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Trivia Quiz - John Hancock


John Hancock was a merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Quiz Number: 4188
Date Submitted: December 10, 2011
Quiz Categories: American History, American Founding Fathers
Quiz Type: People Quiz
Author: patrickryan
Average Score: 49.6 percent
Times Taken: 179 times
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1. Hancock was a wealthy man; where did he get his money?
  A.   He inherited money from an uncle.
  B.   He was a self-made lawyer and doctor.
  C.   He was a privateer during the Revolutionary War.
  D.   He married a wealthy woman.

2. He became very popular in Massachusetts, especially after British officials seized his sloop Liberty in 1768 and charged him with what?
  A.   smuggling.
  B.   piracy.
  C.   espionage.
  D.   treason.

3. His uncle, Thomas Hancock, was the proprietor of a firm known as the House of Hancock, which imported manufactured goods from Britain and exported what?
  A.   firearms and tomahawks.
  B.   timber and potash.
  C.   Indian slaves.
  D.   rum, whale oil, and fish.

4. Hancock joined the resistance to the 1765 Stamp Act by participating in a what?
  A.   riot.
  B.   boycott.
  C.   the theft of the stamps.
  D.   protest in London.

5. Customs officials used Hancock's sloop Liberty to enforce trade regulations until what occurred?
  A.   the end of the Revolution, where it was returned to Hancock.
  B.   the ship was burned by angry colonists.
  C.   the ship sank in a collision in the Boston Harbor.
  D.   the ship was taken by pirates.

6. Immediately after the Boston Tea Party, Hancock became ill, and was disabled. What disease was Hancock troubled with for the remainder of his life?
  A.   syphilis
  B.   hemophilia
  C.   heart disease
  D.   gout

7. In 1775, before Hancock reported to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, the Provincial Congress unanimously reelected him to what position?
  A.   Chairman of the Boston Delegation
  B.   President of the Congress
  C.   Secretary of the New England Committee
  D.   Chief of Staff to General Washington

8. After the skirmishes at Lexington and Concord in 1775, General Gage offered pardons to all the militia and Revolutionary War politicians except whom?
  A.   Hancock and Washington
  B.   Hancock and Isreal Putnum
  C.   Hancock and Sam Adams
  D.   Hancock and Hamilton

9. Who did Hancock feel should be the General of the Army for the colonialists?
  A.   Isreal Putnum
  B.   John Hancock
  C.   Horatio Gates
  D.   Paul Revere

10. Whose names were signed to the Declaration of Independence, when the document was sent to General Washington to read to the troops?
  A.   Hancock and his secretary only.
  B.   The entire Continental Congress.
  C.   George Washington and Thomas Jefferson only.
  D.   Charles Pickney only.


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