Us history Literacy Pre-Test
History Literacy Pre-Test
Name _______________________ Date _______________
The first permanent English settlement in US was in
The first permanent European settlement in US was in
The Declaration of Independence was signed in
The French and Indian War was fought between
The Americans and British
The English and the French
The French and Indians
The Americans and the English
The Civil War was fought
1687 - 1691
1776 - 1780
1861 - 1865
1917 - 1921
The President during the Civil War was
The general in charge of the Confederate forces was
A person who wanted to end slavery in the US was called a
Women received the right to vote in federal elections in
Who spoke out against taxation without representation by saying, "Give me liberty or give me death!"?
King George III
He wrote the Declaration of Independence
The Korean War started in
World War II started in
What event in the early 1900's sparked a tremendous wave of Mexican immigration into the United States?
An influenza outbreak in Mexico City
The Mexican Revolution
The Revolutionary War Started in
22 men, including five African Americans, seized the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, hoping to ignite a slave rebellion. Who was their leader?
The Spanish American War was fought in
The Mormons were persecuted because they believed :
There was more than one god.
Everyone should be armed.
Everyone should have slaves.
You could have more than one wife.
Who was the first Black American woman Secretary of State, appointed in 2005?
The anti-slavery novel written in 1852 by Harriet Beecher Stowe was
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Gone with the Wind
The Pilgrims came in
The Emancipation Proclamation, freeing some of the slaves, was issued in
of the Confederacy was
Robert E. Lee
The Union general who later became president was
Robert E. Lee
Ulysses S. Grant
The future American President who was a hero during the Spanish-American war was
John F. Kennedy
Former slave who helped lead the fight for freedom
Robert E. Lee
The invention that made slavery more profitable
The Reaping Machine
During World War II we fought against
Japan, Germany and France
France, Germany and England
Germany, Italy and Japan
Italy, England and Japan
Before the Europeans arrived there were about how many different Indian tribes in North America?
The Pilgrims came to America
to hunt for gold
to escaped from wars
The famous American witch trial took place in
In U.S. history, Prohibition meant
the closing of U.S. borders to new immigrants
the outlawing of slavery
laws forbidding the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages
state regulations against collective bargaining
The American senator who said that there were Communists in our government was
On what country did the US drop atomic bombs?
The Viet Nam war ended in
Famous American inventor who signed the Declaration of Independence (and is on 100 dollar bill)
First man on the moon was
We first landed on the moon in
The president who was forced to resign was
The World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists in
A famous American Muslim leader who was assassinated was
Martin Luther King
A Supreme Court ruling that said separate but equal was unfair was
the Board of Education
Marbury vs. Madison
Kellerman vs. State of Mississippi
Lawrence vs. State of Georgia
The Cuban Missile Crisis involved the US and
A big portion of the US fleet was sunk in WWII at
He was elected President four times
The Great Depression started in
The ship on which the Pilgrims came
The ship on which Columbus came
The ship on which the slaves revolted
Who were the first three presidents of the United States?
Washington, Adams, Jefferson
Washington, Jefferson, Franklin
Washington, Hamilton, Madison
Washington, Madison, Jackson
To pay for the French & Indian War, the British government made a law that said the colonists had to _______________
close the seaport to Boston.
send tax money to Great Britain.
come back to Great Britain.
The war between the colonies and Great Britain was called the ______
French & Indian War.
Seven Years War.
The colony of Connecticut was founded by ____________
To keep their people from leaving the Communists built a wall across what city?
In colonial government, all the following groups were restricted from voting EXCEPT ____________
women property owners.
white male property owners over the age of 21.
The Southern slave codes did all of the following EXCEPT ____________
forbid enslaved persons to carry weapons.
prohibit enslaved persons from holding meetings
require enslaved Africans to learn to read.
treat enslaved people as both persons and property.
The term "Middle Passage" refers to the ____________
banks of a number of slow-flowing rivers in Virginia.
lower class Southern farmers who worked for big planters.
route of slave trips between Africa and America.
raids made by slave traders in Africa.
We think the first Europeans to reach the New World were :
Columbus and his crew
Polo and his camels
Vasco de Gama and his mates
Who was the youngest US president when his term began in 1901?
Which famous frontiersman died at the Alamo?
The Indian people of the _________________ built their homes out of a type of sun-dried mud bricks called adobe.
