Virginia Early History Trivia
What do you know about
Virginia Early History?
Alan's US States Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.
At the end of the 16th century, American Indians living in what is now
Virginia were part of three major groups, based chiefly on language
Who was the largest group, known as the
Algonquian, numbered over 10,000 and occupied most of the coastal area
up to the fall line.
2) The tribes tried to fight the
encroachment by the colonists. Major conflicts took place in the
Indian massacre of 1622 and the war of 1644, both under the
leadership of the late Chief Powhatan's younger brother.
Who was Chief Powhatan's younger brother?
- Chief Mattaponi
- Chief Opechancanough
- Chief Pamunkey
3) Virginia is the oldest surviving English
place-name in the U.S. not wholly borrowed from a American
Indian word, and the fourth oldest surviving English place name,
though it is Latin in form.
4) In December, 1606, the London Company
dispatched a group of 104 colonists in three ships: the
Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery.
Who was mission commander?
- Captain Christopher Newport
- Captain James River
- Captain John Smith
5) After weeks of exploration, the colonists
selected a location and founded Jamestown.
the date of the founding of Jamestown?
- May 4, 1607
- May 14, 1607
- May 24, 1607
6) When the new governor Sir Thomas Gates,
finally arrived at Jamestown on May 23, 1610, he discovered over
20% of the 500 colonists had died; many of the survivors were
7) The economy of the Colony was another
problem. Gold had never been found, and efforts to introduce
profitable industries in the colony had all failed until John
Rolfe introduced his two foreign types of tobacco: Orinoco and
Sweet Scented. These produced a better crop than the local
variety and with the first shipment to England in 1612, the
customers enjoyed the flavor, thus making tobacco a cash crop
that established Virginia's economic viability.
8) The new Governor of Virginia took over in
1619. He ended one-man rule and created a representative system
of government with the General Assembly, the first elected
legislative assembly in the New World.
Who was the
- George Lee
- George Madison
- George Yeardley
9) Who gave the “Give me Liberty, or
give me Death!" speech on March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church
in Richmond, Virginia?
- Patrick Henry
- Thomas Jefferson
- Richard Henry Lee
10) The Virginia Ratifying Convention
approved the Constitution by a vote of 89-79, becoming the tenth
state to enter the Union.
What was the date?
- June 25, 1788
- June 25, 1789
- June 25, 1790