Revolutionary War Quiz


How well do you know the war for America's independence?

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Question 1 of 10

Who defended the British troops at the “Boston Massacre” trial in 1770?

The British Magistrate
John Adams
John Hancock
No one. They defended themselves.

... Capt. Thomas Preston, one of the accused, pleaded for Adams to take the case, as no one else was willing. In the interest of a fair trial, Adams accepted. He got acquittals for six of the eight British soldiers.


Question 2 of 10

Where was the “shot heard ‘round the world” fired?

Trenton, N.J.
Lexington, Mass.

... British troops were marching to confiscate weapons held in Concord, Mass., and to arrest patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock in the village of Lexington. British troops and colonist militiamen met on the Lexington Village Green at dawn on April 19, 1775, fighting the first battle of the Revolutionary War.


Question 3 of 10

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere rode from Charleston, Mass., to Concord, Mass., to warn of the British troops' arrival.


... Though his ride was made famous in the 1860 Longfellow poem, Revere was actually arrested before reaching Concord by a British patrol. His ride was finished by Samuel Prescott and William Dawes.


Question 4 of 10

Where was the Declaration of Independence first printed?

New York
Princeton, N.J.

... The document was printed by John Dunlap, a local Philadelphia printer, on July 4, 1776. It was first read to the public at the State House of Philadelphia on July 8.


Question 5 of 10

The first submarine attack occurred during the Revolutionary War.


... In 1775, Connecticut inventor David Bushnell developed a craft with two watertight hulls joined together with tar, which he dubbed the Turtle. On Sept. 6, 1776, the Turtle engaged the HMS Eagle, the flagship of the British fleet, in New York Harbor.


Question 6 of 10

The Battle of Bunker Hill was a victory for the patriot troops.


... Although British troops suffered twice as many casualties, on their third charge they drove the Americans back and took the hill. The battle was actually fought on Breed’s Hill, which was closer to the British ship’s position than Bunker Hill.


Question 7 of 10

After George Washington's famous Christmas night, 1776, crossing of the Delaware River, whom did his army defeat at the Battle of Trenton?

Hessian mercenaries
British regulars
Colonial troops fighting for the British
None of the above. Washington was defeated.

... Washington’s army of 2,400 men surprised a garrison of about 1,400 Hessians, and won the battle in around one hour. Only two Americans were wounded, one of them Lt. James Monroe, future president of the United States.


Question 8 of 10

The Cherokee sided with the British during the Revolutionary War.


... The British never stopped trading with the Cherokee at the outset of the war, and supplied them with arms and ammunition. In 1777, a peace treaty was signed that ceded most of South Carolina and much of Tennessee to the colonists.


Question 9 of 10

At the Battle of Yorktown, the victory that won the war for the Americans, who had the most troops in the fight?

The British
The French
The Americans
The Hessians

... The French troops outnumbered the Americans almost three to one. Plus, the French navy maneuvered a crucial trap of the British ships, which won the battle — and ultimately the war.


Question 10 of 10

George Washington lost more battles than he won.


... Though Washington was not known as a great battlefield technician, his overall strategy of avoiding decisive battles, engaging in guerrilla warfare and protracting the war led the Americans to victory.


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