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African-American History

Questions on Black popular culture, including the arts and sciences and politics. Moderately difficult. 12 Questions.

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This book, written by Richard Wright, was published in 1940 and was the first time a black author was selected by the national Book-of-the-Month club.

  • Invisible Man
  • Black Boy
  • Native Son


In 1777, this was the first U.S. state to abolish slavery and its state Constitution prohibited the practice.

  • Pennsylvania
  • Georgia
  • Vermont


She was the first African-American to win a medal at a Winter Olympics

  • Debbie Thomas
  • Tai Babalonia
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee


During WWII the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-Black fighter squadron, never lost an escorted bomber to enemy fighters. How man " Distinguished Flying Crosses" were they awarded?

  • 150
  • 125
  • 99


This famous architect designed homes and hotels in Beverly Hills in the 1940s. He learned to draw upside down so he did not have to sit next to clients who felt uncomfortable with his skin tone.

  • I.M. Pei
  • Paul Revere Williams
  • Frank Lloyd Wright


This west African nation was founded by freed American slaves.

  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone
  • Liberia


In 1872 inventor Elijah McCoy patented a device that made trains run faster. The famous phrase "the real McCoy" derives from the success of which of his inventions?

  • Lubricator for steam engines
  • Engine Piston
  • Two-way latch system


This company, started by a former slave and blacksmith, is reported to be America's only African-American automobile manufacturer.

  • M.A. Cherry Company
  • Sears Roebuck
  • C. R. Patterson and Son


She was the first African-American to perform at NYC's Metropolitan Opera House.

  • Leontyne Price
  • Kathleen Battle
  • Marian Anderson


This African-American physician discovered that blood plasma could be collected and stored and would not spoil, and that plasma could be transfused without blood typing.

  • Dr. Charles R. Drew
  • Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
  • Dr. Viviene Thomas


How did the 24th Amendment advance the cause of civil rights in America?

  • literacy tests outlawed
  • poll taxes outlawed
  • desegregation outlawed


She was the first African-American woman to complete a mission in space.

  • Mae Jemison
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Georgia Aldridge