A quiz on Irish heritage

David Bauer
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St. Patrick’s Day has become a favorite day of celebration for millions of Americans, both Irish-Americans and the non-Irish alike. Perhaps that’s because there were many waves of immigration to the U.S. from Ireland and now about 32 million — or 10 percent of the U.S. population — claim Irish ancestry. This quiz, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio, provides an opportunity to test your knowledge of the migration of the Irish to America and the impact they have had.

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David Bauer
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An early wave of Irish immigrants came to the United States in the 1820s for what purpose?
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Who was the first U.S. president of documented Irish ancestry?
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How many signatories of the Declaration of Independence were of Irish descent?

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The American Party rose to prominence in the 1850s based on a growing anti-immigrant sentiment, especially toward the Irish and Germans. The party also was known by what name?
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Because of the Great Hunger in Ireland, when blight destroyed the country’s potato crop, more than 1.5 million Irish immigrated to the United States. When did this mass migration occur?
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  • Between 1845 and 1855
  • Between 1825 and 1835
  • Between 1910 and 1920
  • Between 1890 and 1900

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Immigrants comprise what percentage of the current U.S. population?
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Five Civil War regiments made up what was known as the Union Army’s Irish Brigade. Who was the brigade’s leader?
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The first federal immigration law was passed in 1790. What was it called?
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What famous businessman was the son of an Irish father who came to the United States during the Great Hunger?
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Irish-born architect James Hoban designed what famous U.S. building?
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