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Gold Rushes

written by: DieZel
 
In the history of the United States and Canada, several gold rushes took place throughout the 19th century. Let's see how much you know about these periods. Enjoy!

Question 1:


Charlie Chaplin's movie "The Gold Rush", which took in more than $4,250,000 at the box office in 1925, was set in his city.
Denver
Otago
Transvaal
Klondike

Question 2:


Most gold rushes began with the discovery of placer gold by a single man or a party of people. Which one of these statements about placer mining is wrong?
Placer mining is not used any more
Hydrostatic pressure is used whenever possible
Placer gold is mined without tunneling
Placer gold deposits are usually found near big rivers and mountain streams

Question 3:


Which one of these famous writers took part in the Klondike Gold Rush?
Mark Twain
Maine Reed
Ernest Hemingway
Jack London

Question 4:


The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859 was followed by a silver boom (a period of great silver mining).
True
False

Question 5:


One man who made a fortune out of gold rushes was Levi Strauss. He developed the concept of this.
Mattock
Electric lamp
Denim
Explosives

Question 6:


This technique for extracting gold was discovered by chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1783, and was later developed in 1887 by John Seward MacArthur.
Gold cyanidation
Gold panning
Gold zincanization
Hydraulic mining

Question 7:


Many people seeking an easy fortune emigrated to California, USA during the California Gold Rush (1848-1858). The gold rush was sparked by the discovery of gold near this city.
Los Angeles
San Diego
San Francisco
Sacramento

Question 8:


The San Francisco 49ers are an NFL team named after the prospectors that took part in the California Gold Rush.
True
False

Question 9:


One of the earliest gold rushes was probably the Spanish search for the mythical city of El Dorado. According to early legends, the King of the Muiscas would do this as part of a religious ceremony.
Cover himself with gold dust
Drink liquid gold
Turn whatever he touches into gold
Give away gold to everybody

Question 10:


The nickname of Wisconsin, “Badger State�, was given to it in irony, because no gold rushes occurred in the region.
True
False

 


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