Quiz: The Benjamin Franklin Quiz
The Benjamin Franklin Quiz
By: Staff
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About This Quiz

Inventor, statesman, writer and notorious prankster Benjamin Franklin is often called "the first American" for his myriad contributions to life in the early United States. Can you ace our quiz on Ben?

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Where was Benjamin Franklin born?
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Was Franklin ever president of the United States?
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What was his father's occupation?
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How many siblings did he have?
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How many years of formal education did Franklin complete?
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What was Franklin's worst subject in his brief stint at school?
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What did Franklin want to be when he grew up?
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At the age of 12, Franklin was apprenticed to his brother in what kind of shop?
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While working for his brother, Franklin secretly wrote letters to the newspaper under this name.
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Where did Franklin go when he quit the print shop?
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What was the name of the newspaper that Franklin ran in Philadelphia?
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In 1737, the Pennsylvania Gazette published Franklin's list of more than 200 synonyms for this word.
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Did Franklin own slaves?
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Which of these terms did Franklin NOT coin?
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Franklin devised a new phonetic alphabet that would do away with the letters C, J, W, Y, Q and __.
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For how many years of his life did Franklin live overseas?
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What discovery did Franklin make that cut two weeks off travel time across the Atlantic?
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Which bird did Franklin argue might be a better national symbol than the eagle?
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In 1775, Franklin became the first person to hold this position in the United States.
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What was the name of the philosophical club that Franklin started in Philadelphia?
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In 1747, Franklin anonymously wrote a fictional story about this woman, who was prosecuted for having a child out of wedlock.
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Franklin had quite a fondness for pseudonyms. What was another?
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Most of Franklin's famous sayings were first published in the almanac. This was NOT one of them.
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Bach and Beethoven composed pieces on this now-obscure instrument that Franklin invented.
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Franklin was an unlikely trendsetter when he moved to Paris toward the end of his life. What was one item that he made fashionable?
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In 1783, Franklin negotiated this treaty, which ended the Revolution.
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Franklin's son William was the governor of this state.
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At what age did Franklin become a self-proclaimed "gentleman of leisure?"
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Which college did Franklin NOT have a hand in founding?
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In 1968, Franklin was inducted into the hall of fame for this sport.
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