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US History Most Repeated MCQs

Written By Vaneeza Meher

1. The first English attempt at settling in the New World was at

a. Jamestown

b. Roanoke Island

c. Plymouth

d. New Amsterdam

2. The English decided to settle in the New World

a. because they wanted to submit the Indians

b. in order to set up a military base against Spain

c. because the French had already colonized the North

d. because they needed to find India

3. The first permanent English settlement in the New World was at

a. Jamestown

b. Roanoke Island

c. Plymouth

d. New Amsterdam

4. The first subject of H.M. Queen Elizabeth I to be born in the New World was

a. Virginia Dare

b. John Smith

c. John White

d. Mary Rowlandson

5. The first Africans were introduced into the American colonies in

a. 1498

b. 1564

c. 1619

d. 1742

6. The Pilgrim Fathers drafted

a. The Mayflower Compact

b. The Constitution of the USA

c. The articles of Confederation

d. The Bill of Rights

7. The Pilgrim Fathers were

a. a group of southern secessionists

b. a group of adventurers and merchants

c. members of a sect that wanted to separate from the Church of England

d. Puritans who had been expelled from England

8. The Mayflower Compact

a. organized a form of society based on a social contract

b. banned all non-religious people from the new society

c. stated that the new colony should be independent

d. declared that men of all religions could come and settle there

9. The famous female dissenter who took part in the foundation of Rhode Island was

a. Anne Hutchinson

b. Mary Rowlandson

c. Martha Canary

d. Virginia Dare

10. The Indian allies of the English during the French and Indian War were

a. the Iroquois

b. the Hurons

c. the Abenakis

d. the Ottowas

11. What Indian tribe was almost completely destroyed in 1636-37 after several raids on its villages subsequent to the murder of an English captain?

