Just How Much Do You Know About Our Great Nation?
Recent surveys reveal that more Americans can name at least two members of the Simpsons’ cartoon family than can name the first four American presidents in order. Richard Lederer and Caroline McCullagh have written the American Trivia Quiz Book to make your knowledge of our nation’s history at least match the nation’s knowledge of The Simpsons.
The American Trivia Quiz Book brims with fascinating facts about the people, places, and events that make our nation great, with a series of fun and informative quizzes on subjects ranging from Columbus to baseball. There are questions about presidents and first ladies, explorers and inventors, heroes and poets. Impress (and stump) your friends with your knowledge of all things American. In the process, you’ll find our national gifts of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to be even more precious.
Richard Lederer, Ph.D., is the author of more than 40 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and Presidential Trivia and American Trivia. He has been profiled in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, People, and the National Inquirer, and is founding cohost of A Way with Words on public radio. Dr. Lederer’s syndicated column, “Lederer on Language,” appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He has been elected International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner.
Caroline McCullagh, coauthor of American Trivia, earned a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. Her diverse writing projects include four novels, a cookbook, a student opera (under the auspices of San Diego Opera), and nine years of monthly garden book reviews for the San Diego Horticultural Society. She also teaches creative writing to seniors two days a week.
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Read an Excerpt
Only 7 percent can name the first four presidents of the United States in order (Washington, Adams, Jefferson,
and Madison), and only 21 percent know that the faces of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln,
and Theodore Roosevelt are carved on Mount Rushmore.
While only 25 percent of Americans can identify more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights (freedom of the press, petition, religion, speech, peaceful assembly), more than half can name at least two members of the Simpsons’ cartoon family.
We wrote this book to help make the knowledge of our nation’s history at least match the nation’s knowledge of The
We all share a nation with many people who may look different from us, speak a native language different from ours, pray in a way that may be foreign to us, and dress and eat in ways that we don’t. What, then, holds us together in this vast and varied land of ours?
The one thing all Americans have in common is our history. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-generation or twelfth-generation American. You own our history. That’s what makes you an American. That’s the glue that holds us together as a people.
Table of Contents
Presidents of the United States 8
Abraham Lincoln 9
African Americans 15
Benjamin Franklin 21
Christopher Columbus 24
The Civil War 32
The Colonies 40
The Constitution 45
The Declaration of Independence 48
First Ladies 56
George Washington 64
The Gettysburg Address 67
Immortal Mortals 76
Monuments and Symbols 84
Native Americans 89
Pilgrims and Puritans 94
Presidential Firsts 100
Presidential Mosts 107
Presidential Onlys 113
Presidential Quotes 120
The Revolutionary War 123
Star-Spangled Songs 130
The White House 138