Hardest Questions On American History And Constitution! Trivia Quiz

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Hardest Questions On American History And Constitution! Trivia Quiz


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  • 1. 
    The main reasons why settlers moved to the US was for land, religious freedom, escaping political problems/crisis, and searching for better opportunities.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    The English were forced to migrate to the America.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    The Great Wagon Road was the central pathway that colonial settlers used in the 1700s (1735-1775) in the Southern US.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Complete the analogy :  Thomas Jefferson : Declaration of Independence   ______________________: US Constitution
    • A. 

      John Adams

    • B. 

      George Washington

    • C. 

      James Madison

    • D. 

      Thomas Paine

  • 5. 
    Why did the delegates of the Constitutional Convention have to meet in secret in 1789?
    • A. 

      Founding Fathers decided to have a secret meeting without key leaders in US

    • B. 

      They were plotting an overthrow of the govt.

    • C. 

      They were trying to break away from England again

    • D. 

      National security concerns- did not want the people to know discussion before finished work on a new government structure

  • 6. 
    What purpose does the Electoral College serve?
    • A. 

      Elects the President of the US

    • B. 

      Appoints Cabinet members

    • C. 

      Appoints Judges to the Supreme Court

    • D. 

      Elects representatives to Congress

  • 7. 
    What document does the US Constitution build upon?
    • A. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • B. 

      The Warsaw Pact

    • C. 

      The Articles of Confederation

    • D. 

      14 Points

  • 8. 
    The 3 regions of the 13 colonies were divided as follows:
    • A. 

      Northern, Southern, Middle

    • B. 

      New England, Middle, Midwest

    • C. 

      Northern, Midwest, Eastern

    • D. 

      New England, Middle, Southern

  • 9. 
    Yeoman is another word for...?
    • A. 

      Indentured servant

    • B. 

      Gentry

    • C. 

      Apprentices

    • D. 

      Farmers

  • 10. 
    Which best describes the coastal plain of NC?
    • A. 

      Wetlands were found in the western part of NC

    • B. 

      Hilly, rolling land in the central part of the state

    • C. 

      A range of mountains in the eastern US

    • D. 

      Low, flat land that extends along the Atlantic Ocean

  • 11. 
    Native Americans and European settlers had differing beliefs about land ownership. Which statement best summarizes the viewpoint of each side.
    • A. 

      Native Americans viewed land as theirs to be controlled---- Europeans wanted to control the land for themselves, without Native American interference

    • B. 

      Native Americans wasted nothing in land use- preserve the forest land at all costs, the Europeans wanted to rebuild the forest land as well

    • C. 

      Europeans wanted to buy and sell land, Native Americans used the land- all were free to use it

    • D. 

      Native Americans were eager to buy land from Europeans for guns, the Europeans wanted to preserve all forest land

  • 12. 
    How did NC's geography affect the movement of people and goods?
    • A. 

      Mountain ranges and lack of navigable ports restricted the movement of people and goods

    • B. 

      ports and mountain ranges encouraged movement of people and goods

    • C. 

      Deep rivers and flat, fertile land helped NC develop strong trade and road systems in early NC

    • D. 

      Rivers and valleys closed the access to trade

  • 13. 
    How did the NC Outer Banks affect the development of colonial NC?
    • A. 

      They presented a barrier against storms

    • B. 

      They prevented the development of large port cities where ships could easily move in and out

    • C. 

      They provided more usable coastline than the other colonies

    • D. 

      They allowed for open and easy transport for the shipping industry

  • 14. 
    How many branches of government were set up in the US Constitution?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 15. 
    What issue was settled with the Great Compromise?
    • A. 

      How to maintain the balance of power of small and large states and everyone still have a voice in Congress

    • B. 

      How to send representatives to Congress and elect them

    • C. 

      The compromise caused more problems and they had to meet again later

    • D. 

      How to send electors to vote for President

  • 16. 
    President Thomas Jefferson was concerned about the LA Purchase because?
    • A. 

      The new government could not afford the purchase of $15 million

    • B. 

      The Constitution did not say anything about the president's right to purchase land

    • C. 

      Spain was threatening to declare war on the US over the land

    • D. 

