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Welcome to this historical knowledge trivia quiz with the questions you need to wake up your inner history lover. If you press start and answer these questions, you will be guaranteed a journey into the past with a lot of knowledge most people don’t have. If you get most of the questions right, you are a certified history junkie.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Who ignored the protests of the colonists?

    • A.

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B.

      King George lll

    • C.

      Ethan Allen

    • D.

      Thomas Paine

    Correct Answer
    B. King George lll
    Explanation
    During the time of the American Revolution, King George III of England ignored the protests of the colonists. As the monarch of Britain, he held significant power and authority over the colonies. Despite the colonists' grievances and demands for greater representation and rights, King George III refused to address their concerns or make any meaningful concessions. His dismissal of the colonists' protests ultimately fueled their desire for independence and led to the eventual Declaration of Independence.

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  • 2. 

    Who was a Vermont blacksmith who led the Green Mountain Boys?

    • A.

      Ethan Allen

    • B.

      Thomas Paine

    • C.

      Richard Henry Lee

    • D.

      George Washington

    Correct Answer
    A. Ethan Allen
    Explanation
    Ethan Allen was a Vermont blacksmith who led the Green Mountain Boys. He played a significant role in the American Revolutionary War, leading the Green Mountain Boys in capturing Fort Ticonderoga from the British. His leadership and bravery made him a prominent figure in the fight for American independence. Thomas Paine, Richard Henry Lee, and George Washington were also important figures during the Revolutionary War, but they did not lead the Green Mountain Boys.

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  • 3. 

    Who introduced resolution to declare independence?

    • A.

      Thomas Paine

    • B.

      Ethan Allen

    • C.

      Thomas Jefferson

    • D.

      Richard Henry Lee

    Correct Answer
    D. Richard Henry Lee
    Explanation
    Richard Henry Lee introduced the resolution to declare independence. He proposed the resolution on June 7, 1776, in the Second Continental Congress. This resolution, known as the Lee Resolution, called for the colonies to be free and independent states. It paved the way for the drafting and adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Lee's resolution was a crucial step in the American Revolution and the establishment of the United States as an independent nation.

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  • 4. 

    Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

    • A.

      Thomas Paine

    • B.

      Thomas Jefferson

    • C.

      Richard Henry Lee

    • D.

      George Washington

    Correct Answer
    B. Thomas Jefferson
    Explanation
    Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. He was a Founding Father of the United States and a key figure in the American Revolution. Jefferson was chosen by the Continental Congress to draft the Declaration, which was adopted on July 4, 1776. His eloquent writing and advocacy for individual rights and independence made the Declaration a powerful document that outlined the grievances of the American colonies against British rule and proclaimed their freedom and right to self-governance. Jefferson's authorship of the Declaration of Independence solidified his place in history as one of America's most influential and respected leaders.

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  • 5. 

    Who was the author of Common Sense?

    • A.

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B.

      Thomas Paine

    • C.

      Richard Henry Lee

    • D.

      King George lll

    Correct Answer
    B. Thomas Paine
    Explanation
    Thomas Paine was the author of Common Sense. Common Sense was a pamphlet published in 1776 that argued for American independence from Britain. Paine's persuasive writing style and clear arguments made Common Sense a widely read and influential piece of literature during the American Revolution. Paine's work helped to galvanize public support for the idea of independence and played a significant role in shaping the political landscape of the time.

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  • 6. 

    In the Olive Branch Petition, the colonist said they were?

    • A.

      Forming a new nation

    • B.

      Going to war

    • C.

      Loyal to the king

    • D.

      Joining sides with the Native Americans

    Correct Answer
    C. Loyal to the king
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "loyal to the king." In the Olive Branch Petition, the colonists expressed their loyalty to the king of England. They sought a peaceful resolution to the conflicts between the colonies and the British government, emphasizing their desire to remain loyal subjects under the king's rule. The petition was an attempt to avoid going to war and instead find a diplomatic solution to their grievances.

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  • 7. 

    One major strength of the American forces was their?

    • A.

      Superior navy

    • B.

