United States Trivia

The land of the free and the home of the brave. It’s time for a trivia challenge to check your knowledge of American History, American State names, U S president trivia and more! Try out this United States trivia challenge. How much do you know about the history of the American flag? Or which American president was or were assassinated and how? We’re going to find out.

United States Trivia

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  • Which U S president said the quote “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”? John F Kennedy
  • What’s the longest River in the United States? Missouri River
  • What years were the American Civil War? 1861 – 1865
  • What’s the United States national anthem? The Star-Spangled Banner
  • What’s the tallest mountain in the US? Denali in Alaska

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How many ounces are in a US gallon?▶ 128
What was the first department store to open in the United States?▶ Macy’s
In the United States, what holiday is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November?▶ Thanksgiving
What is the only U.S. state without a rectangular flag?▶ Ohio
What U.S. agency’s motto is “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity”?▶ The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The United States Supreme Court consists of how many judges?▶ Nine
Which New York City nightclub was originally built in 1927 as the Gallo Opera House?▶ Studio 54
According to the U.S. flag code, what is the preferred method for disposing of a worn or faded U.S. flag?▶ Burning
The Connecticut Leather Company, founded in 1932 by Maurice Greenberg, is better know by what name?▶ Coleco
In which state was the first oil well drilled in the United States?▶ Pennsylvania
What was the name of the teacher who died in the tragic Space Shuttle Challenger disaster?▶ Christa McAuliffe
What 3 countries do not use the metric system?▶ Liberia, Myanmar and The United States
Who invented the cotton gin in 1793, allowing for much greater cotton production?▶ Eli Whitney
How many stripes are on the flag of the United States?▶ 13
The island of Saipan is a commonwealth of which country?▶ The United States
What is the US Navy’s equivalent to the US Army’s Basic Training?▶ Boot Camp
What year was the two dollar bill last printed in the United States?▶ 2014
Which US city also goes by the nickname the Big Apple?▶ New York City
What building is found on the back of a United States 100 dollar bill?▶ Independence Hall
In what year was the United States Pledge of Allegiance written?▶ 1892
Which US state has the nickname the Treasure State?▶ Montana
What date is Cinco de Mayo celebrated in the United States?▶ May 5th
Which US city has been hit by the most tornadoes?▶ Oklahoma City
What was the first capital city of the United States?▶ Philadelphia
On September 24, 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt established the first US national monument. What was it?▶ Devils Tower in Wyoming
Who is next in line to succeed the President, after the Vice President?▶ The Speaker of the House
The highest temperature ever recorded in the United States occurred in which State?▶ California (Greenland Ranch, 134°F on July 10, 1913)
Who is remembered for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence?▶ John Hancock
What US state has the longest official name?▶ State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
What was the first feature film originally presented with sound?▶ The Jazz Singer, released in 1927.
In which US city was Walt Disney born?▶ Chicago, Illonois
In the US, a pint of milk is equal to how many cups of milk?▶ Two
What was the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony signed aboard ship on November 11, 1620?▶ The Mayflower Compact
What capital city lies on the Potomac River?▶ Washington D.C.
