How Much Do You Know About The Gold Rush?

The Gold Rush was one of the most important events in United States history. How much do you know about this historic period? Take our quiz to find out!
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What year did the California Gold Rush begin?
1848
1870
1902
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Who found gold, kicking off the Gold Rush?
Foster Sawyer
James W. Marshall
Abraham Lincoln
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What was the name of the mill where gold was first found during the Gold Rush?
Cross Mill
Sutter's Mill
Lincoln's Mill
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The Gold Rush attracted people from all of the following countries except:
Africa
Asia
Europe
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What was the nickname given to gold-miners?
forty-niners
pocket-liners
pick-axers
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Which of the following states became a free state as a result of the Compromise of 1850, right in the midst of the Gold Rush?
Colorado
California
Nevada
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Which of the following wars ended just days after the first discovery of gold in California?
The Mexican-American War
World War I
The American Civil War
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Which city has a football team named after the miners of this era?
San Francisco
San Diego
Oakland
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In 1952, at the peak of the California Gold Rush, what was the average price for one ounce of gold (rounded to the nearest whole number)?
$20
$5
$50
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What is the name of the mountain range that is most associated with the California Gold Rush?
Sierra Blanco
Sierra Nevada
Appalachian Trail
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What type of mining, introduced in 1853, drove many independent miners away, or to wage labor?
fissure mining
fracture mining
hydraulic mining
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When do most experts consider the California Gold Rush to have officially settled and ended?
1857
1888
1876
Result
Not the most impressive showing, but at least you got a few of the easier ones. The California Gold Rush is a pretty specific topic, so it's understandable that you didn't know too much about it. Don't beat yourself up too hard! Try one of our other history related quizzes, and see how you do on that!

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You missed some of the more difficult ones, but you're still a master miner. Your knowledge of this period in American history is excellent, and you should be proud of yourself. Great work!

B+, Master Miner

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Are you some type of time-traveler, sent here from the mid 1800's when all of this was happening? That's the only explanation for you knowing so much! Good work!

A+, Golden Miner

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1
What year did the California Gold Rush begin?
1848
1870
1902
2
Who found gold, kicking off the Gold Rush?
Foster Sawyer
James W. Marshall
Abraham Lincoln
3
What was the name of the mill where gold was first found during the Gold Rush?
Cross Mill
Sutter's Mill
Lincoln's Mill
4
The Gold Rush attracted people from all of the following countries except:
Africa
Asia
Europe
5
What was the nickname given to gold-miners?
forty-niners
pocket-liners
pick-axers
6
Which of the following states became a free state as a result of the Compromise of 1850, right in the midst of the Gold Rush?
Colorado
California
Nevada
7
Which of the following wars ended just days after the first discovery of gold in California?
The Mexican-American War
World War I
The American Civil War
8
Which city has a football team named after the miners of this era?
San Francisco
San Diego
Oakland
9
In 1952, at the peak of the California Gold Rush, what was the average price for one ounce of gold (rounded to the nearest whole number)?
$20
$5
$50
10
What is the name of the mountain range that is most associated with the California Gold Rush?
Sierra Blanco
Sierra Nevada
Appalachian Trail
11
What type of mining, introduced in 1853, drove many independent miners away, or to wage labor?
fissure mining
fracture mining
hydraulic mining
12
When do most experts consider the California Gold Rush to have officially settled and ended?
1857
1888
1876