The ultimate July 4 challenge: Test your knowledge of early American history

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What act became the first internal tax levied on the colonies by Great Britain?

A. The Molasses Act

B. The Intolerable Acts

C. The Townshend Acts

D. The Stamp Act
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Oroville, WA

What a fun way to review history and learn. Thank you!

Huntington Beach, CA

Great Quiz. Loved doing it. Some of those I don't remember learning, but I did know more than 3/4 of them.

Encinitas, CA

Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death." NO ONE ever spoke those words; they were written into the mouth of Patrick Henry by William Wirt in his book, Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry. Thomas Jefferson, a friend of Wirt, considered the book a work of fiction.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Hughcpa, you seem quite certain that Henry never uttered those words.

Interesting reference to Wirt. The Liberty or Death speach was popularized by William Wirt - who, as you mentioned, wrote a biography of Henry in 1817. It is not known if minutes were taken at this convention or if Henry spoke from prepared notes. How, then, did Wirt reconstruct the content and style of the speaches attributed to Henry, or were his writings, as you have strongly claimed, works of fiction?

One way he did so was by corresponding with people who remembered Henry and who were there during these events. Thomas Jefferson was one such correspondent, and many of the letters between Jefferson and Wirt have been preserved. About Henry, Jefferson said that he "through a long and active life had been the idol of his country beyond any man who ever lived." Another correspondent was a Judge Winston, who had married Henry's widow. Wirt also obtained information about Henry from newspapers (from 1763 on) and court documents.

Patrick Henry was much more than a spirited orator. Here's a guy who became a lawyer at 24 and within a couple years had successfully argued one of the most notable case in the state of the era (the Parson's Cause). At the age of 28 was arguing the case for expanded sufferage before the Virginia House of Burgesses. At the age of 29 was one of the very few non-aristocrats elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses and, and a freshman member, immediately led the successful Stamp Act resistance in that body. By age 40 he was the Colony's first non royal appointed governor.

Then again, as we examine history, how many accounts are truly accurate? Did Paul Revere's midnight ride occur as we have leaned?

Hugh, enjoy your weekend. I hope that we all can agree that great sacrifices were made for this land.

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

We do have taxation without representation today. A legal alien, for example, that has a work US visa pays taxes, but does not get to vote.

We have a nominal representation for those who are US citizens. Sure if you do not like a certain tax or how your taxes are spent you could write to your representative. He will send you a letter of response saying he feels for you, but even if he has the best of intentions he alone cannot do much about it. With the technology available to us today I think we can do better than that. Those who pay taxes should be able to have a more direct say in how the money is spent. At least part of the federal and state budget could be voted on online with the vote limited to those who actually pay the taxes that go into those budgets.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Nicely done. I especially enjoyed having the capsule summary instead of just the correct answer.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

24/25, thought Long Island was our worst defeat. Oh well, good quiz, good information...

South Jordan, UT

I loved this quiz, but then I love America and its rich history in the founding of our country. I only missed five of these questions.

I also highly recommend the film, "America, Imagine Life Without Her" now showing in theaters across the country. I have seen it twice now. It's an outstanding documentary!

God Bless America! May we be a more informed citizenry,

Burley, ID

Tough quiz, but I only missed only four. Does that qualify me as a history nut?

Nan BW
ELder, CO

Reviewing these events is a great little activity for Independence Day. I am so grateful to our valiant founding fathers!

Farmington, UT

21 out of 25, missed mostly the number of casualties in specific battles. I agree, it was a fun little quiz. Thanks!

Ogden, UT

25 out of 25. I've always loved history.

Utah Dem
Ogden, UT

Sasha Pachev - there is a simple fix for those in that situation - become a U.S. citizen.

utah, UT

God is mentioned throughout the quotes from our Founding Fathers, and how the Colonies would have to rely on Him to overcome such a formidable foe as their British oppressors to establish themselves independent, free above all other nations. I don't hear our current "leaders" ever mention our continued reliance on that same Being to help us remain free. Why not? Is it not politicly correct? Are we afraid of offending someone? is there any wonder why we are abdicating our rights to an ideology that our Founders shunned and were willing to risk their lives to free themselves from, all in the name of equality and antiracism?
I question if the United States of America would have been founded under our current state of affairs and way of thinking. Thomas Jefferson, "God who gave us life, gave us liberty. And, can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God, and that they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when i reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep foreve.?

Pig Frizzle
Tremonton, UT

@ Sasha Pachev ... We also have representation without taxation!

There are many that receive more compensation from City, County, State & Federal Governments than they ever will be taxed, but they make sure to vote in those that keep the 'Dole' happening!

Mountain Bird
West Jordan, UT

I got a much better score the second time thru. I wish I was as interested in history back in school as I am now. Thanks for posting this quiz.

Dave T in Ogden
Ogden, UT

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Lehi, UT

"On April 19, 1775, British forces were sent to arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock and to seize military stores being kept in Concord, Mass. Minutemen and colonists, warned by Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott, gathered on the Lexington Green to meet the British. A fight broke out between the 700 British troops and the 77 colonists, and it remains unclear to this day who fired what is considered the first shot of the American Revolution." What would have happened to our future as a nation if we would have had "gun control". How can we even accept such absurdity? This, and other like-minded Presidents are a mockery to the Constitution and our freedoms.

West Columbia, TX

There s no doubt in history that he gave a firey speech about independence and the effect it had. The exact wording, well we will find out those on the other side.


Laura Bilington
Maple Valley, WA

@kranny wrote, "God is mentioned throughout the quotes from our Founding Fathers... I don't hear our current "leaders" ever mention our continued reliance on that same Being to help us remain free. Why not? Is it not politicly correct? Are we afraid of offending someone? ..I tremble for my country when i reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Yes, some founding fathers believed in a Deity. And some didn't. And collectively they wrote in the Constitution that the government would not give a preference to one belief over another, which includes a belief in the non-existence of any god at all.

Whichever political leaders you are referring to may not believe that they need to rely on God. That is their right. If you have a problem with that, you might want to find a country that is run as a theocracy. Iran and Saudi Arabia and Vatican City would qualify.

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