Most people can figure out that it’s been almost 231 years since the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia declared the American colonies’ independence from Great Britain. But how much do you really know about the events that took place in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776? Test your knowledge with this quiz (answers on the jump):
1. Edward Rutledge of Charleston bears what distinction among the 56 signers of the declaration? A. The only signer born in Ireland; B. The youngest signer; C. Recognized by future President John Adams as one of the strongest proponents of immediate independence.
4. Thomas Heyward Jr. of Jasper County is remembered for: A. Being wounded in battle; B. Being captured by the British after the fall of Charleston; C. Re-writing the lyrics to “God Save The King” to make it a patriotic song; D. All of the above.
It’s the timing
The Declaration set in motion which of the following events? A. The British attacks at Lexington and Concord, Mass.; B. The costly British “victory” at Bunker Hill; C. The defeat of British naval forces at Sullivan’s Island; D. All of the above; E. None of the above.
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? A. Thomas Jefferson; B. John Hancock; C. Ben Franklin; D. A committee of five members.
Save the date
1. On what day did Congress declare the 13 colonies independent of Great Britain? A. July 2; B. July 3; C. July 4; D. Aug. 2
Time of the signs
On what day did delegates begin signing the Declaration? A. July 3; B. July 4; C. July 19; D. Aug. 2.