Are there any Magic cards which test for first strike? I’m thinking of something like “Destroy target creature with first strike” or “Creatures with first strike get +1/+1 until end of turn”.

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    I removed your last sentence ("I’d also be interested in analogous questions for other keyworded abilities.") to keep the scope to one question. Feel free to post a separate question if you want to ask something else
    – Zags
    Jun 26 at 20:15

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Four cards specifically check for first strike:

  • Kwende, Pride of Femeref has "Creatures you control with first strike have double strike."
  • Tresserhorn Skyknight has "Prevent all damage that would be dealt to Tresserhorn Skyknight by creatures with first strike."
  • Path of Mettle has

    When Path of Mettle enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each creature that doesn’t have first strike, double strike, vigilance, or haste.

    Whenever you attack with at least two creatures that have first strike, double strike, vigilance, and/or haste, transform Path of Mettle.

  • Momentum Rumbler has

    Whenever Momentum Rumbler attacks, if it doesn’t have first strike, put a first strike counter on it.

    Whenever Momentum Rumbler attacks, if it has first strike, it gains double strike until end of turn.

A several cards gain or grant a variety of keyword abilities based on the abilities other creatures or creature cards have, including first strike:

Several cards exile or otherwise remove cards, and then gain a variety of keyword abilities that those cards have:

I found these using the Scryfall searches o:/creature.*with.*first strike/, o:/that.*have.*first strike/, o:/if.*has.*first strike/, and o:/as long as.*has.*first strike/. You could replace "first strike" with other keyword abilities in those searches to find cards that care about those keyword abilities.

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    Thank you for including the searches; that’s very useful information!
    – Charles
    Jun 26 at 21:23

Try this search: https://scryfall.com/search?q=o%3A%22with+first+strike%22

Here are two cards that meet your criteria:

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