a. the Pequots

b. the Wampanoags

c. the Narragansetts

d. the Mohicans

12. What country sold the first twenty Africans in Jamestown to be used as indentured servants?

a. France

b. Spain

c. England

d. Holland

13. In 1676 Chief Metacomet rebelled against the Puritan settlers. What is the name of that war?

a. The French and Indian war

b. The Seven Years’ war

c. King Philip’s war

d. King William’s war

14. Lord Baltimore established the colony of Maryland as a refuge for

a. Quakers

b. Catholics

c. Puritans

d. Mormons

15. Apart from New York which colony did the duke of York control?

a. Pennsylvania

b. Georgia

c. Delaware

d. Maryland

16. What is the original name of the line separating the North from the South?

a. the frontier line

b. the Dixie line

c. the Mason-Dixon line

d. the Blue Ridge

17. The 1803 Supreme Court decision known as Marbury v. Madison gave the Court a new power known as

a. Judiciary Act

b. Judicial Review

c. Judicial Power

d. Judicial Restraint

18. Louisiana was bought from France in

a. 1783

b. 1803

c. 1820

d. 1865

19. Florida was annexated from Spain in

a. 1814

b. 1819

c. 1823

d. 1845

20. The Oregon Compromise was signed in

a. 1820

b. 1835

c. 1846

d. 1890

21. The war known as the second war for independence was fought in

a. 1781-1783

b. 1801-1803

c. 1812-1814

d. 1846-1848

22. The famous woman who was made captive of Indians and wrote a book about her captivity was

a. Martha Canary

b. Mary Rowlandson

c. Virginia Dare

d. Anne Hutchinson

23. Primary elections start in

a. January

b. February

c. July

d. November

24. The famous captain who saved the Virginia colony from disaster was

a. William Penn

b. Walter Raleigh

c. Peter Stuyvesant

d. John Smith

25. The colony given to a Quaker in payment of a debt was

a. Maryland

b. Massachusetts

c. Pennsylvania

d. Virginia

26. The Declaration of Independence was signed on

a. June 4, 1744

b. November 11, 1781

c. January 1, 1777

d. July 4, 1776

27. The Declaration of Independence was written by

a. Thomas Jefferson

b. Thomas Paine

c. George Washington

d. Alexander Hamilton

28. The first President of the United States was

a. James Madison

b. John Adams

c. Alexander Hamilton

d. George Washington

29. The first Vice-President of the United States was

a. Thomas Jefferson

b. John Adams

c. Alexander Hamilton

d. George Washington

30. The first representative legislature that met in the colonies was

a. the New England town meeting

b. the Virginia House of Burgesses

c. the New England Confederation

d. the Legislature of Connecticut

31. The French and Indian war lasted until

a. 1692

b. 1763

c. 1776

d. 1789

32. The ideology revealed in Plessy v. Ferguson was

a. separate but equal

b. the existence of slavery

c. the existence of free states and slave states

d. the emancipation of all slaves

33. The Jamestown settlement was made possible thanks to

a. the Dutch West India Company

b. the London Company

c. Huguenots

d. the Plymouth Company

34. The lame duck is

a. the outgoing president

b. the president elect

c. the winning candidate

d. the vice-president

35. The Manifest Destiny refers to

a. exploration in the Oregon territory

b. the independence of Texas

c. an ideology of expansion

d. the war against Mexico

36. The Pilgrims came to America

a. to trade with the Indians

b. to find a new route to the Indies

c. to win freedom of religion for themselves

d. because they wanted to be near the French

37. The Plymouth Plantation is often regarded as

a. the first form of democracy in America

b. the first American theocracy

c. the first successful settlement

d. the most tolerant settlement toward Indians

38. The Pilgrims landed in New England in

a. 1607

b. 1620

c. 1619

d. 1776

39. Today the President elect enters the White House in

a. January

b. February

c. March

d. April

40. The President elect used to enter the White House in

a. November

b. December

c. January

d. March

41. The President has to swear that he will defend

a. the Bible

b. the Constitution

c. the Bill of Rights

d. the Supreme Court

42. The Puritans settled in

a. Maryland

b. Massachusetts

c. New York

d. Virginia

43. The real power of the American judiciary is

a. the right to order the Executive power to obey

b. the right to favor state laws

c. the right to help states nullify federal laws

d. judicial review

44. The sectional debate refers to

a. the division of the country into square lots

b. the opposition between North and South

c. the organization of the southern territories

d. the Louisiana Purchase

45. The Society of Friends was a group of

a. Catholics

b. Quakers

c. Huguenots

d. Mormons

46. The Stamp Act was passed by

a. the Continental Congress

b. the Virginia House of Burgesses

c. the British Parliament

d. the Congress under the Articles of Confederation

47. The Supreme Court decision known as Plessy v. Ferguson refers to

a. slavery in the USA

b. segregation

c. black people’s right to vote

d. emancipation

48. The war for Independence lasted until

a. 1780

b. 1781

c. 1785

d. 1789

49. Thomas Paine wrote

a. The Declaration of Independence

b. Common Sense

