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American History Test

Test your knowledge on American history by taking the quiz below. (possible correct answers are below each question)

A: Colonial Period and Independence

1. What is one reason colonists came to America?

. freedom

. political liberty

. religious freedom

. economic opportunity

. practice their religion

. escape persecution

2. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves?

. Africans

. people from Africa

3.. Why did the colonists fight the British?

. because of high taxes (taxation without representation)

. because the British army stayed in their houses (boarding, quartering)

. because they didn’t have self-government

4. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

. (Thomas) Jefferson

5. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

. July 4, 1776

6. There were 13 original states. Name three.

. New Hampshire

. Massachusetts

. Rhode Island

. Connecticut

. New York

. New Jersey

. Pennsylvania

. Delaware

. Maryland

. Virginia

. North Carolina

. South Carolina

. Georgia

7. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?

. The Constitution was written.

. The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution.

8. When was the Constitution written?

. 1787

9. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.

. (James) Madison

. (Alexander) Hamilton

. (John) Jay

. Publius

10. What is one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for?

. U.S. diplomat

. oldest member of the Constitutional Convention

. first Postmaster General of the United States

. writer of “Poor Richard’s Almanac”

. started the first free libraries

11. Who is the "Father of Our Country"?

. (George) Washington

12. Who was the first President?

. (George) Washington

B: 1800s

13. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?

. the Louisiana Territory

. Louisiana

14. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.

. War of 1812

. Mexican-American War

. Civil War

. Spanish-American War

15. Name the U.S. war between the North and the South.

. the Civil War

. the War between the State

16. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.

. slavery

. economic reasons

. states’ rights

17. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?*

. freed the slaves (Emancipation Proclamation)

. saved (or preserved) the Union

. led the United States during the Civil War

18. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?

. freed the slaves

. freed slaves in the Confederacy

. freed slaves in the Confederate states

. freed slaves in most Southern states

19. What did Susan B. Anthony do?

. fought for women’s rights

. fought for civil rights

C: Recent American History & Other Important Historical Information

20. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1900s.*

. World War I

. World War II

. Korean War

. Vietnam War

. (Persian) Gulf War

21. Who was President during World War I?

. (Woodrow) Wilson

22. Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?

. (Franklin) Roosevelt

23. Who did the United States fight in World War II?

. Japan, Germany, and Italy

24. Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?

. World War II

25. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?

. Communism

26. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?

. civil rights (movement)

27. What did Martin Luther King, Jr. do?*

. fought for civil rights

. worked for equality for all Americans


28. What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?

. Terrorists attacked the United States.

29. Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.

. Cherokee

. Navajo

. Sioux

. Chippewa

. Choctaw

. Pueblo

. Apache

. Iroquois

. Creek

. Blackfeet

. Seminole

. Cheyenne

. Arawak

. Shawnee

. Mohegan

. Huron

. Oneida

. Lakota

. Crow

. Teton

. Hopi

. Inuit

Click here for a list of more federally recognized American Indian tribes.

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