How Much Do You Know About American Revolution? Trivia Quiz

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How Much Do You Know About American Revolution? Trivia Quiz

How much do you know about the American Revolution? The Revolution began back in 1775, and it started a chain of events that led to America becoming a free country with its own states. The journey was not smooth, and a lot of lives were lost fighting the British. Take this test and see just how much you know about it. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The cry of the colonists in the days leading up to the outbreak of the American Revolution was centered around what key phrase?
    • A. 

      "no taxation without representation"

    • B. 

      "I want my land back from the King!"

    • C. 

      "I do not want to pay taxes!"

    • D. 

      "Give me liberty or give me death!"

  • 2. 
    What event is known as the "shot heard round the world"?
    • A. 

      Boston Massacre

    • B. 

      Battle of Lexington and Concord

    • C. 

      Boston Tea Party

    • D. 

      Stamp Act

  • 3. 
    The code name "Victory or Death" was important to the Battle of Trenton, NJ because:
    • A. 

      It would have been the death of the Continental Army if Washington did not get a victory in battle before the end of the year--- most of his men had planned to go home when enlistments expired

    • B. 

      The American Revolution would have been over without a victory for General Washington

    • C. 

      Both A and B

    • D. 

      None of the Above

  • 4. 
    Complete the following analogy Thomas Paine: __________ Thomas Jefferson: _____________
    • A. 

      Common Sense: Amenrican Crisis

    • B. 

      Common Sense: Declaration of Independence

    • C. 

      Common Sense: Constitution of 1776

    • D. 

      Declaration of Independence: American Crisis

  • 5. 
    Who was appointed as the commander in chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution?
    • A. 

      George Washington

    • B. 

      Lord Cornwallis

    • C. 

      John Adams

    • D. 

      King George III

  • 6. 
    Common Sense encouraged colonists to think about...
    • A. 

      War

    • B. 

      Making peace with the King George III

    • C. 

      Independence

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    What did General George Wahington hope to accomplish at Valley Forge, PA?
    • A. 

      Planning war strategy against the French and British

    • B. 

      He was only there to spy on the British troops

    • C. 

      He went there to gain more supplies for his troops

    • D. 

      Training, drill, and discipline of his army during the winter in preparation to battle the British

  • 8. 
    The Mecklenburg Resolves... 
    • A. 

      Declared British laws to be no longer in effect- in essence, they "broke" away from England in Mecklenburg County

    • B. 

      Created a peace agreement with the French

    • C. 

      Created a peace agreement with the Redcoats after the Battle of Lexington and Concord

    • D. 

      Declared freedom for all the 13 colonies

  • 9. 
    What concept was Jefferson asked to leave out of the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      Blaming the king for all of the colonies problems

    • B. 

      Taxes

    • C. 

      Slavery

    • D. 

      Rights of the people

  • 10. 
    What document is known as the "ultimate break up letter"?
    • A. 

      Declaration of Rights

    • B. 

      Halifax Resolves

    • C. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • D. 

      Mecklenburg Resolves

  • 11. 
    What famous document begins with the following words, "when in the course of human events it becomes necessary..." 
    • A. 

      Mecklenburg Resolves

    • B. 

      Halifax Resolves

    • C. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • D. 

      NC Constitution of 1776

  • 12. 
    Complete the following analogies:Patriot: _________Loyalists: _________
    • A. 

      Partisan: Tory

    • B. 

      Rebel: Partisan

    • C. 

      Partisan: Rebel

    • D. 

      Tory: Partisan

  • 13. 
    Who was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      John Adams

    • B. 

      Benjamin Franklin

    • C. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D. 

      James Madison

  • 14. 
    What fundamental political idea is expressed in the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      A government that denies its people certain basic rights can be overthrown

    • B. 

      Government should guarantee its citizens economic security

    • C. 

      The national and state governments should share power

    • D. 

      Rulers from nations get power to rule from God and are have to govern in the best interest for all people

  • 15. 
    According to the Declaration of Independence, where does government get its power?
    • A. 

      The US Constitution

    • B. 

      The military

    • C. 

      From the elected officials

    • D. 

      The consent (permission) of the governed (people)

  • 16. 
    The concept of natural rights was included in the Declaration of Independence- influenced from John Locke.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    What was the main purpose of the Halifax Resolves?
    • A. 

      The document urged NC delegates to vote for independence at the Second Continental Congress and NC declared independence before any other colony

    • B. 

      The document created a new state government

    • C. 

      The document urged all of NC's people to join the war effort

    • D. 

      The document created an independent government for the state of NC

  • 18. 
    The Declaration of Independence laid the foundation for democratic thinking.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."This quote came from which document? 
    • A. 

      US Constitution

    • B. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • C. 

      Olive Branch Pettion

    • D. 

      Mayflower Compact

  • 20. 
    Using the quote from number 21, if the document states that people have certain unalienable rights, what would be the best meaning of this?
    • A. 

      Citizens have no rights at all

    • B. 

      Rights can not be taken away- these are the natural rights that all people have

    • C. 

      Only some people have rights

    • D. 

      You must earn these rights over time

  • 21. 
    What was the main reason for a Patriot victory in the American Revolution?
    • A. 

      Patriots had the will to win the war unlike the British soldiers and Hessians who were paid to fight

    • B. 

      Patriots were fighting on familiar territority and the British were not

    • C. 

      Good leadership

    • D. 

      All of the above