The First Ever StraighterLine College Trivia Contest

Barry Lenson

The First Ever StraighterLine College Trivia Contest

With this post, we begin a series of short quizzes to test your grasp of the trivial knowledge that is taught in high school and college.

Today’s trivia quiz is about . . . American History

The goal here is to have fun, so don’t beat yourself up if you get a few wrong. If you get most of them wrong however, maybe it is time for you to sign up for some online courses that can bolster any weak areas in your knowledge.

So, here we go . . .

1. In 1804, a famous duel with pistols was fought in Weehawken, New Jersey, between:
A. George and Martha Washington
B. The Marquis de Lafayette and Benjamin Franklin
C. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
D. Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Alexander Pushkin
Answer: C. Hamilton lost and died the next day.

2. The structure of the U.S. Constitution is based on:
A. The Declaration of Independence
B. The menu for MacDonald's Value Meals
C. The Magna Carta
D. The Articles of Confederation
Answer: D.

3. During the American Revolution, the Hessians were:
A. Jolly chefs who prepared hearty German meals for Thomas Jefferson’s houseguests in Virginia
B. The heavy metal band of their day, with the big hit, “Helmet Happy Love”
C. The owners of early gas stations, also known for giving away plastic trucks at Christmastime
D. German soldiers who fought alongside the British
Answer: D.

4. The town of Salem, Massachusetts, is best known for:
A. The Salem witchcraft trials of 1692
B. The invention of menthol cigarettes in 1701
C. Paul Revere’s ride in 1775
D. The nation’s first gay pride parade in 1687
Answer: A.

5. The famous words, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” were spoken by:
A. John Fitzgerald Kennedy
B. Martin Luther King
C. Teddy Roosevelt
D. Katy Perry
Answer: A.

6. The Watergate Scandal hit the news when:
A. Richard Nixon appeared at the United Nations wearing the costume of Arizona State's Sparky the Sun Devil mascot
B. Five burglars were arrested for breaking into an office in Washington, DC
C. The Soviets shot down an American spy plane in Russian air space
D. Innocent little pigs were shot while swimming in a bay in Cuba, triggering violent protests from animal rights organizations
Answer: B. On June 17, 1972, five men were found breaking into the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate apartment complex in Washington D.C.

7.  A famous, now-defunct American political party was:
A. The Bull Moose Party
B. The New Democratic Party
C. The Chicken in Every Pot Party.
D. The Oaf Party
Answer: A. The Bull Moose Party, formed in 1912, existed for only a few years and dissolved after Rocky the Flying Squirrel refused to join.

Our next trivia quiz will be about civics. Stay tuned for more fun.

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