Independence Day

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The Founding Fathers set us on the path 234 years ago to the political system we have, but even they wouldn’t spend the holiday arguing politics. In keeping with tradition, The Spokesman-Review's Spin Control takes a holiday from politics and offers a July 4 quiz to test readers’ knowledge of Americana, trivial and otherwise.

  
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  • 1. 
    July 4, 1776 was the day that:
    • A. 

      The American Revolution started.

    • B. 

      The Continental Congress declared independence from England.

    • C. 

      The Continental Congress approved the wording of the Declaration of Independence.

    • D. 

      The Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence.


  • 2. 
    How many original colonies were there?

  • 3. 
    The Continental Congress that declared independence was meeting in:
    • A. 

      Boston

    • B. 

      Philadelphia

    • C. 

      New York

    • D. 

      Washington, D.C.


  • 4. 
    Of the following, who did not sign the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      George Washington

    • B. 

      John Adams

    • C. 

      Benjamin Franklin

    • D. 

      Samuel Adams


  • 5. 
    Who was king of England when the Declaration was signed?
    • A. 

      George II

    • B. 

      George III

    • C. 

      George IV

    • D. 

      George V


  • 6. 
    True or false: We celebrate Independence Day with fireworks because the Continental Congress did that in 1776.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 7. 
    True of false: While the number of stars in the U.S. flag changes with the number of states, it has always had 13 stripes.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 8. 
    What war was taking place when the words to The Star Spangled Banner were written?
    • A. 

      The American Revolution

    • B. 

      The War of 1812

    • C. 

      The Civil War

    • D. 

      The Spanish-American War


  • 9. 
    The last American president who served in the military in the American Revolution was:
    • A. 

      George Washington

    • B. 

      John Adams

    • C. 

      James Madison

    • D. 

      Andrew Jackson


  • 10. 
    Three presidents died on July 4, but only one was born on July 4. Who was it?
    • A. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B. 

      Millard Fillmore

    • C. 

      Calvin Coolidge

    • D. 

      Harry Truman


  • 11. 
    From the Battle of Lexington and Concord to the Battle of Yorktown, how long did the American Revolution last?
    • A. 

      2.5 years

    • B. 

      4 years

    • C. 

      6.5 years

    • D. 

      8 years


  • 12. 
    When did the Fourth of July become a federal holiday?
    • A. 

      1789, the year the Constitution was adopted

    • B. 

      1801, by Thomas Jefferson’s executive order

    • C. 

      1861, to have a reason to celebrate during the Civil War

    • D. 

      1870, when Congress got around to it


  • 13. 
    About how many people lived in the 13 colonies when independence was declared on July 4, 1776?
    • A. 

      1.5 million

    • B. 

      2.5 million

    • C. 

      3.5 million

    • D. 

      4.5 million


  • 14. 
    The first time fireworks were used to mark the Fourth of July was:
    • A. 

      July 4, 1777

    • B. 

      July 4, 1782

    • C. 

      July 4, 1789

    • D. 

      July 4, 1876


  • 15. 
    Which of these happened after the Declaration was signed?
    • A. 

      Boston Tea Party

    • B. 

      Battle of Lexington

    • C. 

      Battle of Ticonderoga

    • D. 

      Battle of Bunker Hill


  • 16. 
    What Civil War general had a father who was a famous commander in the American Revolution?
    • A. 

      Ulysses S. Grant

    • B. 

      Nathan Bedford Forrest

    • C. 

      Robert E. Lee

    • D. 

      William Tecumseh Sherman


  • 17. 
    What is the opening line to the second verse of The Star-Spangled Banner?
    • A. 

      As a nation we rise, in defense of what’s right.

    • B. 

      On the shore dimly seen, through the mists of the deep.

    • C. 

      And where is that band who so vauntingly swore.

    • D. 

      Oh thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand


  • 18. 
    The Liberty Bell got its name because:
    • A. 

      It was rung to announce the signing of the Declaration

    • B. 

      It was rung to announce the ratification of the Constitution

    • C. 

      It was rung to announce the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation

    • D. 

      It says liberty on the bell


  • 19. 
    The Declaration was adopted by the Second Continental Congress while meeting in Philadelphia. Where did the First Continental Congress meet?
    • A. 

      Philadelphia

    • B. 

      Lancaster, Pa.

    • C. 

      New York

    • D. 

      Baltimore


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