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. Citizens
  3. Presidents
  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. Montana
  4. Maryland
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3. What is the significance of July 4th?

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  1. Freeing of the slaves
  2. Adoption of the Declaration of Independence
  3. First shots of the Revolutionary War
  4. Signing of the Constitution
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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 Supreme Court
  2. The House of Representatives
  3. The Secretary of State
  4. The White House
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6. Who was the first Secretary of the Treasury?

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  1. James Madison
  2. Thomas Jefferson
  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. Gold
  3. Poppy seeds
  4. Silver
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8. Which of the following is an American territory?

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

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  1. Bombing of Pearl Harbor
  2. Hitler's declaration of war
  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. John F. Kennedy
  2. Abraham Lincoln
  3. James Garfield
  4. George Washington
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11. Where did George Washington call home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. Woodrow Wilson
  2. Theodore Roosevelt
  3. Alexander Hamilton
  4. John F. Kennedy
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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. Lincoln Memorial
  4. Appomattox Court House
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28. Where was the atomic bomb that ended WWII developed?

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  1. Saint Petersburg, Russia
  2. Los Alamos, New Mexico
  3. Bletchley, England
  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. Sandra Day O'Connor
  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 Great Drought
  2. The Dust Bowl
  3. Superstorm Sandy
  4. Hurricane Katrina
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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. Harriett Tubman
  4. Barack Obama
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32. What was the first state to ratify the Constitution?

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

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

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  1. Texas
  2. California
  3. Louisiana
  4. Florida
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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 generals of the Revolutionary War
  3. Original signers of the Declaration of Independence
  4. Original colonies
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