Most Americans Can’t Pass This Test. Quiz Yourself On These 25 Questions About The Colonial Period

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Knowing history is like holding a time machine. If you haven’t thought of it this way, the reality is that the knowledge of the past truly hands you a blueprint of senior citizens’ successes and failures.

This means you have a tested roadmap to ace both your present and the future. Are you confident in your history knowledge? Come on, try out these 25 revolutionary questions from the Colonial Period of our beloved America.

Let’s begin the quiz!

  • Question of

    Which English colony was first permanently established in America?

    • New York
    • Roanoke
    • Jamestown
    • Plymouth
  • Question of

    Who were the first settlers of the ‘Mayflower’?

    • Cavaliers
    • Pilgrims
    • Puritans
    • Quakers
  • Question of

    The European country that initially colonized Florida was:

    • Portugal
    • England
    • Spain
    • France
  • Question of

    Who founded the colony of Pennsylvania?

    • George Calvert
    • Roger Williams
    • John Smith
    • William Penn
  • Question of

    The Roanoke “Lost Colony” was founded by:

    • Sir Francis Drake
    • John White
    • Sir Walter Raleigh
    • John Rolfe
  • Question of

    Which European country was the pioneer to develop a trading post in modern-day New York?

    • The Netherlands
    • Spain
    • England
    • France
  • Question of

    What was Virginia’s main cash crop in the early days?

    • Cotton
    • Rice
    • Indigo
    • Tobacco
  • Question of

    High mortality occurred during Plymouth Colony’s first winter (1620–1621) as a result of:

    • Disease
    • Starvation
    • Exposure to harsh winter conditions
    • All of the above
  • Question of

    Which European adventurer founded the Mississippi River?

    • Jacques Cartier
    • Hernando de Soto
    • Samuel de Champlain
    • John Cabot
  • Question of

    The colony in Maryland was established primarily to:

    • Serve as a penal colony
    • Expand cotton plantations
    • Establish a base for fur trading
    • Provide religious freedom for Catholics
  • Question of

    The main reason for establishing the colony at Plymouth in 1620 was for:

    • Seeking gold and riches
    • Military strategic position
    • Expansion of the fur trade
    • Religious freedom for Separatists (Pilgrims)
  • Question of

    Which modern region served as the primary location for the Dutch colony of New Netherland?

    • New York
    • Massachusetts
    • Virginia
    • Pennsylvania
  • Question of

    Where were the first African slaves brought in what would later become the United States, and in which year did this occur?

    • Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620
    • Charleston, South Carolina in 1670
    • New York in 1626
    • Jamestown, Virginia in 1619
  • Question of

    When Peter Minuit made the historic purchase of Manhattan Island, which country he represented?

    • England
    • Spain
    • France
    • The Netherlands
  • Question of

    Georgia was established as a colony mainly for the purpose of building:

    • A religious sanctuary for persecuted sects
    • A penal colony for debtors and prisoners
    • A strategic military barrier against Spanish Florida
    • Both b and c
  • Question of

    What is John Rolfe best known for?

    • Leading the Jamestown colony
    • Introducing tobacco cultivation in Virginia
    • Marrying Pocahontas
    • Both b and c
  • Question of

    The Pilgrims’ signing of the Mayflower Compact in 1620 was historic because it

    • Granted independence from England
    • Established a democratic government
    • Created a trade agreement with Native Americans
    • Formed a military alliance
  • Question of

    In which region the House of Burgesses, America’s first legislative assembly was founded in 1619?

    • Virginia
    • Massachusetts
    • Pennsylvania
    • New York
  • Question of

    Which of the following year marks the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts:

    • 1607
    • 1630
    • 1620
    • 1642
  • Question of

    Jamestown was founded in 1607 by the Virginia Company, which consisted primarily for:

    • A joint-stock company seeking profit
    • A group of families seeking new land
    • A religious group seeking freedom
    • A military expedition
  • Question of

    Which treaty fundamentally reshaped the geographical boundaries of North America and put an end to the Indian and French War?

    • Treaty of Versailles
    • Treaty of Utrecht
    • Treaty of Ghent
    • Treaty of Paris (1763)
  • Question of

    Who played an inspiring role among Native American women in helping the Jamestown settlers survive?

    • Pocahontas
    • Sacagawea
    • Malinche
    • Sarah Winnemucca
  • Question of

    The factors that made the first winter in the Jamestown colony so deadly during 1607–1608 were:

    • A hurricane
    • A large-scale Native American attack
    • An outbreak of smallpox
    • Severe cold and famine
  • Question of

    During the Pequot War of 1636–1638, the Pequot tribe battled mainly against:

    • English settlers in Massachusetts
    • Dutch settlers in New York
    • French settlers in Canada
    • English settlers in Connecticut
  • Question of

    Which illness was a leading cause of mortality for early colonists in New England?

    • Dysentery
    • Scurvy
    • Smallpox
    • Malaria

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