African Americans in the U.S.: History, Heritage & Cultural Issues


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One out of _____ African-American men has been incarcerated at some point in his life.

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1. Which of the following is TRUE about the estimated 10 million Africans who were transported across the Atlantic Ocean by European slave traders in the 17th and 18th centuries?

2. Many African Americans speak this English dialect, which is historically linked to the pidgin language of the first generation of Africans in America.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will test you on your understanding of African-American history and cultural issues in the United States. Topics covered include key leaders like Malcolm X, the Civil Rights Movement and statistics about African-Americans today.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you will be quizzed on the following:

  • African-American men and incarceration
  • Religious affiliation for African-Americans
  • African-American dialect
  • The percentage of Americans who are African-American
  • Influential leaders in African-American struggles

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge about African-American culture and history to answer questions about African-American dialect
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained about African-Americans and incarceration
  • Making connections- use understanding about the Civil Rights Movement to identify its successes

Additional Learning

To learn more about African-Americans in U.S. history, review the accompanying lesson on African-American History & Cultural Issues. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defining African-Americans as an ethnic minority
  • Detailing the population of African-Americans in the U.S.
  • Understanding Jim Crowe segregation laws
  • Understanding the creation of pidgin language for communication
  • Recognizing the contributions of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Identifying both the advances made for African-Americans in the U.S. and the difficulties that are still faced