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The United States of America is known as being one of the most powerful countries on earth, and it has one of the briefest histories when compared to other countries. The country has had many leaders and statesmen who have helped shaped the nation into what it has become. Did you know Thomas Edison once electrocuted a circus elephant to death on Coney Island? Take this trivia quiz and get to learn some more American history facts!


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  • 1. 

    The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees what right?

    • A.

      Right To Bear Arms

    • B.

      Right To A Speedy Trial

    • C.

      No Taxation Without Representation

    • D.

      Freedom Of Speech

    Correct Answer
    D. Freedom Of Speech
    Explanation
    The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of freedom of speech. This means that individuals have the freedom to express their opinions, beliefs, and ideas without censorship or interference from the government. This right is essential for a democratic society as it allows for open dialogue, the exchange of diverse perspectives, and the ability to criticize and hold those in power accountable. It is a fundamental pillar of the United States' commitment to protecting individual liberties and fostering a free and democratic society.

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  • 2. 

    The recitation of what is accompanied by placing your right hand over your heart?

    • A.

      Pledge Of Allegiance

    • B.

      National Anthem

    • C.

      Bill Of Rights

    • D.

      Alma Mater

    Correct Answer
    A. Pledge Of Allegiance
    Explanation
    The recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is accompanied by placing your right hand over your heart. This is a common practice in the United States, where the Pledge of Allegiance is often recited in schools, government meetings, and other public gatherings. Placing the hand over the heart is a sign of respect and patriotism, symbolizing loyalty and commitment to the country.

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  • 3. 

    What was the goal of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation?

    • A.

      Fourth Presidential Term

    • B.

      End Of Slavery

    • C.

      Women Getting The Vote

    • D.

      Westward Expansion

    Correct Answer
    B. End Of Slavery
    Explanation
    The goal of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was to end slavery.

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  • 4. 

    Which famous residence is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.?

    • A.

      The White House

    • B.

      Neverland

    • C.

      Graceland

    • D.

      Blair House

    Correct Answer
    A. The White House
    Explanation
    The famous residence located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. is The White House.

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  • 5. 

    From which room does the U.S. President conduct his official business?

    • A.

      Lincoln Bedroom

    • B.

      Situation Room

    • C.

      The Oval Office

    • D.

      Treaty Room

    Correct Answer
    C. The Oval Office
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Oval Office. The Oval Office is the room in the White House where the U.S. President conducts his official business. It serves as the primary workspace for the President and is located in the West Wing of the White House. The Oval Office is where the President meets with advisors, holds meetings with foreign leaders, signs legislation, and addresses the nation through televised speeches.

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  • 6. 

    Which Washington, D.C. building features the engraved motto "Equal Justice Under Law"?

    • A.

      The Pentagon

    • B.

      Supreme Court Building

    • C.

      Bureau Of Engraving And Printing

    • D.

      Library Of Congress

    Correct Answer
    B. Supreme Court Building
    Explanation
    The Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. features the engraved motto "Equal Justice Under Law." This motto represents the principle that all individuals should be treated fairly and equally in the eyes of the law. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States and is responsible for interpreting and applying the law to ensure justice is upheld. The motto serves as a reminder of the court's commitment to providing equal justice for all.

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  • 7. 

    Disguised as Indians, citizens of Boston threw what into Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773?

    • A.

      Coffee

    • B.

      Kool-Aid

    • C.

      Salt

    • D.

      Tea

    Correct Answer
    D. Tea
    Explanation
    On December 16, 1773, citizens of Boston disguised themselves as Indians and threw tea into the Boston Harbor. This event is famously known as the Boston Tea Party. It was a political protest against the British government's imposition of taxes on tea, which the American colonists believed violated their rights. By throwing the tea into the harbor, the colonists were making a statement against British taxation and asserting their desire for independence.

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  • 8. 

    Which event is known as "Black Tuesday" signaled the start of The Great Depression?

    • A.

      Presidential Election

    • B.

      End Of The Millennium

    • C.

      Stock Market Crash

    • D.

