Can You Pass an 11th Grade US History Quiz?


By: Gavin Thagard

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About This Quiz

Who doesn't love United States history? Surely, you have an appreciation for how the country has developed during its nearly 250-year lifespan. Whether you're in 11th grade or want to reflect back on 11th-grade U.S. history, here's a quiz where you can test that knowledge!

The history of the United States has been defined by revolutionary ideas and important figures, as the country has progressed and developed over the decades. From the American Revolution to the first African-American president, the history of the United States is filled with interesting facts that are both fun and important to reflect on. This history has not only defined the United States but the world as a whole, especially considering that today the United States is a global power with influence on even the smallest nations around the world. How did the country make it to where it is now, though, considering it started as only thirteen colonies? 

If you're up for the challenge, take this 11th-grade U.S. history quiz. It will test your knowledge on a variety of subjects and potentially teach you something new or remind you of something you've forgotten. Don't wait! Take this quiz now and see how much you really know about U.S. history!

What is the belief that the U.S. has the right to occupy all of America?

Manifest destiny was not an actual policy from the United States government. However, it did give people in the United States a sense of unity.


What was the war between the American colonists and England called?

Though there were many factors, one of the main reasons for the American Revolution was because England imposed taxes on the colonies without giving them representation in Parliament. Of course, most of those taxes went to paying off the French and Indian War, which was fought for the colonists.


How many terms did George Washington serve?

George Washington set the precedent for serving only two terms. Many people wanted him to continue to hold power, but he was tired of the political life and didn't want to be seen as a tyrant in the new democracy.


Who was a founder of the Federalist Party?

The Federalist Party believed in a strong central government. Of course, this wasn't universally popular because the new country had just come out from under the rule of another powerful government in England.


Who was a founder of the Anti-Federalist Party?

Thomas Jefferson was one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence. He also served as the third President of the United States.


Who did America fight in the War of 1812?

England was also fighting a war against France during the War of 1812, which forced them to stretch out their forces. Without the proper numbers to dedicate to the conflict in America, England lost the war with the United States, as the U.S. proved it could defend itself from foreign invaders.


Which president signed the Indian Removal Act?

Andrew Jackson spent much of his military life fighting either with or against Native Americans. From his experience, Jackson believed it was harmful on both sides to continue to live side by side, and early in his presidency, he began to push for a removal plan.


Who invented the cotton gin?

The cotton gin propelled the popularity of cotton significantly because it sped up the process of removing seeds from the cotton. However, the invention also led to an increased need for slavery in the South.


What is the belief that the United States should stay out of foreign affairs?

Isolationism was a popular belief, particularly in the early years of the country. Most proponents believed that getting involved in foreign​ affairs would only lead to unnecessary conflicts.


What is the belief that the United States should intervene in foreign affairs?

For the most part, the U.S. managed to maintain its belief in isolationism until the Spanish-American War. In this war, the U.S. took control of the Philippines.


Who was a well-known abolitionist?

William Lloyd Garrison was known for his newspaper, "The Liberator." Garrison's objective was to push for the immediate emancipation of all slaves in the United States.


Who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin?

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" was a controversial novel that depicted the horrendous treatment of slaves. Abraham Lincoln once said this book started the Civil War.


Which war pitted the North against the South?

The first shot during the Civil War was fired at Fort Sumter in 1861. No one would die at Fort Sumter during that attack, but plenty of soldiers would die as the war continued.


Who issued the Emancipation Proclamation?

The Emancipation Proclamation only freed slaves in states that joined the Confederacy. The reason for this was because the North still had slave states fighting on their side.


Who led the Confederate Army?

Robert E. Lee was offered a position in the Union Army before his home state of Virginia joined the Confederacy. Lee decided to side with his home state in the conflict.


Who started Standard Oil?

After taking into account inflation, Rockefeller is believed to have been the wealthiest American to ever live. However, Rockefeller put that wealth to good use as he became one of the greatest philanthropists of all time.


Who started the predecessor to U.S. Steel?

Carnegie sold his steel company to J.P. Morgan in 1901. Aside from U.S. Steel, Morgan also helped create General Electric.


Who invented the telephone?

Alexander Graham Bell founded AT&T in 1885. He had only received his patent for the telephone nine years earlier.


When did the U.S. declare war on Germany leading them into WWI?

World War I demonstrated the dangers of military pacts between countries. Though it was known as the "Great War" at the time, it only served as an example of things to come.


When did the stock market crash leading to the Great Depression?

The stock market crash of 1929 followed a period of prosperity known as The Roaring Twenties. The time was defined by economic growth and a cultural boom.


Which amendment enacted prohibition?

The 18th amendment was widely unpopular across the country, particularly in major cities. Ultimately, it led to wide-spread bootlegging.


When did women gain the right to vote?

The Women's Suffrage Movement gained momentum in the 19th century as women sought more rights across the board. The Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, the first women's rights convention, was a major turning point for women and their mission.


What was the name of Franklin Roosevelt's federal programs that helped relief efforts during the Great Depression?

The New Deal created millions of jobs for unemployed Americans. Of course, many still opposed the programs, believing the government shouldn't interfere with the economy, even as it came tumbling down.


What attack led the United States into World War II?

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, fear towards Japanese-Americans spread across the United States. Eventually, internment camps were set up to incarcerate people with Japanese ancestry​.


Who was NOT an Axis Power during World War II?

After entering WWII, the United States decided to focus its attention on the war in Europe before turning to the Pacific campaign. After Germany was defeated, though, the United States sought a quick end to the war against Japan.


On which country did the United States drop the atomic bomb?

The United States knew they would lose thousands of soldiers if they continued a drawn-out war against Japan. Instead of allowing that to happen, they dropped two atomic bombs on different cities in Japan, killing hundreds of thousands of citizens.


What is hostility towards immigrants called?

Nativism has influenced the United States since the country was founded. The hostility has eased as more and more immigrants enter the country.


What's the belief that all nations would fall to Communism if one nation fell to it?

The fear of Communism in the United States after World War II was so severe that a witch hunt began inside the country. This witch hunt, known as McCarthyism, was led by Joseph McCarthy.


How was Vietnam divided during the Vietnam War?

Vietnam was a perfect example of the Domino Theory. The United States tried to help South Vietnam build a strong government capable of keeping the Communist government of North Vietnam from spreading south.


What was America's war with Russia called?

Though the Cold War lacked direct conflict, there was plenty of tension around the world as Russia and the United States both acquired nuclear​ technology. At no point did the world come closer to a nuclear holocaust than during the Cuban Missle Crisis.


Which of these presidents was assassinated?

John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald. It has been widely speculated that the assassination was a conspiracy.


When was the Civil Rights Act signed?

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a result of the Civil Rights Movement in the country, led by figures like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. The act ended segregation in public places and prevented discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, or national origin.


What was the anti-establishment movement of the 1960s called?

The Counterculture Movement of the 1960s was one of the most prominent movements against mainstream society in the history of the United States. Bob Dylan, Hunter S. Thompson, and Allen Ginsberg were important leaders of the movement.


Who was the first man on the moon?

Neil Armstrong traveled to the moon on Apollo 11. He officially stepped onto the lunar surface on July 21, 1969.


When were the Twin Towers attacked?

The attack on 9/11 killed nearly 3,000 people. After the attack, the United States went into a series of wars in the Middle East.


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