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The United States -- a young country that can already fill entire history books. From Native American history through the American Revolution and Civil War to more recent events, you will find a wide range of fascinating quizzes on U.S. historical topics here.
1,142 U.S. History quizzes and 15,988 U.S. History trivia questions.
1.
  The Original Thirteen Colonies   best quiz  
Collection Quiz
 13 Qns
The 13 colonies were a group of settlements that became the original states of the United States of America. In 1776 the 13 colonies declared their independence from Great Britain. Can you name them?
Very Easy, 13 Qns, Terry, Sep 22 23
Very Easy
Terry editor
Sep 22 23
1140 plays
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  Early US History   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
How much do you know about the origins of the United States? Start from Columbus's historic voyage and travel through to the end of the civil war, all in 20 questions!
Easier, 20 Qns, Terry, Apr 23 21
Recommended for grades: 9,10,11,12
Easier
Terry editor
Apr 23 21
45689 plays
3.
  Ninth Grade U.S. History   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz about various aspects of United States History. If you are a history buff you will find this easy. If you didn't pay attention in your high school history class you might have trouble with this one.
Average, 10 Qns, Jack212, Aug 26 20
Recommended for grades: 8,9,10
Average
Jack212
Aug 26 20
40067 plays
4.
  Eighth Grade U.S. History Test   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
These are topics that a typical eighth grader might be expected to study today. Let's see how much you remember from your school days!
Easier, 10 Qns, Jack212, Aug 25 20
Recommended for grades: 7,8,9
Easier
Jack212
Aug 25 20
40385 plays
5.
  Ninth grade U.S. History: Part 2   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here are some more questions that a typical ninth grade student might see in United States History class. Let's see how much you remember from those days!
Easier, 10 Qns, Jack212, Oct 20 21
Recommended for grades: 8,9,10
Easier
Jack212
Oct 20 21
25512 plays
6.
  Average Middle School U.S History   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If you were in middle school today you might be expected to know the answers to most of these questions. Let's see how much you remember.
Easier, 10 Qns, Jack212, Aug 25 20
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8,9
Easier
Jack212
Aug 25 20
26725 plays
7.
  American Tragedies   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
America has had its share of human tragedies over the years. This quiz is about some of those famous tragic events. See how many you remember. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, RAgamer51, Jan 25 13
Average
RAgamer51
19795 plays
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  Advanced Placement U.S. History   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
When some of us went to high school everyone took the same level of courses. Now high schools have Advanced Placement courses which can give students college credit if they do well. Here is your first Advanced Placement quiz!
Average, 10 Qns, Jack212, Dec 31 12
Average
Jack212
20033 plays
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United States History  February Events
  United States History - February Events   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Who knew February in the USA was so exciting? All the events in this quiz happened in the month of February - have fun learning about these historical happenings.
Easier, 10 Qns, VegemiteKid, Jan 22 23
Easier
VegemiteKid gold member
Jan 22 23
593 plays
10.
US Historical Sites
  US Historical Sites   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
This is a trip around the United States to historical sites and symbols.
Easier, 10 Qns, Rehaberpro, Sep 26 22
Recommended for grades: 8,9,10,11,12
Easier
Rehaberpro
Sep 26 22
3810 plays
trivia question Quick Question
On which city was the first atomic bomb used?

From Quiz "Forgotten Already"




