U.S. History Quiz for Dummies

Can you answer these 20 easy questions about American history?
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Who was the first President of the United States?
George Washington
What country attacked Pearl Harbor on December 6, 1941,
"a day which will live in infamy"?
Japan
From what country did the United States gain its independence?
Great Britain
Who was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935 and "left the building" for good in 1977?
Elvis Presley
What did the Wright Brothers invent?
The Airplane
Where did Neil Armstrong walk in 1969 that no other person had ever set foot on before?
The Moon
In what war did Ulysses Grant fight against Robert E. Lee?
Civil War
What was the name of the "railroad" which helped slaves escape from the south?
Underground Railroad
What industry caused the population of Detroit to explode in the
first half of the 20th century?
Auto Industry
What baseball player was known as the "Bambino" and the "Sultan of Swat"?
Babe Ruth
Which state was an independent country for 10 years before joining the U.S. in 1845?
Texas
What brought thousands of people to California in 1849?
Gold Rush
Who was the first African-American President of the United States?
Barack Obama
What city, founded on the shores of Lake Michigan in 1837, grew to become
the fourth largest city in the world by 1900?
Chicago
What war caused the death of 58,318 American soldiers in the 1960s and 1970s?
Vietnam War
What country was the primary adversary of the United States during the "Cold War"?
Soviet Union
Who was known as "Honest Abe"?
Abraham Lincoln
Who invented the phonograph, the movie camera, and the practical light bulb?
Thomas Edison
What holiday did the Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors celebrate
in the autumn of 1621?
Thanksgiving
Name one of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Religion | Speech | Press |
Assembly | Petition
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Level 62
May 6, 2020
I tried Freedom of Speech and Freedom of The Press also free speech; shouldn't these be accepted answers?
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Level 67
May 6, 2020
That is what I came here to say
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Level ∞
May 6, 2020
Okay those will all work now.
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Level 80
May 6, 2020
Curious what percentage of people said "petition" for the last question.
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Level 68
May 7, 2020
I tried "redress," I don't know why that came to mind before petition.
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Level 66
May 7, 2020
Never heard of Babe Ruth..
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Level 78
May 15, 2020
baseball player
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Level 69
May 27, 2020
I think baseball's an American sport. It's like rounders.
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Level 79
May 7, 2020
Never heard of the Underground railroad. It may be a question for american dummies, but it's hard for the rest of the world (the same goes for Babe Ruth, though I guess he's the most famous baseball player...).
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Level 66
May 7, 2020
I guessed both: Babe Ruth is the only baseball player whose name I know, except for Joe DiMaggio now I think about it, but I only know that because of Marilyn Monroe.
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Level 72
May 7, 2020
I haven't ever heard about the underground railroad during the first 45 years of my life, but it's definitely worth knowing about. I can't say the same for Babe Ruth.
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Level 73
May 10, 2020
I first encountered "the underground railroad" in high school history (forever ago) and later in the Simpsons. To-day, it's still in the reruns.
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Level 55
May 27, 2020
Same, I only know Babe Ruth because of some youtube video.
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Level 71
May 7, 2020
I wonder what percentage of Americans would score 100 on this one. . . .
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Level 52
May 7, 2020
For dummies .. or non-Americans! Finally an American themed quiz I can get all right :)