A July 4 quiz: How much do you know about the Declaration of Independence?

How much do you really know about the history of the Declaration of Independence and events surrounding the famous date of July 4th, 1776?

1

There were five members of the second Continental Congress tapped to form a committee to write a declaration of independence. Who was not on that committee?

George Washington, of Virginia
John Adams, of Massachusetts
Roger Sherman, of Connecticut
Benjamin Franklin, of Pennsylvania

2

Who turned down the chance to write the first draft of the Declaration of Independence?

Thomas Jefferson
Ben Franklin
Roger Sherman
John Hancock

3

What words from from the first draft of the Declaration of Independence were changed by the declaration committee?

"We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable" to "We hold these truths to be self-evident."
"Life, Liberty and the right of self-governance" to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
"deriving their just powers from the people" to "deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
"it is the Right of the People to change it" to "it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it."

4

On what day did the second Continental Congress approve independence from Great Britain?

July 1, 1776
July 2, 1776
July 3, 1776
July 4, 1776

5

Which school claims the most graduates among the signers of the Declaration of Independence?

Yale University
College of William and Mary
Harvard University
Princeton University

6

Who was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence?

George Washington, in honor of his military leadership
Ben Franklin, in honor of being the oldest and most respected member of the Continental Congress
John Hancock, in honor of being president of the Contintental Congress
Thomas Jefferson, in honor of being the primary author of the declaration

7

How many future presidents signed the declaration, and who were they?

Two: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
Three: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
Three: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe
Four: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe

8

When did most delegates of the Continental Congress sign the Declaration of Independence?

July 2, 1776
July 4, 1776
Aug. 1, 1776
Aug. 2, 1776

9

When was the first celebration of American independence held?

July 2, 1776
July 4, 1776
July 6, 1776
July 8, 1776

10

Which two presidents died on July 4, 1826?

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson
John Adams and James Monroe
John Adams and James Monroe

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