11.
  History Homicide Investigator II   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Congratulations! You have just been promoted to the position of History Homicide Investigator II. Your assignment will be to identify the alleged or actual "shooter" in these cases. Remembering your high school U.S. History lessons will be a plus.
Average, 10 Qns, MaceoMack, Sep 16 13
Average
MaceoMack
9942 plays
12.
  Things Every American Should Know   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Here are some questions about American history. These are facts that every American should know.
Average, 20 Qns, susanlyn, Jun 12 14
Average
susanlyn
15197 plays
13.
  Significant Events in U.S. Wars   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match up the interesting events from ten U.S. wars with the corresponding war.
Easier, 10 Qns, chessart, Sep 26 22
Recommended for grades: 10,11,12
Easier
chessart gold member
Sep 26 22
1028 plays
14.
  History in the Making   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match the event in American History to the scandal or crisis it caused.
Easier, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Jun 20 20
Recommended for grades: 11,12
Easier
Joepetz gold member
Jun 20 20
966 plays
15.
  Elementary American History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz consists of questions I knew the answer to by the time I was eight years old. After seeing a disturbing lack of knowledge on a recent TV show, I was curious to see how people would do on this quiz. This *should* be easy ...
Average, 10 Qns, James76255, Feb 13 08
Average
James76255
9281 plays
16.
  Innocent Bystanders of History   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about people who were a part of American history without planning it that way.
Easier, 10 Qns, Bob9491, Apr 15 18
Recommended for grades: 10,11,12
Easier
Bob9491
Apr 15 18
1860 plays
17.
  U.S. History - A Miscellany    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the history of my favorite country, the United States. Have fun!
Easier, 10 Qns, bosox148900, Jun 05 22
Recommended for grades: 10,11,12
Easier
bosox148900
Jun 05 22
9517 plays
18.
  History of the United States of America Part 1   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz covers U.S. history from its formation to 1820.
Easier, 10 Qns, Computer100, Oct 10 15
Easier
Computer100
3760 plays
19.
  An "A" in U.S. History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz on American History in which all of the answers begin with an "A".
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Feb 25 17
Average
Joepetz gold member
2062 plays
20.
  American History Hodge Podge   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a wide range of questions about the 20th Century.
Easier, 10 Qns, RaceGirl24, Jun 12 23
Easier
RaceGirl24
Jun 12 23
8453 plays
21.
  American History Classroom Review   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz was created for my students as a review for their final in American History.
Average, 10 Qns, kazanjianm, Sep 18 19
Average
kazanjianm
Sep 18 19
4550 plays
22.
  Lesser-Known Facts in US History, Part 1   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If you enjoy learning about U.S. history, try these ten multiple-choice questions about some little-known parts of U.S. history. The Interesting Information (especially the historical notes) is pretty interesting.
Average, 10 Qns, root17, Apr 08 18
Average
root17 gold member
Apr 08 18
1163 plays
23.
  I'll Second That!   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There are many important seconds in United States history that aren't thought about often. Here's a few! I hope you enjoy this quiz!
Average, 10 Qns, jaknginger, Jun 04 12
Average
jaknginger gold member
3911 plays
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  Quotations from Famous American Speeches 2   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The purpose of this quiz is to identify who said these excerpts from famous speeches in American history.
Tough, 10 Qns, seeker77, Sep 14 11
Tough
seeker77
2573 plays
25.
  Compound Disinterest   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Why the disinterest in compounds? It is because all of these historical events involve elements.
Easier, 10 Qns, bernie73, Jun 22 20
Easier
bernie73 gold member
Jun 22 20
676 plays
26.
  Lesser-Known Facts in US History, Part 2   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If you enjoy learning about US history, try these ten multiple-choice questions about some little-known parts of our history. The Interesting Information (especially the historical notes) is pretty interesting.
Difficult, 10 Qns, root17, Jun 17 18
Difficult
root17 gold member
Jun 17 18
983 plays
27.
  Forgotten Already   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Just a little quiz to show you how much you've forgotten from school.
Average, 20 Qns, stevie969, Mar 29 16
Average
stevie969
9705 plays
28.
  Historical People III: American Figures   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Continuing the Historical People series, this quiz focuses on the most famous and infamous people in American History.
Average, 10 Qns, RockBou, Jan 17 23
Average
RockBou
Jan 17 23
2632 plays
29.
  Historical U.S. Forts   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Following are ten forts that were important in the history of the United States. See if you can identify them from the clues given.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, OldManJack, Feb 10 20
