4th of July Celebration Quiz

My grandma and grandpa have sent me and my other cousins email quizzes for the last couple of years, mostly containing questions about American History, but also with the occasional pop culture, sports, or world history/geography question. My grandparents have always been very active supporters our education, always encouraging us to never stop learning. They both used education to create better lives for themselves, which allowed my parents to have create good lives, which gave me a good life and the ability to set myself up well for the future. My grandpa served in the US Air Force, so they are very patriotic and enforce the importance of learning American history. These quizzes have made me go back and relearn history that I had forgotten, or they have taught me new interesting things. Here is the latest one, quiz yourself and see what you know!

1. Which three countries make up the scenic Baltic states?
2. What is the oldest city in Texas?
3. What do Alaska, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming have in common?
4. What was the first battle of the Civil War?
5. Which American university has produced the most U. S. presidents? Name the presidents.
6. Since 2016, what is the record between Army and Navy football games?
7. Name the two rivers that come together to form the Ohio River. Where do they come together?

8. Which U.S. president served as a Supreme Court Chief Justice?
9. Who was the only U.S. president whose first language was not English? What was his first language? When was he president?
10. Who was the only U.S. president to commit a public act of treason against the U.S? What was the treason?

ANSWERS

1. Which three countries make up the scenic Baltic states?

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania 

2. What is the oldest city in Texas?

Nacogdoches, founded in 1779. San Antonio is one of the old Spanish colonizations of the European settlements in Texas but it is not the oldest city.

3. What do Alaska, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming have in common?

-no income taxes 🙂

4. What was the first battle of the Civil War?

The First Battle of Bull Run, or the Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861

5. Which American university has produced the most U. S. presidents? Name the presidents.

Harvard – John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, Rutherford Hayes, Barack Obama, George W. Bush (counting post-grad degrees obtained there) 

6. Since 2016, what is the record between Army and Navy football games?

counting 2016, 3 Army-1 Navy 

7. Name the two rivers that come together to form the Ohio River. Where do they come together?

The Allegheny and the Monongahela rivers come together at Point State Park in Pittsburgh, PA 

8. Which U.S. president served as a Supreme Court Chief Justice?

William H. Taft served as Supreme Court Justice after his presidential term, making him the only person to hold the highest position of power in both the executive and judicial branches.

9. Who was the only U.S. president whose first language was not English? What was his first language? When was he president?

Martin Van Buren grew up in the Dutch community Kinderhook, New York. His term: 1837-1841

10. Who was the only U.S. president to commit a public act of treason against the U.S? What was the treason?

First off- treason is defined in the Constitution  As Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution specifies, “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” This is the only term that is strictly defined in the Constitution.

John Tyler, vice president – turned president when Harris died a month into office, was elected to the Confederate Congress. This was acting against the United States. There is debate that since “A traitor is one who betrays the country of which he is currently a citizen and owes allegiance,” and Tyler believed he was a citizen of the Confederate States of America that he was not committing treason.

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