      Day After Thanksgiving Sales

    Correct Answer
    C. Stock Market Crash
    Explanation
    The event known as "Black Tuesday" refers to the stock market crash that occurred on October 29, 1929. This crash marked the beginning of The Great Depression, a severe economic downturn that lasted for a decade. On this day, stock prices fell drastically, causing panic among investors and leading to a chain reaction of bank failures, unemployment, and a decline in industrial production. The stock market crash of 1929 is considered one of the most significant events in American economic history and had a profound impact on the global economy.

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  • 9. 

    What were the 49th and 50th states admitted into the United States?

    • A.

      Alaska And Hawaii

    • B.

      Louisiana And Texas

    • C.

      Alaska And Oregon

    • D.

      Hawaii And Kansas

    Correct Answer
    A. Alaska And Hawaii
    Explanation
    Alaska and Hawaii were the 49th and 50th states admitted into the United States.

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  • 10. 

    Who were the first husband and wife to both run for the U.S. President in their party's primaries?

    • A.

      Bob And Elizabeth Dole

    • B.

      Bill And Hillary Clinton

    • C.

      Abraham And Mary Todd Lincoln

    • D.

      George And Martha Washington

    Correct Answer
    B. Bill And Hillary Clinton
    Explanation
    Bill and Hillary Clinton were the first husband and wife to both run for the U.S. President in their party's primaries. Bill Clinton ran as the Democratic candidate in the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections, while Hillary Clinton ran as the Democratic candidate in the 2008 and 2016 presidential elections. This makes them the first couple in American history to both seek the presidency.

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  • 11. 

    Who was the last two-time U.S. President of the 20th century?

    • A.

      Franklin Roosevelt

    • B.

      George W. Bush

    • C.

      Bill Clinton

    • D.

      Ronald Reagan

    Correct Answer
    C. Bill Clinton
    Explanation
    Bill Clinton was the last two-time U.S. President of the 20th century because he served as the 42nd President from 1993 to 2001. He was first elected in 1992 and then re-elected in 1996. Clinton's presidency was marked by economic prosperity and he played a significant role in the passage of important legislation such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Balanced Budget Act. His presidency also faced controversies, including the Monica Lewinsky scandal, which led to his impeachment by the House of Representatives but acquittal by the Senate.

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  • 12. 

    What speech is given to the American people by the President every January?

    • A.

      Annual Apology

    • B.

      Inaugural

    • C.

      What's Going On

    • D.

      State Of The Union

    Correct Answer
    D. State Of The Union
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "State Of The Union." The State of the Union is a speech given by the President of the United States to the American people every January. It is an annual address that provides an overview of the nation's current condition, outlines the President's legislative agenda, and discusses important issues and policies. The speech is typically delivered before a joint session of Congress and is an opportunity for the President to communicate with the public and set the tone for the upcoming year.

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  • 13. 

    Which New York borough gave its name to the world's first steel-wire suspension bridge?

    • A.

      The Bronx

    • B.

      Queens

    • C.

      Brooklyn

    • D.

      Manhattan

    Correct Answer
    C. Brooklyn
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Brooklyn. The world's first steel-wire suspension bridge, known as the Brooklyn Bridge, was named after the borough of Brooklyn in New York. The bridge was completed in 1883 and connects Brooklyn to Manhattan over the East River. It is an iconic landmark and a symbol of engineering and architectural excellence.

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  • 14. 

    The Chrysler Building was built for a famous member of which industry?

    • A.

      Film

    • B.

      Soft Drink

    • C.

      Animation

    • D.

      Automotive

    Correct Answer
    D. Automotive
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Automotive. The Chrysler Building was built for Walter P. Chrysler, the founder of the Chrysler Corporation, which is an American automotive company. The building was designed to serve as the company's headquarters and symbolize its success and innovation in the automotive industry.

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  • 15. 

    Which former head of the U.S. Treasury appears on a ten-dollar bill?

    • A.

      Abraham Lincoln

    • B.

      Alexander Hamilton

    • C.

      Benjamin Franklin

    • D.

      Andrew Jackson

    Correct Answer
    B. Alexander Hamilton
    Explanation
    Alexander Hamilton appears on the ten-dollar bill because he was the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. He played a crucial role in establishing the nation's financial system and was a strong advocate for a centralized banking system. Hamilton's portrait has been featured on the front of the ten-dollar bill since 1929, honoring his contributions to the country's economic development.

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