      France would kick the US off the land and control the whole region

  • 17. 
    Why was NC concerned with the LA Purchase?
    • A. 

      NC's people did not believe in Manifest Destiny

    • B. 

      They did not have the money to purchase the land from France

    • C. 

      It was too much land too govern and control

    • D. 

      They thought the new land would eventually bring an end to slavery

  • 18. 
    Which cause of the War of 1812 does not belong?
    • A. 

      Impressment of US sailors

    • B. 

      Blockade of American ships by the French and the British

    • C. 

      War Hawks in Congress who were eager to go to war with England

    • D. 

      Dolley Madison burning the White House

  • 19. 
    How did the War of 1812 greatly impact the American economy?
    • A. 

      The US made their own goods and items since trade difficulties occurred with embargo and blockades

    • B. 

      James Madison encouraged trade with other nations of the world after the war

    • C. 

      Native Americans gave up fighting with the US people and the economy began to grow

    • D. 

      Thomas Jefferson sent the French out of the nation

  • 20. 
    Who was appointed as the commander in chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution?
    • A. 

      George Washington

    • B. 

      Lord Cornwallis

    • C. 

      John Adams

    • D. 

      King George III

  • 21. 
    What concept was Jefferson asked to leave out of the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      Blaming the king for all of the colonies problems

    • B. 

      Taxes

    • C. 

      Slavery

    • D. 

      Rights of the people

  • 22. 
    What was the main purpose of the Halifax Resolves?
    • A. 

      The document urged NC delegates to vote for independence

    • B. 

      The document created a new state government

    • C. 

      The document urged all of NC's people to join the war effort

    • D. 

      The document created an independent government

  • 23. 
    The main reason the colonies were able to fight and win the American Revolution was?
    • A. 

      Fighting for a purpose- freedom, had the will to win the war

    • B. 

      Patriot troops had the "home field" advantage- they knew the land, roads, rivers within the colonies better than the British

    • C. 

      Excellent military leadership

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 24. 
    Thomas Paine:___________________ Thomas Jefferson : Declaration of Independence
    • A. 

      Halifax Resolves

    • B. 

      Mecklenburg Resolves

    • C. 

      Common Sense

    • D. 

      Treaty of Paris

  • 25. 
    The Founding Fathers helped to establish and begin our nation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 26. 
    What famous document begins with the following words, "when in the course of human events it becomes necessary to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another.."
    • A. 

      Mecklenburg Resolves

    • B. 

      Halifax Resolves

    • C. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • D. 

      NC Constitution of 1776

  • 27. 
    What Native American tribe was moved from NC during the Trail of Tears?
    • A. 

      Cherokee

    • B. 

      Catawba

    • C. 

      Hatteras

    • D. 

      Tuscarora

  • 28. 
    The Indian Removal Act of 1830 created an opportunity for Native Americans to "exchange land" with the US government-eastern land for land in the west.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 29. 
    Why was Archibald Murphey important to the state of NC?
    • A. 

      He was the governor of NC in the 1800's

    • B. 

      He was the leader of the Trail of Tears

    • C. 

      He was the leader of the Constitutional Convention of 1835

    • D. 

      He was a reform leader of the 1800's in NC who tried to solve NC's problems

  • 30. 
    The NC Constitution of 1835 became more undemocratic (unfair) in what specific way?
    • A. 

      Fewer leaders were elected to political offices

    • B. 

      The governor had complete power in the state and did not face re-election for 5 years

    • C. 

      The people of the west had little power in the government after 1835

    • D. 

      Free African Americans and Native Americans lost the right to vote

  • 31. 
    How did the Gold Rush in NC impact the state?
    • A. 

      The state experienced a long steady stream of gold being found in the state and the population of the state will increase over time

    • B. 

      Gold coins were minted in the state, which will boost the economy- spending usable money

    • C. 

      New groups moved to the state to mine for gold and new businesses were created

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 32. 
    Manifest Destiny: __________________   Trail of Tears: Oklahoma
    • A. 

      Atlantic Ocean

    • B. 

      Missouri River

    • C. 

      Colorado River

    • D. 

      Pacific Ocean

  • 33. 
    What crop helped to make the Jamestown colony a successful colony for the English in 1607?
    • A. 