      Belief in their cause

    • C.

      Better weapons

    • D.

      Help from German soldiers

    Correct Answer
    B. Belief in their cause
    Explanation
    The correct answer is belief in their cause. This refers to the strong conviction and dedication that American forces had towards their mission and the values they were fighting for. This belief in their cause provided them with motivation, resilience, and a sense of purpose, which ultimately contributed to their strength and success in various military campaigns.

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  • 8. 

    The attack on Fort Ticonderoga gave the colonist valuable?

    • A.

      Ammunition

    • B.

      Prisoners of war

    • C.

      Intelligence

    • D.

      British war maps

    Correct Answer
    A. Ammunition
    Explanation
    The attack on Fort Ticonderoga gave the colonists valuable ammunition. This means that they acquired a significant supply of weapons and bullets, which would greatly enhance their military capabilities. Having access to ammunition would allow the colonists to effectively defend themselves and launch offensive operations against the British forces. It would contribute to their overall military strength and increase their chances of success in the Revolutionary War.

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  • 9. 

    In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote that government should be based on the ?

    • A.

      Decisions of landowners

    • B.

      Will of the strongest

    • C.

      Vote of all adults

    • D.

      Consent of the governed

    Correct Answer
    D. Consent of the governed
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "consent of the governed." This means that the government should derive its power from the approval and agreement of the people it governs. Jefferson believed that the authority of the government should come from the consent and support of the citizens, rather than being imposed by force or inherited by a select few. This idea reflects the principles of democracy and the belief that the people should have a say in the decisions that affect them.

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  • 10. 

    Colonists who supported Great Britain were called?

    • A.

      Royalists

    • B.

      Constitutionalists

    • C.

      Federalists

    • D.

      Loyalists

    Correct Answer
    D. Loyalists
    Explanation
    During the American Revolution, colonists who remained loyal to Great Britain were known as Loyalists. These individuals supported the British government and opposed the idea of American independence. Loyalists believed that remaining under British rule was in the best interest of the colonies, as they feared the potential chaos and instability that could arise from a break with Britain. They often faced persecution and discrimination from their fellow colonists who supported independence. Despite their loyalty, the Loyalists ultimately lost the war and many were forced to flee to Canada or other British territories.

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  • 11. 

    This was the site of New York battle?

    • A.

      Long Island

    • B.

      Valley Forge

    • C.

      Saratoga

    • D.

      Clark's village

    Correct Answer
    A. Long Island
    Explanation
    Long Island was the site of the New York battle during the American Revolutionary War. In 1776, British forces landed on Long Island and engaged the Continental Army in a series of battles known as the Battle of Long Island. This battle resulted in a significant defeat for the Americans and allowed the British to gain control of New York City. Therefore, Long Island is the correct answer as it accurately identifies the location of the New York battle.

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  • 12. 

    This is site where American soldiers spent a harsh winter?

    • A.

      Saratoga

    • B.

      Long Island

    • C.

      Valley Forge

    • D.

      Clark's town

    Correct Answer
    C. Valley Forge
    Explanation
    Valley Forge is the correct answer because it was the site where American soldiers endured a harsh winter during the American Revolutionary War. The soldiers faced extreme cold, lack of supplies, and disease, making it a challenging and difficult time for them. Valley Forge is historically significant as it tested the resilience and determination of the American troops, ultimately contributing to their eventual victory in the war.

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  • 13. 

    Who captured British forts at Kaskaskia?

    • A.

      George Rogers Clark

    • B.

      George Washington

    • C.

      George Arnold

    • D.

      George Bush

    Correct Answer
    A. George Rogers Clark
    Explanation
    George Rogers Clark captured the British forts at Kaskaskia. He was a Revolutionary War general and frontiersman who led the successful American military campaign in the Illinois territory. His capture of Kaskaskia was a significant victory for the American forces, as it gave them control over the region and weakened British influence in the area. Clark's strategic skills and leadership played a crucial role in the American Revolutionary War.

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  • 14. 

    This was the site of first major defeat of British army?

    • A.

      Clarks town

    • B.

