The American Revolution was a political upheaval that took place between 1765 and 1783. It was started by rebel colonists in the Thirteen American Colonies who were against British rule in America. These rebels overthrew the authority of Great Britain and founded the United States of America. There are a lot of controversies around America’s war for independence — take our quiz to get the facts straight.
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Quiz: The American Revolution
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The Liberty Bell was rung to announce that the Declaration of Independence had been signed.
This rumor probably derives from a 19th century fictional story published by George Lippard, which detailed how an elderly man rang the Liberty Bell after a young boy overheard that Congress had declared independence. Some historians believe it highly unlikely that the bell was even rung (due to the fact that the steeple was in poor condition at the time).
And here is another interesting fact; the bell isn’t even named in honor of American independence! The bell got its name when abolitionists used it as a symbol of the anti-slavery movement.
Paul Revere rode from Boston to Lexington to warn colonists that the British army was coming.
Paul Revere did set out from Boston to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the British army was advancing, but he wasn’t the only rider who did so. William Dawes and Samuel Prescott also rode with Revere, and while Revere was caught by British patrolmen after reaching Lexington, Prescott made it all the way to Concord, which was believed to be the destination of the British army. Revere only became an American icon after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem about him in 1863.
Betsy Ross created the first American flag.
This legend was started in 1870 by Betsy Ross’s grandson William Canby. But it was not Ross who designed Old Glory. A more likely person was Frances Hopkinson. Records show that in 1780 he sent a bill to the Board of Admiralty for a design for the flag of the United States.
A majority of the African-Americans who fought during the Revolution fought for the British.
The British army recruited slaves belonging to patriots by promising them freedom. As a result, more blacks supported the British.
German soldiers participated during the Revolution.
German mercenaries, or Hessians, were recruited by the British army to fight the patriots during the Revolutionary War.
Benedict Arnold was a traitor.
Benedict Arnold was a military commander in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, but he later switched his allegiance to Great Britain. Arnold planned to surrender West Point to the British army, but his plot was uncovered before he could execute it and he fled to England to avoid execution.
American independence was declared on July 4, 1776.
Americas independence was declared by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, but it wasn’t signed by all the congressional delegates until 1781. And it wasn’t until 1783 (when the Treaty of Paris was signed), that the Revolutionary War formally ended.
The Battle of Bunker Hill actually took place on Breeds Hill.
The Battle of Bunker Hill was actually fought on Breeds Hill. And while the British technically won this battle, they suffered severe losses.
During the Boston Tea Party, patriots dressed like Mohawk Indians and dumped tea into the Atlantic Ocean.
The Boston Tea Party was an act of protest in response to British taxation. On December 16, 1773, members of the Sons of Liberty disguised themselves as Native Americans, and boarded ships in Boston Harbor, where they proceeded to dump shipments of tea into the ocean.
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My teachers have these kind of tests on a lot of events, such as Boston tea party, and the Boston Massacre.
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I don’t like history but that quiz was fun thanks channel one for making history fun for me.