The Best US History Trivia Questions That You'll Love

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US History trivia questions


1. What colony was founded by James Oglethorpe as a place for British citizens who were in debtors’ prisons?

a. Pennsylvania

b. Virginia

c. Georgia

d. Maryland



2. Which famous play depicts the Salem Witch Trials?

a. Trouble in Salem

b. The Crucible

c. Witches on Trial

d. The Devil in Salem



3. Who founded the city of Philadelphia, also known as the “city of brotherly love”?

a. William Philadelphia

b. James I

c. Sir Walter Raleigh

d. William Penn


4. Which famous explorer landed near the present-day city of St. Augustine, Florida in 1513?

a. Christopher Columbus

b. John Cabot

c. John Smith 

d.Juan Ponce de León 


5. In December 1773, the Sons of Liberty dressed up as Indians and threw 342 chests of what into the Boston Harbor to protest taxes? 

a. Tobacco 

b. Gin 

c. Cash 

d. Tea


6. On what holiday did George Washington famously cross the icy Delaware River to New Jersey to surprise the enemy forces? 

a. Christmas 

b. Halloween 

c. Thanksgiving 

d. The 4th of July


7. Which side was referred to as the Redcoats during the American Revolutionary War? 

a. The British 

b. The Colonists 

c. The Spanish 

d. The French


8. What was the name of the Native American woman who met the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and became the translator for their famous voyage across the United States?

a. Pocahontas 

b. Little Feather 

c. Sacagawea 

d. Pine Leaf


9. Which famous document, signed by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, declared that “All persons held as slaves within any State…in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free…”?

a. The Declaration of Independence

b. The Constitution

c. The Emancipation Proclamation

d. The Declaration of Rights and Sentiments


10. Who was the famous nurse during the Civil War, nicknamed the “Angel of the Battlefields.” After the Civil War, she founded the Red Cross. 

a. Mary Todd Lincoln 

b. Virginia Lee 

c. Clara Barton 

d. Harriet Beecher Stowe


11. Who served as the President of the Confederate States of America throughout the Civil War?

a. Abraham Lincoln 

b. Jefferson Davis 

c. Robert E. Lee 

d. Stonewall Jackson


12. Who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, in Washington, D.C.? 

a. Robert E. Lee 

b. John Jones 

c. John Wilkes Booth 

d. Lee Harvey Oswald


13. Which famous author wrote the iconic Jazz Age novel, The Great Gatsby ? 

a. Ernest Hemingway 

b. Langston Hughes 

c. F. Scott Fitzgerald 

d. Duke Ellington


14. What famous novel, written in the 1920s by Upton Sinclair, highlighted the horrific conditions of the meatpacking industry in America? 

a. The Jungle 

b. The Meatpacking Disaster of the 1920s 

c. Labor in NYC 

d. A Tale of Two Cities


15. Which infamous “gangster” made millions in liquor sales during prohibition? 

a. J. Edgar Hoover 

b. Clyde Barrow 

c. Tony Soprano 

d. Al Capone


16. What type of music that came out of the Harlem Renaissance shaped America? 

a. Country 

b. R&B 

c. Soul 

d. Jazz


17. Who was the President of the United States during World War I? 

a. Woodrow Wilson 

b. Theodore Roosevelt 

c. William Howard Taft 

d. William Harding


18. When was the surprise attack launched by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, the United States naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii? 

a. December 7, 1941 

b. October 1, 1940 

c. September 5, 1941 

d. January 1, 1942


19. During World War II, the United States detonated two nuclear bombs over which two Japanese cities? 

a. Tokyo and Nagasaki 

b. Hiroshima and Nagasaki 

c. Osaka and Kyoto 

d. Hiroshima and Yokohama


20. In what year was the 15th Amendment passed, granting Black men the right to vote? 

a. 1920 

b. 1870 

c. 1965 

d. 1940
 

21. How old was Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was assassinated? 

a. 50 

b. 30 

c. 65 

d. 39


22. What famous musician performed at the March on Washington? 

a. Elvis Presley 

b. Bob Dylan 

c. The Backstreet Boys 

d. Aretha Franklin

23. Who founded the Black Panther Party in the 1960s? 

a. Bobby Seale and Huey Newton 

b. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

c. Malcolm X 

d. JFK


24. What famous woman refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white person in Montgomery, Alabama and sparked the year-long Montgomery Bus Boycott? 

a. Ella Baker 

b. Harper Lee 

c. Rosa Parks 

d. Zora Neale Hurston


25. In what year was the Civil Rights Act passed, officially ending segregation in public places and in employment? 

a. 1950 

b. 1960 

c. 1964 

d. 1972


26.  Which Civil Rights activist, who participated in the Selma to Montgomery marches and was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington, is still fighting and led a sit-in in the House of Representatives for gun control in 2016? 

