Bjhb History Final 2014

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American Revolution Quizzes & Trivia

Causes of the American Revolution to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why were so many colonists in North America angered by the passage of the Stamp Act?
    • A. 

      The act tripled the taxes the colonists previously had to pay.

    • B. 

      The American colonists felt they were being taxed without representation in Parliament.

    • C. 

      British citizens were not required to pay taxes.

    • D. 

      The money raised from the taxes were to be used to protect Native American land.

  • 2. 
    Which of the following happened before the Boston Tea Party?
    • A. 

      The British passed a tax on tea.

    • B. 

      The First Continental Congress met.

    • C. 

      Colonists organized militias.

    • D. 

      The British passed the Intolerable Acts.

  • 3. 
    British troops fought with colonists at Lexington and Concord after
    • A. 

      Attacking a French fort.

    • B. 

      Learning of the Boston Massacre.

    • C. 

      Getting Native Americans to attack colonists.

    • D. 

      Marching to capture colonial weapons and ammunition.

  • 4. 
    Thomas Paine's  Common Sense persuaded many colonists to
    • A. 

      Fear independence.

    • B. 

      Support independence.

    • C. 

      Remain loyal to the king.

    • D. 

      Be aware of their responsibilities to Great Britain.

  • 5. 
    Who was the chief author of the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      John Hancock

    • B. 

      Benjamin Franklin

    • C. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D. 

      John Adams

  • 6. 
    Which of the following was NOT a result of the Battle of Saratoga?
    • A. 

      The British no longer threatened New England.

    • B. 

      American moral was increased.

    • C. 

      Washington retreated into Pennsylvania.

    • D. 

      France decided to help the Patriots.

  • 7. 
    Which of the following is in correct sequential order?
    • A. 

      The Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party, the Battles at Lexington and Concord

    • B. 

      The Battle of Trenton, the Battle of Long Island, the Battles at Lexington and Concord

    • C. 

      The Stamp Act, the Battle of Yorktown, the Boston Tea Party

    • D. 

      The Battle of Bunker Hill, the Battle of Saratoga, the Boston Massacre

  • 8. 
    Which battle was the last major battle of the American Revolution?
    • A. 

      Bunker Hill

    • B. 

      Yorktown

    • C. 

      Cowpens

    • D. 

      Trenton

  • 9. 
    The "Supreme Law of the Land" is the 
    • A. 

      Congress

    • B. 

      The President

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court

    • D. 

      The Constitution

  • 10. 
    The 1st Amendment to the Constitution protects the freedoms of 
    • A. 

      Religion, speech, and property ownership

    • B. 

      Speech, property ownership, and the press

    • C. 

      Religion, speech, and the press

    • D. 

      The press, petition, and employment

  • 11. 
    The _____________________________ were essays written to explain and defend the Constitution.
    • A. 

      The Federalist Papers

    • B. 

      The Federalist Essays

    • C. 

      The Constitution Papers

    • D. 

      The Constitution Essays

  • 12. 
    A __________________________ was a volunteer who was ready to fight at a minutes notice.
    • A. 

      Patriot

    • B. 

      Loyalist

    • C. 

      Minuteman

    • D. 

      Tory

  • 13. 
    The ____________________________ was America's first constitution.
    • A. 

      The Declaration of Independence

    • B. 

      The Bill of Rights

    • C. 

      The Constitution

    • D. 

      The Articles of Confederation

  • 14. 
    An army of citizens who serve as soldiers is called a ____________________.
    • A. 

      Regiment

    • B. 

      Calvary

    • C. 

      Militia

    • D. 

      Platoon

  • 15. 
    A __________ means refusing to buy or use certain goods or services.
    • A. 

      Boycott

    • B. 

      Petition

    • C. 

      Strike

    • D. 

      Riot

  • 16. 
    A (n) __________ occurs when an army surrounds and blockades an enemy position in an attempt to capture it.
    • A. 

      Hit and run

    • B. 

      Siege

    • C. 

      Retreat

    • D. 

      Ambush

  • 17. 
    American colonists who favored war with Britain were known as __________.
    • A. 

      Patriots

    • B. 

      Loyalists

    • C. 

      Neutral

    • D. 

      Tories

  • 18. 
    Rights that belong to all people from birth are __________.
    • A. 

      Civil rights

    • B. 

      Natural rights

    • C. 

      Voting rights

    • D. 

      Legal rights

  • 19. 
    Guerrilla warfare uses __________ tactics.
    • A. 

      Ambush

    • B. 

      Siege

    • C. 

      Hit and run

    • D. 

      Blockading

  • 20. 
    Colonists who still felt a bond with Britain and were not yet ready to make the break with Britain were called __________.
    • A. 

