Only 1 in 95 of People Can Pass This General American History Quiz

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Abraham Lincoln was president during this war.

Sixteenth President Abraham Lincoln led the nation during the Civil War. He is known not only for helping to reunite the country, but also for freeing the slaves via the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.

What year did the Civil War begin?

A group of southern states seceded in 1861, which prompted the Civil War. The north fought against the south until Lee surrendered to Grant in 1865.

Who did America fight in the Revolutionary War?

The Revolutionary War was a battle between American colonies and Great Britain. The colonists wanted greater rights and fewer taxes, and declared independence from England in 1776. The colonists were victorious, and Great Britain recognized the U.S. as an independent nation in 1783.

What is the Bill of Rights?

The Bill of Rights is the name given to the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. It includes things like freedom of speech and the right to bear arms. The Bill of Rights was written by James Madison and ratified in 1791.

When was the U.S. Constitution signed?

The Constitution forms the basis of government in the U.S. It was written and signed in 1787. The document contains seven articles which cover everything from the three branches of government to the difference in rights and responsibilities between the states and the federal government.

What year did Columbus sail the ocean blue?

Sponsored by the Spanish crown, Columbus sailed to the New World in 1492. While he was trying to reach the West Indies, he ended up in the Caribbean. He didn't exactly discover America -- millions of natives already lived there -- but he did pave the way for colonists and conquistadors.

What modern-day state was home to the first permanent English settlement in America?

British colonists established the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown -- in what is now the state of Virginia -- in 1607.

The Treaty of Versailles brought an end to this war.

The U.S. declared war on Germany in 1917, drawing the nation into WWI. The war ended in 1919 with the Treaty of Versailles.

Which of these countries did the U.S. fight against during WWII?

WWII took place from 1939, when Hitler invaded Poland, to 1945. The U.S. fought on the side of the Allies, taking on the Axis Powers -- which included Germany, Japan and Italy.

How many colonies were in the U.S. at the start of the American Revolution?

There were originally 13 colonies when the U.S. declared independence from Great Britain. The American flag still has 13 stripes to this day, which represent the 13 original colonies.

Who was the first U.S. President?

George Washington went from Commander in Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution to America's first president. He served for two terms between 1789 and 1797.

What was the mid-20th century war between the U.S. and the Soviets known as?

The U.S. and the Soviets went through a Cold War starting in the 1950s. It started after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Japan, which spurred the Soviets to test their own atom bomb. The nuclear arms race led to intense tension between the two nations for decades.

Where did an infamous Tea Party take place in 1773?

Tensions between British colonists and the mother land mounted during the 18th century. To protest increased taxation and lack of representation, the colonists emptied a ship of tea and threw it into Boston Harbor. The infamous Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773.

What year was the bombing at Pearl Harbor?

On December 7, 1941, Japanese warplanes flew over a U.S. military base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than 2,400 Americans were killed, and the event spurred the U.S. to enter WWII.

Which of these was one of the last two states to enter the union?

Alaska and Hawaii were the last two states to enter the union in 1959. This added two stars to the U.S. flag and brought the total number of states up to 50.

Who wrote the lyrics to the "Star-Spangled Banner?"

During the war of 1812, Francis Scott Key watched as Ft. McHenry was bombed throughout the night during the Battle of Baltimore. Proud to see Old Glory remain aloft, he wrote the lyrics to the "Star-Spangled Banner" in September 1814.

Which president instituted the New Deal?

October 29, 1929 is known as Black Tuesday because it was the date of a major stock market crash that plunged the nation into a Great Depression. When Franklin Roosevelt took office in 1933, he instituted a series of policies aimed at rebuilding the economy. Today, this eight-year process is known as the New Deal.

What did the 18th Amendment ban in 1920?

In 1920, the 18th Amendment went into effect and alcohol consumption was banned across the nation. In 1933, Congress passed the 21st Amendment, which made alcohol legal once more.

How long is the term for a U.S. president?

The U.S. president is elected to a four-year term. Franklin Roosevelt was elected to the position four times -- the most of any president. The position is now capped at two consecutive terms, so no one can serve for more than eight years.

Who did Lee Harvey Oswald kill?

Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963. He was shot and killed a few days later by a man named Jack Ruby.

Which president is associated with the Watergate scandal?

Richard Nixon found himself in hot water after a break-in at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. in 1972. He resigned the presidency on August 9, 1974, and was later pardoned for his crimes by Gerald Ford.

Where is the Bay of Pigs?

The south shore of Cuba is known as the Bay of Pigs. On April 7, 1961, the U.S. launched a failed invasion by a CIA-sponsored militant group. JFK's presidency was tarnished by the incident.

How many people died at the Boston Massacre?

On March 5, 1770, a group of British soldiers killed five protesters in an event known as the Boston Massacre. Today, the incident is recognized as first loss of life in the American Revolution.

What was the south called during the Civil War?

The North was known as the Union while the South was known as the Confederacy. The war began after seven southern states seceded in 1861 over issues ranging from economics to slavery.

What year did women in the U.S. win the right to vote?

The 19th Amendment, passed in 1920, gave --white -- U.S. women the right to vote. While African-Americans technically got the right to vote in 1870, many didn't actually get to cast a ballot until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The U.S entered a war in this country in 1950.

The Korean War began when troops from the north invaded the south. The U.S. entered the war in 1950. By the time the war ended in 1953, more than 5 million people had lost their lives.

What year did U.S. troops first head to Vietnam?

The U.S. sent troops to Vietnam in 1965 to protect the southern part of the country from the Communist north. By the time the Vietnam War ended in 1975, more than 3 million people were dead, including 58,000 Americans.

Where did Neil Armstrong famously venture?

The U.S. won the space race when it sent a man to the moon in 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon after traveling through space on Apollo 11 with astronaut Michael Collins.

What year did Al-Qaeda fly planes into the World Trade Center in NYC?

A group of Al-Qaeda militants killed 3,000 people when they hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001. The event spurred a major war in the Middle East.

What year did the U.S. elect its first black president?

Barack Obama was a senator from Illinois when he was elected the first black U.S. president on November 4, 2008. He was also the first president born outside the continental U.S. thanks to his birth on the island of Hawaii.

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