Are You Ready To Take The American History Quiz?

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Are You Ready To Take The American History Quiz?

The history of the United States of America is filled with intriguing stories about war, politics, revolution and much more. How much can you tell us about the olden times of the USA? Let’s find out as you take this American History Quiz! Good luck, you might just need it!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The wartime experiences of American women included all of the following except
    • A. 

      Experiencing the responsibility of running farms and businesses

    • B. 

      Momentarily gaining the right to vote in many northern states

    • C. 

      Increasing army morale and efficiency by doing chores and nursing

    • D. 

      Becoming intermittently involved in battles

    • E. 

      Issuing new calls for the expansion of women’s rights

  • 2. 
    During the final phase of the American Revolution, General Cornwallis was surrounded and forced to surrender his entire force at 
    • A. 

      Charleston, South Carolina

    • B. 

      Yorktown, Virginia

    • C. 

      Wilmington, North Carolina

    • D. 

      Savannah, Georgia

    • E. 

      Cowpens, South Carolina

  • 3. 
    In discussing the American Revolution, the basic controversy among historians involves the question: 
    • A. 

      Should the British have won easily, or did they face an impossible, Vietnam-style war?

    • B. 

      Was the motivation for the Revolution primarily political ideology or essentially economic and social interests?

    • C. 

      Did the French make a colossal blunder in supporting the Americans and as a result bring about their own revolution?

    • D. 

      If the Americans really believed what they said in the Declaration of Independence, why did they not end slavery?

    • E. 

      Did English generals intentionally use strategies that would fail?

  • 4. 
    The economic effects of the Revolutionary War included 
    • A. 

      Destroying much of the American economy

    • B. 

      Increasing American trade with Great Britain

    • C. 

      Closing much of the world to American ships

    • D. 

      Revolutionizing property ownership of plantations

    • E. 

      Encouraging American economic growth and diversification

  • 5. 
    The Revolutionary War affected religious and social groups in all of the following ways except
    • A. 

      It weakened the position of the Quakers

    • B. 

      It strengthened the position of the Catholics

    • C. 

      It weakened the position of the Anglicans

    • D. 

      It led to freedom for some blacks who were

    • E. 

      It improved the position of the Indians because most helped the American side

  • 6. 
    As the Revolutionary War began, most Americans believed they were fighting for 
    • A. 

      Their independence

    • B. 

      The acquisition of more territory

    • C. 

      Representation in the British Parliament

    • D. 

      A redress of grievances against the British Empire

    • E. 

      An overthrow of the colonial upper class

  • 7. 
    The final phase of the American Revolution was characterized by 
    • A. 

      All of the answers below

    • B. 

      Guerrilla warfare aimed at wearing down the British forces

    • C. 

      American attacks on the frontier against combined Indian and British forces

    • D. 

      Major battles between opposing forces of Americans

    • E. 

      The ultimate failure of Britain’s southern strategy

  • 8. 
    For the Iroquois Confederacy, the American Revolution led to 
    • A. 

      A strengthening of the tribes, because they allied themselves with the Americans, and the British left them alone

    • B. 

      A strengthening of the fur trade in the Ohio Valley

    • C. 

      Little change in their situation, because the Confederacy remained completely neutral

    • D. 

      A weakening of the tribes, because they sided with the Americans, and the British attacked them

    • E. 

      A weakening of the tribes, because the Confederacy split up, and the Americans attacked those who sided with the British

  • 9. 
    During the early 1780s, the authority of the national government was vested in 
    • A. 

      All of the answers below

    • B. 

      A legislative branch

    • C. 

      An executive branch

    • D. 

      A judicial branch

    • E. 

      A military branch

  • 10. 
    In the second phase of the American Revolution, between early 1776 and early 1778, the fighting resulted in the British forces 
    • A. 

      Being on the verge of total defeat

    • B. 

      Doing very little, because they remained in their city fortresses

    • C. 

      Achieving several important victories but failing to crush the Americans because of mistakes and blunders

    • D. 

      Almost succeeding in achieving total victory

    • E. 

      Surrendering key positions in Canada

  • 11. 
    During the American Revolution, the real center of authority was 
    • A. 

      The president

    • B. 

      The national congress

    • C. 

      The militias

    • D. 

      The state governments

    • E. 

      The town and city officials

  • 12. 
    During the American Revolution the religious group that most improved its position was the 
    • A. 

      Anglicans

    • B. 

      Iroquois

    • C. 

      Jews

    • D. 

      Quakers

    • E. 

      Catholics

  • 13. 
    The state governments that were formed during the 1770s exhibited all of the following characteristics except
    • A. 

      They had written constitutions

    • B. 

      They forbade governors from holding legislative seats

    • C. 

      They had property requirements for voting

    • D. 

      They limited the power of the executive in favor of the legislative

    • E. 

      They adopted the principle of universal suffrage

  • 14. 
    During 1777, British General Burgoyne attempted to implement a plan for dividing the colonies by capturing the 
    • A. 

      Hudson River Valley

    • B. 

      Tidewater region

    • C. 

      St. Lawrence River valley

    • D. 

      Chesapeake Bay region

    • E. 

      Potomac River valley

  • 15. 
    The American War for Independence has been characterized in all of the following ways except
    • A. 

      A relatively modest war

    • B. 

      An unusually savage conflict

    • C. 

      A switch to a new type of conflict

    • D. 

      The first technological war

    • E. 

      A revolutionary war for liberation

  • 16. 
    During the Revolution, the Americans had all of the following advantages over the British except
    • A. 

      They were fighting on ground with which they were familiar

    • B. 

      The British people only half-heartedly supported the war

    • C. 

      Their troops were generally superior to the British regulars

    • D. 

      The British had long lines of communication and supply

    • E. 

      Their cause inspired more commitment than that of the British

  • 17. 
    The American national government obtained many of the war supplies that it needed to fight the American Revolution by 
    • A. 

      All of the answers below

    • B. 

      Receiving foreign aid and loans from countries like France

    • C. 

      Borrowing large sums from American private citizens

    • D. 

      Taxing the American people directly

    • E. 

      Building many arms factories in the northeast

  • 18. 
    The Land Ordinances of 1785 and 1787, which created the Northwest Territory, also 
    • A. 

      All of the answers below

    • B. 

      Established a procedure for surveying and selling western lands

    • C. 

      Specified a process by which a territory could become a state once it had enough population

    • D. 

      Abolished slavery in the territories north of the Ohio River

    • E. 

      Proved highly favorable to land speculators

  • 19. 
    In the 1770s and 1780s, the powers of government were 
    • A. 

      Concentrated in the national government

    • B. 

      Not considered to be an important issue

    • C. 

      Shared equally by the national government and the state governments

    • D. 

      Concentrated in the state governments

    • E. 

      Shared equally by the state government and independent local governments

  • 20. 
    The pamphlet “Common Sense” was instrumental in gaining support for 
    • A. 

      Reconciliation with Great Britain

    • B. 

      An alliance with France

    • C. 

      The idea of independence from Great Britain

    • D. 

      Peace talks to begin

    • E. 

      A continued economic boycott of Great Britain