Can You Pass This American General Knowledge Quiz?
By: Allison Lips
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About This Quiz
American history can be complex. The United States is a country that consists of 50 states and many territories. Each one has its own history along with a history that it shares with the rest of the country. However, there are some things every American is expected to know. Despite the fact that the average American goes through 12 years of history classes, we still only learn a fraction of the country's history. There are some facts every class covers. Everyone knows the United States started as a collection of British colonies. We all know George Washington was a famous Revolutionary War general who became the first United States president. We also know that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, which forced the United States into World War II. But, do you know how many terms Franklin Delano Roosevelt served? Or who wrote the Constitution? Or who authored of the Declaration of Independence? These are all things covered in school that most of us forget over time. This quiz will give you a chance to prove you remember!
This quiz covers everything from the Revolutionary War to the Supreme Court to the moon landing. Do you have what it takes to ace this quiz? If so, prove that you are an expect on these basic facts with this American General Knowledge Quiz!
Who was the first president of the United States?
George Washington was born on Feb. 22, 1732. He had three brothers: Samuel, John Augustin and Charles.
Which country helped the United States in the Revolutionary War?
During the American Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin led the team responsible for forming an alliance with France. Franklin's popularity in France led to French support from the country and its Foreign Minister Comte de Vergennes.
Which state is not one of the original 13 colonies?
The 13 original colonies were founded between 1607 and 1776. They are Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Hampshire.
Prior to the Executive Order of June 24, 1912, the design varied depending on who made the flag. This order dictated the proportions of the stripes and that the stars should be arranged in six horizontal rows with one point of each star facing upward.
Which Revolutionary War figure defected to the British?
Before Benedict Arnold defected to Britain, he participated in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775 and helped orchestrate the surrender of British General John Burgoyne's army at Saratoga. In 1779, he offered the British West Point in exchange fora command in the British Army and money.
Actor John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln as he was watching "Our American Cousin." Coincidentally, Booth's brother, Edwin Booth, had previously prevented Lincoln's song, Robert Todd Lincoln, from falling off a train platform in front of a train.
How many Supreme Court justices currently serve on the nation's highest court?
When the Supreme Court was established with the Judiciary Act of 1789, it was intended to have six justices. A number of acts would change the number of justices. It finally settled at its current number with the Judiciary Act of 1869.
In 1867, Russia sold Alaska to the United States. For three decades, the United States did not do much with Alaska and considered it "Seward's Folly." In 1896, a major gold deposit was discovered, changing U.S. opinion on the purchase.
The United States entered World War one on April 6, 1971. Initially, Americans were not in favor of entering the war. That changed after several German attacks on U.S. ships and ships carrying Americans, such as the Lusitania.
June 17, 1972 marked the beginning of the Watergate Scandal. On that date, members of Nixon's Committee to Re-Elect the President broke into the Democratic National Committee's headquarters in the Watergate complex.