c. The Bill of Rights

d. The Articles of Confederation

50. To become effective the Constitution had to be ratified by

a. 5 states

b. 7 states

c. 9 states

d. 13 states

51. Which State refused to participate in the drafting of the Constitution?

a. Massachusetts

b. Connecticut

c. Rhode Island

d. New Hampshire

52. Dred Scott v. Sandford

a. denied black people the right to citizenship

b. made it possible for the Missouri Compromise to be enacted

c. made it possible for Missouri to be a slave state

d. allowed homesteaders to settle in the west

53. The Homestead Act was

a. a law declaring that all slaves were free

b. a law permitting any American to obtain a piece of land

c. a law that forbade any foreign country to colonize the New World

d. an agreement with Spain concerning Florida

54. The Supremacy clause deals with

a. the necessity to include a Bill of Rights in the Constitution

b. the protection of private property

c. the Constitution as first law of the land

d. the possibility of impeaching the President

55. Impeachment is the legal possibility of

a. suing a President in court

b. preventing any person from being a US official

c. forcing a President to resign

d. breaking up Congress

56. The Bill of Rights is

a. the political organization of American society

b. a series of ten amendments enacted to protect the individual

c. laws enacted for the general good of the colonies

d. the organization of American society as a theocracy

57. The 1787 American Constitution

a. set up a society grounded on four independent powers

b. is subject to state law

c. is said to be the supreme law of the country

d. declared that America should break all ties with Europe

58. In 1787 the Constitution

a. just separated the legislative power from the executive power

b. gave the judicial power final control

c. enabled the three powers to check on one another

d. gave the President the supreme power

59. A National Convention decides of

a. the states where primary elections will take place

b. the places where caucuses will take place

c. the official nomination of the party’s candidates

d. the number of candidates

60. President Nixon is especially known for

a. his 1960 political debate against John F. Kennedy

b. his decisions to overthrow some South American régimes

c. the political crisis of the Watergate affair

d. his 1972 reelection

61. The Connecticut Compromise

a. allowed slavery in the Southern States

b. gave birth to a bicameral congress

c. decided on the way the President would be chosen

d. was the agreement which gave birth to the Electoral college

62. The Missouri Compromise refers to

a. the organization of the northwest territories

b. the right to organize parts of the western territories as slave territories

c. the expansion of the railroad westward

d. abolition of slavery

63. The Monroe Doctrine refers to

a. westward expansion

b. a form of isolationism from Europe

c. an agreement between Russia and the USA regarding Alaska

d. the recognition of the presence of colonial Spain in America

64. Besides Jamestown, where else did the English try to settle in 1607?

a. Roanoke Island

b. Pistolet Bay

c. Sagadahoc

d. Manhattan

65. Who was the first explorer who supposedly entered the bay of Manhattan?

a. Henry Hudson

b. Giovanni da Verrazano

c. John Cabot

d. Walter Raleigh

66. Who rebelled against the Governor of Jamestown and burned down the place?

a. Nathaniel Bacon

b. William Berkeley

c. Indian Chief Powhatan

d. John Smith

67. Who married Pocahontas?

a. John Rolfe

b. John Smith

c. William Berkeley

d. Nathaniel Bacon

68. What saved the Jamestown colony from economic ruin?

a. the cultivation of tobacco

b. the cultivation of cotton

c. the cultivation of corn

d. the discovery of gold

69. When did the Gold Rush take place?

a. 1820

b. 1849

c. 1884

d. 1912

70. The political decision known as Great Compromise is

a. the Connecticut Compromise

b. The Missouri Compromise

c. the Manifest Destiny

d. the Kansas-Nebraska Act

71. Where can you find the following phrase: “Men … are endowed with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”?

a. The Declaration of Independence

b. The articles of Confederation

c. The Bill of Rights

d. The Declaration of Emancipation

72. Where can you find the concept of a Civil Body Politic that will enact “just and equal laws… for the general good”?

a. The Mayflower Compact

b. The Declaration of Independence

c. The articles of Confederation

d. The Constitution

73. The Pilgrim Fathers’ colony was called

a. Jamestown Plantation

b. Plymouth Plantation

c. Massachusetts Bay Plantation

d. Virginia Plantation

74. Who was the owner of Maryland?

a. Cecil Calvert

b. William Penn

c. John Winthrop

d. John Smith

75. One dissenter that fled from Massachusetts and finally took part in the foundation of Rhode Island was

a. John Mason

b. Roger Williams

c. John Winthrop

d. Thomas Hooker

76. What tribes composed the Iroquois confederation?

a. the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onogondas, Cayugas and Senecas

b. the Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, Cherokees and Seminoles

