Quiz: How well do you know the his­tory of In­de­pen­dence Day?

The Denver Post - - OPINION - By Michelle Huben­schmidt Nate Beeler, The Colum­bus Dis­patch

In­de­pen­dence Day has been an of­fi­cial fed­eral hol­i­day only since 1941, but its ori­gins date back to the Revo­lu­tion­ary War and our na­tion’s in­de­pen­dence from Great Bri­tain.

The quiz be­low, from the Ash­brook Cen­ter at Ash­land Univer­sity, Ash­land, Ohio, pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for you to test your knowl­edge of the 4th of July, which is much more than just a day for pic­nics and fire­works.

1. The Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence wasn’t ac­tu­ally signed on the 4th of July. Which day was it off icially signed?

A. July 2, 1776

B. Au­gust 2, 1776 C. Novem­ber 15, 1777 D. March 1, 1781

2. Which monarch reigned over the colonists at the time of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion? A. Queen El­iz­a­beth

B. Queen Vic­to­ria

C. King Ge­orge II

D. King Ge­orge III

3. Who fa­mously said, “I know not what course oth­ers may take; but as for me, give me Lib­erty or give me death!”

A. Nathan Hale

B. Sa­muel Adams

C. Pa­trick Henry

D. Paul Re­vere

4. Which signer has the largest sig­na­ture on the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence?

A. Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton B. Thomas Jef­fer­son

C. Roger Sher­man

D. John Han­cock

5. Which coun­try as­sisted the colonists with f inan­cial and mil­i­tary aid dur­ing the Revo­lu­tion­ary War?

A. Eng­land B. France

C. Canada

D. Nether­lands

6. Who was the old­est Signer of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence?

A. Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton B. Ben Franklin

C. Roger Sher­man D. Stephen Hop­kins

7. Be­sides John Adams and Thomas Jef­fer­son, which other pres­i­dent died on the 4th of July?

A. An­drew Jack­son B. Mil­lard Fill­more

C. James Mon­roe

D. James Buchanan

9. Which signer of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence stated that this hol­i­day “ought to be sol­em­nized with Pomp and Pa­rade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonf ires and Il­lu­mi­na­tions from one End of this Con­ti­nent to the other from this Time for­ward for­ever more.”?

A. James Madi­son B. Thomas Jef­fer­son

C. Ben Franklin

D. John Adams

10. How many sign­ers of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence were born in the United States of Amer­ica?

A. 56

B. 48

C.0

D. 13 Michelle Huben­schmidt is a teacher pro­grams man­ager with the Ash­brook Cen­ter at Ash­land Univer­sity in Ohio.

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