Don’t want to be an American (trivia) idiot?

July 5, 2007 at 3:50 pm (Random thoughts)

Here is some USA trivia for the loyal den readers in case you are experiencing a nostalgia hangover from all of the fun yesterday. I gave this little quiz at our family BBQ and the high score was 13. You can get a max of 23 (even though there are 20 questions you can get multiple points on questions 4 and 16).

I’ll put the answers below in a comment box so you can see how you did.

1. Which three presidents died on July 4?

Jefferson, Adams, Monroe, Taft

2. The Liberty Bell has a verse from what book of the Bible inscribed on it?

Genesis, Leviticus, Matthew, II Corinthians

3. What was the title of the 1969 Broadway musical, written by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone, that told the story of the founding of the United States?

1776, Liberty, Born on the 4th of July, God and Country

4. What do the colors Red, White and Blue symbolize?

5. When was the fourth of July first recognized as an official holiday?

1785, 1876, 1904, 1941

6. In one of the wildest baseball games of all time, the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 16-13, in how many innings on July 4 (and 5), 1985?

17, 18, 19, 20

7. When is “Flag Day”?

8. The flag has 13 stripes. How many of them are red?

9. When was the Star-Spangled Banner officially made our national anthem?

1921, 1931, 1941, It isn’t the official national anthem

10. When was the first 50-star flag flown?

1960, 1961, 1962, 1963

11. True or false: When the Pledge of Allegiance was published in 1892, the words “Under God” were not included.

12. True or false: The national mall is in Minnesota.

13. What is a “vexillologist”? An expert in the history of …

Documents, Wars, Music, Flags

14. What did Yankee Doodle call the feather in his hat?

15. Which two presidents were signers of the Declaration of Independence?

16. When did women in America get the right to vote?

1880, 1900, 1920, 1940

17. Which state had the most signers of the Declaration of Independence?

Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts

18. What is the blue part of the US flag called?

Canton, Ocean, Field, Quarter

19. What does “E Pluribus Unum” mean?

20. As of 2007, where is the Executive Mansion located?

Texas, Virginia, Connecticut, Washington DC

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10 Comments

  1. danielbalc said,

    changed my mind about the answers. If you would like the answers just let me know and I will e-mail you the answers when i get around to it.

  2. itsasecret2u said,

    *sigh* No answers? I think I got, like, 5 correct.

  3. danielbalc said,

    I will e-mail the answers if you want them. I don’t want to ruin the fun.

  4. itsasecret2u said,

    Yep, yep. I want them.

  5. itsasecret2u said,

    Well, I got 11. Better than I thought, but still a little pathetic.

  6. danielbalc said,

    Rube sent me his answers via e-mail. He only answered the ones he “had a clue about”. That was 10 answers. Out of those ten he got 7 answers right.

    Although he did pick up on the two trick questions.

  7. RubeRad said,

    Did you give me 1/2 point for #15?

  8. danielbalc said,

    No, 15 was worth 2 points. I think I gave you a whole point for getting one of them.

  9. danielbalc said,

    I guess you got 8. Sorry.

    still that’s not too good. I think these are good “are you smarter than a 5th grader” questions.

  10. danielbalc said,

    Ok people this post was up long enough and only 2 of you were interested enough in the answers that you requested them via e-mail. So if there is going to be any discussion at all I guess i should post the answers for the rest of y’all.

    1. Taft was the odd man out
    2. Lev 25:10
    3. 1776
    4. Victory, Purity, Loyalty
    5. 1941
    6. 19
    7. June 14th
    8. 7 red 6 white
    9. 1931
    10. 1960
    11. True
    12. False (this is a trick question meant to confuse the “mall of America” with the national mall. Surprisingly a lot of people fall for this)
    13. Flags
    14. Macaroni
    15. Jefferson, Adams
    16. 1920
    17. Pennsylvania
    18. Canton (or union)
    19. Out of many, One
    20. This is also a trick question, The executive mansion is another name for the White House, if you don’t know where that is then you fail.

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