Civics And Revolutionary-era History

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Civics Quizzes & Trivia

A recent poll gauging U. S. Knowledge of civics and Revolutionary-era history from the American Revolution Center. Test your knowledge and see how you stack up to others polled.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Is the Bill of Rights part of:
    • A. 

      The U.S. Constitution

    • B. 

      The Declaration of Independence

    • C. 

      The Gettysburg Address

    • D. 

      The Articles of Confederation

    • E. 

      # Don’t know

  • 2. 
    The most important consequence of the Boston Tea party was:
    • A. 

      The repeal of the tax on tea

    • B. 

      The failure of the other colonies to support Boston’s action

    • C. 

      The opening of negotiations between Britain and Massachusetts

    • D. 

      The enactment by Parliament of the Coercive Acts

    • E. 

      Don’t Know

  • 3. 
    Which document outlines the division of powers between the states and the federal government?
    • A. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • B. 

      Marshall Plan

    • C. 

      U.S. Constitution

    • D. 

      Homestead Act

    • E. 

      Don’t Know

  • 4. 
    The last major military action of the American Revolution was at:
    • A. 

      Bunker Hill

    • B. 

      Trenton

    • C. 

      Saratoga

    • D. 

      Yorktown

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 5. 
    Which of the following rights is not protected by the Bill of Rights?
    • A. 

      Freedom of Speech

    • B. 

      Trial by Jury

    • C. 

      The right to bear arms

    • D. 

      Right to vote

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 6. 
    Which of the following events most directly encouraged the states to send delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787:
    • A. 

      The Whiskey Rebellion

    • B. 

      Shays’ Rebellion

    • C. 

      The Boston Massacre

    • D. 

      Bacon’s Rebellion

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 7. 
    Which of the following was responsible for declaring America’s independence from Great Britain?
    • A. 

      The Albany Congress

    • B. 

      The Stamp Act Congress

    • C. 

      The Second Continental Congress

    • D. 

      The House of Commons

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 8. 
    Which of the following conflicts most directly led to the Stamp Act?
    • A. 

      The War of 1812

    • B. 

      The War of the Roses

    • C. 

      The French and Indian War (aka The 7 Years war)

    • D. 

      The Mexican-American War

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 9. 
    Benjamin Franklin epitomized which movement in colonial America?
    • A. 

      The Enlightenment

    • B. 

      The Great Awakening

    • C. 

      The Loyalist movement

    • D. 

      The Glorious Revolution

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 10. 
    Who wrote the influential pamphlet called “Common Sense” which advocated independence from Britain?
    • A. 

      Patrick Henry

    • B. 

      Edmund Burke

    • C. 

      Paul Revere

    • D. 

      Thomas Paine

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 11. 
    Who took detailed notes at the Constitutional Convention and is widely regarded as the “Father of the Constitution?”
    • A. 

      Abraham Lincoln

    • B. 

      James Madison

    • C. 

      Winston Churchill

    • D. 

      George Washington

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 12. 
    Who was the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court?
    • A. 

      Alexander Hamilton

    • B. 

      John Marshall

    • C. 

      Charles Evans Hughes

    • D. 

      John Jay

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 13. 
    Which of the following are the inalienable rights stated in the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      Life, liberty and property

    • B. 

      Honor, liberty and peace

    • C. 

      Life, respect and equal protection

    • D. 

      Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 14. 
    The US Constitution establishes which of the following forms of government in the United States?
    • A. 

      A Direct Democracy

    • B. 

      A Republic

    • C. 

      A Confederacy

    • D. 

      An Oligarchy

    • E. 

      Don’t know

  • 15. 
    John Locke developed the concept of the “consent of the governed,” an important principle underlying the War for Independence, in a theory known as:
    • A. 

      Natural Law

    • B. 

      Law of Relativity

    • C. 

      Common Law

    • D. 

      Statutory Law

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 16. 
    Which of the following nations played an important role in helping the colonies defeat the British in the American Revolution?
    • A. 

      Canada

    • B. 

      Mexico

    • C. 

      Denmark

    • D. 

      France

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 17. 
    Which of the following phrases are the opening words to the US Constitution?
    • A. 

      When in the course of human events

    • B. 

      We the People

    • C. 

      Fourscore and seven years ago

    • D. 

      I have a dream

    • E. 

      Don’t Know

  • 18. 
    Which of the following events came BEFORE the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      Founding of Jamestown, VA

    • B. 

      The Civil War

    • C. 

      The Emancipation Proclamation

    • D. 

      War of 1812

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 19. 
    How many children do celebrities “Jon and Kate” have?
    • A. 

      4

    • B. 

      6

    • C. 

      8

    • D. 

      12

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 20. 
    How many states were there after the United States won its independence from Britain?
    • A. 

      7

    • B. 

      13

    • C. 

      15

    • D. 

      21

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 21. 
    Who said the following: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”?
    • A. 

      George Washington

    • B. 

      Barack Obama

    • C. 

      Karl Marx

    • D. 

      Thomas Paine

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 22. 
    Who was the first athlete to win a record 8 gold medals at a single Olympics?
    • A. 

      Scott Hamilton

    • B. 

      Kobe Bryant

    • C. 

      Shannon Miller

    • D. 

      Michael Phelps

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 23. 
    Who famously sang the songs “Beat it” and “Billie Jean”?
    • A. 

      Elvis

    • B. 

      Bruce Springsteen

    • C. 

      Michael Jackson

    • D. 

      N*SYNC

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 24. 
    What river did George Washington cross on Christmas Eve in 1776 in a surprise attack on the Hessian troops?
    • A. 

      Rhine

    • B. 

      Potomac

    • C. 

      Delaware

    • D. 

      Michigan

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 25. 
    Who was the first Secretary of the Treasury?
    • A. 

      James Monroe

    • B. 

      Alexander Hamilton

    • C. 

      Larry Summers

    • D. 

      John Seward

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 26. 
    In what state did the Valley Forge winter encampment occur?
    • A. 

      Pennsylvania

    • B. 

      New York

    • C. 

      Delaware

    • D. 

      Ohio

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 27. 
    When did the American Revolution begin? Was it in the . . .
    • A. 

      1490s

    • B. 

      1640s

    • C. 

      1770s

    • D. 

      1800s

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 28. 
    Which side of the American War of Independence did American Indians support?
    • A. 

      British

    • B. 

      American

    • C. 

      Both

    • D. 

      Neither

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 29. 
    The westernmost military action of the American Revolution took place at:
    • A. 

      St. Louis

    • B. 

      Austin

    • C. 

      Richmond

    • D. 

      Atlanta

    • E. 

      Don’t know

  • 30. 
    Who famously implored her husband to “remember the ladies” in drafting laws for the newly independent United States of America?
    • A. 

      Martha Washington

    • B. 

      Abigail Adams

    • C. 

      Molly Pitcher

    • D. 

      Phyllis Wheatley

    • E. 

      Don't Know

  • 31. 
    Can you name all of the CURRENT Supreme Court Justices as of June 1, 2010?