Over time, holidays have lost much of their original meaning. For example Christmas now has more to do with shopping and Santa Claus than the birth of Christ. Memorial Day is more the kick-off to summer and the barbecue season than a time to remember those who died in wars; and upcoming 4th of July is more about fireworks.
To help get us back in touch with the roots of the Independence Day holiday I've decided to give a pop quiz. If you can answer all these correctly you are a true patriot, or you have great recall. If you get about half right, you are about average or a good guesser. If you get only two or three right, you are the weakest link and need to think about what the holiday really means.
Take the test and check your answers on page. Good luck.
1. How many colonies were there when the Declaration of Independence was signed?
2. Who was the king of England during the period when the Declaration of Independence was signed?
a. King Henry VIII
b. King George III
c. King William IV
d. King Edward VII
3. How many men signed the Declaration of Independence?
4. Of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence, how many were lawyers and judges?
5. When was the first Continental Congress held?
6. What does the 4th of July holiday actually commemorate?
a. the Boston Tea Party
b. the signing of the Magna Carta
c. the meeting first Continental Congress
d. the signing of the Declaration of Independence
7. How many colonies voted for the Declaration of Independence?
8. Who was the president of the congress at the time the Declaration of Independence was signed?
a. George Washington
b. John Adams
c. Benjamin Franklin
d. John Hancock
9. Where was the first Continental Congress held?
a. Washington D.C.
10. When was the Declaration of Independence first read in public?
a. July 4
b. July 6
c. July 8
d. August 1
11. What was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence?
a. Pennsylvania Evening Post
b. Boston Globe
c. Philadelphia Inquirer
d. New York Times
Answers to the 4th of July quiz
1. C - There were 13 original colonies
2. B - The King of England at the time of the Declaration of Independence was King George III.
3. D - Fifty -seven men signed the Declaration of Independence.
4. C - Of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence, 29 were lawyers or judges.
5. B - The first Continental Congress was held in 1774.
6. D - The 4th of July actually commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
7. B - Of the 13 colonies only 9 voted for the Declaration of Independence. Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted no. Delaware and New York abstained.
8. C - The president of the congress at the time was John Hancock. George Washington was not a member of the congress.
9. B - Philadelphia was the site of the first Continental Congress.
10. C - On July 8th, the Declaration has its first public reading in Philadelphia's Independence Square.
11. A - The first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence was the Pennsylvania Evening Post on July 6, 1776.