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Social Studies Quiz Copyright © 2010 by Gamehinge Why did the Pilgrims come to America? They wanted religious freedom.
What ship did the Pilgrims sail to America in 1620? The Mayflower
Who helped the Pilgrims? American Indians
What holiday did Americans celebrate for the first time? Thanksgiving
Why does the U.S. celebrate July Fourth? The U.S. declared independence from Britain on July 4, 1776.
Who fought in the Revolutionary War? The U.S. and the British
When was the first battle in the Revolutionary war? 1775
What is America’s national anthem? The Star-Spangled Banner
How many stripes on the U.S. flag? 13
What do the stripes stand for? The first 13 colonies
Who was the first U.S. president? George Washington
For how many years is a president elected? Four
What is America’s supreme law? The U.S. Constitution
Name one freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Freedom of speech Freedom of religion Freedom of assembly Freedom of press
How many branches are in the U.S. government? Three
What are the three branches? Executive Judicial Legislative
Who’s in charge of the executive branch? The president
In what building does the president live? White House
What is the legislative branch called? Congress
What are the two parts of Congress? Senate House of Representatives
What does Congress do? Makes laws
What’s the judicial branch called? Supreme Court
Which branch of government has the power to declare war? Congress
Why were Africans kidnapped from their country and brought to America? To work as slaves on cotton and tobacco plantations
Who used the Underground Railroad to help 300 slaves escape from the South to freedom in the North during slavery? Harriet Tubman
When was the Civil War? 1861-1865
Who fought in the Civil War? The North and the South
Who freed the slaves in the South during the Civil War? Abraham Lincoln
Who won the Civil War? The North
On what country did the U.S. drop the atomic bomb to end World War II in 1945? Japan
In 1947, who became the first black major league baseball player? Jackie Robinson
In 1955, what black woman went to jail for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Alabama during segregation? Rosa Parks
Who led the Civil Rights Movement? Martin Luther King, Jr.
What black leader got rid of his “slave name” by changing his last name to X? Malcolm X
How many stars are on the U.S. flag? 50
What do the stars represent? The 50 states
What became the 50th U.S. state in 1959? Hawaii
How many senators in the U.S. Congress? 100
How many justices on the U.S. Supreme Court? 9
In 1967, who became the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court? Thurgood Marshall
What are America’s two main political parties? Democrats and Republicans
Who are responsible for asking politicians questions about what they do? Journalists News media
How old does a U.S. citizen have to be in order to vote? 18
In what month do Americans vote for president? November
Where is the U.S. Capital? Washington, D.C.
Who is the U.S. president? Barack Obama
What is Obama’s political party? Democratic
What is Georgia’s capital? Atlanta
Who is Georgia’s governor? Nathan Deal
Who is the mayor of Athens? Nancy Denson
That’s all for now!
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