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The Paul Revere Quiz
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Paul Revere was immortalized in an epic poem that glorified his famous midnight ride in 1775. Can you separate fact from (poetic) fiction when it comes to Paul Revere?

What was Paul Revere's profession?

  • carpenter
  • silversmith
  • blacksmith

Where was he from?

  • England
  • Pennsylvania
  • Massachusetts

Where was Paul Revere's father from?

  • England
  • France
  • Germany

How many of Revere's children outlived him?

  • all
  • none
  • one

Revere's silversmithing business took a big hit when parliament passed this in 1765.

  • Coercive Acts
  • Stamp Act
  • Townshend Acts

Paul Revere was close with this revolutionary, who was the youngest doctor in Boston.

  • Joseph Warren
  • Samuel Johnston
  • John Gorley

What profession did Revere take up when the economy went south?

  • dentistry
  • blacksmithing
  • horse training

Revere's dentistry experience proved useful years later, when he was called upon to …

  • identify Joseph Warren's body
  • repair George Washington's false teeth
  • pull John Hancock's tooth

Paul Revere was a member of a number of revolutionary secret societies. This was one of them.

  • Loyal Nine
  • Sons of Liberty
  • Committee of Five

This was another secret society Revere belonged to.

  • Freemasons
  • Elks
  • Shriners

Revere was a courier for this secret group, carrying messages from Boston to Philadelphia and New York.

  • Boston Committee of Public Safety
  • New England Committee of Correspondence
  • Observation and Inspection Committee

Who was the leader of the Sons of Liberty?

  • Samuel Adams
  • John Adams
  • John Hancock

In 1773 the Sons of Liberty organized this major rebellion, in which Revere took part.

  • Intolerable Acts Riot
  • Lexington Insurrection
  • Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party was planned in part at this tavern, where Revere and other revolutionaries hung out.

  • Green Dragon
  • Solas Pub
  • St. Simon's

In December 1774 Revere rode to this city to warn that the British were coming to seize their gunpowder.

  • Hartford, Connecticut
  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Montpelier, Vermont

What was the date of Revere's midnight ride?

  • Nov. 20, 1774
  • April 18, 1775
  • May 3, 1776

One of Revere's missions was to warn these two men that the British were coming to imprison them.

  • Henry Bass and John Adams
  • Samuel Adams and John Hancock
  • John Warren and Thomas Chase

Where were Hancock and Adams?

  • Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Hingham, Massachusetts

Revere waited to start his ride until he saw lanterns in the steeple of this Boston church.

  • Park Street Church
  • St. John's
  • Old North Church

How many lanterns did Revere see in the steeple, indicating that the British were going to row across the Charles River to Cambridge, Massachusetts?

  • one
  • two
  • three

Did he shout "The British are coming!" as he rode?

  • yes
  • no

Who were the other two men riding with Revere?

  • Emory Eaton and Isaiah Mason
  • Miles Smith and Joseph Taggert
  • William Dawes and Samuel Prescott

How many of the men made it to Concord?

  • one
  • two
  • three

How many miles did Revere ride that night?

  • 5 miles (8 kilometers)
  • 20 miles
  • 45 miles

To which rank did Revere rise in the Massachusetts militia during the Revolutionary War?

  • lieutenant colonel
  • major
  • brigadier general

Who wrote the 1860 poem "Paul Revere's Ride," which brought Revere's story back from obscurity?

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Robert Frost
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Strangely, Longfellow's grandfather had fought in a battle with Revere, one that turned out to be a major disaster for the Americans. Where did it take place?

  • Lake Champlain, Vermont
  • Provincetown, Massachusetts
  • Penobscot Bay, Maine

After the Penobscot disaster, Revere was brought up on these charges but eventually cleared.

  • cowardice and incompetence
  • insurrection and desertion
  • neglect of duty and failure to follow orders

Later in life, Revere ended up being the main supplier of copper for this branch of the U.S. military.

  • Army
  • Navy
  • Marines

There are two American towns named Revere: one in Massachusetts and one in this state.

  • Washington
  • Georgia
  • Minnesota