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 7, 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 81
May 6, 2020
Curious what percentage of people said "petition" for the last question.
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Level 70
May 7, 2020
I tried "redress," I don't know why that came to mind before petition.
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Level 67
May 7, 2020
Never heard of Babe Ruth..
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Level 78
May 15, 2020
baseball player
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Level 70
May 27, 2020
I think baseball's an American sport. It's like rounders.
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Level 56
Jul 3, 2020
Candy bar
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Level 50
Jun 11, 2020
it's incredibly popular in the Dominican Republic, Columbia, South Korea and other countries. Not only an American sport
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Level 50
Jun 27, 2020
Japan, too
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Level 65
Jun 16, 2020
Never heard the phrase "Sultan of Swat".
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Level 58
Jun 27, 2020
Neither have I, nor have I heard Bambino. Just guessed baseball players that most people know, like Ruth, Mays, Mantle, etc.
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Level 67
Jun 29, 2020
I'm mostly familiar with it from the phrase "curse of the Bambino," about how the Boston Red Sox went more than 80 years without winning a championship after they sold Babe Ruth's contract to the New York Yankees. Baseball players (and somewhat fans as well) are notoriously superstitious.
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Level 45
Jun 28, 2020
What?!?!?!?!?! He was the greatest baseball player of all time!
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Level 44
Jul 12, 2020
While I don't doubt that he was the greatest baseball player of all times, I have never heard of him either (like I have never heard the name of the greatest ping pong player or the greatest underwater rugby player :-)).
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Level 80
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 45
Jun 27, 2020
We didn't start the fire!
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Level 44
Jun 27, 2020
Mrs. Robinson!
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Level 73
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 74
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 71
Jul 17, 2020
Being a fan of the Simpsons if you are not American is a great way to learn some american history/culture and sports that you would not be familiar with .
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Level 56
May 27, 2020
Same, I only know Babe Ruth because of some youtube video.
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Level 70
Jun 27, 2020
I'm pretty sure the first time I had heard of Babe Ruth was when I first watched The Sandlot in elementary school. Though of course I've heard the name I don't think I would've known the answer to that question (short of just guessing famous baseball players) without seeing that movie.
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Level 72
May 7, 2020
I wonder what percentage of Americans would score 100 on this one. . . .
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Level 44
Jun 29, 2020
I would think 100 percent.
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Level 53
May 7, 2020
For dummies .. or non-Americans! Finally an American themed quiz I can get all right :)
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Level 53
Jun 27, 2020
Nice quiz. One thing: Pearl Harbor was December 7th, not December 6th.
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Level 45
Jun 27, 2020
Yes, this is true. Please change to December 7, 1941.
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Level ∞
Jun 27, 2020
Fixed
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Level 78
Jun 27, 2020
Nice quiz. Very easy if your are not an american with a little knowledge about USA !!
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Level 59
Jun 27, 2020
18/20 first try, only missed the Underground Railroad and Babe Ruth.
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Level 57
Jun 27, 2020
Please accept Freedom of Religion and Secularism for only Religion
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Level 46
Jun 27, 2020
Please accept George Ruth, or George Herman Ruth for Babe Ruth. Otherwise good quiz!
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Level 63
Jul 1, 2020
If you know his official first name, then surely you know his nickname. I think only accepting Babe Ruth is more than fair.
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Level 57
Jun 27, 2020
christ this is way too hard quizmaster
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Level 66
Jun 27, 2020
Sea of Tranquility isn't accepted?
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Level 74
Jun 27, 2020
Thanksgiving was already a holiday in 1621? Those pilgrims must have been so stoked to get the day off!
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Level 52
Jun 30, 2020
^ +1
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Level 45
Jun 30, 2020
I got car by accident but probably would've gotten it anyway
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Level 45
Jul 3, 2020
Edison did not invent any of those things. Please read an actual historical account and not mythologized hagiographies.
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Level 67
Sep 29, 2020
Indeed. Although he does seem to have invented the phonograph, even if it was just one of many differently named machines (made by different people) that progressively developed the audio recording/reproducing technology. But the other two, yeah, he made some contributions to their development at best, but he certainly did not invent them.
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Level 45
Sep 25, 2020
We don't have Thanksgiving over here in Britannia however it is interesting to see that the Americans will be celebrating their 400th Thanksgiving next year!