Spanish-American War Quiz  
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Spanish-American War Quiz

1.  In what year did the war take place?

a.  1890
b.  1898
c.  1900

2.  How long did the war last?

a.  four months
b.  a year
c.  two years

3.  Which of the following did NOT cause the war?

a.  The sinking of the battleship Maine in Havana harbor
b.  A letter from the Spanish ambassador calling U.S. President William McKinley a coward
c.  Spanish efforts to provoke a war between the U.S. and Mexico

4. Which was NOT an underlying cause of the war?

a.  Guerrilla warfare against Spanish rule was causing heavy losses of American investment.
b.  Cuba’s strategic importance to a projected Central American canal. The so-called yellow press helped
c.  U.S. desire for the Philippines, a Spanish possession

5.  Which famous newspaper editor used his paper to encourage war against Spain?

a.  Joseph Pulitzer
b.  William Randolph Hearst
c.  John Knight


  1. 1898
  2. four months
  3. Spanish efforts to provoke war with Mexico
  4. U.S. desire for the Philippines
  5. Hearst -- When publisher William Randolph Hearst sent artist Frederic Remington to Havana in March 1898 to depict the impending war, Remington reported that all seemed peaceful and quiet. Cabled Hearst: "You furnish the pictures, and I'll furnish the war." Hearst later denied sending such a message.

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