Introduction To American History

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American History Quizzes & Trivia

Asses knowledge on the history of early America: colonial settlements, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, etc.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    1787; was one of the few benefits of the Articles of Confederation. Was issued as a means of dealing with the northwest territories; Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan were formed as a result. Slavery was not allowed.
  • 2. 
    Early proposal in 1768 to have this connect the Hudson River to Lake Ontario near Oswego. Was actually built in 1817; referred to as "Clinton's Big Ditch"
  • 3. 
     The first American Industrial Revolution; Henry Clay played a major role; "America should develop factories and cities, should maintain a high protective tariff and keep foreign goods out, and each region should work interdependently for the whole; New England: industrial heartland, South: commodities, North: textiles, West: food.
  • 4. 
      In 1776, after America declared its independence, the British Army stopped protecting them and they were frequently attacked and then sold as slaves. Who was in charge of these actions?
  • 5. 
    What colony acted as a barrier between the Spanish and South Carolina?
  • 6. 
    A terrorist group that formed to rebel against stamp collectors during the Stamp Act
  • 7. 
    The man who led the Puritan Migration in 1630; gave the speech, "A Model of Christian Charity" which mentioned that God has meant for some to be prosperous and that he was going to construct a city upon a hill for all of the earth to see and all of Europe will want to become a Puritan.
  • 8. 
    This man is known as the Father of the Constitution. He suggested that there be three branches of government, and that none of them has too much power. He also recommended that if the President does something illegal, the House can impeach him, and the trial is overseen by the Senate. Finally, he had an idea of Bicameral Legislative Branch (2 houses); independent and judiciary.
  • 9. 
    1773: Passed by Lord North; Allowed the East India Tea Company, a tea company in Britain that was about to go bankrupt, to sell tea directly to the colonists so it would be cheaper. The colonists reacted angrily; 1/2 million pounds of tea was shipped to America and the Sons of Liberty appeared at the Boston port to tell them not to unload their tea; this led to the Boston Tea Party.
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    Proprietor of Charles II; was a Quaker; wanted somewhere safe to go with his Quaker brothers
  • 11. 
    Tried to find China by sailing down the Mississippi; was recognized and helped by Mascoutin Indians but was later attacked by hostile Indians and had to turn back home.
  • 12. 
    Wandered through America in 30,000 B.C.; were nomadic hunters & gatherers
  • 13. 
    Was the new leader in England in 1767; known for calling the colonists "brats" on the floor of Parliament; issued duties on lead, paper, paint, glass, and tea; reorganized the customs service because it was corrupt; moved headquarters from England to Boston
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    Was banished from Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635 because he was a bit "off" and had diferent views from the Puritans, so he went south to Providence because divine Providence lead him there.
  • 15. 
    Wrote the First American Dictionary
  • 16. 
    Occurred in the 1740s; English ministers (Wakefield & Tennant) came to America to preach that people can be saved (what the Quakers had believed); this was very appealing to the poor and those who thought they were damned
  • 17. 
    "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes"; Howe, Burgoyne, Clinton, Gage; Battle fought in 1775 on Breed's Hill
  • 18. 
    Man who conquered the Aztec empire in 1541 along with 550 conquistadors.
  • 19. 
    Was written on a door of the lost colony of Roanoke
  • 20. 
    Act passed by Federalists in 1798 and signed into law by John Adams.1)have to live in America for 14 years before you are a naturalized citizen2)in peace time, the President can deport any aliens he feels threaten safety; no trial is needed--it is solely based on the President's opinion3)same as above is okay during war time4) any false, scandalous writings directed against the government are treasonable
  • 21. 
    1763: Indians killed, pillaged, and destroyed American (British) settlements; led to the Proclamation of 1763
  • 22. 
    Made his way down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico from 1679-1682; discovered that the Mississippi does NOT lead to China.
  • 23. 
    Was a key radical from Massachusetts; proposed resistance of the crown (non-import, non-export); wanted America to declare its independence
  • 24. 
    The largest and most famous Mississippian city; had 85 temple and burial mounds; largest pyramid had a base of 16 acres; came to a bitter end of disease and warfare
  • 25. 
    In 1786, 2,000 farmers in Massachusetts rose up in rebellion, attacked local government and took judges out of the courts. This was the last straw; it led to 55 men meeting in Philadelphia to hold the Constitutional Convention.
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