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  • 1. 

    This girl lived in Morristown during the American Revolution and became a hero for refusing to hand over her prized horse to Continental soldiers who had mutineed.  After the soldiers pursued her, she hid her horse in the guest bedroom of her house, using a feather bed to muffle the sound of his hooves.  What was her name?  (Hint, there is a book in the library about her.)

    • A.

      Margaret Corbin

    • B.

      Temperance Wick

    • C.

      Margaret Hill Morris

    • D.

      Sybil Ludington

    Correct Answer
    B. Temperance Wick
  • 2. 

    How many grievances were listed against the King of England in the Declaration of Independence?

    • A.

      55

    • B.

      72

    • C.

      62

    • D.

      75

    Correct Answer
    B. 72
    Explanation
    In the Declaration of Independence, 72 grievances were listed against the King of England. These grievances were the colonists' complaints and objections to the actions and policies of the British monarchy. The document outlined the reasons why the colonists believed they had the right to declare independence and establish their own government. The grievances included issues such as taxation without representation, the quartering of British troops, and the violation of colonial rights. The large number of grievances reflected the widespread dissatisfaction and frustration among the colonists towards the King's rule.

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  • 3. 

    How many countries did Britain fight against in the Revolutionary War?

    • A.

      4

    • B.

      5

    • C.

      6 or more

    • D.

      2

    Correct Answer
    C. 6 or more
    Explanation
    During the Revolutionary War, Britain fought against more than six countries. This includes the thirteen American colonies, who declared their independence from Britain and formed the United States. Additionally, Britain faced opposition from France, Spain, the Netherlands, and various Native American tribes who allied with the American colonists. These countries provided military support, resources, and diplomatic aid to the American cause, making it a multi-faceted conflict for Britain.

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  • 4. 

    A monument in the shape of a boot honors a famous Continental soldier’s wounded foot and is located at the Saratoga National Historical Park.  What soldier does the memorial commemorate?

    • A.

      Charles Pickney

    • B.

      Benedict Arnold

    • C.

      Thaddeus Koscuszko

    • D.

      George Rogers Clark

    Correct Answer
    B. Benedict Arnold
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Benedict Arnold. The question asks about a monument in the shape of a boot that honors a famous Continental soldier's wounded foot. Benedict Arnold, a well-known Continental Army general during the American Revolutionary War, suffered a leg injury during the Battle of Saratoga. The monument at Saratoga National Historical Park is a tribute to his service and sacrifice.

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  • 5. 

    General Burgoyne marched down from Lake Champlain to take what important city in New York in the belief that it would end the war in one stroke?

    • A.

      New York City

    • B.

      Saratoga

    • C.

      Albany

    • D.

      Buffalo

    Correct Answer
    C. Albany
    Explanation
    General Burgoyne marched down from Lake Champlain to take Albany in the belief that it would end the war in one stroke. Albany was a strategically important city in New York as it was the capital and a major center of transportation and communication. By capturing Albany, Burgoyne hoped to cut off the American forces from the rest of the colonies and gain control over the Hudson River, effectively dividing the colonies and weakening the American cause. However, his plan ultimately failed as the American forces successfully defended Albany, leading to a turning point in the war at the Battle of Saratoga.

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  • 6. 

    Which Union Army General later became President of the United States?

    • A.

      Jefferson Davis

    • B.

      James Garfield

    • C.

      Braxton Bragg

    • D.

      Ulysses S. Grant

    Correct Answer
    D. Ulysses S. Grant
    Explanation
    Ulysses S. Grant is the correct answer because he was a Union Army General during the American Civil War and later became the 18th President of the United States. He played a crucial role in leading the Union Army to victory, and his presidency was marked by efforts to reconstruct the country and protect the rights of African Americans. Grant's military and political achievements make him the most suitable candidate for the question.

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  • 7. 

    Which infantry assault ended in tragedy for the Confederacy during the Battle of Gettysburg?

    • A.

      Cemetery Ridge

    • B.

      Pickett’s Charge

    • C.

      Oak Ridge

    • D.

      McPherson Ridge

    Correct Answer
    B. Pickett’s Charge
    Explanation
    Pickett's Charge was an infantry assault during the Battle of Gettysburg that ended in tragedy for the Confederacy. This assault, led by General George Pickett, involved around 12,000 Confederate soldiers charging across an open field towards Union positions on Cemetery Ridge. The Union forces were well fortified and had a strong defensive position, resulting in heavy casualties for the Confederacy. Pickett's Charge is often seen as a turning point in the battle and a major defeat for the Confederacy.

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  • 8. 

    Who was a wellkknown nurse during the Civil War who later started the American Red Cross?

    • A.

      Louisa May Alcott

    • B.

