History of Massachusetts Trivia Questions & Answers

1.The first English settlers in Massachusetts established their settlement at Plymouth in what year?

2.What was the name of the ship that carried the Pilgrims from Holland to Massachusetts? [M--------]

3.Between 1692 and 1693, the series of hearings and prosecutions for witchcraft known as the Salem witch trials took place across a variety of towns. Which of these was NOT one of those towns?

4.In 1968, US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announced a controversial decision to shut down what facility in Massachusetts? [S---------- A-----]

5.The British soldiers arrested and charged with murder following the Boston Massacre were defended at their trial by whom?

6.Contrary to popular belief, only a portion of the participants in what action were actually disguised as Native American warriors?

7.What Massachusetts native served as 1st and 3rd Governor of Massachusetts, in addition to serving as president of the Second Continental Congress?

8.The first military engagements of the American Revolution took place where?

9.Patriot Paul Revere is most famous for his "midnight ride" alerting colonists to the arrival of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord. What was his trade?

10.In 1836, the first women's college in the US opened. What institution is it?

11.The first cash prize for winning what event was awarded in 1986, prior to this the only prize was a wreath woven of olive branches? [B----- M------]

12.What Olympic sport, popular worldwide, was invented in Springfield, MA, in 1891?

13.What is the colloquial name for the Boston highway project that began official planning in 1982 and was finally completed in 2007 at a cost of over $14.6 billion? [The B-- D--]

14.In 2004, the Boston Red Sox did what for the first time in 86 years?

15.What Cambridge institution is the first corporation chartered in the US?

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