Trivia: The Colonial Period Quiz!

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Colonialism Quizzes & Trivia

How much do you understand about the colonial period? Colonial American history began with the first permanent colony in Jamestown, and it eventually spread to the east coast of America. By the point in time of the Revolutionary War, the eastern coast of North America had thirteen colonies settled. These colonies would become the first United States of America. Take the progressive quiz and learn interesting trivia about the colonial period.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    During most of the colonial period, which European nation controlled parts of Mexico, Central America, and even Florida?
    • A. 

      France

    • B. 

      Netherlands

    • C. 

      England

    • D. 

      Spain

  • 2. 
    What was the main purpose of the Mayflower Compact?
    • A. 

      To establish Catholicism as a national religion

    • B. 

      To create self-governing rules and laws for Pilgrims

    • C. 

      To ensure obedience to the King of England

    • D. 

      To provide a new chance for debtors and creditors in Georgia

  • 3. 
    The main purpose of the Navigation Acts passed by England was to:
    • A. 

      Ensure that England benefited from colonial trade

    • B. 

      Train sailors for the British army

    • C. 

      Limit the size of ships in English waters

    • D. 

      Limit manufacturing in European countries

  • 4. 
    The colony of Jamestown was formed by a joint-stock company. What is a joint-stock company?
    • A. 

      A group of people who work together in hopes of making more money

    • B. 

      People who invest money into a colony in hopes of making more money

    • C. 

      A group of colonists who try to make money for the King

    • D. 

      A comapny that makes stocks for the colonies

  • 5. 
    What helped the town of Jamestown to boom?
    • A. 

      Introduction of the cotton gin in farming

    • B. 

      The use of slaves to harvest indigo

    • C. 

      The growing of tobacco

    • D. 

      Trading with the northern colonies

  • 6. 
    Pennsylvania, a middle colony, was created for what purpose?
    • A. 

      To harvest cotton and indigo

    • B. 

      To be a trade center for the middle and New England colonies

    • C. 

      To be a safe haven for Quakers to practice their religion

    • D. 

      To hold prisoners and debtors from England

  • 7. 
    The creation of the Virginia House of Burgesses was an important step in the development of democracy in colonial America because it:
    • A. 

      Adopted a bill of rights for women

    • B. 

      Allowed citizens to vote directly on proposed laws

    • C. 

      Established a representative form of government

    • D. 

      Provided the first written U.S. Constitution

  • 8. 
    The main reason that settlers from Europe came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Plymouth Colony was to...
    • A. 

      Set up a booming plantation

    • B. 

      Seek religious freedom

    • C. 

      Explore the new frontier

    • D. 

      Profit from the fur tade

  • 9. 
    The Middle colonies were known for being tolerant of other religions.  This meant that they...
    • A. 

      Supported government control of religion

    • B. 

      Required children to attend religious schools

    • C. 

      Refused to join either side in a war

    • D. 

      Allowed others to practice their own religion

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is a characteristic of the frontier region during colonization of America?
    • A. 

      Had large cities that were centers for trade

    • B. 

      Made up of mixed backgrounds - Scottish, Irish, and German

    • C. 

      Had a long growing season and hot weather

    • D. 

      Exported cotton, its main crop, to England and Europe

  • 11. 
    Colonists had a variety of motives for coming over to the New World.  What is a motive?
    • A. 

      A good reason for doing something

    • B. 

      A type of currency used in colonial England

    • C. 

      A document forcing you out of your home country

    • D. 

      A type of boat that colonists sailed on

  • 12. 
    What did the Proclamation of 1763 say?
    • A. 

      Colonists were allowed to be free from English control

    • B. 

      Colonists were not allowed to settle in lands west of the Appalachians

    • C. 

      Colonists were not allowed to use slaves on their plantations

    • D. 

      The French were not allowed to settle in the New World

  • 13. 
    What was the original name for New York City, given by the Dutch?
    • A. 

      Netherlands

    • B. 

      Hudson Valley

    • C. 

      New Amsterdam

    • D. 

      Dutch-land

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