Which famous American musician was fatally shot by his father on April 1, 1984?▶ Marvin Gaye
What animal is the symbol of the United States democratic party?▶ Donkey
When adjusted for inflation, which is the highest grossing film of all time?▶ Gone with the Wind
The Lone Star State is the nickname for which U.S. State?▶ Texas
Who was the first billionaire in the United States?▶ John D. Rockefeller
What island does the Statue of Liberty stand on?▶ Liberty Island
Which U.S. president signed Father’s Day into law?▶ Lyndon B. Johnson
The United States is made up of how many states?▶ Fifty
In which U.S. state would you find Mount Rushmore?▶ South Dakota
What did the famous Hollywood sign, located in Los Angeles, originally say?▶ Hollywoodland
How many feet are in a mile?▶ 5280
Who was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence?▶ Benjamin Franklin
Gumbo is a stew that originated in which state?▶ Louisiana
Which state of the United States is the smallest?▶ Rhode Island
What is the oldest city in the United States?▶ Saint Augustine, Florida
How many states are needed to ratify an amendment for it to become part of the constitution?▶ Three-fourths of the states (38 of 50)
Malcolm Little was a civil rights activist better known by what name?▶ Malcolm X
In which US state would you find Stone Mountain Park?▶ Georgia
Which US president was known as “The Great Communicator”?▶ Ronald Regan
How many US Supreme Court justices are there?▶ 9
Who was the first US President to declare war?▶ James Madison
Who was the first Roman Catholic to be Vice President of the United States of America?▶ Joe Biden
In what year was the Declaration of Independence created?▶ 1776
Frankenmuth, a U.S. city nicknamed “Little Bavaria”, is located in what state?▶ Michigan
Lake Tahoe straddles the border between which two U.S. states?▶ California & Nevada
In which city did Rosa Parks famously refuse to give up her seat on the bus?▶ Montgomery Alabama
How many U.S. presidents were only children?▶ Four
How many US states border the Pacific Ocean?▶ Five states: California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii
What does the “B” stand for in Lyndon B. Johnson?▶ Baines
Which Patriot leader organized the Boston Tea Party in 1773?▶ Samuel Adams
The final link of the first transcontinental railroad across the United States was completed in which state?▶ Utah
Long Island is a part of which US state?▶ New York
Which city in the United States is known as the “Windy City”?▶ Chicago
In the United States, where can alligators and crocodiles be found together in the wild?▶ South Florida
What was the name of the U.S. research and development project to create nuclear weapons in WWII?▶ Manhattan Project
Who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States?▶ Francis Bellamy
Which of the great lakes does not share a border with Canada?▶ Lake Michigan
What does the Statue of Liberty hold in her right hand?▶ A torch
What was the name of the U.S. mail service, started in 1860, that used horses and riders?▶ Pony Express
Who is the oldest person to be elected to the office of President of the United States?▶ Donald Trump
The Grand Canyon is located in which U.S. state?▶ Arizona
What U.S. national park, located in the Northwest corner of Montana, has the nickname “Crown of the Continent”?▶ Glacier National Park
Formerly known as Bedloe’s Island, what is the current name of the island where the Statue of Liberty is located?▶ Liberty Island
What do the letters “ZIP” stand for in the United States postal code?▶ Zone Improvement Plan
In 1867 the United States purchased Alaska from what country?▶ Russia
The United States Constitution replaced what other document on March 4, 1789?▶ The Articles of Confederation
Which major American airline is named after a Greek letter?▶ Delta
Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. president born in a what?▶ Hospital
The Hoover Dam in the United States is built on what river?▶ The Colorado River
Sequoia National Park is located in which U.S. state?▶ California
Who developed and patented the electrical telegraph in the United States in 1837?▶ Samuel Morse
Who was the vice president that served under President Barack Obama?▶ Joe Biden
Atlantic City is a popular entertainment destination located in what U.S. state?▶ New Jersey
American mobster Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for what crime?▶ Tax Evasion
What U.S. state has the nickname “Land of 10,000 Lakes”?▶ Minnesota
Jackson Pollock was an influential abstract expressionist painter from what country?▶ The United States
Who won the nomination of the Democratic Party to run for president in 2016?▶ Hillary Clinton
What is the three letter airport code for the Los Angeles International Airport?▶ LAX
General Motors was founded in which city?▶ Flint, MI
The Heisman Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in which college sport?▶ Football
