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Do you think you know American history? Test yourself with our special Declaration of Independence quiz—you may be surprised at some of the answers (which, unlike a lot that you'll find on the web, have been double-checked).

1. When did the United States declare its independence?
a) On April 19, 1775 at Concord, Massachusetts.
b) On July 2, 1776 with approval of the Lee Resolution.
c) On July 4, 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
d) On October 19, 1781 with the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.
2. How many delegates affixed their signatures to the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776?
a) None
b) Two
c) Thirteen
d) Fifty-six
3. How did Thomas Jefferson celebrate on July 4, 1776?
a) He bought 16 Chinese skyrockets.
b) He and Benjamin Franklin had drinks at Philadelphia’s City Tavern.
c) He bought a thermometer.
d) He and Sally Hemmings had a candlelit dinner.
4. Who, of the people below, did not serve on the drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence?
a) Robert Livingston
b) John Hancock
c) Benjamin Franklin
d) Roger Sherman
5. Where was George Washington on July 4, 1776?
a) At Mount Vernon having custard with Martha.
b) In New York, taking care of business.
c) At a dentist’s office in Philadelphia because of a toothache.
d) In Boston, commissioning the first ships for the navy.
6. What did King George III write in his diary on July 4, 1776?
a) My pee is blue. My pee is blue.
b) Nothing important happened today.
c) Sunny. Charlotte and children at beach.
d) None of the above.
e) All of the above.
7. Benjamin Franklin was the greatest writer in colonial America (or at least the most prolific). What phrase did he contribute to the Declaration of Independence?
a) When in the course of human events
b) We hold these truths to be self-evident
c) We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor
d) Four score and seven years ago
8. The original Declaration of Independence was printed on what special medium?
a) Paper
b) Vellum
c) Parchment
d) King George’s backside
9. The main body of the Declaration of Independence is a justification for our separation from Britain, listed as offenses the king has made against the people of the colonies. Which of these is not one of these allegations?
a) He has imposed taxes on us without our Consent.
b) He has plundered our seas.
c) He has obstructed the Administration of Justice.
d) He has waged cruel war against human nature itself.
10. Which signer of the Declaration of Independence was later killed in a duel?
a) Alexander Hamilton
b) Button Gwinnett
c) Richard Henry Lee
d) Matthew Thornton
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