Very Easy
OldManJack gold member
Feb 10 20
816 plays
30.
  High School U.S. History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Hello, class! Pop Quiz today! This is a quiz about all that U.S. History we have learned so far in High School U.S. History. Attendance shall be taken ... and afterwards, please do your best on this test!
Average, 10 Qns, jinni, Oct 11 18
Recommended for grades: 8,9,10
Average
jinni
Oct 11 18
4142 plays
31.
  American History    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
This is my second US History quiz, as with the first one, it is based on The American Pageant. Chapters 7-12.
Average, 20 Qns, boblarry, Feb 17 22
Average
boblarry
Feb 17 22
5027 plays
32.
  2000s: Like It Was Yesterday    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
From year 2000-2009, let us reminisce on what feels like just yesterday.
Easier, 10 Qns, Hutchhxcx, Feb 20 18
Easier
Hutchhxcx
Feb 20 18
1109 plays
33.
  Quotations from Famous American Speeches 1   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The purpose of this quiz is to identify these excerpts from famous speeches in American history.
Average, 10 Qns, seeker77, Jan 21 13
Average
seeker77
2154 plays
34.
  More Seventh Grade U.S. History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is the sequel to my often played quiz, Seventh Grade U.S. History. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, mrbell, Aug 26 20
Recommended for grades: 7,8
Average
mrbell
Aug 26 20
4762 plays
35.
  Women's History Month   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In honor of National Women's History Month - a quiz about American women's history.
Average, 10 Qns, stardust587, May 25 15
Average
stardust587
5535 plays
36.
  The Making of My Country    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here we are, but how did we get here? A brief, all-encompassing history of the US...
Average, 10 Qns, babsr, Feb 26 17
Average
babsr gold member
1724 plays
37.
  The Rust Belt Never Sleeps   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Rust Belt describes an area in the northeastern and midwestern US that depended economically on manufacturing, only to see the factories become outmoded and labor shift overseas.
Average, 10 Qns, pusdoc, May 02 22
Average
pusdoc gold member
May 02 22
257 plays
38.
  Obscure U.S History #3    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Yet more obscure facts from America's past.
Tough, 10 Qns, blakey, Dec 19 12
Tough
blakey
4909 plays
39.
  U.S History: Past and Present    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This has random questions about U.S History.
Average, 10 Qns, mEAnjoegreen, Jan 24 13
Average
mEAnjoegreen
4966 plays
40.
  Interesting U.S. History Facts    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz was designed to be relatively easy for those of you interested in US history. For the ones you might not know, make an educated guess. You should be able to eliminate at least two answers. All multiple choice questions. Have fun and good luck.
Average, 10 Qns, Jendy, Apr 07 14
Average
Jendy
9810 plays
41.
  American Tragedies Pt.II    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Since I received so may compliments on the first quiz, I decided to do a sequel. See how many of these U.S. tragedies you remember. Good luck.
Average, 10 Qns, RAgamer51, Sep 12 19
Average
RAgamer51
Sep 12 19
1231 plays
42.
  Lesser-Known Facts in US History, Part 3   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If you enjoy learning about US history, try these ten multiple-choice questions about some little-known parts of our history. The Interesting Information (especially the historical notes) is pretty interesting.
Average, 10 Qns, root17, Oct 16 18
Average
root17 gold member
Oct 16 18
579 plays
43.
  A Bit of History    
Multiple Choice
 5 Qns
Here's a short quiz on early American History. Good Luck. Hope you enjoy it!
Average, 5 Qns, tdy, May 04 10
Average
tdy
9609 plays
44.
  American Firsts   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz concering some firsts in U.S. history. Best of luck.
Average, 10 Qns, davidsietsma, May 10 13
Average
davidsietsma
5930 plays
45.
  History of U.S.A. Panic Attacks (1980s-2016)    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Throughout the history of the United States there have been instances of citizens up in arms, or in fear of worries that turned out to be nothing at all to be alarmed about. The first quiz focused on the years 1692 to 1976. Here's Part 2 of that history.
Average, 10 Qns, Billkozy, Jun 19 22
Average
Billkozy
Jun 19 22
348 plays
46.
  Early History of the US Pacific Northwest   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Pacific Northwest has had a rich and varied history in a comparatively short time. Let's find out more about it.
Average, 10 Qns, mpkitty, Jan 04 10
Average
mpkitty
1336 plays
47.
  The Early Americas    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I love history. This quiz tests your knowledge of Early America. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, yoshiegg812, Aug 12 08
Recommended for grades: 10,11,12
Average
yoshiegg812
1955 plays
48.
  U.S. History Viewed from Britain    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This quiz is for those players living outside the U.S.A., who have never studied the history of the U.S. Apologies, but this quiz will be too easy for you guys across the pond from Britain.
