Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Birthday USA

Helena, MT  High 95  Low 64



Here’s another star spangled quiz for you. Just so you know, I did terrible.

1. Three of these foreign-sounding foods are actually American in origin. Which ones?

German chocolate cake

French fries

Russian dressing

Chinese chicken salad

Danish pastries

English muffins

2. The Statue of Liberty, dedicated in 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of what nation?

3. Can you put these constitutional amendments in correct numerical order?

a. Women receive the right to vote.

b. Freedom of speech is protected.

c. Prohibition is repealed.

d. The right to a jury trial is established.

e. Slavery is abolished.

f. The voting age is lowered to 18.

4. Do you recognize the first words communicated by these technologies? Match the medium to its message.

1. Samuel Morse’s commercial telegraph.

2. Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone.

3. Feature film with synchronized dialogue.

4. You Tube video.

a. All right, so here we are in front of the elephants.

b. Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You ain’t heard nothin’ yet.

c. Mr. Watson, come here – I want to see you.

d. What hath God wrought?

5. Which of the following products did botanist and inventor George Washington Carver make from peanuts?


fake oysters

fruit drink mix



printer’s ink

6. Sequoyah is a hero of the Cherokee people because in 1821 he gave them what?

a. A decisive victory over the U. S. Cavalry.

b. An elected government.

c. A major land grant.

d. A written language

7. Abner Doubleday is sometimes called the inventory of baseball. That’s not true, but what was Doubleday’s real historical claim to fame?

a. He ordered the first Union shots of the Civil War.

b. He purchased Alaska from Russia.

c. He was the only survivor of the Alamo.

d. He mapped the Oregon Trail.

8. Match each president to his administration’s domestic policy program.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Harry Truman

John F. Kennedy

Lyndon B. Johnson

a. The New Frontier

b. The New Deal

c. The Square Deal

d. The Great Society

e. The Fair Deal

9. The man on the $10 bill was never president. So why is he pictured there?

a. He was the first secretary of the Treasury.

b. He was chief justice of the Supreme Court.

c. He said, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

d. He was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.

10. Match these Old West gunslingers to their real names.

1. Billy the Kid

2. Butch Cassidy

3. Calamity Jane

4. Buffalo Bill

5. Belle Starr

6. Annie Oakley

a. Myra Shirley

b. Robert Parker

c. Martha Canary

d. William McCarty

e. William Cody

f. Phoebe Moses

11. Why was Francis Scott Key present at the British bombardment of Baltimore’s Fort McHenry the night he conceived “The Star-Spangled Banner”?

a. He was a militia member defending the fort.

b. He was a lawyer negotiating the release of a prisoner.

c. He was a doctor treating the wounded.

d. He was a barber cutting the British admiral’s hair.

12. The tip of the Washington Monument was constructed out of a material that (at the time) was one of the rarest and most precious substances on earth. What is that material?

a. Celluloid plastic

b. Stainless steel

c. Rubber

d. Aluminum

13. Who is the only woman ever to lie in honor in the rotunda of the U. S. Capitol following her death?

a. Helena Keller

b. Susan B. Anthony

c. Rosa Parks

d. Eleanor Roosevelt


1. German chocolate cake, Russian Dressing, and Chinese Chicken Salad

2. France

3. b (1st amendment), d (6th), e (13th), a (19th), c (21st), and f (26th)

4. 1-d, 2-c, 3-b, 4-a

5. All of them

6. d – a written language

7. a – Doubleday was second in command of the Union garrison at Fort Sumter when the war began there.

8. FDR – b, Teddy – c, Harry – e, John – a, Lyndon – d

9. a – Alexander Hamilton

10. 1–d, 2-b, 3-c, 4-e, 5-a, 6-f

11. b – he was a lawyer

12. d – aluminum – Two years after the monument was completed, cheap aluminum processing was invented.

13. c – Rosa Parks. Thirty-two other Americans have lain in state or honor at the rotunda, mostly ex-presidents, members of Congress, military soldiers, and “unknown soldiers”.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July.


  1. I didn't do so good! But I learned alot! Thanks...great quiz!

  2. I got the first three, and several after that.

  3. Great quiz...some were pretty easy and a few were difficult.

    Have a great 4th of July.

  4. Good quiz - I did poorly. Thanks for the comments on our trip - it's great to hear from folks with so much familiarity. Please send me an email at and we can discuss it in more detail. Have a good Independence Day.

  5. great quiz, was never good t history and this proved it. but I did learn some interesting things. thanks

  6. Egads...I am an embarrassment to the US citizens. Back to school for me.

    Happy birthday USA!

  7. Enjoy your holiday! Don't go out and spend too much on fireworks!

  8. There was a reason I didn't major in history. :)

  9. Thanks for jogging my memory and have a great 4th!

  10. As an American History buff, I'm ashamed at myself. :cD

  11. Great quiz - won't tell you my score LOL!! Have a safe and happy 4th.

  12. Wow I need to hit the books! Thanks, Sandie!

  13. I got two out of three on #1 and, as I'm sure everybody did, got the second one right, then went quickly downhill.

  14. Wow - that must of been a lot of work! Fun quiz. Didn't get many of those right.

  15. I'm not telling my score!!!! GREAT quiz though! Thanks for sharing!! Hope you all had a great 4th of July!

  16. I knew some of the answers. Good quiz. Good blog post.


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