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United States History for Dummies
This is an easy quiz about United States history that most Americans should do very well on. Many non-Americans probably would do well, too. See how well you do on basic US history.
Founded in 1607, this was the first successful English settlement in what is now the United States.
Charlestown in present day South Carolina
Jamestown in present day Virginia
Providence in what is present day Rhode Island
Boston in present day Massachusetts
Up until 1763, the English and this other European nation fought a series of wars and smaller conflicts to see who would dominate what is now the US and Canada.
What was the biggest issue that eventually led to the English colonies' rebellion against their mother country and sparked the American Revolutionary War?
whether the English Parliament or colonial assemblies would control taxes in the colonies
disagreements between Parliament and the colonies over relations with the Native Americans (Indians)
religious differences between American colonists and Britain
restrictions on the number of English persons who could move to the English colonies
Which of these statements about George Washington is true?
all of these
He was commander of the American Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
He was a successful Virginia plantation owner.
He was the first president of the United States.
The final victory in the American Revolutionary War which convinced the British to grant independence to their former colonies was a victory won by combined French and American forces at this place.
The seventh president of the United States was the first US president elected from a state west of the Appalachian Mountains (Tennessee). He was also the leader of the US forces who gained a major victory over the British at New Orleans in the War of 1812. Who was he?
As a result of victory in the Mexican War of 1846-48, the United States gained all of the following states EXCEPT this one.
What was the one irreconcilable issue between North and South that led to the American Civil War?
status of new western territories
The Union victory in this battle, fought in July 1863, is generally considered the turning point of the American Civil War. After the battle President Lincoln made a memorable speech at the site of the battle. What was the battle?
Second Bull Run
Which of the following is true about the United States in the period between the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the beginning of the 20th century?
Native Americans (Indians) were generally treated fairly and territorial disputes were settled.
Laws were passed that greatly restricted European immigration into the US.
US industrialization advanced rapidly.
Blacks in the southern states were integrated into the southern population with very little conflict or discrimination.
Which of the following was NOT a reason why the US entered World War One on the side of Britain and France?
France and Britain were democratic and Germany was not.
German submarines began sinking US ships in 1917.
The US had strong cultural and commercial ties with Britain and France.
President Wilson wanted to destroy communism.
In 1919 an amendment to the US Constitution (which was rescinded in 1933) prohibited which of the following?
same sex marriages
US joining any international organization
In 1933 Franklin Roosevelt was elected president. He promised to bring a "New Deal" to Americans to bring recovery from the Great Depression and improve social conditions. Which of the following did his "New Deal" include?
The Securities and Exchange Commission to regulate the stock market
All of these
Programs to provide jobs by building roads, schools, dams, etc.
Social Security that provided pensions for retired workers
The Japanese defeat in this naval battle in the Pacific is generally considered to be the turning point of the Second World War.
Which of these statements is NOT true about the Cold War?
There was never any actual warfare in the Cold War.
It began soon after World War Two ended, partly because of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.
It was partly a clash of very different ideologies.
Nuclear weapons were a threat to both sides in the Cold War.
Many think that the closest the world came to nuclear war was in 1962 when President Kennedy demanded that the Soviets remove nuclear missiles they had recently placed in this country.
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