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Spanish-American War - USS Maine

The Spanish American War is a military conflict between Spain and the United States that took place between April and August 1898, over the issues of the liberation of Cuba.  The war begins after American demands for the resolution of the Cuban fight forty independence is rejected by Spain.  Strong expansionist sentiment in the United States motivates the government to develop a plan for annexation of Spain's remaining overseas territories including the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

What do you know about the Spanish-American War - USS Maine?
Try this US History Made Easy Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

USS Maine1) The revolution in Havana prompts the United States to send in the warship USS Maine to indicate high national interest.

  • True or False?

2) When does the USS Maine arrive in Havana?

  1. November 25, 1897

  2. December 25, 1897

  3. January 25, 1898

  4. February 25, 1898

3) The Maine, the first US Navy ship to be named for the state of Maine, is a 6,682-ton second-class pre-dreadnought battleship.
What is the Maine originally designated as?

  1. Armored Cruiser #1

  2. Carrier Cruiser #1

  3. Battleship Cruiser #1

  4. Angelfish Cruiser #1

4) Congress authorizes her construction on 3 August 3, 1886, and her keel is laid down on October 17, 1888.
Where was the ship built?

  1. Philadelphia Navy Yard

  2. San Francisco Naval Yard

  3. Brooklyn Navy Yard

  4. New London Navel Yard

5) What port does the Maine leave before heading to Cuba?

  1. Key West, Florida

  2. Madrid, Spain

  3. Washington, DC

  4. Los Angeles, California

6) When does the ship blow up?

  1. February 5

  2. February 10

  3. February 15

  4. February 20

7) Two hundred and sixty-six men lose their lives as a result of the explosion or shortly thereafter.
How many die later from injuries?

  1. Three

  2. Six

  3. Eight

  4. Ten

8) How many of the Maine's crew survives?

  1. 29 survivors

  2. 49 survivors

  3. 69 survivors

  4. 89 survivors

9) On March 29, 1898 the US Naval Court of Inquiry in Key West declares that a naval mine caused the explosion.

  • True or False?

10) The recovered bodies of sailors, who died on the, Maine are interred in the Colon Cemetery, Havana. In December 1899 the bodies in Havana are disinterred and brought back to the United States for burial at Arlington National Cemetery, where there is a memorial to those who died.
What part of the ship is included in memorial?

  1. Shield and scrollwork from the bow of the ship

  2. Maine's conning tower

  3. Ship's main mast

  4. Shells from the main battery were placed along with small plaques

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Spanish-American War - USS Maine


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