      Neutral

    • B. 

      Patriots

    • C. 

      Loyalists

    • D. 

      Minutemen

  • 21. 
    Who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      John Hancock

    • B. 

      George Washington

    • C. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D. 

      Benjamin Franklin

  • 22. 
    What African American was the first to die at the Boston Massacre?
    • A. 

      Peter Salem

    • B. 

      Crispus Attacks

    • C. 

      James Armistead

    • D. 

      James Forten

  • 23. 
    Who organized the Boston Sons of Liberty?
    • A. 

      Paul Revere

    • B. 

      Richard Dawes

    • C. 

      Samuel Adams

    • D. 

      John Adams

  • 24. 
    Who proposed the Great Compromise?
    • A. 

      James Madison

    • B. 

      Edmund Randolph

    • C. 

      William Paterson

    • D. 

      Roger Sherman

  • 25. 
    Who was the commander of the Continental Army?
    • A. 

      George Washington

    • B. 

      Benedict Arnold

    • C. 

      Anthony Wayne

    • D. 

      Ethan Allen

  • 26. 
    Which British general surrendered at Yorktown?
    • A. 

      William Howe

    • B. 

      Charles Cornwallis

    • C. 

      Henry Clinton

    • D. 

      John Burgoyne

  • 27. 
    Which British general surrendered at Saratoga?
    • A. 

      Thomas Gage

    • B. 

      Charles Cornwallis

    • C. 

      John Burgoyne

    • D. 

      Banastre Tarleton

  • 28. 
    Which of the following was the oldest delegate to the Constitutional Convention at age 81?
    • A. 

      George Washington

    • B. 

      James Madison

    • C. 

      Roger Sherman

    • D. 

      Benjamin Franklin

  • 29. 
    Which American Patriot was nicknamed the Swamp Fox for using guerrilla warfare in South Carolina?
    • A. 

      Francis Marion

    • B. 

      Daniel Morgan

    • C. 

      Nathanael Greene

    • D. 

      George Washington

  • 30. 
    Who is known as the "Father of the Constitution"?
    • A. 

      George Washington

    • B. 

      James Madison

    • C. 

      Roger Sherman

    • D. 

      Benjamin Franklin

  • 31. 
    Benjamin Franklin's __________ was the first formal proposal to unite the colonies.
    • A. 

      Articles of Confederation

    • B. 

      The Constitution

    • C. 

      Albany Plan of Union

    • D. 

      The Treaty of Paris, 1783

  • 32. 
    In the __________, the Second Continental Congress declared loyalty to King George III but asked him to repeal the Intolerable Acts.
    • A. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • B. 

      Pamphlet, Common Sense

    • C. 

      Albany Plan of Union

    • D. 

      Olive Branch Petition

  • 33. 
    "When in the course of human events . . ., is the opening phrase of which document?
    • A. 

      Common Sense

    • B. 

      The Declaration of Independence

    • C. 

      The Constitution

    • D. 

      The Articles of Confederation

  • 34. 
    The United States Constitution begins with the words "__________ . . . "
    • A. 

      "We the people . . . "

    • B. 

      "When in the course of human events . . . "

    • C. 

      "Four score and seven years ago . . . "

    • D. 

      "With malice towards none, with charity for all . . . "

  • 35. 
    Three natural rights listed in the Declaration of Independence are __________, __________, and __________.
    • A. 

      Life, liberty, and property

    • B. 

      Liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness

    • C. 

      Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

    • D. 

      Life, liberty, and revolution

  • 36. 
    __________ gave aid to the American Army by supplying troops, giving money for supplies, and sending their navy to close off the Chesapeake Bay during the siege of Yorktown.
    • A. 

      Spain

    • B. 

      The Netherlands

    • C. 

      Mexico

    • D. 

      France

  • 37. 
    Under America's first constitution
    • A. 

      The federal government was too weak.

    • B. 

      The federal government was too strong.

    • C. 

      The state governments were too weak.

    • D. 

      The state governments could not respond to a crisis.

  • 38. 
    The __________ proposed a two house legislature with representation in both houses to be based on the population of each state.
    • A. 

      New Jersey Plan

    • B. 

      Virginia Plan

    • C. 

      Great Compromise

    • D. 

      The Albany Plan of Union

  • 39. 
    The __________ proposed a one house legislature with each state having one vote.
    • A. 

      The Constitution

    • B. 

      The Albany Plan of Union

    • C. 

      The New Jersey Plan

    • D. 

      The Virginia Plan

  • 40. 
    Both the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan called for __________.
    • A. 

      Each state to have just one vote.

    • B. 

      Each state to have a two house legislature.

    • C. 

      Three branches of government.

    • D. 

      Each state to represented based on the population of their state.