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Can you pass high school U.S. history again?
By: Michael Moraitis
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You might have done well in high school U.S. history as a kid, but just how much of that information have you retained, exactly? Get to your desk and sharpen your pencil - it's time for your U.S. history exam!
The Cold War was a decades-long conflict between what two major nations?
The Americans and Soviets fought together in World War II, but things soured shortly after. The U.S. was working to stop communism, while the Soviets were working to spread it.
This process is used to elect the president of the United States.
To win the Electoral College, a presidential candidate must receive at least 270 electoral votes. A presidential candidate can win the popular vote and still lose the election.
The Bay of Pigs invasion was a failed attempt to overthrow this Cuban dictator.
The invasion by the Cuban exiles with help from the U.S. was a terrible failure. In turn, Castro actually tightened his grip on Cuba.
Who was the first man to walk on the moon?
Armstrong said "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" while making history. He later claimed he said "a man," as the sentence would have made no sense otherwise.
President Richard Nixon resigned from office after his involvement in which scandal?
It was the start of "gate" being attached to every major scandal. Nixon was never impeached, but rather resigned before the proceedings could take place.
The United Nations succeeded this failed international body.
The League of Nations lasted from 1920 until 1946 and lacked U.S. support. In 1945, 26 countries at war with the Axis powers signed the Declaration of United Nations, including the U.S.
How many justices are there on the U.S. Supreme Court?
The number of justices on the Supreme Court hasn't always been nine. Congress has agreed to have as little as six and as many as ten justices at one time, although it settled on nine in 1869.
This founder was the main author of the Declaration of Independence.
While a committee of five was tasked with writing the important document, it was Jefferson who wrote the initial draft. Franklin and Adams made revisions before the declaration was presented to the Continental Congress.
Which one of these famous figures influenced the start of the Manhattan Project?
Einstein, with the help of Leo Szilard, penned a letter to president Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, urging him to begin research into atomic energy. His fear was that the Germans might have been doing the same.
This country launched a satellite called Sputnik into orbit in 1957, officially starting the "Space Age."
The Soviet Union successfully beat out its competitors to space with Sputnik, but later lost to the Americans when it came to landing on the moon.
Thomas Jefferson signed this land deal with France in 1803.
The Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the U.S. and stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. The 828 million square miles of land cost the U.S. $15 million.
Which of these is not a branch of the U.S. government?
The U.S. government is made up of three branches. The president heads the executive branch, while the Supreme Court makes up the judicial branch and Congress is the legislative branch.
The Axis powers of World War II originally consisted of countries such as Germany, Italy and this nation.
The Tripartite Pact, which was signed by the trio of countries in 1940, made the Axis powers official. This group would eventually expand as the war went on.
Martin Luther King Jr. made this influential speech at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
In another memorable excerpt from King's speech, he hopes his children "will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." He tragically lost his life when he was assassinated in 1968.
The United States Constitution was a replacement for this original document of the U.S.
Despite being adopted in 1777, the Articles of Confederation was not ratified by the 13 colonies until 1781. This first constitution was ultimately replaced by the U.S. Constitution in 1789.
Which of these founding fathers did not sign the Declaration of Independence?
Washington was Commander of the Continental Army and was defending New York in July of 1776. He was tasked with reading the document to the army, though.
Social Security was created as part of this signature legislation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The New Deal was in response to the Great Depression. It aimed to create jobs for a country ravaged by economic hardship.
This woman is the most famous "conductor" from the Underground Railroad.
Tubman was an escaped slave herself and is said to have helped around 300 slaves escape. She is set to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.
The Battle of Fort Sumter was the start of this war.
At a fort located in South Carolina, the Confederate States Army attacked the United States Army. The surrender by the Union was the first battle in the bloodiest war in U.S. history.
This U.S. president said, "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
President Kennedy spoke those memorable words during his inaugural address in 1961. His life was tragically cut short in 1963, after he was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Which U.S. president was the only one to be elected to more than two terms?
FDR was elected to four total terms as president, but died in office before the end of his fourth term. He was succeeded by Harry S. Truman, his vice president.
The Manhattan Project led to the development of this deadly weapon.
Robert Oppenheimer ran the scientific side of The Manhattan Project. It led to the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during World War II.
This woman's refusal to give up her seat led to the citywide boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus system.
A seamstress, Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery bus. The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled bus segregation was unconstitutional.
Which constitutional amendment has been repealed?
The 18th Amendment ushered in the age of Prohibition, which turned out to be a disaster. It would later be repealed by the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Who was the President of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865?
Alexander H. Stephens was Davis' vice president. Davis ran for the office unopposed and was elected to serve a six-year term.
The assassination of this Archduke of Austria led to the events of World War I.
Ferdinand was assassinated by a Serb national in 1914. Shortly thereafter, Austria declared war on Serbia, thus beginning World War I.
How many amendments are there in the United States Constitution?
Over 11,000 amendments have been proposed in U.S. history; however, only 27 have been approved. The last time an amendment was ratified occurred in 1992.
How many amendments make up the Bill of Rights?
The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution are the Bill of Rights. It was written by James Madison to spell out the limitations of the federal government.
Who was the 16th President of the United States?
Lincoln's term in office spanned the Civil War and he successfully issued the Emancipation Proclamation. He was assassinated in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth
Thomas Paine authored this now famous pamphlet that inspired colonists in 1776.
"Common Sense" was the first pamphlet of its kind to call for American independence. Paine's pamphlet remains one of the most influential Revolutionary War era documents in U.S. history.
Before becoming the 34th president, Dwight D. Eisenhower reached this rank in the army.
Eisenhower was made a full general in 1943. He was then tasked with the Allied invasion of Europe, which had been occupied by the Nazis during World War II.
Which country was part of the Allies during World War II?
The U.S., Britain, Soviet Union, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and China were also part of the Allies.
Which government position is next in the line of succession for president behind the vice president of the United States?
If the president and vice president are both incapacitated or unable to stay in office for any reason, the Speaker of the House would act as the new president. This has never happened in U.S. history.
"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" is a line from a speech by this president.
The wall Reagan was talking about was the Berlin Wall, which divided East and West Berlin. The wall stood until 1989.
Who was the general of the Confederate Army during the American Civil War?
Lee did have some success during the Civil War; however, his military strategies cost the South. He and his army surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in 1865.
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