Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July

Test your Independence Day knowledge

So you think you're a good patriot. You wear a flag pin on your pajamas, know that the last two words to the Star Spangled Banner are not "Play Ball" and bleed red-white-and-blue.

On July 4, we all feel that way. So try your hand at this American history quiz. But remember, just because you heard it when you were growing up doesn't make it so.

Question 1: The Continental Congress declared its independence from King George and Great Britain on what day?

April 18, 1775
June 7, 1776
July 2, 1776
July 4, 1776

Question 2: Which of the following grievances against King George is NOT listed in the Declaration of Independence?

He had "cut off our Trade with all parts of the world."
He had "plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts and burnt our towns."
He had had sent "merciless Indian Savages" to attack them on the frontiers.
He had decreed laws for "Naturalization of Foreigners … to encourage their migrations hither."

Question 3: And by the way, which King George was that?

George II
George III
George V
George W

Question 4: "Give me liberty or give me death!" was a sentiment voiced by

Thomas Paine
Patrick Henry
Nathan Hale
Sam Adams

Question 5: Which of the following statements is false?

The battle of Bunker Hill was not fought on Bunker Hill.
Benedict Arnold was rewarded for bravery by George Washington.
Philadelphians celebrating the Declaration of Independence rang the Liberty Bell so long it cracked.
The U.S. flag is based in part on the British Union Jack.

Question 6: Which of the following is not one of the original 13 colonies?

South Carolina
New Jersey

Question 7: Who designed the first U.S. flag?

George Washington
Betsy Ross
Frances Hopkinson
Abigail Adams

Question 8: Who among the following did NOT sign the Declaration of Independence?

John Hancock
George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
Elbridge Gerry

Question 9: Which of the following is true?

The delegates to the Continental Congress who declared "all men are created equal" were elected only by white men who owned property.
George Washington's army was made up chiefly of militia throughout the revolution.
Paul Revere never warned the residents of Concord that the British were coming.
The British played "Yankee Doodle" when Gen. Cornwallis surrendered to Washington at Yorktown.

Question 10: The Statue of Liberty was made in

New York

Question 11: The words to The Star Spangled Banner were written during what military action

The battle of Baltimore
The battle of Yorktown
The battle of Gettysburg
The battle of the Alamo

Question 12: Four of the first five presidents came from which state?

New York

Question 13: John Adams was Washington's vice president; who was Adams' vice president?

Alexander Hamilton
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
Benjamin Franklin


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