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American Revolution Quiz

Can you answer these questions about the American Revolution?
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Last updated: December 5, 2019
First submittedSeptember 4, 2012
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Who wrote the "Declaration of Independence"?
Thomas Jefferson
And who was the first person to sign it?
John Hancock
Who was the King of Great Britain at this time?
King George III
The first battles were at the cities of Lexington and what?
Concord
What kind of "party" was held in Boston Harbor?
Tea
In what city did the Continental Congress meet?
Philadelphia
Whose "midnight ride" warned that the British were coming?
Paul Revere
Crispus Attucks died in what engagement?
Boston Massacre
What series of battles were considered the turning point of the war?
Battles of Saratoga
Where did the Continental Army spend a damp and miserable winter in 1777-8?
Valley Forge
What were the British soldiers called? (based on the the color of their uniform)
Redcoats
What German mercenaries did the British hire?
Hessians
Who led the Continental Army?
George Washington
"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" came from what battle?
Battle of Bunker Hill
Which American general defected to the British?
Benedict Arnold
In what city did Cornwallis surrender?
Yorktown
Who traveled to France to negotiate an alliance?
Ben Franklin
Who wrote Common Sense?
Thomas Paine
Who said "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
Patrick Henry
What American naval hero said "I have not yet begun to fight!"
John Paul Jones
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level 41
Dec 18, 2012
19/20 missed John Paul Jones, kicking myself now though!
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level 30
Jul 4, 2013
I didn't even learn about him till now.
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level 80
Jul 2, 2016
I thought he was great in Led Zeppelin.
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level 30
Jul 4, 2013
Every time it asked for a name I would automatically type John-then remember the real name. This is an awesome quiz to remember everything forgotten since 6th grade.
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level 62
Jul 6, 2013
Maybe accept "Boston Tea Party" as an answer? I typed it that way and it didn'T work, was like what???
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level 37
Jul 9, 2013
Maybe because they ask for what type of PARTY was held in BOSTON? Also, Paul Revere never made the full ride. It was Samuel Prescott.
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level 45
Aug 21, 2018
Yeah, Paul Revere was actually stripped of his rank in the continental army for "cowardice" after his midnight ride. He got captured after a few miles, and that wasn't so popular. He's really only famous because someone wrote a poem about him. The real heroes who made similar rides were Samuel Prescott, Sybil Luddington, and Israel Bissel. None of their names are easily rhyme able though :P
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level 73
Aug 21, 2018
JBman, completely incorrect. Dawes and Revere both made rides. Revere crossed the Charles into Charlestown, Dawes took the land route around. They both wound up in Lexington, and were both stopped by the British. Dawes got away. Prescott joined Dawes and Revere along the way. Revere was exonerated at a court martial, the charges were politically motivated. I agree the poem is historically inaccurate though.
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level 23
Dec 2, 2013
18/20....:( I had typed Benedict Arnold at the last second,but it didn't count it..... Should have been 19/20....
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level 36
Jul 6, 2016
It kept bouncing my "Benedict Arnold" answer too! I tried different spellings, and finally erased the first name for just Arnold--which it bounced until the end when I went back and tried just "Arnold" again. That time it accepted it. Something about the word "Benedict" makes the program spazz (sorry I am not techy).
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level 77
Dec 11, 2013
100% with 1:35 left would have been much faster but got stuck on B. Arnold
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level 52
Jan 16, 2014
100% with 2:27 left…thanks to movies like 1776 and, of course, School House Rock.
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level 43
May 28, 2014
I thought it was John Bonham... damn
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level 36
Jul 6, 2016
John Bonham was the drummer--big powerful guy.. John Paul Jones was the bass guitarist and keyboard player with the blonde pageboy hairstyle.
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level 68
Jul 9, 2014
British soldiers were also called lobster backs, that should be added as an acceptable answer.
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level 51
Sep 4, 2014
you need to accept hessian
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level ∞
Nov 10, 2015
It's my site, I can do whatever I want! But Hessian will work now.
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level 62
Jul 31, 2015
It's funny how old people say "I was taught to respect authority!" despite the fact that America was founded by rebels.
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level 77
Jul 2, 2016
I don't think any of those old people were around during the revolution.
