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Notable Americans of the 18th Century Quiz

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What writer of Poor Richard's Almanac was a leading voice in the American Revolutionary Movement and invented bifocals along with daylight savings time?
Thomas Jefferson
George Washington
James Wilson
Benjamin Franklin

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What American patriot and spy cried the famous quote, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country" after he was captured by the British for his espionage activities?
Nathaniel Hale
Paul Revere
John Paul Jones
Ethan Allen

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What man, following the Revolutionary War, displayed the weakness of the Articles of Confederation with his namesake rebellion that centered on demanding pay and benefits for veterans of the Revolution?
Daniel Shays
Henry Bacon
Alan Rhodes
Mercy Scott

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What first Secretary of the Treasury authored many of the Federalist Papers and helped create the national bank to provide economic stability to the U.S.A.?
Alexander Hamilton
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
John Quincy Adams

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One of America's earliest famous writers was a man named Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur (also called J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur). What is the name of the collection of letters that he authored about his belief in the promise of the American Dream?
The Lord of the Dance
Letters from an American Farmer
Song of Myself
The Screwtape Letters

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What is the name of the quartermaster turned commanding general who helped end the British occupation of the American South during the Revolutionary War with his victories at The Battle of Guilford Court House and The Battle of Eutaw Springs?
Franklin Pierce
Nathanael Greene
Benedict Arnold
James Wilson

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What second President of the United States was a known legal scholar and helped to organize the structure of the American government int he days of its founding?
James Monroe
John Adams
Andrew Jackson
Thomas Jefferson

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What commanding officer and ally of George Washington became infamous in America for his betrayal of the Revolutionary cause and his attempt to hand over control of West Point to the British?
John Jay
Johnathan Kessler
Benedict Arnold
Ethan Allen

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What Odawa leader began a namesake war against the British-American government from 1763 to 1766 that caused the British to issue the Proclamation of 1763 which prohibited settlers from expanding beyond the Appalachian Mountains?
Chief Joseph
Pontiac
Crazy Horse
Tecumseh

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What first American President led the Continental Army that fought off the British to grant the American colonies independence?
Notable Americans of the 18th Century Quiz
Roger Sherman
Samuel Adams
George Washington
Benjamin Franklin

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What first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court helped to end the Revolutionary War by negotiating the Treaty of Paris?
Thomas Jefferson
Roger Sherman
James Wilson
John Jay

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What is the name of the American privateer and Revolutionary naval commander known for originating the phrase "I have not yet begun to fight!"?
John Paul Jones
Louis Barryman
Alexander Rex Kaller
Nolon North of Berkshire

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What is the name of the American Founding Father who famously signed his name on the Declaration of Independence larger than anyone else's as a sign of his resolve?
Garth Webster
Roger Wallace
James Monroe
John Hancock

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What First Lady of John Adams was known for her diplomatic talents as well as he keen writings on the Revolutionary Movement and early feminist politics?
Abigail Adams
Deborah Adams
Unity Adams
Martisse Adams

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What activist became a martyr of the early American Revolution after he was killed as the first victim of the Boston Massacre and was later used as a Civil Rights icon in America?
Rowan Odenbaugh
Maxwell Stamper
Aldin Longleaf
Crispus Attucks

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What peculiar American statesman is perhaps best-known for the fact that his foul temper caused him to kill Alexander Hamilton in a duel?
Aaron Burr
Ronald Roald
Callen McAllister
Oliver Urban

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What American politician authored the Great Compromise that ended up creating the bicameral legislature of the U.S.A.?
Roger Sherman
Thomas Wendell
Paul Revere
Thomas Jefferson

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What Native American leader of the Miami tribe led his forces to win the battle known as St. Clair's Defeat so drastically that it caused the U.S. to rethink its approach to westward expansion?
Blue Jacket
Little Turtle
Tecumseh
Tenskwatawa

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What Founding Father is also called "The Father of the Declaration of Independence" because of his primary role in writing the document?
George Washington
John Quincy Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Monroe

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What leader of the Green Mountain Boys scored an early victory for the patriots when he and his men captured Fort Ticonderoga?
Adam Parker
John Quincy Adams
Samuel Adams
Ethan Allen

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What man made his famous "Midnight Ride" on the eve of the Battles of Lexington and Concord to warn the patriots of an imminent invasion?
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Paul Revere
Phineas Bostonia
Samuel Adams

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What is the name of this "Mad" American commander who defeated Blue Jacket's Western Confederacy forces at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794?
Thomas Malkier
Anthony Wayne
Benjamin Gates
Gordon Petty

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What philosopher and author wrote the popular pamphlet Common Sense that spurred Americans to fight for the Revolution?
Thomas Paine
Benjamin Adams
James Monroe
Andrew Jackson

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What is the name of the Prussian-American military commander who trained Washington's men at Valley Forge and subsequently helped to organize the Continental Army into a proper fighting force?
Friedrich von Steuben
Wilhelm von Aussberg
Klein Offhard
Richard Goldankirs

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What Boston icon was known for his tavern speeches and his rallying of men to carry out the Boston Tea Party?
Waldo Earlin
Benjamin Franklin
Anthony Walker
Samuel Adams

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What Scottish Founding Father served as an educator and Supreme Court Justice who helped draft the Constitution and is perhaps best-known for proposing the infamous Three-Fifths Compromise?
Donnovan Carver
Smythe Moorehy
John Whitely
James Wilson

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What American Anti-Federalist activist coined the phrase, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"?
John Rolfe
Patrick Henry
Oliver Hale
Franklin Pierce

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What controversial military commander took credit for the victory at the Battle of Saratoga and was a leading member of the Conway Cabal which meant to discredit George Washington and replace him with another commanding officer?
Horatio Gates
Lloyd Irwin
Henry Ofwile
Benjamin Burke

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What American frontiersman was known for his multiple expeditions through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky that made him into a folk hero?
Ed Reiley
Bill Hickock
Daniel Boone
Billy the Kid

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What American Founding Father is known as "The Father of the Constitution" and also authored a number of the Federalist Papers?
Robin Wilde
Andrew Jackson
John Holiday
James Madison

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