      Dorothea Dix

    • C.

      Clara Barton

    • D.

      Kate Cummings

    Correct Answer
    C. Clara Barton
    Explanation
    Clara Barton was a well-known nurse during the Civil War who later started the American Red Cross. She gained recognition for her tireless efforts in providing medical care to soldiers on the front lines. After the war, Barton continued her humanitarian work and founded the American Red Cross in 1881, which has since become one of the largest and most prominent humanitarian organizations in the world.

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  • 9. 

    What British policy towards the Colonies changed after the outcome of the French and Indian War?

    • A.

      The Stamp Act

    • B.

      Salutary Neglect

    • C.

      The Navigation Acts

    • D.

      Free Trade

    Correct Answer
    B. Salutary Neglect
    Explanation
    Salutary Neglect was a British policy towards the American colonies that involved a hands-off approach, allowing the colonists to govern themselves and pursue their own economic interests with minimal interference from the British government. However, after the outcome of the French and Indian War, the British government began to tighten its control over the colonies and impose new taxes and regulations, such as the Stamp Act. Therefore, the change in British policy towards the colonies after the war was the end of Salutary Neglect and the increase in British control and intervention.

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  • 10. 

    Who was known as the "Financier of the Revolution?"

    • A.

      Benjamin Franklin

    • B.

      Governeur Morris

    • C.

      Robert Morris

    • D.

      Sam Adams

    Correct Answer
    C. Robert Morris
    Explanation
    Robert Morris is known as the "Financier of the Revolution" because he played a crucial role in financing the American Revolution. As Superintendent of Finance for the Continental Congress, Morris successfully managed the country's finances during the war, securing loans from foreign countries and implementing financial policies that helped fund the war effort. His efforts were instrumental in keeping the Continental Army supplied and operational, and his financial expertise greatly contributed to the success of the American Revolution.

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  • 11. 

    What was the purpose of the Annapolis Convention?

    • A.

      To repeal the Stamp Acts

    • B.

      To consider changes to the Articles of Confederation

    • C.

      To raise funding for the Continental Army

    • D.

      To ask France for financial support

    Correct Answer
    B. To consider changes to the Articles of Confederation
    Explanation
    The purpose of the Annapolis Convention was to consider changes to the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation were the first constitution of the United States, but they had several weaknesses that needed to be addressed. The Annapolis Convention was called in order to discuss and propose amendments to the Articles of Confederation, with the goal of strengthening the central government and improving the functioning of the nation as a whole. The convention eventually led to the Constitutional Convention, where the current U.S. Constitution was drafted and ratified.

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  • 12. 

    What were the colors worn by the two sides during the Civil War?

    • A.

      Navy and Brown

    • B.

      Black and Gray

    • C.

      Gray and Navy

    • D.

      Red and Navy

    Correct Answer
    C. Gray and Navy
    Explanation
    During the Civil War, the two sides were known as the Union and the Confederacy. The Union army, which consisted of states that remained loyal to the United States, wore navy blue uniforms. On the other hand, the Confederacy, made up of states that seceded from the United States, wore gray uniforms. Therefore, the correct answer is Gray and Navy.

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  • 13. 

    Who was the first casaulty of the Boston Massacre?

    • A.

      Samuel Gray

    • B.

      Patrick Carr

    • C.

      James Caldwell

    • D.

      Crispus Attucks

    Correct Answer
    D. Crispus Attucks
    Explanation
    Crispus Attucks was the first casualty of the Boston Massacre. Attucks, an African American, was killed on March 5, 1770, when British soldiers fired upon a crowd of colonists in Boston. Attucks' death became a symbol for the American Revolution and the fight against British oppression. He is often recognized as a martyr and a hero in the struggle for American independence.

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  • 14. 

    Which of the following diseases did soldier suffer from during the Civil War?

    • A.

      Typhoid Fever

    • B.

      Salmonella

    • C.

      Alzheimers

    • D.

      Yellow Fever

    Correct Answer
    A. Typhoid Fever
    Explanation
    During the Civil War, soldiers suffered from various diseases due to poor sanitation and living conditions. Typhoid Fever was one of the common diseases that affected soldiers during this time. It is a bacterial infection caused by the ingestion of contaminated food or water. Symptoms include high fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. The disease spread quickly in crowded military camps and unsanitary environments, leading to a high mortality rate among soldiers. Therefore, it is likely that soldiers during the Civil War suffered from Typhoid Fever.

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  • 15. 

    What color were the British uniforms during the Revolutionary War?

    • A.

      Navy

    • B.

      Red

    • C.

      Green

    • D.

