In light of Tom Van Dyke's post below, I thought it might be appropriate to provide our readers/contributors/commentators with the exact same test questions that were given by the American Revolution Center. I will put the answers in the comments section so you can check your score. Remember, the average national score on this test was a 44%, which means that most Americans only got 12 out of 27 questions right (pathetic). Anyway, here we go:
1.) The Bill of Rights is a part of which document?
b.)Declaration of Independence
2.) The most important consequence of the Boston Tea Party was:
a.)Repeal of the tax on tea
b.)Failure of the other colonies to support Boston's actions
c.)Opening negotiations between Britain and Massachusetts
d.)Enactment of Parliament of the Coercive Acts
3.) Which document outlines the divisions of power between the states and the federal government?
a.)Declaration of Independence
c.) U.S. Constitution
4.) The last major military action of the American Revolution was:
5.) Which of the following rights is NOT protected by the Bill of Rights?
a.)Freedom of speech
b.)Trial by jury
c.)The right to bear arms
d.)The right to vote
6.) Which of the following events most directly encouraged the states to send delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787?
a.)The Whiskey Rebellion
b.)The Boston Massacre
7.) Which of the following was responsible for declaring America's independence from Great Britain?
a.)The Albany Congress
b.)The Stamp Act Congress
c.)The House of Commons
d.)The Second Continental Congress
8.) Which of the following conflicts most directly led to the Stamp Act?
a.)The War of the Roses
b.)The War of 1812
c.)The Mexican-American War
d.)The French and Indian War
9.) Benjamin Franklin epitomized which movement in America:
b.)The Great Awakening
c.)The Loyalist Movement
d.)The Glorious Revolution
10.) Who wrote the influential pamphlet called "Common Sense" which advocated independence from Britain?
11.) Who took detailed notes at the Constitutional Convention and is widely regarded as the "Father of the Constitution?"
12.) Who was the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?
c.)Charles Evans Hughes
13.) Which of the following are the inalienable rights stated in the Declaration of Independence?
a.)Life, liberty and property
b.)Honor, liberty and peace
c.)Life, respect and equal protection
d.)Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
14.) The Constitution establishes which of the following forms of government:
a.)A direct democracy
15.) John Locked developed the concept of the "consent of the governed," an important concept underlying the war of independence, in a theory known as:
b.)Law of Relativity
16.) Which of the following nations played an important role in helping the colonies defeat the British?
17.) Which of the following phrases are the opening words to the constitution:
a.)When in the course of human events
b.)We the People
c.)Fourscore and seven years ago
d.)I have a dream
18.) Which of the following events came BEFORE the Declaration of Independence:
a.)Founding of Jamestown
b.)The Civil War
c.)The Emancipation Proclamation
d.)The War of 1812
19.) How many states were there after the United States won its independence?
20.) Who said the following: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs."?
21.) What river did George Washington cross on Christmas Eve of 1776 in a surprise attack on Hessian troops?
22.) Who was the first Secretary of the Treasury?
23.) In which state did the Valley Forge winter camp occur?
24.) When did the American Revolution begin? Was it in the...
25.) Which side of the war of independence did the Indians support?
26.) The westernmost city where military action of the American Revolution took place was:
27.) Who famously implored her husband to "remember the ladies" in drafting laws for the newly independent United States?
***Ok, perhaps we should require all future contributors to our blog to take this test. Seriously, if you can't get AT LEAST 20 right (if not all 27) then maybe you shouldn't pass yourself off as an enthusiast/historian/guru of the American Revolution. How the majority of Americans only scored a 44% is beyond me.