Are You an April fool? Take This Quiz!

Dear Dr. Linda,

I’m not writing to you about my children or my students; I’m writing to you on behalf of the people in my office. We enjoy doing the quizzes you create about history or holidays. So, this is a request to write another quiz. We love history!


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Dear B.D.,

The month of April is filled with historical trivia so let’s see what you and your coworkers know about April.

1) April 1 is an important date because:

A. On April 1, 1865, General Robert E. Lee’s armies were defeated which was the beginning of the end of the Civil War.
B. The tradition of playing tricks on April 1 began in France more than 400 years ago.
C. An English doctor discovered how blood travels through the body.
D. All of the above

2) On April 3, 1783, Washington Irving, an American author was born. He wrote:

A. Moby Dick
B. To Kill a Mockingbird
C. Rip Van Winkle
D. Bessie’s Pillow

3) On April 4, 1968, a famous civil rights leader was killed in Memphis, Tennessee. The person was:

A. Abraham Lincoln
B. Dorothea Dix
C. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
D. None of the above

4) On April 9, 1866, despite a veto by the president,

A. The 14th Amendment was passed
B. Bill of 1866 was passed by Congress granting black people the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship
C. The 19th Amendment was passed granting women the right to vote.
D. None of the above

5) On April 12, 1861

A. The American Civil War began
B. On April 12, 1945 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt died
C. On April 12, 1981 - The first space shuttle flight occurred
D. All of the above

6) On April 13, 1743, a famous American statesperson was born and became the third president. This person was:

A. Henry Clay
B. John Adams 
C. James Monroe
D. Thomas Jefferson

7) On April 15, 1452, a famous Italian painter and sculptor was born. This person was:

A. Picasso
B. Renoir 
C. Leonardo da Vinci
D. Monet

8) On April 16, 1867, Wilbur Wright was born. He and his brother invented the:

A. airplane
B. steam engine 
C. phonograph
D. radio

9) On April 24, 1942, a famous American singer was born. This person was:

A. Elvis Presley
B. Frank Sinatra 
C. Barbara Streisand
D. Ella Fitzgerald

10) On April 28, 1926, Harper Lee, a famous American author, was born. This person wrote:

A. A Tale of Two Cities
B. To Kill a Mockingbird
C. 1984
D. Animal Farm

Answers:  1-D; 2-C; 3-C; 4-B; 5-D; 6-D; 7-C; 8-A; 9-C; 10-B

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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