Could You Pass a High School U.S. History Class?

EDUCATION

By: Artimis Charvet

5 Min Quiz

The Cold War was a decades-long conflict between what two major nations?

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Which process is used to elect the president of the United States?

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The Bay of Pigs invasion was a failed attempt to overthrow which Cuban dictator?

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Who was the first man to walk on the moon?

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President Richard Nixon resigned from office after his involvement in which scandal?

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The United Nations succeeded which failed international body?

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How many justices are there on the U.S. Supreme Court?

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Which founder was the main author of the Declaration of Independence?

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Which one of these famous figures influenced the start of the Manhattan Project?

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Which country launched a satellite called Sputnik into orbit in 1957, officially starting the "Space Age?"

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Thomas Jefferson signed which land deal with France in 1803?

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Which of these is not a branch of the U.S. government?

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The Axis powers of World War II originally consisted of countries such as Germany, Italy and _________.

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Which influential speech did Martin Luther King Jr. make at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom?

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The United States Constitution was a replacement for which original document of the U.S.?

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Which of these founding fathers did not sign the Declaration of Independence?

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Social Security was created as part of which signature legislation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt?

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Which woman is the most famous "conductor" from the Underground Railroad?

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The Battle of Fort Sumter was the start of which war?

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Which U.S. president said, "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country?"

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Which U.S. president was the only one to be elected to more than two terms?

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The Manhattan Project led to the development of which deadly weapon?

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What was the name of the woman whose refusal to give up her seat led to the citywide boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus system?

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Which constitutional amendment has been repealed?

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Who was the President of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865?

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What was the name of the Archduke of Austria whose assassination led to the events of World War I?

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How many amendments are there in the United States Constitution?

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How many amendments make up the Bill of Rights?

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Who was the 16th President of the United States?

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Before becoming the 34th president, Dwight D. Eisenhower reached which rank in the army?

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About This Quiz

The history of the United States officially starts 241 years ago, but it actually goes back much farther than that. In order to truly understand how this country of ours came to be where it is today, you have to be well-informed about the factors that went into its creation, and then all of the events that occurred since.

Sadly, history is often poorly-taught. Many textbooks are inaccurate or biased, as James W. Loewen proved in his important text "Lies My Teacher Told Me." Others are excessively focused on the deeds of the rich and powerful, or simply on certain demographics, meaning that they diminish the role of the common man or woman and erase the contributions of people of color, as Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" showed us. The downside is that this means you can pass high school history without knowing too much about the subject.

The good news is you really don't need to be an expert to do well on a baseline test. This quiz will ensure we only take the most accurate questions from that high school exam and see if you're able to recall events correctly. Let's see how you do!

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