Happy Independence Day.
Spin Control is taking the day off, but if you’ve put out the flag, packed the cooler and bought the fireworks, only one question remains: Just how much do you really know about American history?
The real history, that is – not the stuff you pick up from listening to July 4th speeches, watching Mel Gibson movies or reading novels. Take the 13 question quiz and see what level of patriotic study you have achieved:
Elementary school question: The Stars and Stripes, aka Old Glory,
now has stars for the current states and stripes for the original ones. How
many red stripes does the
High school question: How many stars in the top row of a 50-star flag?
Graduate level question: Of George Washington, Benedict Arnold, Ethan Allen and John Paul Jones, who can we say definitely fought under a contemporary version of the Stars and Stripes?
Declaration of Independence stuff
Elementary school question: Whose signature is larger than all others at the bottom of the declaration?
High school question: What are the three inalienable rights listed in the declaration?
Graduate level question: What three things did the signers pledge to each other at the close of the declaration?
Elementary school question: American troops got significant military help from what country during the revolution?
High school question: The last battle of the Revolutionary War was fought where?
Graduate level question: Of battles of
Elementary school question: The fireworks that mark July 4th celebrations originated in what country?
High school question: Where was the first celebration of American independence held?
Graduate level question: On what day was that celebration held?
Two famous American documents, the Declaration and the Constitution, were signed by the people present when drafted. Among the following, who signed both documents? George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton.
Go inside for the answers.
Declaration stuff: John Hancock’s signature is the large one in the middle. The enumerated rights are “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The signers pledged “our Lives, our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor.”
Celebration stuff: Fireworks were big in
Extra credit: Of the people listed, only
10-13 correct: You may be channeling George Washington.
5-9 correct: You may be channeling George Jetson.
0-4 correct: You may be channeling George III.