July 04, 2023

Pop Quiz for Jerry

Jerry was having a hard time coming up with what to write for his "deep thoughts" post today, and then I felt kind of clueless as well. I looked through past July 4th photos, and I really don't have any great ones. Anyway, since Jerry is such a history buff AND he's very good at trivia, I thought it would be fun to give him this pop quiz on American history (found on Reader's Digest--I did not fact check these, so take it for what it's worth).

Jerry has no warning whatsoever that I'm about to ask him these questions, and (obviously) he's not allowed to look up any info. I hope that he does well--I always talk up his trivia skills! Here goes... (I'm going to sprinkle some random America / Fourth of July photos throughout this post--I'm not sure what else would go with it!)

Question: When was the Declaration of Independence signed?
[Answer: August 2, 1776]
Jerry: 1776 (CORRECT)

Question: The United States bought Alaska from which country?
[Answer: Russia]
Jerry: Canada (WRONG)

Question: Who was the fourth president of the United States?
[Answer: James Madison]
Jerry: James Madison (CORRECT)

Question: Which era marked a switch from agricultural practices to industrial practices?
[Answer: The Industrial Revolution]
Jerry: Industrial Revolution (CORRECT)

Question: What was the name of the series of programs and projects President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted during The Great Depression?
[Answer: The New Deal]
Jerry: I have no idea (WRONG)

Waiting for the fireworks show to start

Question: Fill in the blank: The 19th Amendment guarantees ____ the right to vote
[Answer: Women]
Jerry: Women (CORRECT)

Question: Which four presidents are on Mount Rushmore?
[Answer: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt]
Jerry: It doesn't get more American than this, Jerry, you idiot. Seriously? I know this. Um... Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt. (CORRECT)

Question: Who was the first woman to make a million dollars in the United States?
[Answer: Madam C.J. Walker]
Jerry: I have no idea. It's not Oprah, that's for sure. I really truly don't know. (WRONG)

No idea what the situation was for each, but it's funny that this coincidence happened.

Question: Which year was George H.W. Bush elected president?

[Answer: 1988]
Jerry: 1984 (WRONG)

Question: What do the stripes on the American flag represent?
[Answer: The 13 original colonies]
Jerry: The original 13 colonies. (CORRECT)

Question: Where was Martin Luther King, Jr. born?
[Answer: Atlanta, Georgia]
Jerry: Mobile, Alabama (WRONG) 

Question: Which two Native American leaders led Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne warriors in the fight against Lieutenant Colonel George Custer’s troops in the Battle of Little Bighorn?
[Answer: Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull]
Jerry: I don't know. No idea. (WRONG)

Question: Finish the line President Franklin D. Roosevelt said during his speech addressing the attack on Pearl Harbor: “Yesterday, December 7, 1941…”
[Answer: “A date which will live in infamy”]
Jerry: "A date which will live in infamy" (CORRECT)

Question: What was the name of the landmark Supreme Court case that ruled the racial segregation of schools unconstitutional?
[Answer: Brown v. Board of Education]
Jerry: I don't know this one either. (WRONG)

Question: What year was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated in Washington, D.C.?
[Answer: 1982]
Jerry: 1982 (CORRECT)

Question: The “shot heard ’round the world” describes the beginning of which battles in the American Revolution?
[Answer: The Battles of Lexington and Concord]
Jerry: I have no idea. Give me a clue. 
Katie: Okay, it's a type of grape--I think it's even a brand for grape juice.
Jerry: Battle of Smuckers?
Katie: Juice, not jam.
Jerry: Concord?
Katie: Yes. The other is a city in Kentucky.
Jerry: Lexington.
(CORRECT- kind of) 

Question: What was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage?
[Answer: Massachusetts]
Jerry: California? I don't know. Why don't I know these things?! (WRONG)

Question: Who was president during the Cuban Missile Crisis?
[Answer: John F. Kennedy]
Jerry: Kennedy (CORRECT)

Question: Who was the first Black Supreme Court justice in the United States?
[Answer: Thurgood Marshall]
Jerry: Clarence Thomas (WRONG)

Question: In what year did child labor laws start in the United States?
[Answer: 1938]
Jerry: 1984? I have no idea. I've always grown up knowing the labor laws like they are. (WRONG)

Question: What was the name of the battle in the Pacific fought between the U.S. Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy in June 1942?
[Answer: Battle of Midway]
Jerry: Battle of Midway (CORRECT)

Question: When was the Battle of Gettysburg fought during the Civil War?
[Answer: July 1 through July 3, 1863]
Jerry: I want to say like 1842, but I think it was a little later than that. (WRONG)

Question: Who was the first American to win a Noble Peace Prize?
[Answer: Theodore Roosevelt]
Jerry: I have no idea. (WRONG)

Katie and her dad roasting hot dogs and marshmallows on the Fourth in 1983

Question: What country did the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team defeat in the semi-finals of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, a game commonly known as the “Miracle on Ice”?
[Answer: The Soviet Union]
Jerry: Russia, The Miracle on Ice, Lake Placid (Katie: I only ready up to the word "defeat" and then Jerry started spouting off these words. Clearly he knew all about this one. (CORRECT)

Question: What year did the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) go into effect?
[Answer: 1994]
Jerry: 1968? (WRONG)

Well, I got 12 correct and 13 wrong. I definitely need to pick up a history book. I forgot so much from history class! I forgot significant dates, mostly. I'm curious what is being taught in history class these days versus what I read in school. I guess I need to brush up on my history trivia.

Katie here. I am impressed! I literally did not know a single one of those answers. (History has always been my worst subject EVER.) 


  1. OMG, you made me laugh out loud and brought tears to my eyes from cracking up at the Battle of "Smuckers". 😆 🤣 Well done on all the correct answers though. Hope you had a great 4th!!

  2. History has never been my best subject but I knew a surprising number of these. Some it helped that I was at least alive during the time period (like I remember Reagan being president and George Bush getting elected next and NAFTA was about the end of college). I'm really bad with the battles though - missed most of those.

  3. THE BATTLE OF SMUCKERS!!!!!!! Ha. And wow. I've forgotten so much history. Thanks for the refresher.


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