Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July and Patriotic Trivia




Sarge is a bit busy this weekend so I'll be handling the blogging duties this Holiday for a couple days.  I heard a short quiz on the radio titled Patriotic Trivia and I was 0 for 5.  They were seemingly easy questions so I thought I'd try to play stump the chump here on the Chant.

1.  First off, what occurred on the 4th of July, 1776
     a.  The majority of members of the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence
     b.  The Congress ratified the Constitution, after signing the Declaration on July 2nd.
     c.  The Congress voted and approved the wording of the Declaration.
     d.  The Congress voted and approved the Resolution of Independence. The Declaration was not approved until a month later.


2.  Who is credited with the phrase "Give me liberty or give me death?"
     a. Thomas Payne
     b. Thomas Jefferson
     c. Patrick Henry
     d. LT Lex Lefon when he was assigned Squadron Duty Officer on his first port call to Thailand.

 3.  What other country also celebrates their Independence Day on July 4th?  By the way, it was independence from the United States.
      a.  Samoa (distinct from American Samoa)
      b.  Liberia
      c.  The Philippines
      d.  Kiribati

4.  What was our National Anthem before 1931, when an act naming the Star Spangled Banner was signed by President Hoover?
     a.  My Country 'Tis of Thee
     b. Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus
     c. America the Beautiful
     d. We had no anthem before 1931


5.  What are the first words of the Declaration of Independence?
     a. When in the course of human events...
     b. We the People...
     c. As Resolved by the Second Continental Congress...
     d. Four Score and seven years ago...


6.  Hawaii was the last state added to the Union on August 29th, 1959.  What state preceded Hawaii and in what year?
     a. Alaska in 1958
     b. Arizona in 1959
     c. Alaska in 1959
     d. Arizona in 1958


7.  Who was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence?
     a.  Ben Franklin
     b. John Hancock
     c. Thomas McKean
     d. Edward Rutledge


8.  Which city had the largest population on July 4th, 1776?
     a.  Philadelphia
     b. Boston
     c. New York
     d. Charleston


9.  On what date did the Liberty Bell ring to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence?
     a.  July 4th, 1776
     b.  July 8th, 1776
     c.  July 4th, 1777, on the first anniversary
     d. August 2nd, 1776



10.  How many U.S. Presidents died on July 4th?  Name them.
       a.  One.  George Washington
       b.  Two.  John Adams and James Monroe
       c.  Two.   John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
       d.  Three.  John Adams, James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson


11.  How many delegates signed the Declaration of Independence?
       a.  13.  One from each Colony
       b.  26.  Two from each Colony
       c.  42.    
       d.  56.




12.  What state had the most delegates sign?
       a. New York
       b. Pennsylvania
       c. Virginia
       d. Delaware


13. When was the Constitution signed?
      a.  July 8th, 1776
      b.  August 2nd, 1776
      c.  September 17th, 1787
      d.  December 15th, 1791
   

14.  Where were the first battles of the Revolutionary War?
       a. Lexington and Concord
       b. The area near Valley Forge
       c. New York and New Jersey
       d. At sea off the coast of Massachusetts


 15.  What was the final battle of the Revolutionary War?
        a. Yorktown
        b. The siege of Valley Forge
        c. Cowpens
        d. Bunker Hill


16.  When did the 4th of July become a paid Federal Holiday?
       a.  1870
       b.  1938
       c.  1941
       d.  1976


17.  What President is famous for playing golf every 4th of July?
       a.  Nixon
       b.  Ford
       c. Obama
       d. Eisenhower


18.  What city and state has the oldest, continuous 4th of July celebration dating back to 1785?
       a.  Philadelphia Pennsylvania
       b. Boston Massachusetts
       c. Concord New Hampshire
       d. Bristol, Rhode Island


19.  Why are the stars on the original flag of the U.S. arranged in a circle?
       a.  Because they would give no corner to the British king.
       b.  To represent encircling the British during the Revolutionary War.
       c.  So each of the colonies would appear to be equal.
       d.  It was designed to represent a new crown of colonies.


