The United States is arguably the most powerful nation in the contemporary world, with substantial influence not only in international diplomacy and conflict, but also business and culture.  Given the United States’ power, it is worth knowing more about its past to better understand its present.  This quiz tests your knowledge of significant events and acts under five U.S. Presidents.

Special thanks to Learning Life intern, Kane Boynton, for drafting this quiz, and to our Content Writer, Craig Gusmann, for helping to edit the quiz.


1. Who was President when the United States purchased the massive Louisiana Territory?


2. Which President signed the Missouri Compromise, banning slavery north and east of Missouri?


3. Which President ordered the U.S. military to drop two nuclear bombs on Japan, ushering in the Nuclear Age?


4. Which President famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”?


5. Under which President did the Vietnam War officially end?