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level 76
Jul 2, 2016
Some people might think so. I was telling my granddaughters a story about a Civil War skirmish that happened in our area and the younger one asked, "Did that happen when you were a girl, Grandma?" Any history which occurred before we were born all seems to pancake together into one era.
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level 77
Jul 3, 2016
Funniest misconception about age I've come across in young people was probably when my 1st grade students in Virginia saw how tall I was (about 2 meters), and under the assumption that growing older = growing bigger, guessed my age at over 100.
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level 71
Apr 2, 2017
Inverting that misconception, when I was about 4, I apparently asked my mother, who was 5'0", what she wanted to be when she grew up.
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level 64
Jan 15, 2016
Was Yorktown a city?
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level 77
Jul 2, 2016
still is
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level 36
May 2, 2016
Could you please accept lobsterbacks for redcoats?
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level 76
Jul 2, 2016
There is some controversy as to when that term first became popular. The term Lobster was used in the English Civil War and for British marines, and also saw limited use in the Am. Revolution in the Boston area, but there is not much evidence that lobsterback was used until after the War of 1812, and even then it may have first appeared in literature. http://boston1775.blogspot.com/2007/11/british-soldiers-werent-called.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_coat_(British_Army_and_Royal_Marines)
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level 39
Jun 27, 2016
"I've been reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine"... somebody tell me I'm not the only one...
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level 77
Jul 15, 2019
You are far from the only Hamilton fan, if that's what you're implying.
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level 50
Jul 2, 2016
Only got seven. Learned all of that trivia at some point, but between being terrible with remembering people's names and having no practical use for the information, most of it quickly atrophies.
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level 76
Jul 2, 2016
I find as I get older that I suddenly remember many of the things I learned when young, but quickly forget the things I learned yesterday. Unfortunately many of the things I learned when young have now changed - countries, capitals, we lose a planet, we gain an ocean, etc. Anyway, I was happy with a score of 17.
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level 71
Sep 2, 2016
Trivia is stuff like Nicki Minaj's first #1 hit or who starred as Joey in "Friends". This stuff is history!
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level 82
Jul 2, 2016
14. Should've gotten 2 more. All thanks to reading Outlander, without that I'd known maybe 7 at most.
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level 54
Jul 2, 2016
32 years of teaching US History finally pays off!
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level 43
Jul 2, 2016
A few mistakes that should probably be cleaned up: Ben Franklin was not the only American sent to Paris to get a deal, as key Founding Father John Adams was sent as well. While Thomas Jefferson authored the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, it was edited by the committee he worked on to write it (which included both Franklin and Adams), before being edited again and accepted by the full body of the Continental Congress.
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level 38
Jul 17, 2017
True. Among the things the "Body" edited out was his reference to slavery being an abomination. The fact that male slaves were only considered a percentage of a whole man was to justify the deviation from the proposition that "All men are created equal"
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level 67
Aug 21, 2018
By "male slaves were only considered a percentage of a whole man," are you referring to the Three Fifths Compromise? If so, A) that's the Constitution, not the Declaration of Independence, and B) that's not what it means. It was referring solely to counting population for the purposes of determining the number of representatives (and by extension electoral votes) each state got, and had nothing at all to do with how much of a person they were. It was the slave states that wanted to fully count the slaves (so that they would get more power in government) and the free states that didn't want to count them at all.
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level 77
Jul 8, 2018
I typed Adams first, but when that wasn't accepted I thought about it for a second and arrived at the obvious answer.
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level 71
Jul 3, 2016
20/20. Super easy, probably because I am an American and a history nerd (to an extent).
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level 24
Jan 20, 2017
i wrote Boston Tea Party and i did not work.Can you except it??
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level 30
Apr 28, 2017
Nice Quiz, but is the Boston Massacre really an "engagement"? It was just soldiers shooting into a crowd. Granted, there was basically a riot going on, but still...
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level 47
Mar 12, 2019
Yes! Got them all with 2:15 remaining at 7:39:19 PM on March 12, 2019. I recently visited Valley Forge, and I have lived in the United States my whole life, so I took this quiz with pride.
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level 56
May 7, 2019
Just a tiny nitpick, but Cornwallis wasn't the one to deliver the official surrender at Yorktown, it was actually his Lt. General Charles O'Hara. Cornwallis himself wasn't even present at the surrender ceremony.