Average, 15 Qns, rialto88, Oct 02 13
Average
rialto88
2926 plays
49.
  US History And Commemorations    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some things are so basic to a nation, that even a mere tourist would have heard of them. So anyone who hopes to qualify for a Green Card, might first test themselves on this ABC of U.S. history and days of Commemoration.
Average, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Aug 28 12
Average
flem-ish
5730 plays
50.
  A Mixed USA Bag    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A general mixed bag of questions about the USA. How many can you answer?
Average, 10 Qns, lowtechmaster, Feb 07 16
Average
lowtechmaster
1314 plays
51.
  Famous Problems in the United States    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Not all problems in the history of the United States were a single event. Many of them were problems that lasted for several years.
Average, 10 Qns, hotdogPi, Mar 01 15
Average
hotdogPi
755 plays
52.
  Hashtags in American History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Imagine a United States that had access to Twitter from before its inception. I have created ten tweets that could have existed had Twitter been around. Select the answer that properly completes each tweet. #goodluck
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, May 22 14
Average
Joepetz gold member
818 plays
53.
  History -Then and Now    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Remember all those history books you didn't want to read in high school? Well they could have helped you now.
Average, 10 Qns, highst950, Oct 23 13
Average
highst950
3598 plays
54.
  All-American History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Do you really know American history? Take this quiz to find out.
Average, 10 Qns, TheAnswerIs9, Oct 23 13
Average
TheAnswerIs9
2246 plays
55.
  American Historical Associations   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Remember that eighth or ninth grade American History class? Let's see if you recall who was associated with what.
Average, 10 Qns, unterkircher, Jun 26 12
Average
unterkircher
1402 plays
56.
  American History by Decade: the 1790s   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about what happened in America during the 1790s?
Average, 10 Qns, LIBGOV, Oct 06 15
Average
LIBGOV gold member
690 plays
57.
  History of U.S.A. Panic Attacks (1692-1976)    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The history of the United States contains several incidents of public panic that appear to have been unwarranted. This quiz will explore ten of the incidents.
Average, 10 Qns, Billkozy, Apr 28 22
Average
Billkozy
Apr 28 22
329 plays
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  300 Years of U.S. History!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Do you know your U.S. History? Find the answer to all of your questions in this extremely tough U.S. History quiz. Good Luck!
Average, 10 Qns, ILIKEPIE123, Aug 06 14
Average
ILIKEPIE123
964 plays
59.
  Hello, My Name is Resolute   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I overheard the President on the phone chatting with a reporter who is planning a story about the Presidential desk. That's me! This is so exciting! I'm trying to remember some of the important bits, can you help?
Average, 10 Qns, mlcmlc, Nov 05 11
Average
mlcmlc gold member
648 plays
60.
  More Hashtags in American History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
My second quiz with this topic. Ten tweets from American history if Twitter had always existed. Just fill in the blank with the correct hashtag. #havefun
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Jun 08 14
Average
Joepetz gold member
622 plays
61.
  What do you know about American History?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz will be about American History. I hope you enjoy it.
Average, 10 Qns, Mastermind55, May 01 15
Average
Mastermind55
764 plays
62.
  People to Meet, Places to Be    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
People and places in US History, didn't we sleep through that class? Don't sleep here! Try and remember all those facts you were supposed to memorize for class ...
Average, 10 Qns, highst950, May 26 13
Average
highst950
1419 plays
63.
  Truly Patriotic?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Do you know the origins of some of the most patriotic songs? Some may surprise you. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, sidevine, Jul 13 08
Average
sidevine
2537 plays
64.
  Subjects of Diversity    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is about the different history of ethnic groups and cultures over the years and the things they had to endure.
Average, 10 Qns, Feminine_Mystique, Aug 08 13
Average
Feminine_Mystique
1883 plays
65.
  Basic American History Facts    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz contains questions over American history that everyone should know. So sit back and enjoy this short trip into our heritage.
Average, 10 Qns, matthenn, Apr 21 10
Recommended for grades: 11,12
Average
matthenn
1199 plays
66.
  Life on the Wabash    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Life on the Wabash will look at a variety of questions associated with the area of the Wabash River from its headwaters to its confluence with the Ohio River.
Average, 10 Qns, mmaryj, Aug 03 18
Average
mmaryj gold member
Aug 03 18
203 plays