      Wheat

    • B. 

      Corn/maize

    • C. 

      Tobacco

    • D. 

      Potatoes

  • 34. 
    Use the analogy to identify the exchanges from the Columbian Exchange. Disease:______________       Corn: _______________
    • A. 

      Slavery, Horses

    • B. 

      Corn, Horses

    • C. 

      Potatoes, Man

    • D. 

      Corn, Potatoes

  • 35. 
    Why did Columbus call the Native Americans, Indians?
    • A. 

      He thought that he had landed in Asia

    • B. 

      He thought that he had the best name for them

    • C. 

      He thought that he had landed in India, and called them Indians

    • D. 

      The Indians used sign language and told Columbus the proper name

  • 36. 
    The French and Indian War helped to set the stage for what major conflict to occur?
    • A. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • B. 

      American Revolution

    • C. 

      World War I

    • D. 

      Golden Age of Piracy

  • 37. 
    Each state has 2 Senators and 2 House Members---- according to the US Constitution.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 38. 
    The members of the Supreme Court are allowed to serve an unlimited term once they are approved and appointed.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 39. 
    The US Constitution set up a system of checks and balances so that no branch of government would be more powerful than the other branch.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 40. 
    What phrase was associated with the outbreak and the causes of the American Revolution?
    • A. 

      "we will avenge the deaths of the Boston Massacre"

    • B. 

      Give me Liberty or Give Me Death"

    • C. 

      No Taxation without Representation"

    • D. 

      General Washington should lead the troops"

  • 41. 
    Which of the following would not be considered a primary source?
    • A. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • B. 

      Watercolor drawings by John White

    • C. 

      Diary account of a Moravian settler

    • D. 

      Textbook

  • 42. 
    Which of the 7 principles of the US Constitution does the description fit? No one is above the law, all must obey the laws of the US Constitution
    • A. 

      Republicanism

    • B. 

      Popular sovereignty

    • C. 

      Federalism

    • D. 

      Limited Government

  • 43. 
    Which of the following is not a region in NC?
    • A. 

      Mountains

    • B. 

      Piedmont

    • C. 

      Coastal Plain

    • D. 

      Tidewater

  • 44. 
    Which state does not share a border with NC
    • A. 

      SC

    • B. 

      TN

    • C. 

      VA

    • D. 

      West VA

  • 45. 
    "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in crisis, shrink from the service of their country;but he that stands it now, deserves the love and the thanks of man and woman." -Thomas Paine American Crisis  Using the quote from above, who is Paine referring to as the "sunshine patriot"?
    • A. 

      Someone who fights only when it is easy

    • B. 

      Someone who fights in good weather

    • C. 

      Someone who is inspired to fight well

    • D. 

      Someone who fights to inspire others to victory

  • 46. 
    What is the most important right that a US citizen has in the US?
    • A. 

      The right to vote and elect representatives to be a voice for themselves

    • B. 

      Write and petition elected officials when a problem or crisis arises

    • C. 

      Run for elected political office

    • D. 

      All the freedoms in the Constitution are important and we can't just pick one

  • 47. 
    The Bill of Rights protected the...
    • A. 

      3 branches of government

    • B. 

      Freedoms of individual citizens

    • C. 

      Powers of the president

    • D. 

      System of checks and balances

  • 48. 
    Jamestown was the first successful English colony in the New World. What made the colony a success?
    • A. 

      Growth and sell of tobacco

    • B. 

      The colony brought over cotton to sell to the Native tribes

    • C. 

      The Natives bought all of the items they brought over to the New World

    • D. 

      Growth and sell of indigo

  • 49. 
    Who was given most of the power under the Articles of Confederation?
    • A. 

      Congress

    • B. 

      States

    • C. 

      President

    • D. 

      National Government

  • 50. 
    What was the purpose for the Mayflower Compact?
    • A. 

      The Pilgrims had revolted on the ship and law and order was needed

    • B. 

      The Pilgrims had landed 200 miles north of destination- the VA charter was not valid and they needed to set up laws for the colony

    • C. 

      The Pilgrims wanted to set up a plan to get along with the Native Americans

    • D. 

      Bradford wanted to make sure he would be in charge once they landed