The scandal that helped bring down President Nixon was
The Russian satellite that was launched in 1957 was
Who made the "Midnight Ride" to alarm the country side that British troops were landing at Cambridge, Massachusetts during the American Revolution?
Puerto Rico became a territory of the US because of
World War I
The Spanish-American War
The US-Mexican War
About what percentage of Americans are black?
The ___________________, expressed in 1823, proclaimed the United States' opinion that European powers should no longer colonize or interfere in the Americas.
The period between 1945 and 1980 in which the US and Russia both tried to expand their influence in the world is known as
The Domino War
The Berlin War
The Candy War
Which president was not assassinated?
In what state is the White House located in?
Which of the following was an American traitor?
John Paul Jones
What state did the Mormons finally settle in?
What were the last two states added to the United States.
Montana and Utah
Alaska and Maine
Hawaii and Alaska
Hawaii and Utah
How many stripes are there on the flag?
In the War of 1812 we fought against?
When did the foreign slave trade end in the United States?
The United States bought Alaska from
What do we call the period following the Civil War?
The golden years
the twilight years
When did Chinese workers begin to build the Transcontinental Railroad?
What state is home to nearly two-thirds of all Cuban Americans?
Who established the National Farm Workers Association in 1962, and later led a successful nationwide boycott of grapes?
Romana Acosta Banuelos
Cesar Estrada Chavez
Henry Gabriel Cisneros
The 1925 trial of John Scopes involved a conflict between
communists and industrialists
science and religion
the Ku Klux Klan and civil rights advocates
supporters and opponents of a ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages
What European nation originally colonized Florida?
Who has traditionally been given credit for sewing the first American flag?
"The Battle of Normandy" took place during what war?
World War I
World War II
The Korean War
The Vietnam War
The Bay of Pigs episode took place when
Cuban exiles from Florida landed in Cuba in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro
U.S. troops invaded Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa
UN forces undertook an amphibious landing behind enemy lines in Korea
U.S. marines were sent by President Lyndon Johnson to the Dominican Republic
The term "Seward's Folly" refers to
the purchase of Alaska negotiated by Secretary of State William Seward
the impeachment of Andrew Johnson urged by Secretary of State William Seward
the cornering of gold by financier George Seward, which led to the stock market crash of 1869
the Great Fire of Chicago, which started in Seward's Tavern
Who is traditionally known as "The Father of the United States Constitution"?
Who contributed to the Revolutionary War by providing military leadership as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army?
Richard Henry Lee
John Paul Jones
"The shot heard 'round the world" happened here.
This document states that "all men are created equal," everyone has the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," and that the colonies were "free and independent states."
The Declaration of Independence
The Bill of Rights
The Stamp Act
One of the most famous residents of Jamestown, Virginia, was
The New Deal was the name given to
Theodore Roosevelt's foreign policy
Harry S. Truman's domestic programs
Franklin D. Roosevelt's social and economic reforms
Lyndon B. Johnson's social programs
Valley Forge was the site of an encampment by
Union troops under Grant during the winter of 1863
federal troops under Lee preceding the Harpers Ferry raid
British forces under Cornwallis in 1783
the Continental army under Washington in 1777-1778
An oil reserve called Teapot Dome gave its name to
a scandal involving bribery during the Harding administration
a corrupt group of New York City Democrats under Boss Tweed
an energy commission set up by Jimmy Carter
an act of rebellion by Boston colonists
Aided by an Indian woman named Sacajawea, Meriwether
Lewis and William Clark
led a party of explorers to the fountain of youth
defeated Chief Sitting Bull at Little Bighorn
charted a route from Missouri to the Pacific
helped defeat the Apaches
What important event took place in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848?
Women met to call for their rights as citizens.
The Johnstown Flood killed over two thousand people.
A revolution led Joseph Smith to create the Book of Mormon.
The Erie Canal was completed.
Gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in California in 1848 by James Marshall and it
justified the purchase of Alaska
ensured the conversion of paper money to gold
brought 100,000 settlers into a new territory
made millionaires of Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller
Harriet Tubman is primarily known for
founding the first college for black students
spying for Confederate forces during the Civil War
leading slaves north on the Underground Railroad
her work with the suffragist movement
Through the Marshall Plan, the United States
aided European economies after World War II
supplied arms to developing nations in the 1970s
allied with France and Great Britian in 1917
developed plans for the League of Nations
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