So, you think you’re a good patriot. The flag pin on your lapel says “Made in America.” You sing “The Star Spangled Banner” before baseball games without looking at the words on the Jumbotron. You chanted USA during the World Cup even though you don’t understand soccer.
On July Fourth, we all bleed red, white and blue. But before heading off for hot dogs, apple pie and fireworks, try your hand at our annual Independence Day Trivia quiz. It has 13 questions, one for each rebel colony. They start easy, and get a little tougher. Answers are provided on page A12.
1. We celebrate July Fourth as Independence Day because that’s the day;
A. The first shots in the American Revolution were fired;
B. The Declaration of Independence was approved;
C. The British surrendered at Yorktown;
D. King George signed a treaty granting the colonies independence.
2. The American flag you put out this morning has;
A. More red stripes than white stripes;
B. More white stripes than red stripes;
C. An equal number of red and white stripes;
3. Where was the Continental Congress meeting when it adopted the Declaration of Independence?
B. New York
4. Who reportedly said “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country”?
A. Thomas Paine
B. Patrick Henry
C. Nathan Hale
D. John Paul Jones
5. Which of the following signed the Declaration of Independence and became president?
A. George Washington
B. John Adams
C. James Madison
D. James Monroe
E. All of the above
6. True or False: George Washington once served in the British army.
7. True or False: The American army invaded Canada during the Revolutionary War.
8. True or False: The vast majority of colonists supported independence from Great Britain in 1776.
9. True or False: Paul Revere warned residents between Lexington and Concord “the British are coming.”
10. After the Revolution, the United States was governed by the Articles of Confederation and a Congress consisting of a single chamber. That Congress didn’t have the power to do what?
A. Levy taxes
B. Declare war
C. Set up a postal service
D. Coin money
11. In the U.S. Constitution, how were slaves counted for determining the number of representatives each state sent to Congress?
A. The same as other people in the state, they just didn’t get to vote.
B. They were counted like Indians rather than “free men.”
C. Each slave was counted as three-fifths of a person.
D. They weren’t counted at all.
12. When the Constitution set up the House of Representatives to have members based on each state’s population, it gave each state the number of representatives it would have until a census could be taken. Which state got the most representatives?
B. New York
13. The design of the first American flag is the stuff of legends – much of them in dispute – but the arrangement of the stars in the current 50-star flag was designed by;
A. Norman Rockwell
B. The winner of an American Legion contest
C. A New York advertising firm hired by the White House
D. A high school student for a class assignment