Black History Quiz: How Much You Know?

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Black History Quiz: How Much You Know?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In 1950, Ralph Ellison received the National Book Award for what book?
    • A. 

      Invisible Man

    • B. 

      Native Son

    • C. 

      Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • D. 

      The Souls of Black Folk

  • 2. 
    What was the first African American owned-and-operated newspaper?
    • A. 

      The Washington Post

    • B. 

      The Boston Globe

    • C. 

      The People's Paper

    • D. 

      Freedom's Journal

  • 3. 
    What was Chubby Checker’s longest-running hit song on the Top 40 charts?
    • A. 

      Jingle Bell Rock

    • B. 

      The Twist

    • C. 

      Hey Good Lookin'

    • D. 

      Wild Thing

  • 4. 
    This man was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University. His ideas were used as a foundation for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Who was he?
    • A. 

      Booker T. Washington

    • B. 

      James Weldon Johnson

    • C. 

      W.E.B. DuBois

    • D. 

      Langston Hughes

  • 5. 
    What Supreme Court decision overturned the rule of segregation?
    • A. 

      Plessy v. Ferguson

    • B. 

      Brown v. The Board of Education

    • C. 

      Dred Scott v. Sanford

    • D. 

      Bailey v. Patterson

  • 6. 
    What US President ended segregation in the US Armed Forces by issuing an Executive Order?
    • A. 

      John F. Kennedy

    • B. 

      Harry S. Truman

    • C. 

      Richard M. Nixon

    • D. 

      Lyndon B. Johnson

  • 7. 
    Who invented the smallpox vaccine?
    • A. 

      Dr. John Franklin Enders

    • B. 

      Dr. Jonas Salk

    • C. 

      Dr. Louis Wright

    • D. 

      Dr. Edward Jenner

  • 8. 
    What African American sports legend was commemorated by a postage stamp in 1982?
    • A. 

      Jesse Owens

    • B. 

      Jackie Robinson

    • C. 

      Michael Jordan

    • D. 

      Muhammad Ali

  • 9. 
    What African nation was founded by American president James Monroe as a homeland for freed American slaves?
    • A. 

      Egypt

    • B. 

      Sierra Leone

    • C. 

      Senegal

    • D. 

      Liberia

  • 10. 
    Where is the National Civil Rights Museum located?
    • A. 

      Washington, D.C.

    • B. 

      Selma, Alabama

    • C. 

      Atlanta, Georgia

    • D. 

      Memphis, Tennessee

  • 11. 
    Where did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. go to college?
    • A. 

      Spelman College

    • B. 

      Howard University

    • C. 

      Fisk University

    • D. 

      Morehouse College

  • 12. 
    Boasting twelve number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, what female singing group was the most successful American vocal group of all time?
    • A. 

      The Supremes

    • B. 

      Sister Sledge

    • C. 

      Labelle

    • D. 

      The Pointer Sisters

  • 13. 
    Which state was the first to abolish slavery?
    • A. 

      New York

    • B. 

      Maine

    • C. 

      Vermont

    • D. 

      Ohio

  • 14. 
    He was first elected to Congress, representing Georgia, in 1986, and was one of the keynote speakers at the 1963 March on Washington; he also marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights leaders in the Selma, Alabama march in 1965. Who is he?
    • A. 

      John Lewis

    • B. 

      Jesse Jackson

    • C. 

      Ralph Abernathy

    • D. 

      Jackie Robinson

  • 15. 
    Who was the first African American astronaut to enter space? 
    • A. 

      Guion Bluford

    • B. 

      Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr.

    • C. 

      Ronald McNair

    • D. 

      Robert Curbeam

  • 16. 
    Who was the first black female astronaut to travel in space?
    • A. 

      Dr. Stephanie Wilson

    • B. 

      Dr. Joan Higginbotham

    • C. 

      Dr. Yvonne Cagle

    • D. 

      Dr. Mae Jemison

  • 17. 
    Where is Edmund Pettus Bridge located? This was the site of a peaceful protest for voting rights that turned violent - later known as Bloody Sunday.
    • A. 

      Birmingham, Alabama

    • B. 

      Little Rock, Arkansa

    • C. 

      Selma, Alabama

    • D. 

      Memphis, Tennessee

  • 18. 
    What football star became the first to rush over 2,000 yards in a single season.
    • A. 

      Lynn Swann

    • B. 

      O.J. Simpson

    • C. 

      Jerry Rice

    • D. 

      Barry Sanders

  • 19. 
    In 1917, a black woman won the American Tennis Association title. Who was she?
    • A. 

      Althea Gibson

    • B. 

      Billie Jean King

    • C. 

      Lucy Diggs Slowe

    • D. 

      Leslie Allen

  • 20. 
    These three quotes are from a notable abolitionist and American who had been born into slavery in Maryland and escaped at the age of 20: 1) “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” 2) “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” 3) “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Who are those words attributed to?
    • A. 

      Harriet Tubman

    • B. 

      Sojourner Truth

    • C. 

      Frederick Douglass

    • D. 

      Nat Turner