What famous building would you find located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?▶ The White House
Who is credited with the assassination of American outlaw Jesse James?▶ Robert Ford
The Gettysburg address was a speech given by which U.S. president?▶ President Abraham Lincoln
How many red stripes are there on the United States flag?▶ Seven
Who was president of the United States when bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?▶ Harry S. Truman
The Bill of Rights contains how many of the first amendments to the United States Constitution?▶ Ten
Which US state has the highest number of colleges and universities?▶ California
The southernmost part of the US is located in which state?▶ Hawaii
What future U.S. president was stranded on a desert island as a 26-year-old navy lieutenant in 1943?▶ John F. Kennedy
In the U.S. military, what does the acronym NCO stand for?▶ Non-commissioned officer
What group of lakes located in upstate New York are named after a part of the human anatomy?▶ The finger lakes
In which national park would you find the geyser known as “Old Faithful”?▶ Yellowstone National Park
Which event did US President Franklin D. Roosevelt call, “A day that will live in infamy”?▶ The Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
Olympia is the capital city of which U.S. state?▶ Washington
A poke bowl is a diced raw fish dish that originated in which U.S. state?▶ Hawaii
Wrangell-St. Elias, the largest national park in the U.S., is located in which state?▶ Alaska
Who became both a vice president and president of the United States without ever being elected to either office?▶ Gerald Ford
What inland U.S. state has the longest shoreline?▶ Michigan
American Gothic, a 1930 portrait depicting a farmer and his daughter posing in front of their house, was painted by which artist?▶ Grant Wood
Who appeared on the cover of the first issue issue of People Magazine on March 4, 1974?▶ Mia Farrow
Published in 1906, White Fang is a novel about a wolf-dog written by which American author?▶ Jack London
Which city served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790?▶ New York
Pago Pago is the capitol of what U.S. territory?▶ American Samoa
What is the name of the former immigration inspection station located in New York Harbor?▶ Ellis Island
In 2009, which company announced a deal to acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4.24 billion?▶ The Walt Disney Company
In which U.S. National park is the rock formation known as Glacier Point Apron located?▶ Yosemite National Park
The Barbie doll was launched in 1959 by which American toy company?▶ Mattel, Inc.
What Canadian province separates Alaska from the continental United States?▶ British Columbia
From which major U.S. city can a person drive south into Canada?▶ Detroit
Bordering two different oceans, which U.S. state has the longest coastline?▶ Alaska
What private research university was founded in New Haven, Connecticut in 1701?▶ Yale University
The Cannonball Run is an unofficial coast to coast automobile race that starts in which U.S. city?▶ New York City
Who was the only bachelor to serve as president of the United States?▶ James Buchanan
Which U.S state located on the eastern seaboard partially falls in the Central Time Zone?▶ Florida
Located in Lake Huron, Mackinac Island is part of which U.S. state?▶ Michigan
In 1797, who became the second president of the United States of America?▶ John Adams
Who served as the first and third president of the Republic of Texas?▶ Sam Houston
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is headquartered in which U.S. city?▶ Atlanta, Georgia
Born into a family of Dutch Americans, who was the only US President to speak English as a second language?▶ Martin Van Buren
Which outspoken former Scientologist was the female lead in the hit sitcom King of Queens?▶ Leah Remini
Which American architect designed the Guggenheim Museum in New York?▶ Frank Lloyd Wright
The United States state of Georgia is famous for what fruit?▶ The Peach
Who was the second president of the United States?▶ John Adams
What popular beverage once contained cocaine?▶ Coca-Cola
In what year was the US Constitution written?▶ 1787
What is the name of the first pizzeria to open in the United States?▶ Lombardi’s Pizza
Who was the first Spaniard to set foot in what is now the US state of Florida?▶ Ponce de Leon
How much money is a US Olympic gold medalist awarded?▶ $25,000
How old must a person be to run for President of the United States?▶ 35
A young women in the 1920s that behaved and dressed boldly was referred to as what?▶ A Flapper
New York City was originally known by which Dutch name?▶ Nieuw Amsterdam (New Amsterdam)
What US city was the first to host the Olympic Games?▶ St. Louis, Missouri in 1904.
Who was the first person selected as Time Magazine’s Man of the Year?▶ Charles Lindbergh in 1927.