      Gray

    Correct Answer
    B. Red
    Explanation
    During the Revolutionary War, the British uniforms were red. This color was chosen to easily distinguish British soldiers from their American counterparts on the battlefield. The bright red uniforms made it easier for officers to identify and command their troops during combat. Additionally, the red color was associated with the British Empire and symbolized power and authority.

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  • 16. 

    Who was the king of England during the Revolutionary War?

    • A.

      King George II

    • B.

      King Edward IV

    • C.

      King William III

    • D.

      King George III

    Correct Answer
    D. King George III
    Explanation
    King George III was the king of England during the Revolutionary War. He ascended to the throne in 1760 and ruled until 1820. His reign was marked by various conflicts, including the American Revolutionary War, which took place between 1775 and 1783. King George III played a significant role in the war, leading the British forces against the American colonies seeking independence. His policies and actions during this time contributed to the tensions that ultimately led to the Revolutionary War.

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  • 17. 

    Whose signature is the most noticeable on the Declaration of Independence?

    • A.

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B.

      John Adams

    • C.

      John Hancock

    • D.

      Benjamin Franklin

    Correct Answer
    C. John Hancock
    Explanation
    John Hancock's signature is the most noticeable on the Declaration of Independence because it is the largest and most flamboyant. His signature stands out due to its size and boldness, making it easily recognizable among the other signatures. Hancock's signature has become synonymous with his name and is often used as a symbol of personal style and confidence.

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  • 18. 

    What were Ethan Allen’s men called?

    • A.

      Green Mountain Boys

    • B.

      Adirondack Mountain Boys

    • C.

      Vermont Boys

    • D.

      Blue Mountain Boys

    Correct Answer
    A. Green Mountain Boys
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Green Mountain Boys. Ethan Allen's men were called the Green Mountain Boys. They were a militia group formed in the late 1760s in the territory that is now Vermont. They played a significant role in the American Revolutionary War, particularly in capturing Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. The name "Green Mountain Boys" was derived from the nickname for the state of Vermont, which is known as the Green Mountain State due to its mountainous terrain.

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  • 19. 

    On what date did D-Day occur?

    • A.

      June 6, 1945

    • B.

      June 4, 1944

    • C.

      June 4, 1945

    • D.

      June 6, 1944

    Correct Answer
    D. June 6, 1944
    Explanation
    D-Day occurred on June 6, 1944. This was the day when the Allied forces, primarily consisting of American, British, and Canadian troops, launched a massive invasion on the beaches of Normandy, France during World War II. The operation was a crucial turning point in the war, as it marked the beginning of the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany's control. The invasion involved extensive planning and coordination, and the success of D-Day paved the way for the eventual defeat of the Axis powers.

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  • 20. 

    Where did D-Day occur?

    • A.

      Normandy, France

    • B.

      Dunkirk, France

    • C.

      Dieppe, France

    • D.

      London, England

    Correct Answer
    A. Normandy, France
    Explanation
    D-Day, also known as the Normandy landings, occurred in Normandy, France. This was a significant military operation during World War II, where Allied forces, primarily from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, landed on the beaches of Normandy to liberate German-occupied Western Europe. The successful invasion marked a turning point in the war and ultimately led to the Allied victory. Dunkirk, Dieppe, and London are not correct answers as they were not the locations where D-Day took place.

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  • 21. 

    Who was a well-known General during WWII that later became a U. S. President?

    • A.

      Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    • B.

      Harry Truman

    • C.

      John F. Kennedy

    • D.

      Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Correct Answer
    D. Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Explanation
    Dwight D. Eisenhower was a well-known General during WWII who later became a U.S. President. He served as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe during the war and played a crucial role in the successful invasion of Normandy. After the war, Eisenhower entered politics and was elected as the 34th President of the United States, serving two terms from 1953 to 1961. He is known for his leadership skills, military background, and his efforts to promote peace and stability during the Cold War era.

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  • 22. 

    Who was the British Prime Minister at the start of World War II?

    • A.

      Neville Chamberlain

    • B.

      Winston Churchill

    • C.

      Stanley Baldwin

    • D.

      Clement Atlee

    Correct Answer
    A. Neville Chamberlain
    Explanation
    Neville Chamberlain was the British Prime Minister at the start of World War II. He is known for his policy of appeasement towards Nazi Germany, which ultimately failed. Chamberlain's attempts to negotiate with Adolf Hitler and avoid war were met with criticism, and he was eventually replaced by Winston Churchill in 1940.

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  • 23. 

    What were the two sides called during WWII?

    • A.

      Allies and Confederates

    • B.

      Union and Allies

    • C.

      Allies and Axis

    • D.

