American History Trivia Quiz Questions And Answers - Revolutionary War Trivia
What was The American Revolutionary War?
A: It was the rebellion of thirteen of the North American colonies of Great Britain who declared themselves independent in 1776 as the United States of America.
Fighting also broke out in India between what two entities?
A: The British East India Company and the French allied Kingdom of Mysore.
The war had its origins in resistance of Americans to taxes
imposed by who or what?
A: By the British parliament in the 1760s.
The Americans claimed that they were what?
A: "taxation without representation."
Protests escalated into boycotts and the destruction of a
shipment of "what" at the
Boston Tea Party?
How did the British government punish
A: By closing the port of Boston and altering the charter to impose Crown control of the government.
The Patriots in Massachusetts responded by setting up a
A: A shadow government which took control of the province outside of Boston.
In April 1775 fighting broke out between Massachusetts
militia units and who?
A: British regulars at Lexington and Concord.
The Continental Congress appointed who to take charge of
militia units besieging British forces in Boston?
A: General George Washington.
In July 1776, what did the Continental Congress do after
their last petition for redress to King George was ignored?
A: They declared independence.
Who did Sir William Howe defeat at the Battle of Long
A: George Washington.
Who did Washington then capture?
A: A Hessian detachment at Trenton.
In 1777 Howe launched a campaign against the capital at
Philadelphia instead of doing what?
A: Aiding Burgoyne's separate invasion force coming down from Canada.
Without Howe's support, Burgoyne's outnumbered army was
surrounded and forced to what?
A: Surrender after the Battles of Saratoga in October 1777.
France, Spain and the Dutch Republic had been secretly
providing what to the revolutionaries starting early in 1776?
A: Money, ammunition and weapons.
The American victory at Saratoga persuaded Britain to offer
what to the Colonies?
A: Full self governance.
It was too late, the Patriots were committed to what?
In 1778 France declared war on who?
Spain joined France in 1779, but was not formally allied
A: The United States.
The participation of France, Spain and the Netherlands was
decisive as they contributed crucial what to the war?
A: Land and sea power.
That forced the British to divert a large portion of their
resources away from where?
A: North America.
In 1781 a French naval victory just outside Chesapeake Bay
led to the capture of how many British soldiers?
A: Over 7,000.
The defeat at Yorktown, as well as increasing
Franco-Spanish threats in the Caribbean and
Mediterranean, finally did what?
A: Turned opinion in the British Parliament against the war.
In 1783,what treaty ended the war?
A: The Treaty of Paris.