American history: a quiz

How good is your knowledge of American history? Here’s your chance to find out!

The United States has – for good or ill – probably had more influence on the rest of the world than any other country, so it pays to know something about how it got to be the way it is. Despite the fact that it has been around for a relatively short time – and therefore has a limited history – it has produced a wealth of interesting characters who have said and done some remarkable things.

Some of the alternative answers suggested here should point you to the correct ones without too much difficulty!

  • Question of

    Prohibition of alcohol began in 1919. When did it end?

    • 1923
    • 1929
    • 1933
    • 1939
  • Question of

    Who sailed into San Francisco Bay in 1579 and claimed it for Queen Elizabeth I?

    • James Cook
    • Francis Drake
    • Walter Raleigh
    • Christopher Columbus
  • Question of

    Which platform did the Chatanooga Choo Choo leave from?

    • Track 9
    • Track 19
    • Track 29
    • Track 39
  • Question of

    Who was John F Kennedy’s vice-president?

    • Barry Goldwater
    • Dan Quayle
    • Gerald Ford
    • Lyndon Johnson
  • Question of

    Where is Arlington National Cemetery?

    • New York
    • Boston
    • Washington DC
    • Chicago
  • Question of

    What was JFK Airport known as before 1963?

    • LaGuardia Airport
    • Idlewild Airport
    • Queens Airport
    • Long Island Airport
  • Question of

    Which was the biggest city in America before 1775?

    • Philadelphia
    • Jamestown
    • Savannah
    • Boston
  • Question of

    When did the Stars and Stripes become the official flag of the United States?

    • 1777
    • 1787
    • 1797
    • 1807
  • Question of

    Where did Christopher Columbus first make landfall in the Americas?

    • Cuba
    • Florida
    • Puerto Rico
    • The Bahamas
  • Question of

    Which president dedicated the Statue of Liberty in 1886?

    • Chester Arthur
    • Grover Cleveland
    • James Garfield
    • Benjamin Harrison


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