The Paul Revere Quiz

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What was Paul Revere's profession?

Paul Revere was a silversmith, as was his father before him.

Where was he from?

Revere lived in the North End of Boston his entire life.

Where was Paul Revere's father from?

Revere's father was Apollos Rivoire, a Frenchman who moved to the Colonies at age 13 and changed his name to Paul Revere.

How many of Revere's children outlived him?

Revere had eight children, and all but one daughter died before he did.

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

Revere took part in Boston's Stamp Act Riots in 1765.

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

Joseph Warren, who sent Revere off on his midnight ride in 1775, died at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

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

Revere's experience with metalsmithing led him to train and then practice as a dentist.

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

A few months after Joseph Warren died at the Battle of Bunker Hill, Revere was able to identify his body by a tooth he had repaired with silver wire.

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

In 1768 Revere made a silver bowl honoring the Sons of Liberty.

This was another secret society Revere belonged to.

Revere became a Freemason in 1769. He was the most worshipful grand master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in the 1790s.

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

Revere did a lot of work for the Boston Committee of Public Safety.

Who was the leader of the Sons of Liberty?

It wasn't official, but Samuel Adams was the rabble-rouser and de facto leader.

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

Samuel Adams, John Hancock and other Sons of Liberty leaders stayed behind, but Revere fully participated in the Boston Tea Party.

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

The Green Dragon was known as the "headquarters of the Revolution."

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

Revere was dispatched to Portsmouth to warn the city; but as it turned out, the British weren't really coming.

What was the date of Revere's midnight ride?

Revere rode on April 18, 1775, the night before the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

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

Revere was to warn Adams and Hancock of the impending danger.

Where were Hancock and Adams?

Revere had instructions to ride to Lexington and warn all the towns along the way.

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

The sexton at Christ Church, otherwise known as Old North Church, had been instructed to put lanterns in the steeple when the British were coming.

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 if by land; two if by sea."

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

Revere actually shouted, "The regulars are coming out!" (Regulars are British soldiers.)

Who were the other two men riding with Revere?

Revere met up with Dawes after he warned Adams and Hancock. They decided to ride on to Concord, Massachusetts, where they met Prescott.

How many of the men made it to Concord?

Prescott was the only one who made it. Dawes fell off his horse, and Revere was captured by the British but soon released.

How many miles did Revere ride that night?

Revere and his horse made it about 20 miles before they were captured in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

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

Revere didn't get a Continental Army commission, but he was a lieutenant colonel in the militia, in command of the artillery regiment.

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

Longfellow took a lot of poetic license with his poem — as poets do — which has resulted in a good bit of misunderstanding about Revere's actions that night.

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?

Revere was the artillery commander in what is now known as the Penobscot disaster, a bungled mission in which 500 Americans died.

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

Brig. Gen. Peleg Wadsworth was one of the loudest voices accusing Revere of cowardice and incompetence.

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

Revere was one of the first metalsmiths to roll copper into sheets, which were used to fortify the Navy's ships.

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

Revere, Minnesota, had a population of 95 in 2010.

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About This Quiz

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?

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