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

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

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

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  1. The Ten Amendments
  2. The Primary Amendments
  3. The Peoples' Rights
  4. The Bill of Rights
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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. John Adams
  3. James Madison
  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. Silver
  4. Gold
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8. Which of the following is an American territory?

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

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

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  1. James Garfield
  2. John F. Kennedy
  3. Abraham Lincoln
  4. George Washington
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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. Theodore Roosevelt
  2. Thomas Jefferson
  3. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  4. Abraham Lincoln
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13. Who was the first American in to travel into space?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. African Americans
  2. Native Americans
  3. Women
  4. US citizens living abroad
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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 Morton
  3. John Adams
  4. John Hancock
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22. What event officially started the Civil War?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. The Dust Bowl
  2. Hurricane Katrina
  3. Superstorm Sandy
  4. The Great Drought
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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. Bob Dylan
  3. Barack Obama
  4. Harriett Tubman
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32. What was the first state to ratify the Constitution?

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

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

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

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