American History Since 1865: Quiz! Trivia

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American History Since 1865: Quiz! Trivia

Below is an interesting quiz on American history since 1865. This period marked the end of one era of US history and the beginning of another. The year 1865 saw the end of the American civil war with the Confederate States' surrender, beginning the Reconstruction era of U. S. History. Take our quiz and test your knowledge on the most memorable events since that year and other significant ones that followed.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    This American social reformer won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 after founding the Hull House in Chicago, where she promoted peace and women's rights.
    • A. 

      Jane Addams

    • B. 

      Susan B Anthony

    • C. 

      Clara Barton

    • D. 

      Emily Thudreau

  • 2. 
    "Nattering nabobs of negativism" was a term coined by ________________, referring to angst-ridden opponents of the _________________.
    • A. 

      Richard Nixon / Vietnam War

    • B. 

      Spiro Agnew / Vietnam War

    • C. 

      George H.W. Bush / First Gulf War

    • D. 

      Dean Acheson / Korean War

  • 3. 
    This reformer of the 19th/20th centuries was very active in the cause of women's suffrage and abolitionism.
    • A. 

      Jane Addams

    • B. 

      Susan B Anthony

    • C. 

      Clara Barton

    • D. 

      Emily Thudreau

  • 4. 
    The space vehicle that carried 3 American astronauts to the moon in 1969 was called:
    • A. 

      Apollo II

    • B. 

      Gemini VIII

    • C. 

      Mercury I

    • D. 

      Apollo XI

  • 5. 
    The Bakke decision upheld what general principle?
    • A. 

      Racial segregation.

    • B. 

      Primary school accessibility.

    • C. 

      Affirmitive Action.

    • D. 

      The Federal right to tax the income.

  • 6. 
    Hugo Black, Supreme Court Justice from 1937 to 1971, in known for ardently defending:
    • A. 

      Racial desegregation.

    • B. 

      Civil liberties.

    • C. 

      Affirmative Action.

    • D. 

      Social equality.

  • 7. 
    Malcolm X helped lead this group during the 1960s, which rejected Christianity as a religion of white people. Muhammad Ali was a prominent member.
    • A. 

      Black Muslims.

    • B. 

      Black Panthers.

    • C. 

      Black Power.

    • D. 

      NAACP.

  • 8. 
    This militant organization was founded by Huey Newton and advocated the advancement of Black power by force. Newton is quoted as saying "we make the statement, quoting from Chairman Mao, that Political Power comes through the barrel of a gun".
    • A. 

      Black Muslims

    • B. 

      Black Panthers

    • C. 

      Black Power

    • D. 

      Nation of Islam

  • 9. 
    A movement that came out of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and called for independent movement of political and social institutions for black people.
    • A. 

      Nation of Islam.

    • B. 

      Black Muslims.

    • C. 

      Black Panthers.

    • D. 

      Black Power.

  • 10. 
    Omar Bradley led the liberation of:
    • A. 

      Poland, in WWII.

    • B. 

      Black women held in underground Southern slavery rings.

    • C. 

      France, in WWII.

    • D. 

      Belgium, in WWI.

  • 11. 
    Louis Brandeis was a Supreme Court Justice from 1916 to 1939. He believed that economic and social fact ("reality") had to take precedence over legal theory.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    William Jennings Bryan delivered this speech, which advocated the coinage of silver, and railed against the Gold Standard.
    • A. 

      Gold Death

    • B. 

      Cross of Gold

    • C. 

      The New Silver

    • D. 

      Silver Liberty

  • 13. 
    This 20th-century explorer is known for flying over the North Pole.
    • A. 

      Richard Byrd

    • B. 

      Charles Dyk

    • C. 

      William Dunning

    • D. 

      Louis Brandeis

  • 14. 
    You might be a carpetbagger if you:
    • A. 

      Are a transient salesperson.

    • B. 

      Are a nonresident politician.

    • C. 

      Are known for concealing facts about your past while running for office.

    • D. 

      Seek to spread capitalism mixed with the Protestant faith.

  • 15. 
    Chief Joseph was leader of the ____________________, who led his people on a futile attempt to escape to Canada, rather than settle on a reservation.
    • A. 

      Cherokee.

    • B. 

      Apache.

    • C. 

      Nez Perce.

    • D. 

      Iraquois.

  • 16. 
    Reacting to complaints from westerners that Chinese immigrants were driving down wages and threatening "racial purity", the federal government passed this act:
    • A. 

      Alien and Sedition Act

    • B. 

      California Resolution

    • C. 

      South Eastern Asia Immigration Act

    • D. 

      Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

  • 17. 
    This act gave the Federal Government authority to act against racial segregation in public areas.
    • A. 

      Civil Rights Act of 1964

    • B. 

      Jim Crow Act of 1966

    • C. 

      Dred Scott Decision of the Supreme Court

    • D. 

      Common Rights Act of 1967

  • 18. 
    This man was the only President in the history of the United States to serve nonconsecutive terms in the Executive Office.
    • A. 

      Millard Fillmore

    • B. 

      Theodore Roosevelt

    • C. 

      Grover Cleveland

    • D. 

      James Polk

  • 19. 
    This group was a leading organization in the Civil Rights Movement and launched the Freedom Riders.
    • A. 

      NAACP

    • B. 

      Congress on Racial Equality (CORE)

    • C. 

      Women's Congress on Equal Pay

    • D. 

      National Organization of Women (NOW)

  • 20. 
    This Native American leader was at the Battle of Little Bighorn, leading the Sioux against General Custer.
    • A. 

      Chief Joseph

    • B. 

      Crazy Horse

    • C. 

      Geronimo

    • D. 

      Sitting Bull

  • 21. 
    This mayor of Chicago led the city during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, and is credited with contributing to the election of JFK in 1960. He was the head of a very powerful political machine.
    • A. 

      John Dooley

    • B. 

      Al Capone

    • C. 

      Al Davis

    • D. 

      Richard Daley

  • 22. 
    The act that attempted to make Native Americans more "civilized" and less transient by giving them the land was known as the 
    • A. 

      Dawes Act of 1887.

    • B. 

      American Involvement Act of 1866.

    • C. 

      The Fair Deal.

    • D. 

      The American Readjustment Act.

  • 23. 
    This socialist was five-time the candidate of the American Socialist Party in the 19th/20th century. He was jailed for his criticism of WWI.
    • A. 

      Clarence Darrow

    • B. 

      John Dewey

    • C. 

      William Douglas

    • D. 

      Eugene Debs

  • 24. 
    This man was a Supreme Court Justice from 1939 to 1975 and advocated judicial activism in defense of the liberal social policy.
    • A. 

      Richard Daley

    • B. 

      Eugene Debs

    • C. 

      William O. Douglas

    • D. 

      John Dewey

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