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Happy 4th of July from the GoCertify Team

The GoCertify home office is closed in observance of the U.S. holiday the 4th of July — also known as Independence Day or July 4th — but we didn't want to leave you with nothing.

Benjamin FranklinToday is Independence Day here in the United States. It's a federal holiday, so the offices of GoCertify are closed until Friday. Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. This event energized and crystallized American resistance to British rule, which had already erupted into war on April 18, 1775.


We'll return to our regular schedule of operations tomorrow. Until then, why not enjoy this Independence Day-themed quiz about Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father, inventor, diplomat, and a member of the five-man commission charged with creating the Declaration of Independence?


1) How many siblings did Benjamin Franklin have?


2) True or False: Benjamin Franklin was the last child born to his parents, Josiah and Abiah Franklin.


3) What was the connection between young Ben Franklin and the middle-aged widow and Boston resident Silence Dogood?


4) What is the name of the mutual improvement association that Benjamin Franklin established in 1727 at the age of 21?


5) At what age did Benjamin Franklin become a Freemason?


6) Benjamin Franklin's pioneering studies of electricity resulted, among other recognition, in the granting of honorary degrees by which two universities?


7) True or False: Benjamin Franklin was greatly assisted in his work on the Declaration of Independence by a talking pet mouse named Amos?


8) What legendary wisecrack attributed to Franklin was reportedly uttered at the signing of the Declaration of Independence?


9) Benjamin Franklin is well known for having served as the first United States Minister (ambassador) to France. While in France, he concurrently held the post of minister to what other European nation for a period of six months?


10) Was Benjamin Franklin a slave owner?