The George Washington Quiz

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What year was George Washington born?

George Washington was born on Feb. 22, 1732, to Augustine and Mary Ball Washington.

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How many full siblings did George Washington have?

George Washington was the oldest of six children conceived by Augustine and Mary Washington. George Washington also had three older half-siblings.

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How old was George Washington when his father died?

Augustine Washington died when George Washington was only 11 years old. George's older half-brother Lawrence stepped in and became the future president's mentor.

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What was George Washington's first job?

In 1748, at the age of 16, George Washington began working his first job as a land surveyor.

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True or false: George Washington did not have a middle name.

George Washington had no middle name.

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During which speech did George Washington say, "Knowledge is, in every country, the surest basis of public happiness"?

George Washington delivered this oft-quoted line during his first Annual Message to Congress (now the State of the Union address) on Jan. 8, 1790.

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Who did George Washington marry?

George Washington married widow Martha Dandridge Custis on Jan. 6, 1759.

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In 1754 George Washington commanded forces in the first battle of which war?

George Washington led 150 soldiers in the first battle of the French and Indian War.

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When was George Washington first elected to public office?

George Washington was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1758 and served until its dissolution in 1775.

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How many children did George Washington have?

George Washington never fathered any children. He did, however, have two step-children that were brought to the marriage by Martha Custis Washington.

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When was George Washington appointed commander of the Continental Army?

The Second Continental Congress appointed General George Washington commander of the Continental Army on June 15, 1775. Following his appointment in Philadelphia, Washington went directly to Boston to assume command of the Continental Army.

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True or false: As a boy, George Washington cut down his father's cherry tree.

The story about George cutting down a cherry tree is false. One of Washington's first biographers, Mason Locke Weems, likely started the rumor.

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George Washington was the first person to sign which important American document?

George Washington was the president of the Constitutional Convention and was therefore allowed to be the first person to sign the Constitution.

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General Washington and his Army crossed what icy river on the night of Dec. 25, 1776?

On their way to the Battle of Trenton, General Washington and his army crossed the Delaware River.

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What is the only foreign country George Washington visited?

In 1751 George Washington went to the island of Barbados with his half-brother Lawrence.

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What disease did George Washington contract while in Barbados?

Luckily, Washington recovered from smallpox and had lifelong immunity to the disease.

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George Washington wrote "liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth" in a letter to which fellow statesman?

On March 2, 1788, George Washington wrote a letter to James Madison that included this line.

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Where did General Washington and his troops spend the winter spanning 1777 and 1778?

In December 1777 General George Washington led his troops to winter quarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, where they wintered despite frigid temperature and inadequate supplies.

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Which foreign country was a major ally to the Colonies during the Revolutionary War?

Following an American victory at the Battle of Saratoga, the French openly supported the Continental Army for the remainder of the Revolutionary War.

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George Washington forced the surrender of which British commander at Yorktown?

Troops led by General George Washington attacked the British at Yorktown and forced the surrender of General Charles Cornwallis on Oct. 19, 1781.

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True or false: George Washington once threw a silver dollar across the Potomac River.

Historians doubt that George Washington actually threw a silver dollar across the Potomac River. The Potomac is more than a mile wide at Mount Vernon, making the feat impossible.

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When was George Washington elected as the first president of the United States?

George Washington was elected as the nation's first president on Jan. 7, 1789. John Adams served as Washington's vice president.

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Which act, signed into law by George Washington, created the Supreme Court and the position of attorney general?

George Washington signed the Judiciary Act into law on Sept. 24, 1789.

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What year did George Washington sign the Coinage Act?

George Washington signed the Coinage Act in April 1792, creating the U.S. Mint and establishing the official currency of the U.S.

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After serving as president, George Washington became one of the nation's largest producers of what product?

George Washington operated a distillery on his Dogue Run Farm. In 1799 the distillery produced 10,942 gallons (41,420 liters) of whiskey, making it the largest in the U.S. at the time.

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During which speech did George Washington say, "Observe good faith and justice towards all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all"?

Washington gave his farewell address on Sept. 19, 1796.

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Where is George Washington buried?

Although a vault was built in the U.S. Capitol specifically for George Washington, he is buried in a family vault at Mount Vernon, where he lived periodically until his death in 1799.

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True or false: During his two terms as president of the United States, George Washington never occupied the White House.

Washington lived in New York City for 16 months of his presidency and then lived in the President's House in Philadelphia from 1790 to 1797.

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What was the cause of George Washington's death?

George Washington died of a throat infection on Dec. 14, 1799.

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True or false: George Washington's false teeth were made of wood.

His false teeth, a series of full and partial dentures throughout adulthood, actually comprised a variety of materials, such as bone, ivory and the teeth of other people.

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George Washington is one of America's Founding Fathers, but how well do you know the branches on his family tree? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the first president of the United States.

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