.


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