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US Independence -- July 4th

written by: eyez2k1ss
On July 4th Americans celebrate their independence from Great Britain, declared by the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Play this quiz and learn interesting facts about the history, celebration and traditions of this holiday.

Question 1:

On June 11, 1776, the so-called "Committee of Five" was formed to write a declaration that expressed the American colonies' resolution for independence from Great Britain. The committee included Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman. Who was the fifth member of the committee?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 2:

View the provided image.
John Trumbull's famous painting which can be found on the back of the US $2 bill depicts what important event related to the US Declaration of Independence?
The presentation of the Declaration of Independence to the British representatives
The ratification of the Declaration of Independence
The presentation of the Declaration of Independence to the Congress
The signing of the Declaration of Independence

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Question 3:

Although the whole Committee of Five participated in the drafting of the US Declaration of Independence, this man was the principal author of the Declaration.
Thomas Jefferson
Roger Sherman
Robert R. Livingston
John Adams

Question 4:

The final version of the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. In which state did this happen?

Question 5:

Fifteen days after the signing of the Declaration, the Congress ordered a copy to be engrossed for the delegates of the colonies to sign. Who was the first person to sign this copy?
John Adams
Benjamin Franklin
John Hancock
Thomas Jefferson

Question 6:

The Declaration of Independence was signed by a total of 56 delegates, representing how many colonies?

Question 7:

Almost half of the 56 delegates who signed the US Declaration of Independence were representatives of what profession?
Farmers and plantation owners
Teachers and scholars
Lawyers and jurists
Merchants and traders

Question 8:

The Lee Resolution, a much less known act which preceded the Declaration of Independence and declared the independence of the US colonies from the Kingdom of Great Britain, was signed by all colonies except one. Which one?

Question 9:

The Liberty Bell, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an item of great historic significance for all Americans. On July 8, 1776 the bell was tolled for several hours, for what reason?
To celebrate the signing of the Lee Resolution
To summon the locals for the first celebration of Independence Day
To celebrate the independence
To summon the locals to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence

Question 10:

The Syng inkstand used to sign the United States Declaration of Independence, was also used in the signing of what other important US document?
The Virginia Declaration of Rights
The First Thanksgiving Proclamation
The Declaration of Arms
The United States Constitution

Question 11:

The US Declaration of Independence and a fictional treasure map on its back are the subject of what popular 2004 film?
Walking Tall
National Treasure
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Chasing Liberty

Question 12:

Each year the celebrations of Independence Day in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City include this unusual contest.
Hamburger Eating Contest
Hot Dog Eating Contest
Ice Cream Eating Contest
Pancake Eating Contest

Question 13:

Which of these American cities got the nickname "America's Most Patriotic Town" as a result of having the oldest Independence Day celebrations?
Gainesville, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Baltimore, Maryland
Bristol, Rhode Island

Question 14:

Games of what popular US sport are usually part of the July 4th celebrations?
Car Racing

Question 15:

Pepsi 400 is the name of what major annual sports event held on July 4th, or the Saturday of the July 4th weekend?
Baseball games
Car racing
Motorbike racing
A series of extreme sports events


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