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Are You a U.S. History Expert?
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Americans typically learn in school about Washington's crossing of the Delaware River and other key events of the American saga. Find out how much you really know about the details of U.S. history by taking this quiz.

Who is usually credited as the first European explorer to set foot in what is now the U.S.?

  • Christopher Columbus
  • Juan Ponce de Leon
  • John Cabot

Which of these foods wasn't served by the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving dinner in 1621?

  • pumpkin pie
  • venison
  • Indian corn

Where did the Pilgrims live right before they sailed to Massachusetts?

  • Belgium
  • Egypt
  • the Netherlands

Where was the famous Lost Colony located?

  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • New York

How much did Dutch colonists pay Native Americans for Manhattan Island in 1624?

  • 10 Dutch guilders
  • 60 Dutch guilders
  • 800 Dutch guilders

What was the main reason French colonists settled in North America?

  • farming
  • religious freedom
  • trading

Which was the last of the 13 colonies to be founded?

  • Georgia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island

The French and Indian War was part of which larger conflict?

  • World War I
  • Seven Years' War
  • Hundred Years' War

Which of these disputes between the British government and American colonists helped lead to the Revolutionary War?

  • settling of the western frontier
  • slavery
  • women's suffrage

Where did American protesters throw the East India Company's tea in 1773?

  • Hudson River
  • Boston Harbor
  • Mississippi River

Who gave a speech in 1775 proclaiming, "Give me liberty, or give me death"?

  • James Madison
  • Patrick Henry
  • Nathan Hale

Who in the Continental Congress first introduced the motion for independence?

  • Richard Henry Lee
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Benjamin Franklin

Why did Gen. George Washington cross the Delaware River in December 1776?

  • to escape
  • to get provisions
  • to surprise the enemy

What was President George Washington's annual salary?

  • $5,000
  • $25,000
  • $50,000

Which president signed legislation curbing speech critical of the government?

  • Andrew Jackson
  • John Adams
  • William Howard Taft

What was the first case in which the Supreme Court overturned an act of Congress?

  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Dred Scott v. Sandford
  • Marbury v. Madison

How much land did the U.S. get from France in the Louisiana Purchase?

  • 100 million acres
  • 530 million acres
  • 750 million acres

When did an invading army capture and burn the nation's capital?

  • 1814
  • 1778
  • 1863

Which president got a 1,400-pound (635-kilogram) cheese wheel as a gift from a supporter?

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Andrew Jackson
  • John Quincy Adams

Who led an armed slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831?

  • Nat Turner
  • Frederick Douglass
  • John Brown

Which president said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall"?

  • Jimmy Carter
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Gerald Ford

Which Supreme Court decision helped lead to the Civil War?

  • Plessy v. Ferguson
  • Dred Scott v. Sandford
  • Brown v. Board

Which Civil War battle climaxed with Pickett's Charge?

  • Vicksburg
  • Antietam
  • Gettysburg

Who was the first U.S. president to win election while losing the popular vote?

  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • John Quincy Adams
  • George W. Bush

Which president won a Nobel Peace Prize for helping end the war between Russia and Japan?

  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • William McKinley

What decrypted secret message drove the U.S. to enter World War I?

  • the Balfour declaration
  • the Pumpkin papers
  • the Zimmerman telegram

Who was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate?

  • Ophelia Wyatt Caraway
  • Carol Moseley Braun
  • Hillary Clinton

Who commanded the crew that struck back after Pearl Harbor by bombing Tokyo in 1942?

  • Douglas MacArthur
  • James Doolittle
  • Charles Lindbergh

Whose arrest sparked the 1955-56 Montgomery bus boycott?

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • James Meredith
  • Rosa Parks

Which president said, "Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate"?

  • John F. Kennedy
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Ronald Reagan