As you know already, I am a teacher–French and Spanish. Yet, I LOVE history. It is in my genes, so I desire to share, to converse, to write, to read, to experience historical events and ideas. Since I write historical fiction, different groups ask me to speak about my books and my research. Although speaking in front of my peers is out of my comfort zone, I say yes–to book clubs, DAR, libraries, etc.
Being a teacher at heart, I like to throw in a quiz to allow the listeners to participate in the historical era. I’ve included a few true/false items here. See how well you know 1770s colonial history.
- The Rich Old Lady represented the colony of New York.
- The East India Company delivered tea in brick form.
- Members of the Petticoat Brigade distributed water to the poor.
- Everyone in the colonies knew how to ride a horse.
- Pineapples were a sign of wealth.
- Charles Town was known as a city of religious freedom.
- All men wore wigs.
- The Sons of Liberty was an old society of lawyers in England.
- The French language was taught to middle- and upper-class citizens.
- Christmas trees and wreaths were used as decorations.
These are useful tidbits to know when reading my Revolutionary Faith books. Welcome to my fictional/historical world.
(Answers: 1. F (England) 2. T 3. F (women carrying weapons, food, etc to rebels) 4. F (not in the cities) 5. T 6. T 7. F (always those who refused) 8. F (colonists rebelling against Britain) 9. T 10. F (not until 1800s).
How did you do on the quiz? Share your response!