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#1. As of July 2009, what was the approximate population of New York?

#2. By law, the number of Admirals (Flag Officers) in the United States Navy is restricted to?

#3. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska is what?

#4. When basketball is being played at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan how many people can be seated? (as at 2010);

#5. In 1943 the George Washington Bridge?

#6. The Golden Gate Bridge was opened in?

#7. If you were in the observation tower at Clingmans Dome where would you be?

#8. The Dunes casino in Las Vegas was demolished to make way for?

#9. On which date in 1941 did the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor?

#10. In 1997, Tiger Woods won the US Masters title with what record low score?

#11. As of 2011, how many American golfers have won 4 US Open titles?

#12. Who was the first American to win the US Open title, doing so in 1911?

#13. American Rich Beem won the USPGA Championship in which year?

#14. In what year was the US Constitution adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia?

#15. In the Louisiana Purchase, the US acquired 828,000 square miles of territory from what country?

#16. Who was the only President of the Confederate States of America?

#17. Clinton was one of two US Presidents to be impeached. Who was the other?

#18. In 1881, a gunfight took place at the O.K. Corral between the outlaw Cowboys and the lawmen Earp brothers and Doc Holliday. Where was the O.K. Corral located?

#19. What did the 18th amendment to the US Constitution do?

#20. In 1937, the first full length animated film was released. Who were its main characters?

#21. In 1962, who became the first American to orbit the earth?

#22. IN 1972, five men were arrested for burglary of what offices at the Watergate complex in Washington D.C.?

#23. The 1980 eruption of which volcano killed 57 people?

#24. President Barack Obama is the ______ President of the United States?

#25. If the electoral college fails to award a majority of votes to any one candidate, where is the presidential election decided?

#26. Which amendment to the Constitution sets the two-term limit on the President of the United States?

#27. Should the President and Vice President both become incapacitated or die at the same time, who becomes President?

#28. How many people have been sworn into the office of the President of the United States?

#29. Which of the following Presidents did NOT die in office of natural causes?

#30. Which President spent the shortest time in office?

#31. Which of the following Presidents was NOT assassinated?

#32. Which of the following Presidents are NOT related by direct descent (father and son, grandfather and grandson, etc.)?

#33. Who was the only President to have his own wedding in the White House?

#34. Who was the only child of a President to be born in the White House itself?

#35. Who was the first First Lady to run for elected office in her own right?

#36. Who was the last member of the Whig party to hold the Presidency?

#37. In 1584, Queen Elizabeth I granted a charter for the colonization of Virginia to which English aristocrat?

#38. The first civilian English settlement in Virginia was at Roanoke, now known as the “lost colony”. What was the only clue as to the colonists’ disappearance?

#39. What was the name of the first child born to English parents in the New World?

#40. The Native American princess Pocahontas married an Englishman. What was his name?

#41. During the Civil War, the first combat meeting between ironclad ships occurred when the CSS Virginia met with what Union vessel?

#42. Queen Elizabeth has paid two royal visits to which historic city and living history museum which features restored and reconstructed buildings of the 18th century and costumed interpreters working and dressing as they did during the colonial era?

#43. In 1958 a working group of NASA engineers was created and tasked with the administration of America’s manned spaceflight programs. Where was this Space Task Group based?

#44. During the end of the Civil War, the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to the Union Army following the Battle of Appomattox Court House. Who was the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia?

#45. In what year did the Virginia Military Institute admit its first female cadets?

#46. For whom is the James River named?

#47. The 1947 book “Misty of Chincoteague” is set on the coastal island of Chincoteague, VA. What is Misty?

#48. Where is CIA headquarters located?

#49. For whom was the colony of Maryland named?

#50. The first settlers were led by Leonard Calvert, younger brother to whom?

#51. What was the first town in Maryland and the seat of the colonial government until 1708?

#52. From November 26, 1783, to June 3, 1784, what city served as the capital of the United States?

#53. What ship, constructed in Baltimore, was the first official US Navy ship to be put to sea?

#54. The bombardment of what fort inspired Maryland native Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner”?

#55. The state song, “Maryland, My Maryland” is set to the tune of what Christmas carol?

#56. The first fatalities of the American Civil War occurred where?

#57. The bloodiest single-day battle in American history occurred during the American Civil War, in Maryland. This battle is known by what name?

#58. The grounds of the Maryland State House include a statue of this Supreme Court Chief Justice, a Maryland native who is most remembered for delivering the majority opinion in Dred Scott V. Sandford, that ruled African-Americans were not considered citizens of the United States.

#59. In Brown V. Board of Education of Topeka, the Supreme Court ruled that “separate but equal” public education for African-Americans was unconstitutional. The plaintiff, in that case, was represented by what Baltimore native and later Supreme Court justice?

#60. In 2002, Robert Ehrlich became the first Republican to be elected Governor since 1967. Who was elected Governor in 1967?

#61. In what year was California admitted to the United States of America?

#62. One popular theory about the origin of the name “California” is that it was taken from a popular 16th-century romance novel. In the novel, to what was the name applied?