U.S. History Trivia Questions

1. The term "Rust Belt" is attributed to which candidate for public office?

From Quiz
The Rust Belt Never Sleeps

Answer: Walter Mondale

During the 1984 presidential race, Mondale noted that President Reagan's economic policies were further harming the industrial sector in what was previously called the "Steel Belt", creating a "Rust Bowl," which was subsequently misquoted as "Rust Belt." Player pusdoc cinched up her belt while writing this question.

2. The Pony Express was established in April 1860, using horseback rider relay teams to transport mail, newspapers and government communications along a 2,000-mile route between St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA. How long did it last?

From Quiz Lesser-Known Facts in US History, Part 2

Answer: 19 months

Riders hired by the Pony Express were usually small, light-weight men-roughly the same size and weight as a modern-day horse racing jockey (although teenagers as young as 14 were occasionally hired). Permanent stations stocked with fresh horses were established along the route, which allowed for fast transfers to keep the mail pouch moving. During its 19 months of operation, the time for messages to travel coast to coast was reduced to about 10 days. The cost to send a ½ ounce letter was $5.00 at the beginning, but by the end the price had dropped to $1.00 (roughly equivalent to $27 in 2018 dollars). Historical notes: The Pony Express never turned a profit during its year and a half history. It was finally rendered obsolete on 24 October 1861, when Western Union completed a transcontinental telegraph system. The transcontinental railroad soon followed, with a golden spike (later retrieved) being driven in a 10 May 1869 ceremony in Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. Transcontinental railroad passenger train service began shortly thereafter, with ticket prices ranging from $136 for first class in a Pullman sleeping car to $65 for an immigrant-class bench (in 2018 dollars, those prices are roughly $2,390 and $1,142, respectively). Travel time for a transcontinental trip decreased from approximately four months to 3-1/2 days.

3. Abraham Zapruder, an innocent bystander at a historic event, became famous in 1963. Why?

From Quiz Innocent Bystanders of History

Answer: He filmed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Abraham Zapruder was born in the Ukraine in 1905 but emigrated to the US with his parents in 1920. He was working in Dallas when the President visited. His film of the assassination of President Kennedy has been the clearest and most graphic video documentation of the tragedy. LIFE Magazine purchased the rights to the film from Zapruder for $50,000.

4. A conflict between the US and the United Kingdom in 1859 in the Pacific Northwest US almost resulted in a shooting war. This conflict started over what?

