Illinois History Trivia
What do you know about
Alan's State by State Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.
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
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."
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
What is percentage of loss?
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.
6) French explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis
Jolliet explored the Illinois River. What was the year?
7) In 1680, other French explorers constructed a fort
at what present day location?
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?
- Mount Sterling
11) When did Illinois become the 21st State?
- December 3, 1818
- December 3, 1820
- December 3, 1822