a. Elizabeth Warren 

b. Ta-Nehisi Coates 

c. Roy Wilkins 

d. John Lewis


27. Who was the first woman to be nominated for President of the United States in 1872? 

a. Susan B. Anthony 

b. Victoria Woodhull 

c. Sojourner Truth 

d. Hillary Clinton

28. Who founded the National Woman Suffrage Association? 

a. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony 

b. Alice Paul 

c. Lucretia Mott and Carrie Chapman Catt 

d. Mary Todd Lincoln

29. Who was the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice of the United States? 

a. Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

b. Sonia Sotomayor 

c. Sandra Day O’Connor 

d. Hillary Clinton


30. Who led hundreds of slaves to freedom in the north as a conductor on the Underground Railroad? 

a. Sojourner Truth 

b. Frederica Douglas 

c. Harriet Tubman 

d. Susan B. Anthony


31. Frances Perkins, the first female cabinet member, served as the Secretary of Labor and played a key role in drafting what important piece of legislation? 

a. The Emancipation Proclamation 

b. The Civil Rights Act 

c. The Equal Rights Amendment 

d. The New Deal


32. Who became the first woman in the history of the United States to become the Speaker of the House? 

a. Elizabeth Warren 

b. Hillary Clinton 

c. Nancy Pelosi 

d. Lisa Murkowski

33. In 1920, which woman became the first African American singer to record a blues song that went on to sell one million copies in a year? 

a. Ella Fitzgerald 

b. Ma Rainey 

c. Mamie Smith 

d. Maya Angelou


34. The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 in Independence Hall in which United States City? 

a. New York City 

b. Boston 

c. Richmond 

d. Philadelphia


35. Which United States president cannot be found on Mt. Rushmore, the famous United States landmark in South Dakota? 

a. John Quincy Adams 

b. George Washington 

c. Abraham Lincoln 

d. Theodore Roosevelt


36. Which multi-storied, adobe, Native American community—considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the U.S.—has been inhabited for over 1,000 years? 

a. Mesa Verde 

b. Taos Pueblo 

c. Tijuana 

d. Shongopovi


37. What was the first university in the United States? 

a. Yale 

b. Harvard 

c. Princeton 

d. Stanford


38. What is the name of the oldest national park, which was founded in 1872? 

a. Yellowstone 

b. Yosemite 

c. Joshua Tree 

d. Acadia


39. There are over 2,500 National Historic Landmarks in the United States and two of them can move. What are these two monuments? 

a. Hoover Dam and the Statue of Liberty 

b. San Francisco cable cars and New Orleans’ St. Charles streetcar 

c. U.S.S. Chesapeake Warship and the NYC streetcar 

d. U.S.S. California and the San Francisco trolley


40. This holiday is celebrated every year in the United States on the 4th of July. 

a. Bastille Day 

b. Independence Day 

c. America is Awesome Day 

d. National Pride Day


41. Where is the annual Kentucky Derby horse race held every first Saturday in May? 

a. Lexington, Kentucky 

b. Bowling Green, Kentucky 

c. Louisville, Kentucky 

d. Mammoth Cave, Kentucky


42. On March 17 th every year, the United States observes St. Patrick’s Day. Which United States city dyes its river green to celebrate? 

a. New York City 

b. Chicago 

c. Los Angeles 

d. Charleston


43. Indigenous people in northeastern North America were the first groups to produce this sweet treat that is extracted from trees. 

a. Candy 

b. Maple syrup 

c. Honey 

d. Root beer



44. Po’ Boys, a popular sandwich served on French bread with fillings like fried seafood (usually shrimp), were provided free of charge to feed which group of people in 1929? 

a. Garment workers whose wages were too low to feed their families 

b. Poor jazz musicians playing for tips on the streets of New Orleans 

c. Striking streetcar workers 

d. Military men stationed in New Orleans who did not have kitchens


45. Few Americans can fathom life without peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Who patented the process of making peanut butter from raw peanuts in 1895?

a. Thomas Jefferson 

b. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg 

c. Dr. John Butter 

d. Harvey Smith


46. The first McDonald’s was opened in which city in 1937? 

a. San Francisco, California 

b. San Bernardino, California 

c. Orange County, California 

d. Yosemite, California


47. What is the delectable state pie of Florida that was first made in the 1800s in the Florida Keys? 

a. Lemon meringue pie 

b. Shoo Fly pie 

c. Key lime pie 

d. Grapefruit pie


48. US President Monroe was so dedicated to persuading the Spanish to cede what is now Florida to the United States that he traveled to Spain in 1805, and used what form of transportation to get from Paris to Madrid? 

a. Train 

b. Mule 

c. Ostrich 

d. Dog sled


49. Which US president regularly got into fights and actually killed a man in a duel for accusing him of cheating on a bet and then insulting his wife? 