Who gave the state of Florida it’s name?▶ Juan Ponce de Leon
Who was awarded the first United States patent for the telephone?▶ Alexander Graham Bell
In What state was President Barack Obama born?▶ Hawaii
The US military installation Area 51 is located in which state?▶ Nevada
What was the name of Robert E. Lee’s most famous horse?▶ Traveller
Who was the first First Lady to be elected to public office?▶ Hillary Rodham Clinton
Who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln?▶ John Wilkes Booth
Who was the mayor of New York City during the September 11 attacks in 2001?▶ Rudy Giuliani
What is the tallest building in New York?▶ One World Trade Center
Barack Obama was first elected president of the United States in what year?▶ 2008
What are the five boroughs of New York City?▶ Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island
Who was vice president of the United States when Lincoln was assassinated?▶ Andrew Johnson in 1868
Which American inventor is generally given credit for the invention of the lightning rod?▶ Benjamin Franklin
The Mexican city of Tijuana borders what U.S city?▶ San Diego
Which four U.S. states are on the United States-Mexico border?▶ California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas
Which U.S. president made the first presidential radio broadcast?▶ Calvin Coolidge
America’s Next Top Model is an American reality television show created by which former model?▶ Tyra Banks
Who was the first U.S. president that was born a citizen of the United States?▶ Martin Van Buren
Established in the 1920s, what historic double-digit highway connected Chicago and Los Angeles?▶ Route 66
How many teams are in the American National Football league?▶ 32 Teams
Which U.S. state has the motto “Live Free or Die” on their license plate?▶ New Hampshire
Which U.S. president issued the Emancipation Proclamation?▶ President Abraham Lincoln
In 2003, which U.S. state was officially declared the birthplace of aviation?▶ Ohio (Dayton, Ohio was the home of Wilbur and Orville Wright)
What U.S. State was the last to lift a ban on interracial marriage, not changing the law until 2000?▶ Alabama
In 1863, which U.S. President declared that the last Thursday in November should be celebrated as Thanksgiving?▶ Abraham Lincoln
What famous Christmas legend did a Montgomery Ward advertising man create as part of his job?▶ Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Adman Robert May first wrote of the now famous reindeer in a pamphlet distributed to children by store Santas in 1939.
Who was first U.S. president to be impeached?▶ Andrew Johnson in 1868
Who was the first man to appear on the cover of Playboy Magazine?▶ Peter Sellers, April 1964 issue
Which water sport is the official state individual sport of Hawaii?▶ Surfing
CBGB, the former infamous New York music club, stands for what?▶ Country, Blue Grass and Blues
Where was Richard Nixon when he delivered his infamous “I am not a crook” speech?▶ Disney World in Orlando, Florida (The Contemporary Resort)
Awarded posthumously in 2001, who is the only U.S. President to have received the Medal of Honor?▶ Theodore Roosevelt
What American minister and author wrote the self-help book The Power of Positive Thinking?▶ Norman Vincent Peale
Soldier Field is an American football stadium that is home to which NFL team?▶ Chicago Bears
Debuting in September 1966, what Chevrolet pony car was designed to be a competing model to the Ford Mustang?▶ Chevrolet Camaro
“Oro y Plata” (Spanish for gold and silver) is the motto of which U.S. state?▶ Montana
What Los Angeles landmark was named after a World War II general and inspired a Donna Summer disco hit?▶ MacArthur Park
The Hershey Company, commonly known as Hershey, was founded in which U.S. state?▶ Pennsylvania
What is the call sign of any United States Marine Corps aircraft carrying the president of the United States?▶ Marine One
The second atomic bomb ever used in war-time was dropped on what city?▶ Nagasaki
Who was the first president of the United States to live in the White House?▶ President John Adams
How many Super Bowl Rings did Troy Aikman win?▶ Three with the Dallas Cowboys.
Which President is on the United States 1,000 dollar bill?▶ Grover Cleveland
At the time of his assassination, what play was Abraham Lincoln watching?▶ Our American Cousin

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