Remember how history class at the start of every school year began with the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence? Some of it has long since blurred; some of it is fable. (See Question 11.) If you wanted to see the Declaration of Independence--the original--where would you travel? If you wanted to see the home of the man who drafted much of that document, where would you go? If you wanted to stick your tongue out at the colony that didn't join the 12 original colonies in voting for this, which colony (state) would that be?
Take this quiz to see how much you know about this important document and to keep yourself from winding up in the wrong place if you take a history tour. Answers below. No peeking.
1. What was the name of the body that approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776?
A. Confederacy of the American Congress
B. The Confidential Congress
C. The House of the New United States
D. The Continental Congress
2. What colony (state) abstained from voting on July 2 that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be Free and Independent States”?
B. New Jersey
C. New York
3. When did the fighting begin that would develop into the Revolutionary War?
A. July 4, 1774
B. Aug. 31, 1774
C. Feb. 29, 1775
D. April 19, 1775
4. When the war began, most colonists sought:
A. Their freedom from Britain by separating from it
B. Only relief from oppressive taxes