Digital History ID 3738
1. The Fourth of July commemorates:
A. the start of the American Revolution. B. adoption of the Declaration of Independence. C. the end of the American Revolution.
2. The British king against whom the 13 Colonies rebelled was:
A. George II. B. George III. C. George IV
3. Not included among the original 13 Colonies was:
A. Vermont. B. New Hampshire. C. Rhode Island.
4. The Stamp Act passed by the British Parliament in 1765 was denounced by the colonists because to them it represented:
A. decadent British art. B. an invasion of privacy. C. taxation without representation.
5. In 1770, in the Boston Massacre, British solders sent to maintain order quelled a crowd of rioting colonists and killed:
A. 5. B. 50. C. 55.
6. Crispus Attucks was
A. Royal Governor of Virginia. B. a stamp collector in Boston. C. a reputed protest leader and among those killed in the Boston Massacre.
7. The Boston Tea Party of 1773 was:
A. a colonial fund-raiser organized by Boston society ladies. B. a publicity stunt set up by coffee importers. C. a protest against the British tea tax.
8. When angry colonists boarded three tea ships and dumped the tea into Boston harbor, they were disguised as:
A. pirates. B. Indians. C. Gypsies.
9. Patrick Henry leaped into history on March 23, 1775, when he addressed the Virginia convention and declared:
A. "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country." B. "Give me liberty or give me death!" C. "Let them eat cake."
10. The first battles of the American Revolution began on April 19, 1775, at:
A. Bunker Hill and Fort Ticonderoga. B. Marengo and Waterloo. C. Lexington and Concord.
11. Well-known is the fact that Paul Revere made his famous ride on the previous night to alert the colonists that the British were coming to destroy arms. Also riding on that memorable night was:
A. James Revere. B. Nathan Hale C. William Dawes.
12. The most famous work of art to depict the revolution, "Washington Crossing the Delaware," was painted by:
A. Gilbert Stuart. B. Emanuel Leutze. C. John Singer Sargent.
13. While Washington actually crossed the Delaware in 1776, the painting of his exploit was completed in:
A. 1781. B. 1821. C. 1851.
14. From December 1777 to June 1778, undergoing severe hardships, the Continental Army was encamped at Valley Forge in:
A. southeast Virginia. B. southeast NewYork. C. southeast Pennsylvania.
15. The foreign power who came most decisively to the colonists' aid was:
A. Poland. B. France. C. Spain.
16. The population of the 13 Colonies at the start of the revolution was about:
A. 2,500,000. B. 5,500,000. C. 7,500,000.
17. When the Marquis de Lafayette was made a major general in the Continental Army in 1777, his age was:
A. 20. B. 26. C. 32.
18. During the Yorktown campaign of 1781, which effectively ended the war, the total number of combatants - British, French and American - was:
A. almost 100,000 B. just over 50,000. C. less than 25,000.
19. The general who commanded the British army at Yorktown was:
A. Gen. Burgoyne. B. Gen. Cornbury. C. Gen. Cornwallis.
20. The formal independence of the United States was not recognized until 1783 by:
A. the Treaty of Ghent. B. the Treaty of Paris. C. the Treaty of the Hague.
21. The Declaration of Independence was largely the work of:
A. Benjamin Franklin. B. Alexander Hamilton. C. Thomas Jefferson.
22. The number of delegates signing the declaration was:
A. 77. B. 65. C. 56.
23. For declaration autograph collectors, the rarest and most valuable signature is that of:
A. John Hancock of Massachusetts. B. Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. C. Button Gwinnett of Georgia.
24. John Hancock is probably best remembered today for:
A. helping to forge the Liberty Bell. B. his outsized signature on the Declaration. C. founding the insurance company that bears his name.
25. The opening line of the Declaration is:
A. "That these united colonies are and of right ought to be free and independent states" B. "We, the People of the United States" C. "When in the course of human events"
26. Three American presidents died on the Fourth of July. They were:
A. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. B. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. C. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James K. Polk.