Quiz: Are You a U.S. History Expert?
Are You a U.S. History Expert?
By: Staff
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About This Quiz

Do you see yourself as a U.S. history buff? From knowing about colonial times to the Cold War, do you dominate trivia night whenever the American history questions pop up? Do friends ask you to keep your commentary to yourself while the group binge watches a historical drama or documentary series? While others spend their summer at the beach in flip-flops and suntan lotion, do you bring the past to life in your tricorn hat or bonnet? Then buckle your shoes, Pilgrim, because we have the quiz for you.

Not a history buff? That’s all right. Maybe you only took history because Coach said to take it. Whether you see yourself as a scholar or not, you might find you know more than you think you know. After all, American history is more than just flipping flash cards and memorizing dates. American history is the story of all of us. The American saga of these beautiful and spacious skies unfolds over hundreds of years and winds from sea to shining sea. So whether you sat in the front row or took a snooze in the back during history class, we want you to test your U.S. history knowledge with this pop quiz!

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Who is usually credited as the first European explorer to set foot in what is now the U.S.?
2 of 30
Which of these foods wasn't served by the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving dinner in 1621?
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Where did the Pilgrims live right before they sailed to Massachusetts?
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Where was the famous Lost Colony located?
5 of 30
How much did Dutch colonists pay Native Americans for Manhattan Island in 1624?
6 of 30
How did French colonists produce wealth in "New France"?
7 of 30
Which was the last of the 13 colonies to be founded?
8 of 30
The French and Indian War was part of which larger conflict?
9 of 30
Which of these disputes between the British government and American colonists helped lead to the Revolutionary War?
10 of 30
Where did American protesters throw the British East India Company's tea in 1773?
11 of 30
Who gave a speech in 1775 proclaiming, "Give me liberty or give me death"?
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Who in the Continental Congress first introduced the motion for independence?
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Why did General George Washington cross the Delaware River in December 1776?
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What was President George Washington's annual salary?
15 of 30
Which president signed legislation curbing speech critical of the government?
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What was the first case in which the Supreme Court overturned an act of Congress?
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How much land did the U.S. get from France in the Louisiana Purchase?
18 of 30
When did an invading army capture and burn the nation's capital?
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Which president got a 1,400-pound (635-kilogram) cheese wheel as a gift from a supporter?
20 of 30
Who led an armed slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831?
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Which president said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall"?
22 of 30
Which Supreme Court decision helped lead to the Civil War?
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Which Civil War battle climaxed with Pickett's Charge?
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Who was the first U.S. president to win election while losing the popular vote?
25 of 30
Which president won a Nobel Peace Prize for helping end the war between Russia and Japan?
26 of 30
What decrypted secret message drove the U.S. to enter World War I?
27 of 30
Who was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate?
28 of 30
Who commanded the crew that struck back after Pearl Harbor by bombing Tokyo in 1942?
29 of 30
Whose arrest sparked the 1955-56 Montgomery bus boycott?
30 of 30
Which president said, "Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate"?
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