Question 17 Answer


By: J.J. Jackson

Q: Name 5 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
A. If you named any of the following give yourself 1 point for each up to 5.
(Extra Credit: If you named ANY of the signers with a star next to their names, i.e. more obscure founders, give yourself 1 bonus point)

Button Gwinnett*
Lyman Hall*
George Walton*
William Hooper*
Joseph Hewes*
John Penn
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.*
Thomas Lynch, Jr.*
Arthur Middleton*
John Hancock
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry*
Samuel Chase
William Paca*
Thomas Stone*
Charles Carroll of Carrollton*
George Wythe*
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.*
Francis Lightfoot Lee*
Carter Braxton*
Robert Morris*
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton*
George Clymer*
James Smith*
George Taylor*
James Wilson*
George Ross*
Caesar Rodney*
George Read*
Thomas McKean
William Floyd
Philip Livingston*
Francis Lewis*
Lewis Morris*
Richard Stockton*
John Witherspoon*
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark*
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple*
Matthew Thornton*
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington*
William Williams*
Oliver Wolcott*
Stephen Hopkins*
William Ellery*

How did you fare? In 1996 when I originally gave this test to 50 people (21 “Conservatives”, 13 “Moderates”,
15 “Liberals”) the following percentages answered correctly:
Total Respondants: 74% (37)
“Conservatives” 86% (18)
“Moderates” 69% (9)
“Liberals” 66% (10)

What were some of the the wrong answers?
Abe Lincoln
Christopher Columbus

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