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1. What colony was founded by James Oglethorpe as a place for British citizens who were in debtors’ prisons?
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?
6. On what holiday did George Washington famously cross the icy Delaware River to New Jersey to surprise the enemy forces?
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?
b. Little Feather
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?
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?
21. How old was Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was assassinated?
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
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?
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
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
37. What was the first university in the United States?
38. What is the name of the oldest national park, which was founded in 1872?
c. Joshua Tree
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
c. Los Angeles
43. Indigenous people in northeastern North America were the first groups to produce this sweet treat that is extracted from trees.
b. Maple syrup
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?
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
2. The Crucible
3. William Penn
4. Juan Ponce de León
7. The British
9. The Emancipation Proclamation
10. Clara Barton
11. Jefferson Davis
12. John Wilkes Booth
13. F. Scott Fitzgerald
14. The Jungle
15. Al Capone
17. Woodrow Wilson
18. December 7, 1941
19. Hiroshima and Nagasaki
22. Bob Dylan
23. Bobby Seale and Huey Newton
24. Rosa Parks
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
35. John Quincy Adams
36. B- Taos Pueblo
39. San Francisco cable cars and New Orleans’ St. Charles streetcar
40. Independence Day
41. Louisville, Kentucky
43. Maple syrup
44. Striking streetcar workers
45. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg
46. San Bernardino, California
47. Key lime pie
49. Andrew Jackson
50. Grover Cleveland
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?
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.
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
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
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
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.
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