From Bacon's Rebellion to the Boston Bombings: How well do you know American extremism? A quiz.

Some 168 people were killed and more than 500 others were injured in an explosion at a US federal government complex in Oklahoma City on the morning of April 19, 1995. US Army Veteran and security guard Timothy McVeigh was later convicted on 11 counts of murder and conspiracy relating to the blast.

American extremism takes many guises, from Islamist militants to right-wing militia members, and its roots precede the founding of the Republic. Take our quiz to see how familiar you are with the forces of unrest in American society that have led to foiled plots and periodic violence.

1. Since the 1980s, what has been the most common domestic terror target?

Internal Revenue Service offices

Abortion clinics


Military installations

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