Thursday, July 3, 2014

Are You 'Merican? Take This Quiz

In the spirit of the land of the free and home of the brave, I challenge you to go forth and tackle this quiz!  If you're truly brave (hey, you're standing behind the dude at the keyboard...sit down), you'll post your answers in the comments. Don't get all googley on me - it's not college.

Answers posted tomorrow. May the force be with you.

Quiz Me!:

  1. This president really was born on the 4th of July (please sing happy birthday to him tomorrow).
  2. Did you think that the Declaration of Independence was signed on the 4th of July?  Wrong-o. How many people actually signed it on that day?
  3. What year did July 4th become a federal holiday?
  4. Who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance?
  5. What did Yankee Doodle call the feather in his hat?
  6. Another name for Veteran's Day is...
  7. There were thirteen original colonies that became states...but what was the 14th?
  8. Who was the first president to get married while in office?
  9. Who was the first president who was actually born in America?
  10. One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was a shoemaker - who was it?
  11. Who was the only president who passed away before his parents?
  12. What's the largest city in the United States - in square miles, not population?
  13. Who was the first president to have been born in a hospital?
  14. Three American presidents died on July 4th - who were they?
  15. This president laid the cornerstone for the Washington monument, became sick with cholera later that night and died five days later - who was it?
  16. Why were the stars (representing states) in a circle on the first flag?
  17. Who was the first president to appear on television?
  18. To show his disdain for ceremony, this president greeted ambassadors in his pajamas.
  19. His pet parrot had to be removed from his funeral - he was screaming obscenities at the mourners.
  20. Who was the only president elected unanimously?


  1. Wow! You are one tough teacher!
    With much trepidation I'm going to say that I only got THREE correct!? Do you grade on a curve?
    Let's see:
    (Guess:) No one signed The Declaration on the Fourth? (I know from watching the mini-series John Adams that it took all bloody summer to get it signed. Do I get extra credit for watching that?)
    Macaroni was the feather
    Armistice Day is another name for Veteran's Day
    (Guess:) First president born in America-I know John Quincy Adams was born in America but I'm guessing this is a trick question and I'll go with George Washington?
    (Guess:) Largest city in America: It took me three hours to drive from one end of LA to LAX so I'll go with that one?
    (Guess:) Washington was the first president elected unanimously?

    1. Because I love the John Adams series (and I initially thought, "Paul Giamatti? What are they thinking?") and actually want to make it required viewing for all 'Mericans, I award you 10 extra credit points.

      As for your score: you have to check back least two are correct.

  2. I'm gonna pull a Cherdo and proudly exclaim, "20 out of 20!" (LOL) No, seriously, if Googling is strictly prohibited then I'm going to have to reveal myself to be an ignorant dunce. All I can do is take a wild stab at these historical brain busters, so here goes.

    1. Richard Nixon
    2. a gazillion
    3. 1 million B.C.
    4. Helen Reddy
    5. MACARONI (the only one I know for sure)
    6. Armistice Day?????
    7. Tasmania
    8. Richard Nixon
    9. Richard Nixon
    10. Richard Nixon
    11. Richard Nixon
    12. Richard Nixon (I cheated and looked it up!)
    13. Richard Nixon
    14. Richard Nixon, Richard Nixon, Richard Nixon
    15. Richard Nixon
    16. Because the Soviet Union called dibs on the hammer and sickle
    17. Yep, Richard Nixon
    18. (3 guesses)
    19. (don't get me started)
    20. Pat Paulsen (Nixon didn't run that year)

    1. Unfortunately, the gazillion signers all had holiday plans, so it was spread out a bit.

      Helen Reddy's version of the Pledge was rejected because the first line of it started with "I am woman, hear me roar, and I pledge my allegiance...." The roar part seemed so aggressive...

      Now, put a scowl on your face, look earnest and hold those peace signs in the air and say (in your best Nixon voice), "I am not a crook OR the answer to numbers 1, 8, 9,10, 11,12, 13, 14, 15, and 17."

    2. I leave you now but, as I leave you, I want you to know.
      Just think how much you're going to be missing.
      You don't have Shady Del Knight to kick around any more.

      Hey, I have an excuse for flunking the test, Cherdo. I was absent (playing hooky at the Dell) the day the teacher went over all 20 of these facts. :)

    3. I'm just picking up the teachers' slack, Shady! Don't celebrate your independence that way, bro! Have a good holiday!


Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo