Take This High School History Quiz to Find Out What You Remember From Your Teenage Years!

You were required to take one or more history subjects at some point in high school. You were presented with so many data and dates that it's likely that you only recall a small portion of them. Take this high school history quiz to find out what you do recall!

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The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “The King and I” was based on the life of which Asian king?

King Norodom of Cambodia

King Tsangpa of Tibet

King Zhao of Vietnam

King Mongkut of Siam

King Mongkut of Siam
The King and I is based on the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, who served as the children’s governess for King Mongkut.

David Livingstone was a missionary from Scotland. But which of his expeditions to a continent is more known?





What started out as missionary work for David Livingstone in Africa turned out to be a period of exploration, mapping and navigation of the continent.

When the Japanese refused to submit, President Truman deployed the newly created atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to finish the Pacific War. What was the name of the aircraft that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima?

Lady Southern Cross

Spirit of St. Louis

Double Eagle II

Enola Gay

Enola Gay
On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima after flying it over Japan.

Who is this political activist, academic, and former member of the Black Panther Party?

Assata Shakur

bell hooks

Angela Davis

Gloria Steinem

Angela Davis
For charges related to a violent prison outbreak, Angela Davis was sentenced to 18 months in prison before being found not guilty. She is still involved in politics today and is in demand as a speaker.

The first war broke out Down South. Where exactly did it all start?

First Battle of Bull Run

Fort Sumter



Fort Sumter
War was sparked by the Battle of Fort Sumter. The deadliest conflict in American history began when Union soldiers were thrown by Confederates in South Carolina in April 1861.

For 21 years, Cleopatra was the ruler of Egypt. Which animal’s bite is thought to have caused her to die?





On August 12, 30 B.C., Cleopatra used an asp to aid in her suicide.

Who is the famous person in the image?

Albert Einstein

Sigmund Freud

Thomas Edison

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Albert Einstein
The theory of relativity was created by renowned theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. In 1999, “Time Magazine” named Albert Einstein the Person of the Century in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of physics and science in general.

Who is the American historical figure depicted?

Benjamin Franklin

Alexander Hamilton

Robert E. Lee

John Adams

Benjamin Franklin
Through his brilliant intellect and sound foreign policy, Benjamin Franklin contributed to the founding of the United States of America. Franklin served as France’s minister and was instrumental in winning the American Revolution by persuading France to support the states. He also created the lightning rod and bifocals.

Both a massacre and a tea party in the escalating insurrection took place here. Which city is that?



Salt Lake City

New York City

What is now known as the Boston Massacre occurred in 1770 when the Redcoats opened fire on a colonial mob, killing five people. Bostonians exacted revenge on the British after the Tea Act by sneaking onto their ships and tossing 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor. That is one method of holding a Tea Party.

Who is the person in this historical image?

Christopher Marlowe

Thomas Middleton


William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare, also referred to as the “Bard of Avon,” is one of history’s greatest playwrights. Nearly every English-speaking author who has come after Shakespeare has been influenced by his works, including “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet,” and “Macbeth.”

Though the assembly line wasn’t created by Henry Ford, he did pioneer its application in the creation of which mode of transportation?





On December 1, 1913, the first assembly line for mass-producing automobiles was set up.

The Civil War claimed the lives of 2% of all Americans. What was the deadliest battle of the war?

Seven Days Battle

Battle of Gettysburg

Battle of Shiloh

Overland Campaign

Battle of Gettysburg
Gettysburg was by far the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, with 51,000 casualties. Spotsylvania and Chickamauga both saw high death tolls, at 34,624 and 30,000, respectively.

Who is this historical figure seen in this image?

Ulysses S. Grant

Albert Einstein

Thomas Edison

Robert E. Lee

Ulysses S. Grant
The Union army was commanded by Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, during the American Civil War. He was honored as a great general and placed on the $50 bill as a result of his efforts. The “S.” in his name doesn’t mean anything; he was actually born with the first name Hiram.

Which of the following statements regarding the controversial Tuskegee Experiment, a 40-year, covert investigation of 400 black men for syphilis by the U.S. Service for Public Health?

At the study’s end, 128 men had died from syphilis.

The subjects were never treated, even after a cure existed.

The subjects were told they were being treated for “bad blood.”

All of the above.

All of the above.
One of the worst atrocities of 20th century America, the Tuskegee Experiment followed 400 African-American men with syphilis from 1932 to 1972 in order to study the full course of the disease. Just 13 years into the study, penicillin became a treatment; the researchers withheld it from the men and went to great lengths to prevent them from obtaining it elsewhere. In 1972, the experiment was finally made public by a whistleblower. Significant legal changes to protect human research subjects were made as a result of public outrage.

Which rock artist led the first raid to free slaves during the American Civil War?

Jesse Freeman

Harriet Tubman

Sojourner Truth

John Goodman

Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman, a Civil War hero, went above and beyond the call of duty by leading a raid that resulted in the release of ten times as many slaves as she had freed over the course of a decade on the Underground Railroad. In a sneak attack by 300 black Union soldiers led by Tubman and Union Colonel James Montgomery, more than 720 slaves were freed. Simply, wow.

Who is this known person in this image?

Vladimir Putin

Joseph Stalin

George W. Bush

Fidel Castro

Joseph Stalin
From 1922 to 1953, Joseph Stalin served as the Communist Party’s general secretary and served as its leader. He began his “Great Purge” of political rivals during this time, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 1 million people. The two famines that the USSR experienced in the 20th century, which resulted in an additional 9 million deaths, were also caused in part by his policies.

Lincoln’s life was the target of several assassination attempts. What part of his garment had a hole through it after an attempted murder in 1863?

Through his sleeve

Through his hat

Through his boots

Through his handkerchief

Through his hat
Although most people are aware that President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 at Ford’s Theatre, you might not know that this wasn’t the first time his life had been threatened. A gunshot had knocked his top hat off as he rode a horse to the Soldiers’ Home from the White House two years prior to his death, and it’s possible that this saved his life. There was a bullet hole in the stovepipe of his hat when it was retrieved.

“All’s well that ends well.” What is considered the war’s last significant battle?

Battle of Stalingrad

Battle of Yorktown

Battle of Cowpens

Battle of Princeton

Battle of Yorktown
The Colonial Army defeated British General Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown, which would end up being the war’s last significant engagement, with the support of the French. When Lord North, the prime minister, heard that Cornwallis had submitted, he exclaimed, “Oh God, it is all over,” and he was accurate.

This former slave rose to prominence as an abolitionist in the 19th century.

Nat Turner

Ulysses S. Grant

Frederick Douglass

Dred Scott

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was renowned for his incisive and moving speeches, as evidenced by this quote from one from 1852: “What to the American slave is your Fourth of July? I answer, a day that reveals to him more than all other days of the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim…”

To establish the Japanese Co-Prosperity Sphere, the Japanese attacked several nations in east Asia. Which of these was not invaded during World War II?





Despite being attacked and participating in the Pacific War, Australia was never invaded.

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