The Liberty Quiz: 10 questions for patriots…

 1. Where would a patriot find the in-scription: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof”? What is the name the book from which the phrase was taken?

2. According to one patriot, Americans believe some truths are so obvious there is no need to debate them. In one of the first important American documents, this pa-triot wrote, ‘we hold these truths to be self-evident that . . .’ Who was the patriot and what was the first truth he named?

3. The same patriot went on to write that all men enjoyed certain ‘unalienable’ rights and he named three in particular beginning with ‘life’ — what are the other two?

4. In what document did this patriot write about unalienable rights and self-evident truths?

5. Where, according to the patriots, did all men get their unalienable rights?

6. What precisely happened on July 4, 1776?

7. The flag of the United States is de-signed with stars to represent states. What do the stripes represent?

8. What is known as the ‘supreme law’ and how can it be revoked?

9. Where did the British surrender?

10. Name the first three presidents of the United States and tell which were signers of the document we honor on July 4th.

Answers:

1. The Liberty Bell inscription was taken from the Bible or more specifically, Leviti-cus.

2. Thomas Jefferson wrote: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal . . . ‘

3. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happi-ness.

‘Unalienable’ from Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (referring to ‘inalienable’): Incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred to another.’ Other sources: Incapable of being repudiated and not subject to forfei-ture. A right a leader can’t take away from you and which you can’t give up.

4. The Declaration of Independence.

5. They said man’s rights come from God, who gave all men these rights as a gift. They said God ‘endowed’ man with rights that could not be revoked by a king or a politician.

6. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of In-dependence was adopted officially by the 56 representatives of the United States of America.

7. The first 13 states (not colonies).

8. The Constitution is the supreme law. It cannot be revoked.

9. The British surrendered at Yorktown, Va., on Oct. 19, 1781.

10. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson. Adams and Jefferson were signers of the Declaration of Independence.

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