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Online Personality Quiz Engages Players In Revolutionary Approach To History

How Revolutionary Are You? Personality Quiz

Title screen image: “The Capture of the Hessians at Trenton, December 26, 1776,” by John Trumbull. Courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery.

On the eve of Independence Day, a new online personality quiz invites participants to discover what they have in common with people of the American Revolution.  “How Revolutionary Are You?,” launched July 1 on the Facebook page and website – jyfmuseums.org – of Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center, transitioning in October to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Featuring 20 diverse individuals who lived during the Revolution, the quiz provides a window into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, where an introductory film and permanent exhibition galleries will debut on October 15.  A living-history Revolution-era farm and Continental Army encampment under construction will be completed in early 2017.  Through period artifacts and immersive environments, dioramas, short films and interactive exhibits, the expansive new galleries – along with the introductory film and the new living-history areas – will link the story of the Revolution to the lives of 21st-century Americans.

In “How Revolutionary Are You?” players select one of four possible responses to each of 10 questions and are then “matched” with one of the 20 subjects whose image and profile appear on the screen:  Abigail Adams, Revolutionary feminist; Benedict Arnold, American general who joined the British side; Joseph Brant, Mohawk chief who sided with the British; Elizabeth Drinker, a Philadelphia Quaker who maintained political neutrality; Isabella Ferguson, Irish immigrant and fervent Patriot; Peter Francisco, a Portuguese-born Virginian renowned for his bravery as a Patriot soldier; Mary Goddard, Baltimore bookseller and printer; Alexander Hamilton, Continental Army officer and secretary of the treasury during George Washington’s presidency; Hercules, chef at Mount Vernon; John Howland, Continental Army soldier from Rhode Island; Oney Judge, who escaped from slavery at Mount Vernon; King George III, British monarch during the American Revolution; Charles Lee, British officer who joined the Patriots; Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man to fight on the Patriot side; Peggy Shippen, wife of Benedict Arnold and spy for the British side; Benjamin Tallmadge, leader of the Culper Ring of Patriot spies; Banastre Tarleton, British army officer later knighted for his services; George Washington, commander of the Continental Army; Martha Washington, devoted partner of George Washington; Phillis Wheatley, author of the 1773 Poems on Various Subjects, the first book published by an American of African descent.

2 thoughts on “Online Personality Quiz Engages Players In Revolutionary Approach To History

  1. mary douglass says:

    Is there a way to access the “How Revolutionary Are You” quiz without visiting? I teach in Michigan and would like to try this with my class.

    1. bobjeffrey says:

      Sure. Just click on the Quiz on this page – https://jyfmuseums.org/donate/the-revolutionaries/

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