c. the Delewares, Ottowas, Potawatomis and Miamis

d. the Abenakis, Micmacs, Montagnais and Crees

77. What Indian confederation did the Iroquois almost completely eliminated?

a. the Hurons

b. the Abenakis

c. the Wahunsonacoks

d. the Micmacs

78. What British decision about the Indians was taken in 1763 and brought anger among the American settlers?

a. the Fall Line

b. the Mason-Dixon Line

c. the Proclamation Line

d. the Timber line

79. How is the removal of the south-eastern Indian tribes known?

a. the Longest Walk

b. the Trail of Tears

c. the Long March

d. the Last Trail

80. What first great battle between the Americans and an Indian confederation took place in 1794?

a. Little Big Horn

b. Fallen Timbers

c. Wounded Knee

d. Thames

81. Tha American National Anthem was composed by

a. Francis Scott Key

b. Thomas Jefferson

c. Patrick Henry

d. Eli Whitney

82. Who invented the cotton gin?

a. Eli Whitney

b. Samuel Colt

c. Samuel Slater

d. Elias Howe

83. Who invented the reaper?

a. John Deere

b. Cyrus H. McCormick

c. Eli Whitney

d. Samuel Slater

84. Who presided over and was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence?

a. Thomas Jefferson

b. John Hancock

c. Benjamin Franklin

d. Gouverneur Morris

85. Where did George Washington swear to defend the United States as free and sovereign States?

a. Trenton

b. Valley Forge

c. Saratoga

d. Germantown

86. When did the Duke of York capture New Amsterdam?

a. 1620

b. 1645

c. 1664

d. 1681

87. When did William Penn obtain an American piece of land from the King?

a. 1680

b. 1681

c. 1685

d. 1687

88. What religious obedience did William Penn belong to?

a. he was a Baptist

b. he was an Anglican

c. he was a Quaker

d. he was a Catholic

89. Who obtained a huge piece of land in the New World in reimbursement of a royal debt?

a. Cecil Calvert

b. the duke of York

c. Sir Walter Raleigh

d. William Penn

90. What was the name of the Indian chief who rebelled against the British after the French and Indian war?

a. Metacom

b. Pontiac

c. Squanto

d. Powhatan

91. Apart from Thomas Jefferson which one of the following characters participated in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence?

a. Thomas Paine

b. Patrick Henry

c. Alexander Hamilton

d. Benjamin Franklin

92. Where did the North Carolina convention for the ratification of the Constitution take place?

a. Hillsborough

b. Williamsburg

c. Raleigh

d. Chapel Hill

93. Which one of the Founding Fathers was also known as an inventor?

a. Benjamin Franklin

b. Thomas Paine

c. Alexander Hamilton

d. Patrick Henry

94. Which State refused to ratify the Constitution until a bill of rights had been guaranteed?

a. Virginia

b. Connecticut

c. Rhode Island

d. North Carolina

95. The Constitution was written in

a. 1776

b. 1781

c. 1787

d. 1789

96. The Constitution was ratified in

a. 1776

b. 1788

c. 1791

d. 1800

97. The Constitution was written to replace

a. the Bill of Rights

b. the Declaration of Independence

c. the articles of Confederation

d. the Mayflower Compact

98. The original Constitution of the USA is made up of

a. 7 articles

b. 10 articles

c. 17 articles

d. 27 articles

99. The American Constitution was implemented in

a. September 1788

b. January 1789

c. March 1789

d. July 1789

100. The American presidential election takes place in

a. September

b. October

c. November

d. December

101. The Bill of Rights is made of

a. 5 articles

b. 7 articles

c. 10 articles

d. 15 articles

102. One clear aspect of amendment 1 deals with

a. the right of the people to bear arms

b. state law v. federal law

c. the freedom of the press

d. the protection of private property

103. The candidate for Presidency must be at least

a. 20

b. 25

c. 30

d. 35

104. The candidate for Presidency must be

a. a US citizen whatever his place of living

b. any person

c. an American citizen residing in the USA

d. an elector

105. Among other aspects amendment 1 deals with

a. the freedom of worship

b. the protection of private property

c. the necessity of a warrant before arresting an individual

d. the rights of the States

106. How many times can a candidate be elected president today?

a. 1

b. 2

c. 3

d. an indefinite number of times

107. According to the Constitution, how many years can a man remain President of the USA today?

a. 4

b. 8

c. 10

d. 12

108. Is it possible to become President of the United States if you have not been elected by the people?

a. Yes

b. No

109. How many Senators are there in the United States?

a. 50

b. 100

c. 435

d. 538

110. How many Representatives are there in the United States?

a. 50

b. 100

c. 435

d. 538

111. How many Electors are there in the United States?

a. 50

b. 100

c. 435

d. 538

112. The “splendid little war” refers to

a. the war for Independence

b. the Civil War

c. The Cuban-American war

d. the annexation of Florida

113. The American troops set foot in Cuba in

a. 1898

b. 1492

c. 1812

d. 1912

114. Roosevelt’s soldiers during the Cuban war for Independence were called

a. Rough Riders

b. Patriots

c. Liberty Boys

d. Forty-Niners

115. The amendment giving women the right to vote was passed in

a. 1911

b. 1920

c. 1924

d. 1945

116. The 1950’s witch-hunt was a collective hysteria against

a. witches

b. communists

c. democrats

d. soldiers

117. Kennedy’s political platform was known as

a. the New Freedom

b. the New Frontier

c. the Great Society

d. the New Deal

118. Richard Nixon left the White House after his

a. impeachment

b. resignation

c. trial

d. pardon

119. Who was Richard Nixon’s first vice-president?

a. Edward Kennedy

b. Gerald Ford

c. Spiro Agnew

d. Lyndon Johnson

120. In Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court ruled that a woman had

a. the right to vote

b. the right to privacy

c. the right to abort

d. the right to worship

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