Sample Test 1



Choose the correct answer.

  1. The U.S. fought agaUSCISt Communist forces in which war?
    The Civil War
    the Vietnam War
    the American Revolution
    World War II



  2. Which country bombed Pearl Harbor, causing the U.S. to enter World War II?
    Russia
    Canada
    Germany
    Japan



  3. Who was Abraham Lincoln?
    the president during the Civil War
    the president during World War II
    the first president of the United States
    the president during the American Revolution



  4. Which of the following people was an important civil rights leader in the 1960's?
    Thomas Jefferson
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    George Washington
    Abraham Lincoln



  5. Who came to America for religious freedom?
    the Spanish explorers
    the Native Americans
    the slaves
    the Pilgrims



  6. If the president should die, who would become the new president?
    the mayor of Washington, D.C.
    the chief justice of the Supreme Court
    the vice president
    the Speaker of the House of Representatives



  7. The president, the vice president, and the Cabinet make up which branch of the government?
    the executive branch
    the judicial branch
    the legislative branch
    the military branch



  8. What is the chief executive of a state called?
    the president
    the mayor
    the governor
    the senator



  9. How old must a person be to run for president of the United States?
    18 years old
    35 years old
    25 years old
    50 years old



  10. Who meets in the Capitol in Washington, D.C.?
    the Supreme Court
    the president and his cabinet
    Congress
    the council of governors


  11. Which of the following requires government permission?
    having a meeting
    driving a car
    writing your ideas in a newspaper
    giving a speech



  12. How are senators and representatives selected?
    by the president
    by the Supreme Court
    by the current Congress
    by the people who vote in elections



  13. Where do the justices serve?
    in the Supreme Court
    in the Senate
    in the House
    in the White House



  14. What war was fought in the U.S. in the 1860's?
    the Revolutionary War
    the Civil War
    World War II
    the Korean War



  15. When did Christopher Columbus voyage to America?
    in 1949
    in 1860
    in 1776
    in 1492



  16. What was the name of the army of the South during the Civil War?
    the Republican Army
    the Union Army
    the Confederate Army
    the Red Coats



  17. What country did the American colonists fight agaUSCISt in the Revolutionary War?
    England
    Vietnam
    Germany
    Spain



  18. What group of settlers came to America on a ship called the Mayflower?
    the slaves
    the Native Americans
    the Pilgrims
    the Confederate Army



  19. Who is commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces?
    the secretary of state
    the president
    the chief justice of the supreme court
    the top general of the army



  20. Who was the leader of the Colonial Army during the American Revolution?
    Thomas Jefferson
    Ben Franklin
    George Washington
    King George



















copyright Janet F. Dixon, 1997