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Patriotic trivia isn't always as simple as it seems.
by: Jay Heater Managing Editor

Being patriotic in America can mean more than beer, burgers and fireworks on July 4. Here’s a quiz to check your depth when it comes to all things patriotic. Answers at the bottom (don't peek).

 

1. Who wrote “God Bless America?”

 

a) Irving Berlin

b) Kate Smith

c) George Cohan

 

2. Lee Greenwood’s hit “God Bless the U.S.A.” rose how high in the U.S Billboard Hot 100?

 

  1. No. 1
  2. No. 8
  3. No. 16

 

3. The four Presidents on Mt. Rushmore are:

 

  1. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln
  2. George Washington, Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln
  3. George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson

 

4. Thomas Paine wrote an influential pamphlet that many felt was influential in leading to the Declaration of Independence. It was called:

 

  1. No Representation
  2. A Spot of Tea
  3. Common Sense

 

5. The first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence begins:

 

  1. We hold these truths to be self evident …
  2. When in the course of human events …
  3. We the people …

 

6. The first Independence Day parade was held in:

 

  1. Bristol, R.I.
  2. Boston
  3. Tarrytown, N.Y.

 

7. The music for the Star-Spangled Banner came from:

 

  1. a religious hymn
  2. a French military march
  3. a British drinking song

 

8. According to a study by the Statistic Brain Research Institute, what percentage of Americans display an American flag on July 4?

 

  1. 66%
  2. 74%
  3. 81%

 

9. How many people lived in the 13 colonies at the time of the Declaration of Independence?

 

  1. 1.5 million
  2. 2.5 million
  3. 6.5 million

 

10. About how much chicken do Americans eat during July 4 week?

 

  1. 350 million pounds
  2. 700 million pounds
  3. 920 million pounds

 

11. In 2016, Americans spent approximately how much on fireworks for July 4?

 

  1. $137 million
  2. $490 million
  3. $825 million

 

12. The Liberty Bell weighs:

 

  1. 2,080 pounds
  2. 3,111 pounds
  3. 947 pounds

 

13. What year was the bell that eventually became the “Liberty Bell” cast?

 

  1. 1690
  2. 1753
  3. 1775

 

14. What phrase did Thomas Jefferson initially write in the Declaration of Independence that was eventually replaced by “the pursuit of happiness.”

 

  1. the pursuit of property
  2. the pursuit of prosperity
  3. the pursuit of personal welfare

 

15. How did members of the Sons of Liberty dress during the Boston Tea Party?

 

  1. as Mohawk Indians
  2. as British soldiers
  3. as blacksmiths

 

16. What president appears on a $50 bill?

 

  1. Thomas Jefferson
  2. Andrew Jackson
  3. Ulysses S. Grant

 

17. The “Monticello” that has appeared on U.S currency is the:

 

  1. Public state house in Philadelphia
  2. Senate building in Massachusetts
  3. Plantation owned by Thomas Jefferson

 

18. The Washington Monument was built to honor:

 

  1. Those who died in the Revolutionary War
  2. George Washington
  3. Politicians

 

19. The Statue of Liberty is how tall?

 

  1. 189 feet, 10 inches
  2. 305 feet, 6 inches
  3. 413 feet, 4 inches

 

20. The First Battle of Bull Run happened:

 

  1. in the War of 1812
  2. in the Civil War
  3. in the Spanish-American War

 

 

 

 

 

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