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Illinois History Trivia

What do you know about Illinois History?
Try this Alan's State by State Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1) American Indians lived along the waterways of the Illinois area for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. The Koster Site has been excavated and demonstrated 7,000 years of continuous habitation.
Where is the Koster Site located?

  • Adams County, Illinois
  • Greene County, Illinois
  • Perry County, Illinois

2) An urban center of the pre-Columbian Mississippian culture, was located near present-day Collinsville, Illinois. That civilization vanished circa 1400–1500 for unknown reasons.
What is the name of the center?

Cahokia
Illioaki
Montooth

3) According to Suzanne Austin Alchon (associate professor at the University of Delaware), "At one site in the central Illinois River valley, one-third of all adults died as a result of violent injuries."

  • True or False?

4) The next major power in the region was the Illinois Confederation or Illini, a political alliance among several tribes. There were about 25,000 Illinois Indians in 1700, but systematic attacks and warfare by the Iroquois reduced their numbers.
What is percentage of loss?

  • 10%
  • 50%
  • 90%

5) Gradually, members of the Potawatomi, Miami, Sauk, and other tribes came in from the east and north. In the American Revolution, the Illinois and Potawatomi supported the British cause.

  • True or False?

6) French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet explored the Illinois River. What was the year?

  • 1673
  • 1693
  • 1713

7) In 1680, other French explorers constructed a fort at what present day location?

  • Chicago
  • Peoria
  • Springfield

8) In 1682, where did the French build another fort?

  • St. Laurence Mountain
  • Queen’s Pass
  • Starved Rock

9) In 1763, Illinois shifted control from the French to the British. In 1778, during the Revolutionary War, who claimed Illinois for Virginia?

  • Lighthorse Henry Lee
  • George Rogers Clark
  • Alexander Hamilton

10) The Illinois-Wabash Company was an early claimant to much of Illinois. The Illinois Territory was created on February 3, 1809.
What was the capital?

  • Kaskaskia
  • Mount Sterling
  • Virginia

11) When did Illinois become the 21st State?

  • December 3, 1818
  • December 3, 1820
  • December 3, 1822
Check Your Answers

Illinois History
[Answers]

  1. Greene County, Illinois
  2. Cahokia
  3. True
  4. 90%
  5. Gradually, members of the Potawatomi, Miami, Sauk, and other tribes came in from the east and north. In the American Revolution, the Illinois and Potawatomi supported the American colonists' cause.
  6. 1673
  7. Peoria
  8. Starved Rock
  9. George Rogers Clark
  10. Kaskaskia
  11. December 3, 1818
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