      Long Island

    • C.

      Valley Forge

    • D.

      Saratoga

    Correct Answer
    D. Saratoga
    Explanation
    Saratoga is the correct answer because it was the site of the first major defeat of the British army during the American Revolutionary War. The Battle of Saratoga, which took place in 1777, was a turning point in the war as it convinced France to openly support the American cause. The British army, under the command of General John Burgoyne, surrendered to the American forces led by General Horatio Gates after a series of battles. This defeat significantly boosted the morale of the American troops and demonstrated their ability to stand up against the powerful British army.

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  • 15. 

    Term used for preventing the movement of goods into ports?

    • A.

      Blockade

    • B.

      Blocked ships

    • C.

      Shipade

    Correct Answer
    A. Blockade
    Explanation
    A blockade refers to the action of preventing the movement of goods into ports. It involves the use of naval forces or other means to obstruct or restrict access to a specific area, typically a port or coastline, in order to exert control over the flow of goods and resources. By establishing a blockade, a country or entity aims to cut off supplies and resources to the targeted area, often as a form of economic or military pressure. This term is commonly used in situations of conflict or as a diplomatic tool.

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  • 16. 

    In 1776, General William Howe moved his troops into?

    • A.

      Pittsburgh

    • B.

      New York City

    • C.

      Gettysburg

    • D.

      Atlanta

    Correct Answer
    B. New York City
    Explanation
    In 1776, General William Howe moved his troops into New York City. This was a strategic move during the American Revolutionary War, as New York City was a key location and a major port. By capturing the city, Howe aimed to gain control over the region and cut off American supply lines. This move allowed the British forces to establish a strong presence in the area and further their campaign against the American Continental Army.

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  • 17. 

    "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country" was said by?

    • A.

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B.

      Thaddeus Kosciuszko

    • C.

      Benedict Arnold

    • D.

      Nathan Hale

    Correct Answer
    D. Nathan Hale
    Explanation
    Nathan Hale said, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." This quote is often attributed to Hale, an American soldier during the Revolutionary War. Hale was captured by the British and sentenced to death for spying. Before his execution, he uttered these words, expressing his regret that he could not do more for his country. This quote has since become a symbol of patriotism and sacrifice.

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  • 18. 

    Marquis de Lafayette came from?

    • A.

      Poland

    • B.

      Switzerland

    • C.

      France

    • D.

      Germany

    Correct Answer
    C. France
    Explanation
    Marquis de Lafayette was a French aristocrat and military officer who played a significant role in the American Revolutionary War. He was born and raised in France, and his involvement in the war was motivated by his support for the ideals of liberty and democracy. Lafayette's contribution to the American cause earned him a prominent place in American history and a lasting legacy as a symbol of Franco-American friendship.

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  • 19. 

    The captain of the Bonhomme Richard was?

    • A.

      John Paul Jones

    • B.

      George Rogers Clark

    • C.

      Charles Cornwallis

    • D.

      Nathan Hale

    Correct Answer
    A. John Paul Jones
    Explanation
    John Paul Jones was the captain of the Bonhomme Richard. He was a Scottish-American naval officer who became a prominent figure in the American Revolution. Jones is known for his famous quote, "I have not yet begun to fight," which he said during a naval battle against the British. His leadership and bravery in the face of adversity made him a respected figure in American history.

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  • 20. 

    The Prussian soldier who helped train Continental soldiers was?

    • A.

      Marquis de Lafayette

    • B.

      Baron Friedrich von Steuben

    • C.

      George Rogers Clark

    • D.

      Thaddeus Kosciuszko

    Correct Answer
    B. Baron Friedrich von Steuben
    Explanation
    Baron Friedrich von Steuben was a Prussian soldier who played a crucial role in training Continental soldiers during the American Revolutionary War. He was appointed by General George Washington to whip the inexperienced American troops into a professional fighting force. Von Steuben introduced a strict training regimen, focusing on discipline, drill formations, and military tactics. His expertise and guidance greatly improved the Continental Army's performance and helped turn the tide of the war in favor of the American forces.

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