The Boston Tea Party Quiz
by Staff
The infamous Boston Tea Party inspired many movements, the American Revolution and a 21st-century political group among them. What do you know about the Boston Tea Party? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.

When was the Boston Tea Party?

  • 1771
  • 1773
  • 1775

For how long had colonists been required to buy only British tea?

  • a few months
  • about 10 years
  • more than 50 years

What was the set of four acts passed in 1767 that set off colonists' anger about taxes?

  • the Intolerable Acts
  • the Townshend Acts
  • the Stamp Acts

For whose salaries was the revenue from the Townshend Acts used?

  • British tax collectors
  • Colonial governors and judges
  • British dukes and lords

When the people of Boston were organizing boycotts of British goods after the Townshend Acts, what homegrown drink was proposed as an alternative to tea?

  • rum
  • whiskey
  • lemonade

Because of the high taxes, smuggled tea from this country was in high demand in both England and the Colonies.

  • Holland
  • India
  • France

Which British prime minister imposed all these taxes?

  • South
  • West
  • North

What was the tea company at the root of the whole problem?

  • King's Bombay Co.
  • British East India Co.
  • Royal Tea Importers

When was the Tea Act passed?

  • 1771
  • 1772
  • 1773

In other ports, tea ships were successfully sent back to England. But this governor of Massachusetts insisted that the ships in Boston stay there and unload.

  • George Medford
  • Thomas Hutchinson
  • Zachariah Coates

Who was the de facto leader of the Boston Tea Party?

  • Samuel Adams
  • John Adams
  • Paul Revere

What was the name of the group that Samuel Adams led?

  • Boston Patriots
  • Committee of Five
  • Sons of Liberty

From where did the Tea Partyers start their march to Boston Harbor?

  • North Church
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Old South Meeting House

About how many men took part in the Boston Tea Party?

  • 60
  • 180
  • 220

How many chests of tea did they dump into Boston Harbor?

  • 136
  • 342
  • 507

How many tea bags does 342 chests amount to?

  • 300,000
  • 6.4 million
  • 18.5 million

What was the value of all that tea in today's dollars?

  • $900,000
  • $1.7 million
  • $3.2 million

How long did the whole thing take?

  • three hours
  • eight hours
  • 11 hours

What were the names of the ships that were vandalized?

  • Dartmouth, Eleanor, Beaver
  • Columbia, Martha, Raccoon
  • Cornell, Molly, Black Bear

The Tea Partyers were disguised as warriors from this Native American tribe.

  • Mohawk
  • Lenape
  • Sioux

What kind of tea was dumped?

  • rooibos
  • bohea
  • oolong

Where was the tea from?

  • Holland
  • India
  • China

What was the British response to the Boston Tea Party?

  • the Coercive Acts
  • the Forceful Acts
  • the Factitious Acts

What did the Colonists call the Coercive Acts?

  • the Unendurable Acts
  • the Offensive Acts
  • the Intolerable Acts

Who was probably the best known participant in the Boston Tea Party?

  • John Hancock
  • Paul Revere
  • Patrick Henry

About how long after the Boston Tea Party did the Revolutionary War start?

  • six weeks
  • a year
  • 18 months

When did the term "Tea Party" first appear in print?

  • 1777
  • 1834
  • 1873

This man was the last surviving Tea Party participant. He was "discovered" in the 1830s and briefly became a minor celebrity.

  • Richard Newbold
  • Solomon Donaldson
  • George Hewes

What's the name of the group that re-enacts the Boston Tea Party every year?

  • Old South Association
  • Grandsons of Liberty
  • Sons of Anarchy

What surprising event happened with the re-enactment in 2015?

  • The police arrived dressed as Mohawk warriors.
  • Samuel Adams' great-great-great-grandson jumped into Boston Harbor.
  • The East India Co. donated tea for dumping.