Colonial America Trivia Quiz

Think you're an expert on Colonial America? Test your knowledge with this fun trivia quiz!


1. Which of the following was not one of the original thirteen colonies?

Maine
Delaware
Maryland
Rhode Island

2. Explorer Henry Hudson claimed territory in the New World for which European country?

England
France
Belgium
The Netherlands

3. The first English settlement in North America was established in 1587 when a group of colonists settled on the island of Roanoke. Who led this early expedition?

Lord Baltimore
Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir John Colleton
James Oglethorpe

4. Which colony was founded by a Catholic in 1632 and became known for its policy of religious toleration for all?

Virginia
New York
Maryland
Massachusetts

5. What was the name of the first institution of higher learning in the colonies?

Yale University
Harvard University
College of William and Mary
Jamestown University

6. Which colony was home to English, Dutch, French, Belgian, Scandinavians and Germans, making it one of the most diverse colonies in the New World?

Pennsylvania
Delaware
Massachusetts
New York

7. Which event led up to African slaves rapidly replacing indentured servants as Virginia's main labor force?

Bacon's Rebellion
American Revolution
Mayflower Compact
Yamasee War

8. Slavery and alcohol were both forbidden during the early days of which of the following colonies?

Massachusetts
Pennsylvania
Georgia
Maryland

9. Who was instrumental in setting off the beginning of The Great Awakening, a major religious revival movement that took place in most colonies in the 1730s and 1740s?

George Whitefield
Jonathan Edwards
William Penn
Lord Baltimore

10. Which group of settlers established the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1629?

Puritans
Pilgrims
Quakers
Catholics