Wednesday, July 2, 2008

July 4th 96/100Q Quiz

July 4 Handout. On June 11, 1776, Congress appointed a "Committee of Five": John Adams (Massachusetts), Benjamin Franklin (Pennsylvania), Thomas Jefferson (Virginia), Robert Livingston (New York), & Roger Sherman (Connecticut), to write a paper declaring America’s independence from England.

On July 2, 1776, the Committee of Five presented their draft and the Continental Congress voted for independence from England. In a letter written to his wife Abigail, John Adams predicted that July 2nd would become a great American holiday.

Between July 2-4, Congress made a few changes in the text, and deleted a passage about the slave trade. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved and published.

The first public reading was on July 8th in Philadelphia, and General George Washington had the Declaration of Independence read to his troops on July 9th. It is traditional to read the Declaration of Independence publicly on July 4th as a part of Independence Day celebrations.

  • 96:09 What do we celebrate on the 4th of July?
  • 96:10 Independence Day celebrates independence from whom?
  • 96:11 What country did we fight during the Revolutionary War?
  • 96:54 Who was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence?
  • 96:55 When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
  • 96:56 What are some of the basic beliefs of the Declaration of Independence?
  • 100:08 What did the Declaration of Independence do?
  • 100:09 What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
  • 100:62 Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
  • 100:63 When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
  • 100:99 When do we celebrate Independence Day?
  • 100:100 Name two national U.S. holidays.

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