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American History Quiz Bowl


Today's Snack: Since we're having a quiz BOWL, why don't you have a BOWL of cereal and drink your milk out of a BOWL, with two hands, just for fun?






Print out this Treat


Find a noisemaker for each contestant to "ring in" - for example, New Year's Eve paper whistles, jingle bells, even a wooden spoon to bang on a pan


Some kind of prize for the winner!



All you really need for a Quiz Bowl is at least one contestant and one person in the audience - plus a fun way to "ring in" when you want to answer a question.


So you can do this at home with a friend. Or do it with a group of kids and have more fun!


You can have a moderator read the questions, or just print this out and put a piece of paper over all the questions, revealing the next question as you go. Have fun with your noisemakers, ringing in! And have fun enjoying your prize, if you win! (Answers at the very bottom - don't peek!)






  1. Benjamin Franklin wanted our national bird to be the turkey.


  1. Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty or give me death!" in 1775.


  1. The White House didn't used to be white. It was originally sandstone.


  1. Johnny Appleseed was a real man in the early 1800s, planting apple trees.


  1. The War of 1812's Gen. Andrew Jackson got the nickname "Old Hickory" for being as tough as hickory wood.


  1. The Conestoga wagon, which settled the American West, had a six-ton capacity and a curved floor.


  1. Harper's Weekly cartoonist Thomas Nast created the symbol of the donkey for the Democratic Party and the elephant for the Republicans in the 1870s.


  1. Hiram Revels became the first black American in the U.S. Senate in 1870.


  1. The Washington Monument was started in 1848, but organizers ran out of money, so it wasn't finished until 1884.


  1. The Marshall Plan was how Europe was rebuilt and protected from communism after WWII, named after Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall.


  1. The American Army Signal Corps first sent radio communications into space in 1946.


  1. There are nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.














(ANSWERS: They are all true! Now write 12 more questions, and see if you can stump a grownup!)


By Susan Darst Williams www.AfterSchoolTreats.com History 02 2009




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