Independence Day Quiz
by Jason Stevens
Near the end of his life, Thomas Jefferson described the Declaration of Independence as “an expression of the American mind.” On Independence Day, Americans should remember not only the Founding Fathers and the Revolutionary War but, more important, the fundamental principles and ideals that created and sustain the nation.
The quiz below, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, provides an opportunity for you to test your knowledge of the 4th of July and the Declaration of Independence.
Jason W. Stevens is visiting assistant professor of political science and history at Ashland University and assistant director of the Ashbrook Center’s Ashbrook Scholar Program.
On what day did the Second Continental Congress officially declare American independence from Great Britain? Hint: John Adams thought this day would be celebrated for generations as “the most memorable … in the history of America.”
On what day did the Second Continental Congress officially adopt the Declaration of Independence?
Who were the members of the “Committee of Five” that was responsible for drafting the Declaration of Independence?
What are the opening words of the Declaration of Independence?
Who served as president of the Second Continental Congress?
Which state abstained from voting for independence?
How many future presidents signed the Declaration of Independence?
Three U.S. presidents died on July 4. Who were they?
Who was the longest surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence?
What famous American entertainer always claimed, incorrectly, that he was born on the Fourth of July?
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