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1776 April - August In US History

What do you know about 1776 (Apr-Aug) In US History
Try this The Year In US History Made Easy Quiz
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The Grand Union Flag (1776 - 1777)1) On April 12, the Royal Colony of North Carolina produces the Halifax Resolves making it the first British colony to officially authorize its Continental Congress delegates to vote for independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

  • True or False?

2) What colony becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III of Great Britain on May 4?

  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts

3) On June 7, who is the Virginia delegate proposes to the Continental Congress that "these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states."

  • Patrick Henry
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Richard Henry Lee

4) On June 8, at the Battle of Trois-Rivières: American invaders are driven back at Trois-Rivières, Quebec.
Who commanded the American forces?

  • William Anderson
  • William Taylor
  • William Thompson

5) On June 11, the Continental Congress appoints the Committee of Five to draft the Declaration of Independence.

  • True or False?

6) Virginia Declaration of Rights were adopted on June 12 by the Virginia Convention of Delegates.
Who wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights?

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Mason
  • Michael Patrick

7) June 15 is Separation Day: The General Assembly votes to suspend government under the British Crown.
What is the colony?


8) On June 17, Lt. Jose Joaquin Moraga leads a band of colonists from Monterey Presidio, landing on June 29 and constructing the Mission Dolores.
Where is the Presidio built?

  • Tucson
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle

9) On June 28, the Committee of Five presents their United States Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress.

  • True or False?

10) The final (despite minor revisions) U.S. Declaration of Independence is written on July 2. The Continental Congress passes the Lee Resolution. News of its adoption was published that evening and the next day.
What is NOT publication that announces the resolution?

  • Pennsylvania Evening Post
  • Pennsylvania Gazette
  • Philadelphia Bulletin

11) On July 4, the United States officially declares independence from the British Empire. After Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration on July 4, a handwritten copy was sent a few blocks away to the printing shop.
Who is the print shop owner?

  • John Dunlap
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Benjamin Rush

12) On July 8, The Liberty Bell rings for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Isaac Norris, speaker of the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly, gave orders to the colony's London agent, Robert Charles, to obtain a "good Bell of about two thousands pound weight". Charles duly ordered the bell from Thomas Lester of the London bell founding firm of Lester and Pack (today the Whitechapel Bell Foundry) for the equivalent to approximately $36,400 today including freight to Philadelphia and insurance. It arrived in Philadelphia in August 1752.
What year was the bell recast by two local founders, John Pass and John Stow?

  • 1753
  • 1763
  • 1773

13) On July 9, an angry mob in New York City topples the equestrian statue of George III.
Where was the location in New York City?

  • Bowling Green
    Central Park
    Lexington Square

14) On August 15, the first Hessian troops land on to join British forces.
Where does the Hessian troops land?

  • Boston
  • Staten Island
  • James Island

15) At the Battle of Long Island, Washington's troops are routed in Brooklyn by British troops on August 27, 1776.
Who commanded the British troops?

  • Seth Greene
  • William Howe
  • George Montgomery

Check Your Answers

1776 (Apr-Aug) In US History

  1. True
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Richard Henry Lee
  4. William Thompson
  5. True
  6. George Mason
  7. Delaware
  8. San Francisco
  9. True
  10. Philadelphia Bulletin
  11. John Dunlap
  12. 1753
  13. Bowling Green
  14. Staten Island
  15. William Howe
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