Thursday, July 5, 2012

Are You Ready? A Fourth of July Quiz


Happy Fourth of July!  Hope you had a great holiday. If you’re like most people, you grilled out, watched fireworks, and waved a flag or a sparkler -- but do you really know the facts behind America’s Independence Day?  And the American Flag?

            Here’s a quiz to find out.
  1. One of the main reasons American colonists were unhappy about British rule was? (Your choices: They wanted coffee instead of tea. It was John Adams’ idea and people just went along with his plan. [You remember lawyer John:  He was a founding father -- a champion of independence.]  Or, if they were taxed, and they were, Americans wanted representation -- a say in government.)
  2. Congress declared independence on ______. (July 2nd, July 4th, July 5th )
  3. The Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4th when the Continental Congress met in____. (Washington D.C., New York, Philadelphia)
  4. _____congressmen signed the Declaration. (32, 67, 56)
  5. The only signers of the Declaration of Independence to go on to serve as President were:_________. (George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin)
  6. The main author of the Declaration of Independence was_____. (John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson)
  7. The person who signed his name the largest (biggest letters) was____.  He wanted England's King George to be able to see his signature easily. (Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Hancock.)
  8. The stars on the American flag represent____.(states, natural resources, or territories the colonists hoped to add.)
  9. There are ___stripes on the flag. (13, 12, 15)
  10. Colors: The stripes are _____ and _______. (black and white, red and white, red and blue)
  11. The stars on the flag are_____ (five-pointed, six-pointed)
  12. The American flag can never touch____(the ground, water, or both the ground and water.)
  13. The colors of the American Flag -- red, white and blue -- symbolize_____, _____ and ______. (courage, truth and honor; peace, joy and love; or strength, valor and brotherhood.)
Bonus Question: One of our Presidents was born on the Fourth of July. Which one______ (George Washington, Calvin Coolidge, George W. Bush)
Now, it’s time to see how you did. Please don't peek until you've finished The Quiz.

Answers

1.      One of the chief reasons American colonists were unhappy about British rule was they wanted representation, a say in government, if they were taxed.

2.      The Continental Congress declared independence on July 2nd, when the British Navy patrolled New York Harbor. They spent the next two days discussing the Declaration of Independence, which was approved on July 4th.

3.      Congress declared independence on ... July 2nd.

4.      The Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4th when the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia.

5.      Fifty-six congressional members signed the Declaration.

6.      The only signers of the Declaration of Independence to go on to serve as President are John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

7.      Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence between June 11 and June 28, 1776. It turned out to be 17 days well spent.

8.      The person using the largest signature on the Declaration was John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress.

9.      The stars on the American flag represent the STATES.

10.  There are 13 stripes on the flag—one for each of the original colonies.

11.  The stripes are red and white.

12.  The stars on the flag are five-pointed.

13.  The American flag should never touch either water or the ground.

14.  The colors of the American Flag -- red, white and blue --  symbolize Courage, Truth and Honor.

Bonus Question- The President actually born on the Fourth of July was ... "Silent Cal": Calvin Coolidge.

Test Results

9-15 -- Kudos! Keep up the flag waving. You are a true-blue patriot and a history buff.

8-5 -- You have a ways to go, but you're making progress.

4-0- Hmmm. Maybe you're not from the United States. Or perhaps history wasn’t a favorite subject. Or maybe The Quiz just hit you in a sour mood.  Don't worry: just taking The Quiz is a learning experience.

Thanks, and I hope this summertime holiday finds you healthy and happy.


Sources

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html/


13 comments:

  1. I'm sad because I was hoping your test would give me the chance to pat myself on the back for remembering that both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on 7/4. I can never remember where I left my housekeys, but stuff like this is embedded in my cranium forever.

    Nice quiz and enjoy your celebration.

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    1. The Gal Herself,
      Consider yourself patted on the back. I was thinking of asking which two presidents died on July 4th. Good answer!

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  2. I knew them all. Just another student of history here, nothing to see.

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  3. 12 out of 14. Cool Quiz. ThANKS

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  4. YAY! Kudos for me !!!!


    Have a great Thursday!
    http://harrietandfriends.com/2012/07/13-celebrity-stories-in-the-news/

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    1. I am Harriet,
      Ditto-Kudos for you. I'm not surprised you did well.

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  5. I'll just huddle in my little corner and wave a sparkler.

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    1. Grin. I'll join you. I like sparklers too. Thanks for playing.

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  6. I learned some new facts and remembered a few others.

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    1. Thanks Colleen,
      I'm glad you enjoyed the quiz.

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  7. Thank you for giving the answer as well :)
    I couldn't answer any of them as I am not a US citizen ;)

    Happy 4th of July to you :)

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