According to a recent exam results, too many American 8th graders still score poorly on American history and civics. We can't give you that exam but see how you do on this quiz, courtesy of blogthings.com. You'll need to get 6 of the questions right to earn a passing grade.

  • Who was the second president of the United States?
    •  A. James Madison
    •  B. James Monroe
    •  C. John Adams
    •  D. John Quincy Adams
    •  A. By specifying the role of the Supreme Court
    •  B. By allowing the public to elect representatives
    •  C. By limiting the terms of the US president
    •  D. By giving the president veto power
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  • Which of these states was not part of the Confederacy?
    •  A. Arkansas
    •  B. Texas
    •  C. Virginia
    •  D. West Virginia
  • Which of these 19th century presidents was impeached?
    •  A. Andrew Jackson
    •  B. Andrew Johnson
    •  C. John Tyler
    •  D. Zachary Taylor
  • What was the purpose of the Mayflower compact?
    •  A. To establish freedom of religion
    •  B. To promise to write a constitution within five years
    •  C. To proclaim allegiance to the king
    •  D. To establish a new king
  • The failed "Bay of Pigs" invasion in the 1960s was an attempt to:
    •  A. End Communism in the USSR
    •  B. Start a pro-democracy uprising in Vietnam
    •  C. Reclaim North Korea
    •  D. Overthrow Castro in Cuba
  • Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
    •  A. Benjamin Franklin
    •  B. Thomas Jefferson
    •  C. John Quincy Adams
    •  D. George Washington
  • What did "prohibition" outlaw in the early 1900s?
    •  A. Alcohol
    •  B. Slavery
    •  C. Prohibiting women from voting
    •  D. Segregation