As our nation’s birthday approaches, it begs the question: How well do you know US history trivia? Here are 15 questions to test your knowledge of America. Get 12 or more correct and you’ll know you’re a model citizen!
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?A. George Washington
B. Alexander Hamilton
C. Thomas Jefferson
D. James Madison
Of the 31 women who have ever been elected to the U.S. Senate, how many currently serve in the 114th Congress (2015-2016)?A. 0
If both the president and vice president are incapacitated, who serves as president?A. House Majority Leader
B. Speaker of the House
C. Secretary of State
D. Secretary of Defense
What stops one branch of the U.S. government from becoming too powerful?A. Executive Orders
B. The CIA
C. A system of checks and balances
D. The media
- Which of the following is NOT a Native American tribe in the United States?
- What is the press also known as?
A. The New York Times
B. The voice of the government
C. The Fourth Estate
- What do the stripes on the American flag represent?
A. The number of United States territories
B. The number of signatures on the Declaration of Independence
C. The original 10 colonies
D. The original 13 colonies
- How many total amendments does the Constitution have?
- What percentage of the U.S. population are immigrants (not born in the country)?
- How old is the average American?
- How many voting members are in the U.S. House of Representatives?
- Who of the following is not a Supreme Court justice?
A. Ruth Bader Ginsberg
B. John Forbes Kerry
C. Sonia Sotomayor
D Stephen G. Breyer
- When was the Constitution drafted?
- What is the largest state in the Union?
- How many people live in the United States of America?
A. ~150 million
B. ~200 million
C. ~300 million
D. ~350 million
That’s it! How do you think you did? Did you earn your stars and stripes? Check below to see how model a citizen you truly are.
And whether you’re grilling, picnicking, camping, or just relaxing this 4th of July, we wish you a joyous one.
Happy Independence Day, America!
- D. The first 10 amendments are also known as the Bill of Rights. Other amendments of note are the 13th amendment, which abolishes slavery; the 18th, which prohibited the creation and sale of alcohol within the country (it was repealed in 1933); the 19th, which prohibits denying citizens the right to vote based on sex (gave women the vote); and the 26th, which was passed in 1971 and brought the voting age down to 18.
- C. The drafting began May 25, 1787 at the Pennsylvania State House, which later became known as Independence Hall. However, the Constitution wasn’t fully ratified until May of 1790.