Quiz created: 010630

Revolutionary War Quiz (1)

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1. The words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal …" come from the:
Bill of Rights 
Declaration of Independence 
No Answer
2. Who composed the Declaration of Independence?
3. The Constitution was judged by some to provide inadequately explicit attention to the rights of citizens, and amendments were added to accommodate this need. The amendments came to be known as the "Bill of Rights." Not all constitutional amendments are part of the Bill of Rights, however. How many are?
10  12  15  20  25  30  No Answer
4. The famous Liberty Bell, still an important symbol of the revolutionary War, was cracked when
first used 
attacked by a tourist in 1931 
captured by Confederate troops during the Civil War 
captured by British troops in 1779 
No Answer
5. One of the precipitating causes of colonial discontent was Parliament's passage in 1765 of a revenue measure called the "Stamp Act." The act created a system still used in some countries today that taxed
6. One of the most famous quotations from the Revolutionary War period is, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country!" The words, spoken as British authorities executed him for spying, were spoken by
Benedict Arnold 
Patrick Henry 
Nathan Hale 
Paul Revere 
No Answer
7. Another famous quotation from the period was, "Give me liberty or give me death!" This is associated with
Benedict Arnold 
Patrick Henry 
Nathan Hale 
Paul Revere 
No Answer
8. "Common Sense" was an inflammatory pamphlet explaining why the colonists should seek independence from Britain. Its author was the originator of phrases still quoted, such as, "These are the times that try men's souls," "The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph," and "Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered." He was
George Washington 
James Madison 
Thomas Jefferson 
Thomas Edison 
Thomas Paine 
No Answer
9. The state of Pennsylvania was named for William Penn. What was his religious affiliation?
10. The Declaration of Independence carries the signatures of a host of delegates to the convention that endorsed it. The first name in the list is
Aaron Burr 
John Adams 
John Jacob Astor 
John Hancock 
Thomas Jefferson 
No Answer
11. Who was commissioned to make the first United States flag?
Betty Crocker 
Dolly Madison 
Betsy Ross 
Martha Washington 
Dolly Parton 
Betsy Adams  
No Answer
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This quiz is inspired by and/or heavily modified from a similar one published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Saturday, June 30, 2001.

This consummately cool, pedagogically compelling, self-correcting,
multiple-choice quiz was produced automatically from
a simple text file of questions using D.K. Jordan's
dubiously original, but publicly accessible
Think Again Quiz Maker
of April 28, 2001.