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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 ratification of the Declaration of Independence
The signing of the Declaration of Independence
The presentation of the Declaration of Independence to the British representatives
The presentation of the Declaration of Independence to the Congress

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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.
Roger Sherman
Robert R. Livingston
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson

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
Thomas Jefferson
John Hancock

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?
Lawyers and jurists
Teachers and scholars
Merchants and traders
Farmers and plantation owners

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 independence
To summon the locals to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence
To celebrate the signing of the Lee Resolution
To summon the locals for the first celebration of Independence Day

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 United States Constitution
The Declaration of Arms
The Virginia Declaration of Rights
The First Thanksgiving Proclamation

Question 11:

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

Question 12:

Each year the celebrations of Independence Day in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City include this unusual contest.
Hamburger Eating Contest
Pancake Eating Contest
Ice Cream Eating Contest
Hot Dog 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?
Baltimore, Maryland
Bristol, Rhode Island
Atlanta, Georgia
Gainesville, Georgia

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
A series of extreme sports events
Motorbike racing
Car racing


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