a. James Monroe 

b. John C. Calhoun 

c. George Washington 

d. Andrew Jackson


50. Which president worked as the sheriff of Erie County, NY and served as an executioner, hanging multiple men? 

a. Grover Cleveland 

b. Theodore Roosevelt 

c. John F. Kennedy 

d. Herbert Hoover


Answers to MCQ Questions

1. Georgia 

2. The Crucible

3. William Penn 

4. Juan Ponce de León 

5. Tea

6. Christmas

7. The British

8. Sacagawea

9. The Emancipation Proclamation 

10. Clara Barton 

11. Jefferson Davis 

12. John Wilkes Booth 

13. F. Scott Fitzgerald 

14. The Jungle 

15. Al Capone

16. Jazz

17. Woodrow Wilson

18. December 7, 1941 

19. Hiroshima and Nagasaki

20. 1870 

21. 39

22. Bob Dylan 

23. Bobby Seale and Huey Newton

24. Rosa Parks

25. 1964 

26. John Lewis

27. Victoria Woodhull

28.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

29. Sandra Day O’Connor

30. Harriet Tubman

31. The New Deal

32. Nancy Pelosi

33. Mamie Smith 

34. Philadelphia 

35. John Quincy Adams 

36. B- Taos Pueblo

37. Harvard

38. Yellowstone

39. San Francisco cable cars and New Orleans’ St. Charles streetcar

40. Independence Day 

41. Louisville, Kentucky

42. Chicago

43. Maple syrup

44. Striking streetcar workers

45. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg

46. San Bernardino, California

47. Key lime pie

48. Mule

49. Andrew Jackson

50. Grover Cleveland

US history trivia questions and answers

1. Which first lady was the first to outlive her husband? 

2. Who was the first US president to be term limited by the 22nd Amendment? 

3. What was the first nation to officially recognize the independence of the United States?

4. Who is the only president buried in Washington, D.C.? 

5. Who personally saved the U.S. from financial collapse during the War of 1812 by placing most of his personal assets at the disposal of the government and underwriting about 95% of the war loans?

6. Who was the first US president to have his voice recorded? 

7. Who was the first US president under the age of 50? 

8. Who was the first US president to have served as director of Central Intelligence? 

9. What president lost the nuclear launch codes for months and nobody found out? 

10. What year did “In God We Trust” become the official U.S. national motto?

11. Which first lady was the first to earn a postgraduate degree? 

12. What president gave the White House its name? 

13. Who led a band of abolitionists that seized the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia in October 1859?

14. What mobster offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the Lindbergh baby kidnapper and that he and his men would search for the perpetrators if he was released from prison?

15. Who was vice president when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima? 

16. What future president delivered an 84-minute campaign speech after being shot just before the event? 

17. Who was the first president born in the 19th century? 

18. What state produces about 95% of the bourbon in the world?

19. How many Civil War generals became president? 

20. Who was the first president to be defeated for a second term in office? 

21. Who was the first president to visit the Soviet Union? 

22.  Wisconsin isn’t known as the Badger State because of the animal. Miners in the 1830s lived in temporary caves cut into the hillsides which became known as badger dens, and the miners who lived in them were known as badgers; what were they mining?

23. What state’s name is derived from the Ojibwe word for “great or large lake”?

24. After Washington, what is the second most common town or city name in the U.S.?

25. What president wrote his own translation of the Bible? 

26. Which first lady was the first to hold séances in the White House? 

27. What president survived four plane crashes during WWII? 

28. Which president established the Secret Service? 

29. On a clear day, how many states can you see from the top of the Empire State Building?

30. What NASA space flight was the last manned mission to the Moon?

31. Who was the first European to land in North America?

32. Which president was once a tailor, and even as president only wore suits he had made himself?

33. What was the first governing document of the newly created United States, later replaced by the U.S. Constitution?

34. How many colonies were there originally before the republic?

35. What were colonists protesting with the Boston Tea Party?

36.What was the name of the battle after which General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant?

37. Who was the first US president to be impeached?

38. Which four presidents have been assassinated while in office?

Answers

1. Martha Washington 

2. Dwight D. Eisenhower 

3. Morocco - 1777

4. Woodrow Wilson 

5. Stephen Girard - He was one of the wealthiest men in American history.

6. Benjamin Harrison 

7. James K. Polk 

8. George H.W. Bush 

9. Bill Clinton. 

10. 1956

11. Hillary Clinton 

12. Theodore Roosevelt - 1901 

13. John Brown

14. Al Capone

15. No one - Harry S. Truman did not have a vice president for the remainder of his first term 

16. Theodore Roosevelt - He was shot as he stood up in the open-air automobile and waved his hat to the crowd.

17. Franklin Pierce 

18. Kentucky

19. Six - Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Benjamin Harrison 

20. John Adams

21. Franklin D. Roosevelt 

22. Lead

23. Michigan

24. Springfield

25. Thomas Jefferson - He didn’t agree with some of the supernatural elements of the Bible and wrote his own version eliminating what he didn’t agree with. 

26. Mary Todd Lincoln 

27. George H.W. Bush 

28. Abraham Lincoln - He established the Secret Service on the day he was assassinated, but it was originally only focused on counterfeiting and didn’t protect the president until 1902 after McKinley’s assassination. 

29. Five - New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania

30. Apollo 17

31. Leif Erikson

32. Andrew Johnson

33. The Articles of Confederation

34. 13

35. The Stamp Act by the British Govt.

36. The Battle of Appomattox Court House.

37. Andrew Johnson

38.  Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy.

The US is full of fabulous historical events, places and people. What’s your favourite US history fact or US history trivia question?

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