Perhaps it’s fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution — but from annihilation.
And if you think I stole that from Bill Pullman’s speech in Independence Day, you are absolutely correct. So to celebrate Independence Day, here are 15 trivia questions about the one and only, America.
- (Literature) What David McCullough book was released in the United Kingdom with the subtitle America and Britain at War?
- (Music) What composer’s works include “Semper Fidelis“, the official march of the United States Marine Corps, and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” the National March of the United States of America?
- (History) Amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” after witnessing the bombardment of which fort by the British Royal Navy in Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812?
- (Movies) According to the film Team America: World Police, freedom isn’t free, how much does it cost?
- (US History) What island did Peter Minuit buy in 1626 for the equivalent of $24?
- (Name that State) What is the 4th largest state by area in the United States?
- (Sports) What eventual loser of Super Bowl VII did President Richard Nixon promise he’d cheer for after head coach George Allen visited the White House?
- (Scandelicious) What president was associated with the Ohio Gang, a corrupt group of politicians and industry leaders, most famous for their involvement in the Teapot Dome Scandal?
- (Famous Tourist Traps) What general and future president was victorious at the Battle of New Orleans and is still honored with his own statue and square in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
- (Politics) The Mugwumps were Republican political activists who bolted from the Republican Party by supporting what Democratic candidate because they rejected the financial corruption associated with Republican candidate James G. Blaine.
- (Famous Lasts) Following the death of Zachary Taylor, who was the last member of the Whig Party to hold the office of the president?
- (Movies) What film sees Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper riding their motorcycles eastward from Los Angeles in a quest for freedom and an attempt to reach New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras?
- (History) Officially known as the Century 21 Exposition, what US city hosted the 1962 World’s Fair, whose major theme to show that “the United States was not really ‘behind’ the Soviet Union” in the realms of science and space?
- (Movies) What musician played Will Smith’s best friend and fellow fighter pilot Jimmy Wilder in the film Independence Day?
- (Presidents) What two presidents died on July 4th, 1826?
(1776)(John Philip Sousa)(Fort McHenry)(Buck ‘O Five)(Manhattan)(Montana) (Washington Redskins)(Warren G. Harding)(Andrew Jackson)(Grover Cleveland)(Millard Fillmore)(Easy Rider) (Seattle, Washington)(Harry Connick Jr.)(Thomas Jefferson John Adams)
For more America trivia, look at my post from last year.