#63. The first European to explore the California coast was of what nationality?

#64. Where were the first mission and the first presidio (fort) established in California?

#65. The California gold rush began when gold was found where?

#66. Many gold-seekers arriving in California during the gold rush period were called “forty-niners”, a reference to what?

#67. To what mission do large flocks of American Cliff Swallows famously return to nest every spring?

#68. The primary legacy of the brief period of revolt against Mexico known as the California Republic is the adoption of its flag as the basis for the modern state flag. What species is depicted on the flag of California?

#69. A 1906 earthquake in what city was the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California history?

#70. Railroad tycoon and politician Amasa Leland Stanford founded Stanford University with his wife Jane for what reason?

#71. What California city has hosted the Summer Olympics twice, in 1932 and 1984?

#72. What Southern California tourist attraction opened to the public on July 18, 1955?

#73. Which of the following is not one of the main Hawaiian islands?

#74. The islands were united under a single ruler for the first time in 1810. Who was that ruler?

#75. On December 7, 1941, what event occurred?

#76. When was Hawaii admitted to the USA as a state?

#77. The ancient Hawaiian code of conduct and regulation are known as “kapu” was abolished in 1819, when what occurred?

#78. How many people were wounded or killed during the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom?

#79. Who was the only Queen of the Kingdom of Hawaii to rule in her own right, and not as Queen Consort?

#80. Who was the first President of the Republic of Hawaii?

#81. What is the only island where Hawaiian is spoken as a primary language?

#82. The 1887 Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawaii specifically denied the right to vote to what group, regardless of sex or economic and literacy thresholds?

#83. On which island is the capital of Hawaii located?

#84. Which US President denounced the Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in a State of the Union speech?

#85. The first English settlers in Massachusetts established their settlement at Plymouth in what year?

#86. Between 1692 and 1693, the series of hearings and prosecutions for witchcraft known as the Salem witch trials took place across a variety of towns. Which of these was NOT one of those towns?

#87. The British soldiers arrested and charged with murder following the Boston Massacre were defended at their trial by whom?

#88. Contrary to popular belief, only a portion of the participants in what action were actually disguised as Native American warriors?

#89. What Massachusetts native served as 1st and 3rd Governor of Massachusetts, in addition to serving as president of the Second Continental Congress?

#90. The first military engagements of the American Revolution took place where?

#91. Patriot Paul Revere is most famous for his “midnight ride” alerting colonists to the arrival of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord. What was his trade?

#92. In 1836, the first women’s college in the US opened. What institution is it?

#93. What Olympic sport, popular worldwide, was invented in Springfield, MA, in 1891?

#94. In 2004, the Boston Red Sox did what for the first time in 86 years?

#95. What Cambridge institution is the first corporation chartered in the US?

#96. Rhode Island was the FIRST state to do what?

#97. Rhode Island was the LAST state to do what?

#98. Which institution was founded in 1764 as the “College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations”?

#99. Roger Williams, a theologian fleeing religious persecution in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, established a settlement on land gifted by the paramount chief of the Narragansett natives. Who was that chief?

#100. In 1841 and 1842, an armed insurrection occurred over attempts to change the state constitution to expand voting rights. Who was the leader of this rebellion?

#101. In 2009, the Rhode Island General Assembly voted to allow the people to decide an issue of particular importance. At the November 2010 elections, a referendum was held, and 78% of the people voted to do what?

#102. Rhode Islanders profited from the colonial slave trade by participating in the “triangle trade”, primarily by receiving molasses from the West Indies and using it to produce what?

#103. During the Civil War, Rhode Island was the first state to do what?

#104. Rhode Island never ratified which amendment to the US Constitution?

#105. In 2003, a fire broke out at “The Station”, a nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. It was the 4th deadliest nightclub fire in US History, killing 100 people and injuring over 200 more. What band was headlining at the club that night?

#106. The official state drink of Rhode Island is sold in school cafeterias throughout the state, despite containing some caffeine. What is it?

#107. The first US ship to sink a German surface warship in World War II was named for this Rhode Island signer of the Declaration of Independence?

#108. During the turn of the 20th century, many of the wealthiest families in the US summered in what Rhode Island town, building “cottages”, many of which were designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt?

#109. Which famous singer was NOT born in the US state of Tennessee?

#110. What is unique about the golf course at the Aroostook Valley Country Club?

#111. The corporate headquarters of Microsoft Corporation is in Salt Lake City, Utah.

#112. Who is the only US president to be elected four times?

#113. Which US island lies just off the coast of Texas?

#114. Truth or Consequences is a city in New Mexico named after the US quiz show.

#115. The US state of Illinois borders which of the Great Lakes?

#116. A life-sized bronze statue of Mary Tyler Moore’s TV character Mary Richards is a tourist attraction in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

#117. Who was the first US vice president in the administration of President Richard Nixon?

#118. Pharmacist John S. Pemberton invented which product in Atlanta, Georgia in 1886?


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