Trivia Facts Quiz: Test Your General Knowledge!

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Trivia Facts Quiz: Test Your General Knowledge!

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    "Clotel" was the first published fiction by an African American, who wrote it?
    • A. 

      Edgar Allen Poe

    • B. 

      William Wells Brown

    • C. 

      Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • D. 

      Emily Dickinson

  • 2. 
    What was a sum of money paid in exchange for the right to vote called?
    • A. 

      Poll tax

    • B. 

      Voters tax

    • C. 

      Land tax

    • D. 

      Position tax

  • 3. 
    Whose poems were "easy to understand and full of optimism"?
    • A. 

      Walt Whitman

    • B. 

      Henry David Thoreau

    • C. 

      Edgar Allen Poe

    • D. 

      Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • 4. 
    She discovered a comet in 1847 and taught herself astronomy?
    • A. 

      Emily Dickinson

    • B. 

      Maria Mitchell

    • C. 

      Mrs. Rondeau

    • D. 

      Maria Henry

  • 5. 
    Dr. Crawford Long and Dr. William Morton develop a substance that produced numbness during surgery?
    • A. 

      Anesthetic

    • B. 

      Numbness

    • C. 

      Motrin

  • 6. 
    This artist created the Hudson River School?
    • A. 

      Joseph Henry

    • B. 

      Sidney Mount

    • C. 

      Hudson

    • D. 

      Thomas Cole

  • 7. 
    Who was the first great American fictional hero?
    • A. 

      Natty Bumpo

    • B. 

      Rip Van Winkle

    • C. 

      Sleepy Hollow

    • D. 

      Herman Melville

  • 8. 
    Who spearheaded the campaign for common (public) schools?
    • A. 

      Horace Mann

    • B. 

      Thomas Gallaudet

    • C. 

      Samuel Gridley

    • D. 

      Prudence Crandall

  • 9. 
    Which state created the first Board of Education?
    • A. 

      Massachusetts

    • B. 

      Maine

    • C. 

      Vermont

    • D. 

      Missouri

  • 10. 
    Children from well-to-do families in the early 1800s generally?
    • A. 

      Attended public schools

    • B. 

      Attended private schools

    • C. 

      Were sent to military schools

    • D. 

      Did not need to be educated

  • 11. 
    Common schools were supported by?
    • A. 

      Wealthy families

    • B. 

      Taxes

    • C. 

      Immigrants

    • D. 

      Donations

  • 12. 
    The first college opened exclusively for African Americans was?
    • A. 

      Lincoln University

    • B. 

      Amherst College

    • C. 

      Oberlin College

    • D. 

      Gallaudet University

  • 13. 
    McGuffey's Readers taught reading skills and?
    • A. 

      Arithmetic

    • B. 

      Health

    • C. 

      Morals

    • D. 

      Geography

  • 14. 
    Support for public schools was strengthened because of the large number of?
    • A. 

      Immigrants to the U.S.

    • B. 

      Illiterate federal workers

    • C. 

      Gangs among children

    • D. 

      Teachers moving to the U.S.

  • 15. 
    Henry David Thoreau refused to?
    • A. 

      Pay a poll tax

    • B. 

      Serve in the army

    • C. 

      Say the Pledge of Allegiance

    • D. 

      Publish his work

  • 16. 
    Who wrote the "sketch book" ?
    • A. 

      Edgar Allen Poe

    • B. 

      Washington Irving

    • C. 

      Walt Whitman

    • D. 

      Emily Dickinson

  • 17. 
    Who ran the Perkins Institution for the blind for 44 years?
    • A. 

      Samuel Gridley Howe

    • B. 

      Thomas Gallaudet

    • C. 

      Cathrine Beecher

    • D. 

      Prudence Crandall

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