We’re grateful for our rights and their defenders

We typically reserve this space on Thursday to express gratitude for people and events in the MId-Columbia. On the Fourth of July, we traditionally run a quiz with a patriotic theme.

Today we’re combining the two.

We’re thankful to live in a country that has freedom of speech, among our other constitutionally guaranteed rights. And we’re grateful to those who defend these rights.

We have to remember, lest we forget.

Here’s a quiz to test your memory:

1) Two former U.S. presidents died on July 4, 1826. Who were they?

a. Washington and Jefferson

b. Jefferson and Adams

c. Adams and Madison

d. Washington and Adams

2) Which state or states ban fireworks? (Multiple answers possible.)

a. Delaware

b. Massachusetts

c. Washington

d. New Jersey

e. New York

3) Although the Declaration of Independence is dated July 4, 1776, most historians believe it was signed when?

a. June 30

b. July 3

c. July 5

d. Aug. 2

4) The patriotic song America, the Beautiful was composed from the poem originally titled:

a. Pikes Peak

b. Spacious Skies

c. Sea to Shining Sea

d. We Love Thee, America

5) Which patriotic hymn is sung to the same tune of God Save the King?

a. God Bless America

b. My Country, ‘tis of Thee

c. This Land is my Land

c. Yankee Doodle

6) Where does the Liberty Bell hang?

a. Trenton, N.J.

b. Philadelphia, Pa.

c. Washington, D.C.

d. Gettysburg, Pa.

7) How many amendments are there to the Constitution?

a. 19

b. 27

c. 29

d. 31

8) Who or what did the 13 original colonies owe allegiance to?

a. King George III

b. Great Britain

c. Queen Victoria

d. East India Trading Co.

9) What part did the First Continental Congress play in the American Revolution?

a. The congress rallied 12 of the 13 colonies.

b. It petitioned the halt of the Intolerable Acts.

c. It set the stage for the Second Continental Congress.

d. All of the above.

10) How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?

a. 13

b. 25

c. 48

d. 56

11) How long did the Revolutionary War last?

a. Six months

b. Six years

c. 16 years

d. 20 years

12) What are the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence?

a. Four score and seven years ago ...

b. We pledge allegiance ...

c. When in the course of human events ...

d. We hold these truths to be self-evident ...