History of Virginia

Try to answer these questions about the history of the state of Virginia.
Quiz by Quizmaster
Last updated: June 3, 2017
First submittedJune 3, 2017
Times taken4,515
Enter answer here
 / 20 guessed
The quiz is paused. You have remaining.
You scored / = %
This beats or equals % of test takers also scored 100%
The average score is
Your high score is
Your fastest time is
Keep scrolling down for answers and more stats ...
Who is Virginia named for?
Queen Elizabeth
Fill the blank in this Patrick Henry quote: Give me liberty, or give me ____!
Who founded the University of Virginia in 1819?
Thomas Jefferson
Who wrote the United States Bill of Rights?
James Madison
What was, historically, Virginia's most important cash crop?
What English colony was established in 1585 but vanished shortly thereafter?
Who established that colony?
Sir Walter Raleigh
What was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas?
What Native American woman saved John Smith from execution? (according to legend)
What college, founded in 1693, is the second oldest in the United States?
William & Mary
What is the name of George Washington's estate?
Mount Vernon
What city was capital of the Confederate States of America?
What state seceded from Virginia in 1862?
West Virginia
Who led the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War?
Robert E. Lee
Where did that General surrender in 1865?
Appomattox Courthouse
What military cemetery was built in 1864 on the former estate of that general?
Arlington National
What President led the U.S. during the "Era of Good Feelings"?
James Monroe
Who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County in 1831?
Nat Turner
What nickname did Confederate general Thomas Jackson acquire
at the First Battle of Bull Run?
Where did Cornwallis surrender to Washington in 1781?
Level 72
Jun 5, 2017
I thought Roanoke was in NC...
Level 77
Jun 5, 2017
I believe you're thinking of Roanoke Rapids, NC.
Level 83
Aug 2, 2018
The Roanoke Colony was near Manteo, far down North Carolina's Cape Hatteras.
Level 66
Aug 28, 2017
The "former estate" of Robert E. Lee was actually the confiscated estate. His land was stolen by the federal government.
Level 68
Dec 8, 2017
Sure, but 1) he did commit treason and the government could punish him however they liked, and 2) the wording used is still correct.
Level 57
Feb 25, 2018
Yes, he was fortunate that he adhere to Lincolns' "with malice toward none and charity towards all."
Level 78
Feb 25, 2018
Yes, the wording of the clue is correct, but no, the federal government cannot "do whatever it likes". It has to follow the constitution. After years of court battles the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Lee family that the Arlington estate had been taken unconstitutionally. (When the Lee family sent someone to pay their land taxes the money was refused on the grounds that they weren't being paid in person, and the estate was then auctioned for nonpayment of taxes. The US government bought the property cheaply on the courthouse steps.) By the end of the long court appeals process many burials had been made on the estate, a fort had been built, and a large freedmen's town had been established. Robert and Mary were both deceased by then and their son, Custis Lee, agreed to the congressional offer of fair market price of $150,000 and sold the estate to the government. (BTW, President Johnson issued amnesty and pardons to all Confederates at the end of the war.)
Level 68
Nov 26, 2020
kind of a dumb comment by me. thanks for sharing that information.
Level 64
Dec 4, 2017
It was so nice of Elizabeth Warren to save John Smith. If I ever meet her I need to give her a big high-5
Level 81
Feb 25, 2018
Level 53
Feb 26, 2018
Sarcasm, I suspect.
Level 81
Feb 27, 2018
I mean the fact that he thought that this was a worthwhile comment to make. I wasn't asking if PPPig thought that Elizabeth Warren was literally Pocahontas.
Level 83
Aug 2, 2018
Drugs. You should quit.
Level 68
Dec 8, 2017
Danville is also in Virginia and was also the capital of the Confederacy.
Level 68
Mar 5, 2018
they moved there temporarily for a few days yes, but it was never the capital of the CSA. Jefferson Davis and his cabinet were only there from 3-10 April 1865.
Level 60
Feb 25, 2018
plus i missed only one spelled roanoake and it was wrong i feel empty inside
Level 52
Feb 25, 2018
I’m from Roanoke, VA.
Level 34
Mar 1, 2018
My favorite Commonwealth, full of history and great Americans of the past. Shame what it's become nowadays.
Level 81
Mar 2, 2018
I'd ask what you meant by that but based on other comments I've seen you leave I don't actually care to know.
Level 83
Aug 2, 2018
I think he's saying it's a shame you left; it's really decayed since.
Level 81
Mar 1, 2020
That was in 2007. In many ways it's gotten better since then.