Oh Say, Can You See? Test Your Knowledge of American History!

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Since its founding in 1776, the United States of America has been through more than two centuries of history, at times triumphant, at other times tumultuous. America plays a major role on the global stage, having navigated its way through acts of revolution and war, periods of peace and prosperity, devastations of economic depression and natural disasters, and achievements of science and space exploration. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the land of the Star-Spangled Banner!

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1. What do the stars on the American flag represent?

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  1. Original colonies
  2. Presidents
  3. Citizens
  4. States
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2. Which one of the following was NOT one of the original colonies?

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  1. Rhode Island
  2. New Jersey
  3. Maryland
  4. Montana
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3. What is the significance of July 4th?

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  1. Freeing of the slaves
  2. First shots of the Revolutionary War
  3. Signing of the Constitution
  4. Adoption of the Declaration of Independence
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4. What do we call the first ten amendments of the Constitution?

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  1. The Bill of Rights
  2. The Peoples' Rights
  3. The Primary Amendments
  4. The Ten Amendments
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5. Which of the following is part of legislative branch?

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  1. The Secretary of State
  2. The House of Representatives
  3. The White House
  4. The Supreme Court
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6. Who was the first Secretary of the Treasury?

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  1. Thomas Jefferson
  2. James Madison
  3. John Adams
  4. Alexander Hamilton
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7. What natural resource caused a rush to California in 1848?

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  1. Silicon
  2. Poppy seeds
  3. Gold
  4. Silver
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8. Which of the following is an American territory?

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  1. Cayman Islands
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. The Bahamas
  4. Cuba
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9. What prompted America's entry into World War Two?

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  1. Hitler's declaration of war
  2. Bombing of Pearl Harbor
  3. Stock market crash of 1929
  4. Nazi invasion of Poland
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10. Which President gave the Gettysburg Address?

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  1. Abraham Lincoln
  2. James Garfield
  3. George Washington
  4. John F. Kennedy
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11. Where did George Washington call home?

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  1. Mount Vernon
  2. The Smithsonian
  3. Arlington
  4. Monticello
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12. Whose face is NOT on Mount Rushmore?

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  1. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  2. Abraham Lincoln
  3. Thomas Jefferson
  4. Theodore Roosevelt
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13. Who was the first American in to travel into space?

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  1. Alan Shepard
  2. Buzz Aldrin
  3. John Glenn
  4. Neil Armstrong
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14. Where was the first capital of the United States?

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  1. New York
  2. Virginia
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Boston
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15. Who was the President of the Confederate States of America?

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  1. Robert E. Lee
  2. Alexander Stephens
  3. Stonewall Jackson
  4. Jefferson Davis
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16. What is the national animal of America?

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  1. Bald eagle
  2. Rattlesnake
  3. Fighting bull
  4. Grizzly bear
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17. Who gifted The Statue of Liberty to America?

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  1. United Kingdom
  2. National Monument Service
  3. French Republic
  4. European Union
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18. What were colonists protesting with the Boston Tea Party?

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  1. Contaminated shipment of tea
  2. Banning of tea imports
  3. Rise in coffee consumption
  4. Unfair taxation of tea
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19. What was the last state admitted to the Union?

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  1. Puerto Rico
  2. New Mexico
  3. Hawaii
  4. Alaska
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20. What was the latest group to obtain the right to vote?

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  1. Native Americans
  2. US citizens living abroad
  3. African Americans
  4. Women
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21. Who signed his name the largest on the Declaration of Independence?

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  1. John Penn
  2. John Hancock
  3. John Adams
  4. John Morton
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22. What event officially started the Civil War?

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  1. Declaration of Independence
  2. Freeing of the slaves
  3. Ride of Paul Revere
  4. Battle of Fort Sumter
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23. Where did the Revolutionary War begin?

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  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Lexington and Concord
  3. Boston Harbor
  4. Plymouth Rock
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24. What is the stock market crash of 1929 known as?

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  1. Black Tuesday
  2. Manic Monday
  3. The Great Crash
  4. Black Friday
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25. What was the code name for the Battle of Normandy in WWII?

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  1. Operation Overlord
  2. Dawn of the Day
  3. Operation Sauerkraut
  4. Nazi Annihilation
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26. Which President created the National Park Service?

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  1. Alexander Hamilton
  2. John F. Kennedy
  3. Theodore Roosevelt
  4. Woodrow Wilson
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27. Where did the Lee surrender to Grant in the Civil War?

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  1. Lincoln Memorial
  2. Wilmington, Delaware
  3. Appomattox Court House
  4. Battle of Gettysburg
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28. Where was the atomic bomb that ended WWII developed?

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  1. Los Alamos, New Mexico
  2. Bletchley, England
  3. Saint Petersburg, Russia
  4. CERN, Switzerland
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29. Who was the first female Supreme Court Justice?

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  1. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  2. Sonia Sotomayor
  3. Sandra Day O'Connor
  4. Margaret Thacher
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30. What event devastated American agriculture in the 1930s?

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  1. The Great Drought
  2. Hurricane Katrina
  3. The Dust Bowl
  4. Superstorm Sandy
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31. Whose face is proposed to be on a new $20 dollar bill?

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  1. Neil Armstrong
  2. Harriett Tubman
  3. Bob Dylan
  4. Barack Obama
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32. What was the first state to ratify the Constitution?

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  1. New York
  2. Virginia
  3. Massachussetts
  4. Delaware
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33. Who was the first and so far only Roman Catholic President?

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  1. William Howard Taft
  2. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  3. John F. Kennedy
  4. Ronald Reagan
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34. Which state declared independence from Mexico in 1836?

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  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Texas
  4. Louisiana
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35. What do the stripes on the American flag represent?

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  1. Original amendments to the Constitution
  2. Original colonies
  3. Original generals of the Revolutionary War
  4. Original signers of the Declaration of Independence
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