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Quiz: More African American History

Kids and adults can test their knowledge of African American history with this Black History Month quiz.

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Kids and adults can test their knowledge of African American history with this Black History Month quiz.

1. When did the foreign slave trade end in the United States?

  • The foreign slave trade was abolished in 1808.
  • The foreign slave trade ended with the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.
  • The Missouri Compromise of 1820 abolished the foreign slave trade.

2. What did the Dred Scott case decide?

  • Slavery was illegal in states admitted to the Union after 1820.
  • Slaves were not citizens and Congress did not have the right to ban slavery on the state level.
  • A slave who escaped to a free state could no longer be returned to slavery.

3. What was the significance of June 19, 1865, known as Juneteenth?

  • The Freedmen's Bureau was established.
  • The remaining slaves in the United States learned that the Civil War had been won by the North and that they were now free.
  • The Fifteenth Amendment was passed, giving African-American men the right to vote.

4. During Reconstruction, who became the first African-American senator, ironically completing the term vacated ten years earlier by Jefferson Davis, who left the Senate to become the president of the Confederacy?

  • Frederick Douglass
  • Hiram Revels
  • P.B.S. Pinchback

5. Around the turn of the last century a debate raged between two major black leaders, one calling for blacks to strive for economic betterment that would eventually win them wider acceptance in white society, and the other calling for immediate social and political equality. Who were the two framers of this debate?

  • George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington
  • W.E.B DuBois and Carter Woodson
  • W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington

6. Which of the following was NOT a black nationalist movement?

  • A. Philip Randolph's Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
  • Malcolm X's Nation of Islam
  • Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association

7. Rosa Parks's heroic refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a Birmingham bus is an iconic moment in the civil rights movement. But what were the actual circumstances of her refusal?

  • Parks, sitting in the "colored section" of the bus, was expected to give up her seat to a white man because all the "whites only" seats in the front of the bus were filled.
  • Parks, having just finished a long day of work, told the bus driver she was simply too tired to get up and move to the back of the bus.
  • Parks, sitting in the "whites only" section of the bus, refused to move to the back of the bus.

8. Which of the following civil rights murder trials ended with the all-white jury reaching their verdict to acquit to the two white suspects in just over an hour? With double-jeopardy protecting them from being retried, the two later boasted about the murders in a Look magazine interview, for which they were paid $4,000.

9. When were the last Jim Crow laws, which institutionalized segregation in the south, abolished?

  • 1954: The Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, ended Jim Crow.
  • 1963: The March on Washington led to the overturning of the last Jim Crow law
  • 1968: The passage of the Fair Housing Act.

10. What did the 1978 Bakke decision issued by the Supreme Court determine about affirmative action?

  • Race cannot be a factor in school admissions because it can cause "reverse discrimination."
  • While race is a legitimate factor in school admissions, the use of inflexible quotas is not.
  • Preferential treatment in school admmissions based solely on race is constitutional.

1. When did the foreign slave trade end in the United States?
The foreign slave trade was abolished in 1808.

2. What did the Dred Scott case decide?
Slaves were not citizens and Congress did not have the right to ban slavery on the state level.

3. What was the significance of June 19, 1865, known as Juneteenth?
The remaining slaves in the United States learned that the Civil War had been won by the North and that they were now free.

4. During Reconstruction, who became the first African-American senator, ironically completing the term vacated ten years earlier by Jefferson Davis, who left the Senate to become the president of the Confederacy?
Hiram Revels

5. Around the turn of the last century a debate raged between two major black leaders, one calling for blacks to strive for economic betterment that would eventually win them wider acceptance in white society, and the other calling for immediate social and political equality. Who were the two framers of this debate?
W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington

6. Which of the following was NOT a black nationalist movement?
A. Philip Randolph's Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

7. Rosa Parks's heroic refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a Birmingham bus is an iconic moment in the civil rights movement. But what were the actual circumstances of her refusal?
Parks, sitting in the "colored section" of the bus, was expected to give up her seat to a white man because all the "whites only" seats in the front of the bus were filled.

8. Which of the following civil rights murder trials ended with the all-white jury reaching their verdict to acquit to the two white suspects in just over an hour? With double-jeopardy protecting them from being retried, the two later boasted about the murders in a Look magazine interview, for which they were paid $4,000.
The 1955 murder of Emmett Till

9. When were the last Jim Crow laws, which institutionalized segregation in the south, abolished?
1968: The passage of the Fair Housing Act.

10. What did the 1978 Bakke decision issued by the Supreme Court determine about affirmative action?
While race is a legitimate factor in school admissions, the use of inflexible quotas is not.

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