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Independence Day Trivia Quiz with ANSWERS

Okay, here you go!  Below are the answers to the 13 questions asked on Bell’s Facebook page for the past 13 days, leading up to our Independence Day GIVE.  Let’s see how you did.

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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

The poem is called “Concord Hymn”

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

The battle, which was actually fought on Breed’s Hill, was in Boston.

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

Jackson was the last president born before independence, so he and his predecessors were born as British subjects.

To what political party did President George Washington belong?
A. Federalist
B. Whig
C. Democratic
D. Republican
E. None of those are right.

Washington agreed more with the Federalists than with the Jefferson’s Democratic Republicans, but he didn’t belong to a party and even warned against them in his farewell address.

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.

When the Continental Army was first formed, neither slaves nor free blacks were allowed to serve, but they did fight against the British in the siege of Boston, and Washington later relented and allowed them to serve, often in their own units. By one recent estimate, about 1 in 7 members of the Continental Army were black around the time of Yorktown.

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.

Jones was on the Bonhomme Richard (Poor Richard, named for Franklin’s almanac), fighting against the HMS Serapis.

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

My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” also known simply as “America” was written to the same melody as “God Save the King”. That tune was adapted in various forms after the Revolution, and the words to “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” were written in 1831. It slowly gained popularity after that and was often used as an anthem until 1931, when Congress declared The Star Spangled Banner to be the National Anthem.

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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

The Articles of Confederation.

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

Grant was finishing his second term in 1876.

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

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

He made one of the shrewdest land deals in the history of real estate with Napoleon.

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. None of those are right.

No star represents a particular state.

Name the presidents whose last name ended in “-son”

There are 8: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, Andrew Johnson, Benjamin Harrison, Woodrow Wilson, Lyndon Johnson.


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Independence Day quiz courtesy of the Spokesman-Review, Spokane WA

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