48 American History Trivia Questions and Answers

Whether you’re a history buff, or just someone curious about broadening their horizons, this fully immersive American History Trivia is sure to educate and entertain quizzers of all ages. 

Founded in 1776, America has an overwhelming amount of history to explore and discover that can help us better understand the world we live in today. 

We will delve into the revolution that gave birth to the nation, and the turbulent times of the civil rights movement, alongside facts about pivotal events and astonishing people.

I hope you all are ready for this staggering journey through time.

Good luck! 

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General American History Trivia Questions

General American History Trivia

Congratulations on making it to round two!

This round will give you a little more to think about as we test your knowledge of events and learn about the key dates, locations, and people associated with them. 

We will also take a look into some of America’s not-so-traditional holidays – do you know when National Crunchy Taco Day is?

Without further ado, let’s start!

1: What document declared the thirteen American colonies independent from Great Britain in 1776?
The Declaration of Independence.
2: What was the name of the American general who led the allied forces to victory in Europe during World War II?
General Dwight D. Eisenhower.
3: In what year did American astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong become the first men to ever walk on the moon?
4: How many people were killed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871?
Three Hundred.
5: On the 2nd of what month do Americans celebrate Groundhog Day?
6: The youngest US President by election was John F. Kennedy. How old was he when he became President?
7: The Pilgrims voyage to the New World on The Mayflower. Which English port did it set sail from?
8: Who was the first President to live in the White House?
President John Adams.
9: What was the name of the bar where Buffalo Wings were accidentally invented in 1964?
Anchor Bar, Buffalo, New York.
10: Who’s portrait was printed on the first dollar bill?
Salmon P. Chase.
11: In what year did Elvis release his debut single That’s All Right?
12: What date was the Titanic due to arrive in New York?
April 17th, 1912.
13: Since 1950, there have been thirty-two nuclear weapon accidents and six lost nuclear weapons. How many US nuclear bombs have been lost and never discovered?

Easy American History Trivia Questions 

Easy American History Trivia

Welcome to the first of four rounds in our American history trivia.

This first round has been designed to be inclusive for all ages, so don’t worry if you aren’t an expert (you will be by the end of the quiz).

We are going to cover a number of topics, from the founding of the United States to modern-day events and everything in-between.

It’s time to grab a pen and paper and make a start.

Best of luck! 

1: America was founded in 1776, but who allegedly discovered it way back in 1492?
Christopher Columbus.
2: Who was America's first black president?
Barack Obama.
3: What is the name of the American inventor who is best known for inventing the electric light bulb?
Thomas Edison.
4: Which American holiday commemorates a shared feast between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people that took place in 1621?
5: In 1789, what American city became the first national capital under the new constitution?
New York.
6: Which female activist famously refused to give up her seat on an Alabama bus in 1955?
Rosa Parks.
7: Which state was the real Pocahontas from?
8: What species of bird was chosen to be America's national bird in 1782?
The Bald Eagle.
9: Who was the President of the United States during the Civil War?
Abraham Lincoln.
10: What name was given to the protest by the sons of liberty in Boston in 1773?
Boston Tea Party.

Hard American History Trivia Questions 

Hard American History Trivia

Now then, you destroyed round one and smashed round two, but how will you fare on our most difficult set of questions? 

This is the round that will challenge even the most educated American history buffs, we are looking for statistics, specific dates, and names you might not have heard in a very long time. 

There might even be a few trick questions in there to really get you thinking!

Ready to see who has the best history knowledge in your group?

Let’s play! 

1: What was the first fast-food chain to open in America?
White Castle.
2: Who famously wrote on the 14th February 1884, “The light has gone out of my life”, following the death of his mother?
Theodore Roosevelt.
3: What percentage of the seven thousand four hundred and eighty-four females who served in Vietnam were nurses?
4: From which country did John Dunlap, the printer of the original copies of the United States Declaration of Independence, immigrate to America?
5: How many civilians were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor?
6: How many years was Alcatraz in operation?
7: Who was the first US president to appear on Television?
President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
8: Oprah Winfrey is one of the most famous women in America. At age 17, what beauty contest did she win?
Miss Black Tennessee Beauty Pageant 1971.
9: Where was the first official game of basketball played?
The YMCA gymnasium, Albany, New York.
10: How many category five hurricanes have made landfall in mainland America?
11: The Tuskegee Study began in 1932, What year did the last study participant die? 
12: What was the name of the ship carrying Jewish refugees that was refused entry to America in 1939, resulting in the death of 25% of its passengers in the Holocaust?
St. Louis.
13: Neurologist Walter Freeman brought lobotomies to America in 1939. He performed three thousand four hundred ninety-three lobotomies; what was his fatality rate?

Places of Interest in American History Trivia Questions 

Places of Interest in American History Trivia

It’s obvious that with such a rich history scattered over America’s fifty states that there are going to be a few places of interest to discover. 

There are a handful of iconic buildings, structures, and statues that people from all over the world will instantly recognize, but do we all know why they are there or who put them there?

In this round, we will look into the interesting facts that make those places of interest iconic to gain a better understanding of why tourists flock to them year after year. 

This round has a mixture of difficulties so everyone can join in, with a few true or false questions thrown in to help create healthy debates amongst teams. 

Let’s go!

1: What was the first national monument of the United States?
Devil’s Tower.
2: Can you name all four presidents who are carved into Mount Rushmore?
Theodore Roosevelt, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson.
3: What year was San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public?
4: What is the full name of the Statue of Liberty?
Liberty Enlightening the World.
5: How many windows are there in the white house?
One hundred forty-seven.
6: What is the largest park in New York City?
Pelham Bay Park Bronx.
7: The Liberty Bell was cast in France. True or false?
False. It was cast in London, England.
8: Where is the Lincoln Tomb located?
Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois.
9: What is the tallest building in America?
One World Trade Center, New York.
10: In what year was Route 66 established?
11: New York was once called New Amsterdam, true or false?
True. It was known as New Amsterdam until 1664.
12: What is the name of the village that sits within the Grand Canyon?
Supai Village.

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