American History Quiz


Born of a revolution that shocked the world, America rose to become a leading industrial and political world leader in a comparatively short time.

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Question 1 of 10

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from which country?


... France contributed the Statue of Liberty as a memorial to American independence, commemorating the alliance of the two nations.


Question 2 of 10

What was referred to as the Second War for Independence?

The French and Indian War
The Civil War
The War of 1812

... The War of 1812 was known as the Second War for Independence. It was touched off by British interference with United States shipping during the Napoleonic Wars.


Question 3 of 10

What is the "day that will live in infamy"?

the day of the 9/11 attacks
the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor

... President Franklin Roosevelt called December 7, 1941, the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a "day that will live in infamy."


Question 4 of 10

Who was president during the Louisiana Purchase?

James Monroe
Thomas Jefferson
Andrew Jackson

... President Jefferson sent several representatives to France in April 1803 to buy the city of New Orleans -- and some extra land if France refused to sell just the city. What the third president got was the Louisiana Purchase, a patch of land that nearly doubled the size of the young nation.


Question 5 of 10

What was the bloodiest war in U.S. history?

The Civil War
World War II
The Vietnam war

... The American Civil War is the bloodiest conflict in which the United States has ever engaged. More than 600,000 American soldiers lost their lives in a four-year period.


Question 6 of 10

What year did the U.S. enter World War I?


... Although President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation of strict and impartial neutrality at the beginning of the war, the U.S. eventually entered World War I in April 1917, after nearly three years of neutrality.


Question 7 of 10

Which of the following Constitutional Amendments was eventually repealed?


... The Prohibition Amendment, which was the 18th Amendment, was repealed in 1933 by the 21st Amendment.


Question 8 of 10

In what year did the Boston Tea Party take place?


... The Boston Tea Party took place on the evening of December 16, 1773, at Griffin's Wharf in Boston, Mass.


Question 9 of 10

What begins with the words "We the people..."?

The Declaration of Independence
Thomas Paine's Common Sense
The United States Constitution

... The U.S. Constitution begins with these words.


Question 10 of 10

Which of the following presidents was not impeached?

Richard Nixon
Andrew Johnson
Bill Clinton

... President Richard Nixon resigned before he could be impeached. Johnson and Clinton were impeached, but both escaped conviction.


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