From Quiz Lesser-Known Facts in US History, Part 1

Answer: The shooting of a pig

The dispute really started in 1846 when the Oregon Treaty was signed between the US and the United Kingdom, fixing the boundary between the US and British North America (later to be called Canada) at the 49th parallel. This became complicated when it came to the numerous islands located to the south-west of Vancouver, resulting in a fair amount of disagreement. In June 1859 a pig belonging to an Irishman wandered onto land belonging to an American farmer who lived on San Juan Island in the disputed area. When the American noticed the pig eating some of his potatoes he was incensed, and in a fit of rage shot and killed the pig. This gem of dialog supposedly ensued: "It's up to you to keep your potatoes out of my pig." Historical notes: US General William S. Harney, whose anti-British views were well known, sent a 66-man company of soldiers to the area and the British responded in kind. It was not until Admiral Robert L. Baynes, Commander-in-Chief of the British Navy in the Pacific arrived that cooler heads prevailed. Baynes famously stated that he would not "involve two great nations in a war over a squabble about a pig." In the end, no shots were exchanged and there were no human casualties. The slogan "54-40 or fight!" in the 1844 presidential campaign of President James K. Polk (11th president of the US) referred to a higher parallel than the 49th that was finally agreed on. (If 54-40 had prevailed, the city of Vancouver, British Columbia would be in the US, not Canada.)

5. At the turn of the century, there was widespread concern that at midnight all computers would reset to zero and life as we knew it would cease to exist. What was this doomsday theory commonly referred to as?

From Quiz 2000s: Like It Was Yesterday

Answer: Y2K

Due to computer dates being read with the last two numbers of the year only, many people believed as the new millennium approached computers would not read the double zero 00, leading to many catastrophic events. People's fears included losing bank account information, plane computers resetting and crashing, cars and appliances malfunctioning, and other such problems leading to the total demise of society and its increasing reliance on technology. [ the actual turn of the century on the calendar was 01/01/01 rather than 01/01/00 ]

6. It is accepted that the human race began in Africa, and spread to the east and west of the Euroasian continent. Somewhere around 10,000 BC, groups came over to the Americas from the area of Asia. Who were they?

From Quiz The Making of My Country

Answer: Paleo-Indians

Groups representing cultures such as the Clovis and Folsom traditions are believed to have come over across the Bering Straits. Different means have been suggested, including crossing a land bridge which no longer exists, crossing the straits which were ice covered, and having come across by boat. As it seems that the movement to the Americas came following an ice age, the continuing melting of ice would have covered any evidence of boat use.

7. Fort Dearborn became which city in Illinois?

From Quiz A Mixed USA Bag

Answer: Chicago

Named after the then Secretary of War, Henry Dearborn, Fort Dearborn was erected in 1803 by the Chicago River. In the War of 1812, the fort was destroyed. A new fort, built in 1816 was decommissioned by 1837, the same year that Chicago was incorporated as a city. Parts of the fort were wiped out when the Chicago River was widened in 1855 and by a fire in 1857. The Great Chicago Fire destroyed what was left of Fort Dearborn in 1871.

8. In 1791, the first state that was not part of the original 13 colonies joined the Union. Which state was it?

From Quiz American History by Decade: the 1790s

Answer: Vermont

Vermont had been an independent nation since 1777 (originally called The Republic of New Connecticut). The original Vermont constitution prohibited slavery and allowed universal adult male suffrage.

9. When was New Amsterdam founded?

From Quiz What do you know about American History?

Answer: 1625

New Amsterdam was founded in 1625. It was a Dutch settlement established at the southern tip of Manhattan Island but was ceded to England in 1667.

10. Who was America's first President under the Constitution?

From Quiz 300 Years of U.S. History!

Answer: George Washington

The first U.S. presidential election took place in the years 1788 and 1789. George Washington was the only candidate, running as an Independent or Non-partisan. He won the election, receiving 100 percent of all votes cast.

11. Date: Dec. 28, 1732 @Thefirstamerican tweeted: Pick up my first issue of ____________. Tickle ur minds w/ #wittysayings and #proverbs.

From Quiz More Hashtags in American History

Answer: #PoorRichardsAlmanack

@thefirstamerican is Ben Franklin who earned that nickname because he advocated for unity among the colonists. One of his most popular publications was "Poor Richard's Almanack" which contained many witty sayings that are still used today, such as "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

12. Date: December 16, 1773 @Thebeerpatriot tweeted: 2nite at the #OldSouthMeetingHall _________ meeting 2 discuss @GovHutchinson and his tea tirade. Further action may be taken!

