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The Creation of a Nation: Founding Fathers Quiz
by Staff
Your mental image of the Founding Fathers probably involves a bunch of guys in powdered wigs signing documents with a quill. But the creators of the U.S. Constitution did a lot more than stand around and sign stuff.

According to historian Richard B. Morris, how many official Founding Fathers were there?

  • seven
  • nine
  • eleven

How many of those seven Founding Fathers became presidents?

  • two
  • three
  • four

This man is NOT on Morris' Founding Father list.

  • Paul Revere
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • John Jay

Which Founding Father became the first chief justice of the United States?

  • John Jay
  • John Witherspoon
  • Robert Morris

Which Founding Father is generally credited with being the brains behind the Constitution?

  • Alexander Hamilton
  • James Madison
  • John Adams

Who was the last Founding Father to die?

  • John Jay
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe

How many of these seven Founding Fathers were killed in duels?

  • none
  • one
  • three

How many of the seven Founding Fathers have been depicted on coins and bills?

  • three
  • four
  • five

Which Founding Father got into politics because he was too small to fight in the Revolutionary War?

  • Alexander Hamilton
  • John Hancock
  • James Madison

Who was the president of the First Continental Congress?

  • Charles Carroll
  • Peyton Randolph
  • Roger Sherman

Who replaced Randolph as president of the Second Continental Congress in 1775?

  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Samuel Adams
  • John Hancock

And who got Randolph's place in the Virginia delegation when he died?

  • John Marshall
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Patrick Henry

In June 1776, the Continental Congress appointed the "Committee of Five" to write the Declaration of Independence. This guy was NOT on the committee.

  • George Washington
  • Roger Sherman
  • John Adams

Most of the committee thought this member should write the declaration.

  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Robert Livingston

Who was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence?

  • Thomas Paine
  • Charles Pinckney
  • Edward Rutledge

Who was the oldest signer of the Declaration of Independence?

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Francis Hopkinson
  • George Washington

Which Founding Fathers collaborated on the Federalist Papers?

  • Patrick Henry, John Adams and Richard Henry Lee
  • Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams
  • Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison

The Federalist Papers made arguments in favor of …

  • independence from England
  • ratification of the Constitution
  • ending taxation without representation

Under which pseudonym did the three men write the articles and essays in the Federalist Papers?

  • Cato
  • Brutus
  • Publius

When the delegates convened in Philadelphia in May 1787, what was their purpose?

  • to amend the Articles of Confederation
  • to elect a new president
  • to write the Constitution

Who was the president of the Constitutional Convention?

  • George Washington
  • John Hancock
  • Benjamin Franklin

Which delegate didn't show up at the Constitutional Convention, claiming he "smelled a rat"?

  • Robert Henry Lee
  • John Witherspoon
  • Patrick Henry

Which state DIDN'T show up at the Constitutional Convention?

  • Rhode Island
  • Delaware
  • New Hampshire

Who is given credit for writing the "we the people" preamble of the Constitution?

  • Roger Sherman
  • Robert Treat Paine
  • Robert Morris

Which delegate at the Constitutional Convention was deserted by the rest of his state's delegates?

  • John Adams
  • James Madison
  • Alexander Hamilton

Of the original 74 Constitutional Convention delegates, how many actually signed the Constitution?

  • 39
  • 54
  • 73

How many Constitution signers had also signed the Declaration of Independence?

  • eight
  • ten
  • twelve

Who was the only delegate to sign the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the Constitution and the Continental Association?

  • George Wythe
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Roger Sherman

Who was the only one to sign all of them, minus the Continental Association?

  • Benjamin Rush
  • Robert Morris
  • James Monroe

Which New Hampshire delegate shares a name with a famous TV president?

  • Fitzgerald Grant
  • Josiah Bartlett
  • Francis Underwood