20.  What Major League pitcher threw a No-Hitter on Independence Day?
       a.  Sandy Koufax- LA Dodgers
       b. Dave Righetti- NY Yankees
       c. Roger Clemens- Boston Red Sox
       d. Rick Monday- Chicago Cubs

Bonus Question:  Name all five rights granted in the First Amendment to the Constitution.


Answers are in the comments

8 comments:

  1. 1. First off, what occurred on the 4th of July, 1776
    c. The Congress voted and approved the wording of the Declaration.

    2. Who is credited with the phrase "Give me liberty or give me death?"
    c. Patrick Henry. Thomas Payne said I regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. Lex may have said something like that, but I can’t confirm it.

    3. What other country also celebrates their Independence Day on July 4th? By the way, it was independence from the United States.
    c. The Philippines

    4. What was our National Anthem before 1931, when an act naming the Star Spangled Banner was signed by President Hoover?
    d. We had no anthem before 1931

    5. What are the first words of the Declaration of Independence?
    a. When in the course of human events...

    6. Hawaii was the last state added to the Union on August 29th, 1959. What state preceded Hawaii and in what year?
    c. Alaska in 1959

    7. Who was the oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence?
    a. Ben Franklin
    b. John Hancock was the first
    c. Thomas McKean was the youngest
    d. Edward Rutledge was the last

    8. What city had the largest population on July 4th, 1776?
    a. Philadelphia. The entire country only had 25 million

    9. On what date was the Liberty Bell rung to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence?
    b. July 8th, 1776 when it cracked

    10. How many U.S. Presidents died on July 4th? Name them.
    d. Three. John Adams, James Moore, Thomas Jefferson

    11. How many delegates signed the Declaration of Independence?
    d. 56.
    12. What state had the most delegates sign?
    b. Pennsylvania

    13. When was the Constitution signed?
    c. September 17th, 1787

    14. Where were the first battles of the Revolutionary War?
    a. Lexington and Concord

    15. What was the final battle of the Revolutionary War?
    a. Yorktown

    16. When did the 4th of July become a Federal paid Holiday?
    a. 1870 was when it was declared a holiday
    b. 1938 was when it became law
    c. 1941 was when the law actually went into effect

    17. What President is famous for playing golf every 4th of July?
    b. Ford – nope, but he did play a lot of golf.
    c. Obama – same as above
    d. Eisenhower made it a tradition

    18. What city and state has the oldest, continuous 4th of July celebration dating back to 1785?
    d. Bristol, Rhode Island (H/T to Sarge)

    19. Why are the stars on the original flag of the U.S. arranged in a circle?
    c. So each of the colonies would appear to be equal.

    20. What Major League pitcher threw a No-Hitter on Independence Day?
    b. Dave Righetti- NY Yankees – Rick Monday saved a flag from being burned

    Bonus Question: Name all five rights granted in the First Amendment to the Constitution.
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances

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  2. 10. How many U.S. Presidents died on July 4th? Name them.
    d. Three. John Adams, James Moore, Thomas Jefferson


    James Moore? A US President?

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    1. That's the first thing that popped into my mind, too, Buck.
      I'm pretty sure he isn't dead yet. (HSWHTPFIHC)

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    2. BTW - Good quiz.
      I really appreciate the effort of having all those pictures.
      It had to take some time to collect them.

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  3. Sorry 'bout that. Major league typo there. Monroe! I'll fix.

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  4. Yeah, I was wondering about that one too... :-) I missed the one on Bristol, RI... sigh

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  5. 2c. Actually Nathan Hale is credited with "I have but one life to give for my country." He has a memorial at CIA Headquarters. 10d. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on 4 Jul 1826. James Monroe died on 4 Jul 1831.

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  6. Two bonus extra credit points to Dave. I kluged this post together at 10PM on Thursday night, posting at midnight so I'll apologize and blame my errors on fatigue and over-reliance on my faulty memory. That's what I get for trying to help Sarge with quality content. I guess I'll have to keep my part-time status for a while longer as I'm clearly not ready to go pro.

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