National Park Quiz 9: The American Revolution
1. The famous Minute Man Statue is located at ______ in Minute Man National Historical Park.
a. North Bridge
b. Hartwell Tavern
c. Concord Armory
d. Lexington Green
2. One of the early American victories in the Revolutionary War occurred on 28 June 1776, when Americans defending a palmetto log fort repulsed an attack by British warships. The site is now protected at
a. Fort Sumter National Monument
b. Fort Pulaski National Monument
c. Fort Union National Monument
d. Fort Necessity National Battlefield
3. Valley Forge National Historical Park gets all the publicity, but in January 1777, and again in 1779-1780, Washington’s Continental Army made winter encampments of vital importance at what is now
a. Fort Stanwix National Monument
b. Thomas Stone National Historic Site
c. Morristown National Historical Park
d. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
4. Boston National Historical Park’s Freedom Trail links all of the following sites EXCEPT:
a. Paul Revere House
b. Dorchester Heights
c. Faneuil Hall
d. Old North Church
5. Independence Hall is the main attraction of the Independence National Historical Park. All of the following statements about this building are true EXCEPT:
a. It was formerly the Old Pennsylvania State House.
b. It is where the Liberty Bell is housed for public viewing.
c. It is where the Continental Congress adopted a declaration of independence on July 4, 1776.
d. It is where the U.S. Constitution was thrashed out in the summer of 1787.
6. Cowpens National Battlefield commemorates the Battle of Cowpens, a decisive American victory over a powerful British force commanded by the hated Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton (“Bloody Tarelton”). This battle, one of the most important of the Revolutionary War, occurred
a. north of Albany, New York
b. just east of Philadelphia
c. in northwestern South Carolina
d. near Greensboro, North Carolina
7. We like to commemorate our victories, not defeats or draws. But ______ preserves the site of a star-shaped earthen fort that Loyalist troops successfully defended when 1,000 Continental Army troops under General Nathaniel Green mounted a 28-day siege against it in 1781.
a. Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
b. Kings Mountain National Military Park
c. Fort Bowie National Historic Site
d. Ninety Six National Historical Site
8. Many people take the seven-mile self-guided Battlefield Tour while visiting the Yorktown Battlefield unit of Colonial National Historical Park. By selecting this auto tour, these visitors are able to visit
a. the American Artillery Park, where siege guns were gathered
b. the Surrender Field, where Cornwallis’ troops laid down their arms
c. General Cornwallis’ Headquarters
d. General Washington’s Headquarters
9. Federal Hall National Memorial, where the Second Continental Congress met in 1785 and George Washington took his oath of office as first president on 30 April 1789, is located on
a. Wall Street in Manhattan
b. Independence Square in Philadelphia
c. the Inner Harbor in Baltimore
d. the National Mall
10. The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial is
a. listed on the National Register of Historic Places
b. comprised of a house, gardens, statue, and observatory
c. situated in the center of Franklin Square in Philadelphia.
d. an Affiliated Area, not a National Park System unit
11. To visit the place most closely associated with Benedict Arnold’s treachery, you need to go to West Point, the site of the vital American fort that Arnold tried to help the British capture. But if you want to visit the place where Arnold made his greatest contribution to the cause of American freedom, you need to visit Saratoga ______. It was there in 1777 that Arnold’s courage and leadership helped American troops defeat a British army and gain the victory that convinced France it should join the war on America’s side.
a. National Military Park
b. National Battlefield
c. National Battlefield Park
d. National Historical Park
Super bonus question
12. Though best known for its role in the onset of the Revolutionary War, the little town of Concord, Massachusetts, was an amazing place in the 19th century. Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Fuller, and ______ all lived in Concord, and all at the same time (1840s).
a. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
b. Frederick Law Olmsted
c. Ralph Waldo Emerson
d. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(1) a -- Fort Moultrie is an administrative unit of Fort Sumter National Monument.
Grading: 9 or 10 correct, rest on your laurels; 7 or 8 correct, pretty darn good; 6 correct, passable fair; 5 or fewer correct, nothing to brag about.