African-American History (for Kids)

This quiz will test kids' knowledge of notable people and events in African American history.

Quiz

This quiz will test kids' knowledge of notable people and events in African American history.

1. Which of these famous books stirred up anti-slavery sentiment in the United States before the Civil War?

  • Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
  • Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe

2. Who was the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad?

3. What is an abolitionist?

  • A person who wanted to secede from the North.
  • A person who believed slavery was just and fair.
  • A person who wanted to end slavery.

4. What was the Emancipation Proclamation?

  • A document declaring that the Southern states were seceding from the United States.
  • A document declaring that all states west of the Mississippi would be "free" states as opposed to "slave" states.
  • An executive order by President Lincoln declaring that all slaves were free.

5. Which famous Supreme Court case in 1896 declared that segregation was legal and constitutional, as long as segregated facilities were "separate but equal?"

  • Dred Scott v. Sandford
  • Plessy v. Ferguson
  • Brown v. Board of Education

6. What were Jim Crow laws?

  • These laws instituted segregation in the South, legalizing racially segregated facilities.
  • These laws had to do with fugitive slaves and their return to slaveholders.
  • These laws legalized slavery.

7. Which famous Supreme Court Case led to the desegregation of schools?

  • Dred Scott v. Sandford
  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Bakke v. Regents of California

8. What civil rights leader wrote "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," which argued the case for "civil disobedience"—the moral duty for individuals to disobey unjust laws?

9. What famous event took place during the March on Washington?

  • Martin Luther King gave his most famous speech, "I Have a Dream."
  • The Black Panthers were founded.
  • African Americans were given full voting privileges.

10. Who were the "Little Rock Nine?"

  • A group of non-violent civil rights marchers who were arrested and imprisoned.
  • An early soul group that sang civil rights protest songs.
  • A group of black students who bravely worked to desegregate all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.

Your Results:

1. Which of these famous books stirred up anti-slavery sentiment in the United States before the Civil War?
Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe

2. Who was the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad?
Harriet Tubman

3. What is an abolitionist?
A person who wanted to end slavery.

4. What was the Emancipation Proclamation?
An executive order by President Lincoln declaring that all slaves were free.

5. Which famous Supreme Court case in 1896 declared that segregation was legal and constitutional, as long as segregated facilities were "separate but equal?"
Plessy v. Ferguson

6. What were Jim Crow laws?
These laws instituted segregation in the South, legalizing racially segregated facilities.

7. Which famous Supreme Court Case led to the desegregation of schools?
Brown v. Board of Education

8. What civil rights leader wrote "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," which argued the case for "civil disobedience"—the moral duty for individuals to disobey unjust laws?
Martin Luther King

9. What famous event took place during the March on Washington?
Martin Luther King gave his most famous speech, "I Have a Dream."

10. Who were the "Little Rock Nine?"
A group of black students who bravely worked to desegregate all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.

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