Quiz: If You're Not a True US History Expert, Don't Even Bother With This Quiz!
If You're Not a True US History Expert, Don't Even Bother With This Quiz!
By: John Miller
Image: Creator:Thomas J. O'Halloran

About This Quiz

In 1776, the Founding Fathers of America gathered together in a tense and quarrelsome meeting of the Continental Congress. At issue: whether the colonies of the New World would continue negotiating with their British overlords … or if they’d cast off the monarchy by force. In July of that year, they came to a decision, and the United States of America was born. In this truly American challenge, do you think you have the expertise to master this history quiz?

Before America’s birth, few Westerners had really questioned the royal way of nation building. Kings and queens controlled the fates of their subjects, and that was just how things worked. In the New World, however, men and women wondered what a truly representative government would look like. Do you know how Americans first conceived of their dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Once the American Revolution was over, the United States set about expanding and settling its territory. Those adventures led to battles and treaties of all kinds, and Manifest Destiny found settlers taming the lands all the way to the Pacific Ocean. What do you know about the settling of the West?

From savage politics to brutal wars, Americans have been a part of many history moments since the 1700s. Take our tough American history quiz now!

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In the 1960s and 1970s, which war did many Americans protest?
2.0 of 30
In 1929, a terrible stock market crash triggered which famous event?
3.0 of 30
In 1861, the Confederate States of America did what, exactly?
4.0 of 30
Which event triggered the formation of the Confederacy?
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In 1776, what action did the Second Continental Congress take?
6.0 of 30
True or false, was the Declaration of Independence SIGNED on July 4, 1776?
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What major issue contributed to the Declaration of Independence?
8.0 of 30
The Space Race pitted America against ______.
9.0 of 30
True or false, when Germany invaded Poland and started WWII, did the U.S. immediately declare war?
10.0 of 30
Which country did the U.S. fight in the War of 1812?
11.0 of 30
After the American Revolution, how did white settlers view Indian lands west of the Appalachians?
12.0 of 30
How many terms did George Washington serve as president?
14.0 of 30
The Battle of Fort Sumter was the first battle in which war?
15.0 of 30
President James Madison led a peaceful two terms that’s often called ______.
16.0 of 30
In 1794, President Washington had to put down which rebellion?
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In 1795, the U.S. signed a treaty with Native Americans, in which the Indians agreed not to create an alliance with _____.
19.0 of 30
Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader of which movement?
20.0 of 30
What is the longest war in American history?
22.0 of 30
Before the Great Migration, what percentage of the U.S. black population lived in the South?
23.0 of 30
The Lewis and Clark Expedition was meant to explore America’s vast lands and also to ______.
24.0 of 30
In the early 1800s, what was the primary purpose of newspapers?
25.0 of 30
In 1991, why did America become the world’s only superpower?
27.0 of 30
The so-called Reconstruction era followed which event?
28.0 of 30
In 2001, what event transformed American politics?
29.0 of 30
Which industry exploded during the Gilded Age, from about 1870 to 1900?
30.0 of 30
On December 8, 1941, the United States declared war on which nation?
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