      Free World and Axis

    Correct Answer
    C. Allies and Axis
    Explanation
    During World War II, the two sides were known as the Allies and the Axis. The Allies consisted of countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Soviet Union, and China, among others, who fought against the Axis powers. The Axis powers included Germany, Italy, and Japan, who formed an alliance to expand their territories and ideologies. The conflict between the Allies and the Axis was a major global conflict that lasted from 1939 to 1945.

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  • 24. 

    What were the three main countries which the United States fought against during World War II?

    • A.

      Germany, Italy and China

    • B.

      Germany, France and China

    • C.

      Germany, Italy, and Japan

    • D.

      Germany, France, and Japan

    Correct Answer
    C. Germany, Italy, and Japan
    Explanation
    During World War II, the United States fought against Germany, Italy, and Japan. These three countries were part of the Axis Powers, a military alliance that aimed to expand their territories and exert dominance over other nations. Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, sought to establish a Nazi regime and conquer Europe. Italy, under Benito Mussolini, aimed to restore the Roman Empire and expand its influence in the Mediterranean. Japan, led by Emperor Hirohito, sought to establish its dominance in the Pacific region and create a Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. The United States joined the war after the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan in 1941.

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  • 25. 

    Which of the following was a World leader during World War II?

    • A.

      Nicholas II

    • B.

      Charles De Gaulle

    • C.

      Kaiser Wilhelm II

    • D.

      Woodrow Wilson

    Correct Answer
    B. Charles De Gaulle
    Explanation
    Charles De Gaulle was a World leader during World War II. He was the leader of the Free French Forces and served as the President of the Provisional Government of the French Republic from 1944 to 1946. De Gaulle played a crucial role in the liberation of France and was instrumental in rebuilding the country after the war. His leadership and determination made him a prominent figure in the Allied effort against the Axis powers during World War II.

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  • 26. 

    On what day did V-E Day Occur?

    • A.

      May 8, 1945

    • B.

      January 16, 1945

    • C.

      June 8, 1945

    • D.

      April 16, 1945

    Correct Answer
    A. May 8, 1945
    Explanation
    V-E Day, or Victory in Europe Day, occurred on May 8, 1945. This was the day when Germany officially surrendered, marking the end of World War II in Europe. It was a significant event that brought an end to the war and brought a sense of relief and celebration to the Allied forces and people around the world.

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  • 27. 

    On what date did the bombing of Pearl Harbor occur?

    • A.

      December 6, 1941

    • B.

      December 8, 1941

    • C.

      December 9, 1941

    • D.

      December 7, 1941

    Correct Answer
    D. December 7, 1941
    Explanation
    On December 7, 1941, the bombing of Pearl Harbor occurred. This date is significant as it marks the surprise military attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II, as it prompted the American declaration of war on Japan the following day. The bombing of Pearl Harbor is considered a pivotal event in history, as it caused extensive damage to the US Pacific Fleet and resulted in the loss of many lives.

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  • 28. 

    On what date was the Declaration of Independence signed?

    • A.

      July 2, 1776

    • B.

      July 4, 1776

    • C.

      August 2, 1776

    • D.

      July 5, 1776

    Correct Answer
    C. August 2, 1776
  • 29. 

    What Continental Major General did General George Washington swear at until “the leaves shook from the trees” when he heard he had retreated from British forces at the Battle of Monmouth?

    • A.

      Charles Lee

    • B.

      Nathaniel Greene

    • C.

      William Howe

    • D.

      Richard Montgomery

    Correct Answer
    A. Charles Lee
    Explanation
    During the Battle of Monmouth, General George Washington was furious when he learned that Charles Lee had retreated from the British forces. Washington was known for his fiery temper, and it is said that he swore at Lee until "the leaves shook from the trees." This suggests that Washington was extremely angry and disappointed in Lee's actions, as retreating from the British forces was seen as a failure and a betrayal.

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  • 30. 

    True or False: the Battle of Saratoga took place in Saratoga.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The Battle of Saratoga did not take place in Saratoga. It actually took place in Saratoga County, New York. The battle was a significant turning point in the American Revolutionary War and is considered a major victory for the American forces. The location of the battle was strategically chosen by the American General Horatio Gates to block the British army's advance southward.

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  • 31. 

    Which was the bloodiest battle of the Revoluationary War?

    • A.

      Yorktown

    • B.

      Bunker Hill

    • C.

      Trenton

    • D.

      Cowpens

    Correct Answer
    B. Bunker Hill
    Explanation
    Bunker Hill was the bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War because it resulted in a high number of casualties. The battle took place on June 17, 1775, in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Although the British ultimately won the battle, they suffered heavy losses, with over 1,000 soldiers killed or wounded. The American forces, although forced to retreat, inflicted significant casualties on the British, with around 450 soldiers killed or wounded. The intense fighting and high casualty count make Bunker Hill the bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War.

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