What Do You Know About Early American History? Trivia Quiz

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American History Quizzes & Trivia

What do you know about early American history? There are a lot of people who do not only know that North America was home to native Indian or the fact that the British first used America as settlements for prisoners in England. Do you want to see just how conversant you are with the issue? Do take up the quiz below and see how informed you actually are about some moments in history.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A Spanish explorer whose first voyage was in 1492.
    • A. 

      Christopher Columbus

    • B. 

      Hernan Cortez

    • C. 

      Francisco Pizzaro

    • D. 

      Prince Henry the Navigator

  • 2. 
    An extended family group with a common ancestor.
    • A. 

      Clan

    • B. 

      Matralineal

    • C. 

      Kinship

    • D. 

      Patralineal

  • 3. 
    The traffic of goods and ideas between Europe and the Americas.
    • A. 

      American Exchange

    • B. 

      European Exchange

    • C. 

      Caribbean Exchange

    • D. 

      Columbian Exchange

  • 4. 
    A Spanish invader during the 1500s.
    • A. 

      Knight

    • B. 

      Conquistador

    • C. 

      Monk

    • D. 

      Vanquisher

  • 5. 
    The route used by slave traders between West Africa and the Americas.
    • A. 

      Triangular Trade

    • B. 

      Caribbean Shortcut

    • C. 

      Middle Passage

    • D. 

      American Channel

  • 6. 
    Most scientists believe that the first inhabitants of the Americas.
    • A. 

      Came from Europe in the 1500s.

    • B. 

      Arrived in fishing boats within the past 10,000 years.

    • C. 

      Migrated from Asia tens of thousands of years ago.

    • D. 

      Have always lived in the Americas.

  • 7. 
    Which of the following most helped Native American civilizations to grow?
    • A. 

      Agriculture

    • B. 

      European trade

    • C. 

      Shared religious beliefs

    • D. 

      Hunting and gathering

  • 8. 
    During the Renaissance, European kingdoms......
    • A. 

      Invented the slave trade

    • B. 

      Experienced a decline in wealth

    • C. 

      Made few scientific advances

    • D. 

      Competed for access to Asia and Africa

  • 9. 
    In 1498, Vasco da Gama of Portugal.......
    • A. 

      Reached India

    • B. 

      Conquered the Aztecs

    • C. 

      Sailed to the Americas

    • D. 

      Converted Native Americans to Christianity

  • 10. 
    Thousands of Native Americans died as a result of......
    • A. 

      Travel on the Middle Passage

    • B. 

      Their reliance on maize

    • C. 

      The spread of European diseases

    • D. 

      The introduction of horses

  • 11. 
    The _______, signed in 1215, limited the power of the English monarch.
  • 12. 
    During the ______, European philosophers came to believe that all problems could be solved by human reason.
  • 13. 
    The ______provided a plan for self-government in Plymouth.
  • 14. 
    The General for the Continental Army,  _______ led the Patriots during the American Revolution.
  • 15. 
    Evangelical preachers toured the colonies promoting revivals during a religious movement called the______.
  • 16. 
    Resident of Virginia,  _____ was the principal author who drafted the Declaration of Independence.
  • 17. 
    Which nation first established colonies in both North and South America?
    • A. 

      Britain

    • B. 

      Portugal

    • C. 

      France

    • D. 

      Spain

  • 18. 
     Missionaries came to the Americas to
    • A. 

      Look for gold

    • B. 

      Convert Native Americans to Christianity

    • C. 

      Build military forts

    • D. 

      Make fortunes in the fishing and fur trades

  • 19. 
    The English established their first successful colony at
    • A. 

      Jamestown

    • B. 

      New York

    • C. 

      Plymouth

    • D. 

      St. Augustine

  • 20. 
    The British Parliament needed colonists to pay new taxes to
    • A. 

      Conquer Canada

    • B. 

      Buy more territories from France

    • C. 

      Pay Britain’s debt from the French and Indian Wars

    • D. 

      Supply troops to stop the spread of the Great Awakening