Check Your American History Trivia Knowledge! Quiz

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Check Your American History Trivia Knowledge! Quiz

Welcome to American History Trivia Knowledge where we will be asking you a handful of questions regarding the old times of the United States of America. We’ll be talking about Jamestown, Plymouth Plantation, the English colonies, the New England settlers, and much more. How much do you know? Let’s find out.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    During its first few years, Jamestown suffered from 
    • A. 

      A lack of aristocratic gentlemen

    • B. 

      A location that was too dry

    • C. 

      Insufficient reinforcements

    • D. 

      The debilitating effects of malaria

    • E. 

      The total absence of leadership

  • 2. 
    The first governor of Plymouth Plantation was 
    • A. 

      John Smith

    • B. 

      William Bradford

    • C. 

      John Rolfe

    • D. 

      William Berkeley

    • E. 

      Nathaniel Bacon

  • 3. 
    In the early 1600s, the common characteristics of the English colonies included all of the following except
    • A. 

      They business enterprises designed to produce a profit

    • B. 

      They made efforts to blend English society with native societies

    • C. 

      They were part of a complex and changing society

    • D. 

      They could not get things to work as they had planned

    • E. 

      They were tied only indirectly to the British crown

  • 4. 
    The New England settlers believed that the Indians 
    • A. 

      All of the answers below

    • B. 

      Were a threat to the existence of a godly community

    • C. 

      Hindered migration into the Connecticut Valley

    • D. 

      Should be converted and civilized

    • E. 

      Should serve as partners in trading ventures

  • 5. 
    All of the following statements are true of the Maryland colony except
    • A. 

      It was established as a retreat for English Catholics

    • B. 

      It experienced no starving time like the colony in Virginia

    • C. 

      It drew both Catholic and Protestant immigrants

    • D. 

      It was attacked early and often by neighboring Indians

    • E. 

      It copied part of Virginia’s economic and social system

  • 6. 
    The Carolinas exhibited all of the following characteristics except
    • A. 

      They prohibited slavery

    • B. 

      They had a written constitution that almost everyone ignored

    • C. 

      The settlement was formed in part from the original Virginia grant

    • D. 

      The proprietors had extensive powers from the king

    • E. 

      They welcomed settlers from any Christian faith

  • 7. 
    William Berkeley came to be seen as an autocratic ruler of Virginia when he 
    • A. 

      Sided with the Roundheads in the English Civil War

    • B. 

      Refused requests to sponsor exploration of the Blue Ridge Mountains

    • C. 

      Removed Lord Baltimore from office without consulting the people

    • D. 

      Opposed immigration that resulted from the headright system

    • E. 

      Restricted the right to vote to wealthy landowners

  • 8. 
    The Massachusetts Bay colony exhibited all of the following characteristics except
    • A. 

      It was granted less local autonomy than other colonial experiments

    • B. 

      It was more Puritan than Separatist

    • C. 

      It included family groups from the onset

    • D. 

      It quickly produced several settlements

    • E. 

      It developed a small fur trade with local Indians

  • 9. 
    Following the Stuart Restoration, Charles II 
    • A. 

      Encouraged private companies to launch new colonies

    • B. 

      Issued charters for four new colonies in North America

    • C. 

      Resumed the search for quick profits from the New World

    • D. 

      Appointed Catholic governors in New England

    • E. 

      Lost his crown and his head in conflicts with Parliament

  • 10. 
    The English colonization of North America
    • A. 

      Succeeded due to large gold reserves in Virginia

    • B. 

      Established trading centers in cities on the eastern seaboard

    • C. 

      Resulted in the empowerment of Native Americans

    • D. 

      Failed to establish a significant cash crop

    • E. 

      Resolved economic differences with European rivals

  • 11. 
    Early settlers in Georgia resented the lack 
    • A. 

      All of the answers below

    • B. 

      Slaves

    • C. 

      Representative government

    • D. 

      Rum

    • E. 

      Strict rules of governing

  • 12. 
    The survival and expansion of Virginia were due, in part, to 
    • A. 

      Finding gold reserves in the James River

    • B. 

      The discovery that tobacco would grow well there

    • C. 

      The resistance of the settlers to the cruelty of the English governors

    • D. 

      Peaceful relations between the English and the Indians

    • E. 

      The resistance to native diseases developed by the settlers

  • 13. 
    Of the following settlements, the one that was not established by dissenters leaving the Massachusetts Bay colony was 
    • A. 

      Hartford

    • B. 

      New Haven

    • C. 

      Exeter

    • D. 

      Providence

    • E. 

      Salem

  • 14. 
    The eastern region of the Virginia colony was finally saved from Indian attack after 
    • A. 

      Governor Dale signed a peace treaty with the Powhatans in 1608

    • B. 

      John Smith’s life was saved by Pocahontas

    • C. 

      John Rolfe married Pocahontas in 1614

    • D. 

      The English put down the Indian attacks of 1622

    • E. 

      The colonists suppressed the uprising of 1644

  • 15. 
    Bacon’s Rebellion was significant in that it 
    • A. 

      All of the answers below

    • B. 

      Was evidence of the struggle over land between Indians and whites

    • C. 

      Revealed the bitterness of competition between easterners and westerners

    • D. 

      Led to an increase in the reliance on African slave labor

    • E. 

      Showed that poor farmers had significant grievances

  • 16. 
    Anne Hutchinson ran afoul of the Massachusetts clergy for all of the following dissenting views except
    • A. 

      Those who were not among God’s elect had no right to spiritual office

    • B. 

      Her local minister was uninspiring

    • C. 

      Women should have a more important role in religion

    • D. 

      The church and the government should be completely separate

    • E. 

      Sainted individuals of her day could communicate directly with the Holy Spirit