From Quiz Hashtags in American History

Answer: #SonsofLiberty

@thebeerpatriot is Samuel Adams who, depending on which historical account you read, either helped plan the Boston Tea Party with the other Sons of Liberty or tried to stop it from happening. Either way, it happened and around 300 men dressed as Mohawk Indians dumped 90,000 pound of tea into the harbor.

13. Everyone American knows that the Star Spangled Banner is America's national anthem. During what war was it written?

From Quiz All-American History

Answer: War of 1812

That night the British tried to shoot down the American flag, but in the morning it was still there.

14. "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"

From Quiz Quotations from Famous American Speeches 2

Answer: Patrick Henry

These words are the concluding remarks in a speech by Patrick Henry, calling for war and rebellion against Britain just before the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. Patrick Henry lived from 1736 to 1799. The son of a frontier farmer, he was eventually licensed (through influential friends) to practice law. He won a seat in the House of Burgesses. He attended both Continental Congresses, and he was elected the first governor of Virginia. Earlier in this same speech, he said: "Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable -- and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come! It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, "Peace! Peace!" -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?" Patrick Henry gave this speech in March of 1775 in Virginia, just prior to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. About a month after Patrick Henry gave this speech, on April 18, 1775 the British General Thomas Gage ordered 700 British soldiers to Concord, MA to destroy the colonists' weapons depot. War was looming. That night, Paul Revere and William Dawes were sent from Boston to warn colonists. Revere reached Lexington about midnight and warned Sam Adams and John Hancock who were hiding out there. By June 17, 1775 the first major battle between British and American troops occurred at Boston in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

15. Which city is correctly paired with the geographic feature that most directly affected its growth?

From Quiz American History Classroom Review

Answer: Chicago - Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are on the northern boundary of the United States and spread from Minnesota to New York.

16. Why did early explorers by sea feel it was important to scour the Pacific Northwest coast. What originally was the purpose?

From Quiz Early History of the US Pacific Northwest

Answer: Searching for the Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage was thought to be a passage through North America to the Pacific, a shortcut to Asia. The early explorers heard of the unknown route, and wanted to find it for their own countries. At first they searched from the Atlantic coast, looking for the passage, then the Pacific coast. In 1577, Queen Elizabeth sent Sir Francis Drake on a secret expedition to sail the western coast of North America, to look for the passage as well as to assess the area for possible English settlement. We know that he may have sailed as far north as Oregon, but he had to turn back and put into San Francisco Bay for repairs to his ship. To bring Christianity to the natives became a goal much later.

17. Who was the second President of the USA?

From Quiz I'll Second That!

Answer: John Adams

John Adams was the first Vice President and the second President of the United States. He was a member of the Federalist Party. He served his term as President from 1797-1801.

18. Now, class, who was the FIRST European to find North America?

From Quiz High School U.S. History

Answer: Leif Erikson

Christopher Columbus is commonly accredited for this, but Leif Erikson found North America first, about 500 years earlier! Hernando Cortes brought down the Aztecs in present-day Mexico, and Amerigo Vespucci is credited with making the judgment that America was a new continent entirely. America is named in his honor.

19. This tune was originally sung by British troops during the American Revolution, mocking the American soldiers they were fighting against. What is the name of the song?

From Quiz Truly Patriotic?

Answer: Yankee Doodle

It has since become Connecticut's state song.

20. What was the first permanent successful English settlement in the Americas?

From Quiz People to Meet, Places to Be

Answer: Jamestown,Virginia

Jamestown was founded on May 14, 1607. It is commonly regarded as the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States, following several earlier failed attempts. Jollytime is popcorn. Jimtown is a mining town. Johnston, is the home of the "incline plane".It is one of the longest and steepest hoists in the world and one of the few transportation systems of its kind still in existence.

