Anne’s Quiz #42

United States Patriotic Holidays

Americans actually have several patriotic holidays, not just July 4th. Each was created for a specific reason and is worth observing. The picture of fireworks at the Washington Monument was taken by Karen Livescu of The Center for Language and Speech Processing at The Johns Hopkins University. [used with permission]

1. What group adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776?
a) The Virginia House of Burgesses
b) The Continental Congress
c) The Committees of Correspondence
d) The Constitutional Convention
2. Who wrote to his wife these words regarding the celebration of Independence Day: "I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival... it ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other..."
a) John Adams
b) Benjamin Franklin
c) John Hancock
d) Thomas Jefferson
3. When was the Liberty Bell last rung?
a) last year for Memorial Day
b) in 1835 for the funeral procession of John Marshall, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence
c) in 1776 for the signing of the Declaration of Independence
d) in 1865 in memorium for all who died in the Civil War
4. What was the original name for Memorial Day?
a) Veterans Day
b) Remembrance Day
c) Decoration Day
d) Memorial Day
5. When was Memorial Day first commemorated?
a) 1866
b) 1891
c) 1918
d) 1946
6. When was Armistice Day renamed to Veteran's Day?
a) 1920
b) 1938
c) 1953
d) 1971
7. When do Americans celebrate Flag Day?
a) February 22nd
b) April 5th
c) June 14th
d) November 11th
8. When were fireworks first used to celebrate Independence Day?
a) 1777
b) 1789
c) 1865
d) 1902
9. Which president declared Thanksgiving to be a national holiday?
a) Thomas Jefferson
b) Andrew Jackson
c) Teddy Roosevelt
d) Abraham Lincoln
10. Who campaigned for over 30 years to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday?
a) Sarah Josepha Hale
b) Clara Barton
c) Benjamin Franklin
d) Abraham Lincoln


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quiz 42 created 5-31-02