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Try our 13 Trivia Questions for Independence Day

July 4th is a day for getting together with friends and family, tossing back a few cold ones and grilling a few hot dogs and watching things go Ka-Boom in the night sky. But before you go painting the town red-white-and-blue, test your Yankee-Doodle-ness with our annual 13 Trivias for Independence Day. 

(There's another July 4th Quiz in Wednesday's paper, but these are the ones we thought were a little bit tougher.)

1. According to the poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “the shot heard round the world” was fired at
A. Lexington
B. Concord
C. Boston
D. Yorktown
E. Trenton

2. The Battle of Bunker Hill took place in the city of
A. Boston
B. New York
C. Lexington
D. Philadelphia
E. Charleston

3. Who was the last president who was born a citizen of another country?
A. James Monroe
B. John Quincy Adams
C. Andrew Jackson
D. Martin Van Buren
E. Millard Fillmore

4. To what political party did President George Washington belong?
A. Federalist
B. Whig
C. Democratic
D. Republican
E. Can't fool me. None of those are right.

5. By the end of the American Revolution, what was the ratio of blacks in the Continental Army?
A. 1 in 20
B. 1 in 10
C. 1 in 7
D. 1 in 4
E. None, blacks weren’t allowed to serve.

6. On what ship did John Paul Jones utter the phrase “I have not yet begun to fight”?
A. USS Bonhomme Richard
B. USS Constitution
C. USS Liberty
D. USS Invincible
E. Can’t fool me. Patrick Henry said that.

7. Before the Star Spangled Banner, what song served as American’s unofficial anthem?
A. Yankee Doodle
B. Battle Hymn of the Republic
C. God Bless America
D. My Country ‘Tis of Thee
E. America the Beautiful

8. Before the U.S. Constitution was ratified, what was the document that governed the United States?
A. The Magna Carta
B. The Declaration of Independence
C. The Articles of Confederation
D. The Emancipation Proclamation
E. The Mayflower Compact

9. Who was president for the nation’s Centennial?
A. James Polk
B. Abraham Lincoln
C. Andrew Johnson
D. Ulysses S. Grant
E. Rutherford Hayes

10. What was the first state added to the original 13?
A. Vermont
B. Kentucky
C. Tennessee
D. Ohio
E. Louisiana

11. From what country did Thomas Jefferson buy the land of the Louisiana Purchase?
A. England
B. France
C. Mexico
D. Russia
E. Spain

12. In what line of stars in the flag is the star for Idaho?
A. Fifth from the top
B. Sixth from the top
C. Seventh from the top
D. Eighth from the top
E. Can’t fool me. None of those are right.

13. Name the presidents whose last name ended in ”-son”

Wonder how you did? Answers inside the blog.

Take the July 4th quiz

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:

Flag stuff

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 U.S. flag have?

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?

Battle stuff

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 Lexington, Bunker Hill, Ticonderoga, Long Island, which happened after independence was declared?

Celebration stuff

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?

Extra credit

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.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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