21. What does a cotton gin do?

From Quiz History -Then and Now

Answer: removes seeds from cotton

The 1793 invention by Eli Whitney mechanically removed seeds from a cotton bloom without harming its fiber. Previously, seeds had to be removed laboriously by hand. The invention led to an economic boom for the South by increasing the amount of cotton the southern states could provide to textile manufacturers. It also cemented Southern dependence on the slaves who picked the raw cotton.

22. What did the Treaty of Tordesillas (1494) do to the 'line' (of longitude) separating Spanish and Portuguese spheres of interest?

From Quiz The Early Americas

Answer: Moved the line westwards in Portugal's favor

The line of demarcation had been drawn by Alexander VI, so Portugal and Spain could claim land without interference. King John II thought it favored Spain, and so he negotiated an agreement with Spain which resulted in the Treaty of Tordesillas. This moved the 'line' to the west in the Americas. Extension of the 'line' right round the world had to wait till 1529.

23. What was the main objective of the Ku Klux Klan when they began their reign of terror in the late 1800s?

From Quiz More Seventh Grade U.S. History

Answer: To keep African Americans from voting.

The KKK wanted to keep African Americans from voting, and "letting" white republicans into office. When threats did not work, the KKK became violent. From the 1920s on they would burn wooden crosses in front of the homes of African Americans.

24. On December 27, 1903, 600 people died in a theatre fire. What theatre was this?

From Quiz U.S History: Past and Present

Answer: Iroquois Theatre

The Iroquois Theater was advertised as "absolutely fireproof." That day, over 1,900 people were in attendance at a matinee showing the popular musical Mr. Bluebeard, and a light ignited a curtain. The building doors pulled out, but people were pushing, causing the firefighters to not get into the building. Over 600 people died that day.

25. Ground was broken for the construction of the Erie Canal in 1817. What two places were connected by this canal?

From Quiz Advanced Placement U.S. History

Answer: Lake Erie and the Hudson River

Ground was broken on July 4, 1817. It was the third canal project that was built in the United States. The first two, one near Charleston, SC, and the other near Boston, were only about twenty miles long. The Erie Canal was opened in 1825 and connected the Great Lakes with the Hudson River which flows into the Atlantic. Competition from the railroads led to the abandonment of the canal in 1918 although some sections remain in use today as part of the New York Barge Canal.

26. In 1540 this explorer set out to explore what is now the southwest part of the United States. His mission was to look for the 'Seven Cities of Gold'.

From Quiz Ninth grade U.S. History: Part 2

Answer: Francisco Coronado

Coronado believed, as many did, that there was a place called The Seven Cities of Gold. For two years he and about three hundred Spanish soldiers searched the southwest of what is now the United States, but failed to find anything but Indian villages.

27. When Columbus sailed from Spain on his epic journey what did he expect to find?

From Quiz Average Middle School U.S History

Answer: India

Queen Isabella of Spain recruited Columbus to find a shorter route to India where spices, jewels, and silk could be found in abundance. Columbus, believing that the world was round, set off in a westerly direction and landed on an island in the Bahamas.

28. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson bought a large amount of land from the French. What was this event called?

From Quiz Eighth Grade U.S. History Test

Answer: Louisiana Purchase

Jefferson purchased about half of the western part of what is now the United States from the French for fifteen million dollars. The French also gave the United States the right to use the port of New Orleans.

29. In 1803 the United States purchased a large amount of land from the French. President Jefferson needed experienced people to explore this land then report back to him. Who were the explorers that he chose?

From Quiz Ninth Grade U.S. History

Answer: Lewis and Clark

Jefferson chose Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the Louisiana Purchase. They set out by traveling up the Mississippi River and then west across the great expanse of land until they found the Pacific Ocean. They described their journey in a diary, and their trip west and the back again took almost three years.

30. On what date did the Revolutionary War officially end?

From Quiz Things Every American Should Know

Answer: September 3, 1783

The Revolutionary War ended on September 3, 1783, when Britain and the United States signed the Treaty of Paris.

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