Memorial Day Quiz

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  1. The first ___ of Memorial Day was on May 5, 1866.
    a. observe
    b. observes
    c. observance
    d. observations

  2. The first Memorial Day ___ "Decoration Day".
    a. is called
    b. was called
    c. had called
    d. have called

  3. Soldiers who ___ in previous wars were honored as well on May 30, 1868.
    a. dying
    b. had died
    c. dyes
    d. dead

  4. The Confederate (Southern) States, however, ___ to observe it on the fourth Monday of April.
    a. decides
    b. decided
    c. decide
    d. deciding

  5. In 1971, along with other holidays, President Richard Nixon ___ Memorial Day a national holiday on the last Monday in May.
    a. declares
    b. declaring
    c. declare
    d. declared

  6. Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is the ___ largest national cemetery.
    a. nations
    b. nations's
    c. nations'
    d. nation's

  7. Astronauts, explorers and other distinguished Americans ___ with a special place at Arlington National Cemetery.
    a. will all honor
    b. be all honored
    c. should all honor
    d. have all been honored

  8. On Memorial Day, the President or Vice President of the United States ___ a speech and ___ a wreath on the "Tomb of the Unknowns".
    a. gives, lies
    b. gives, lays
    c. give, lay
    d. give, lie

  9. There is a chance that one of the soldiers buried ___ is a father, son, brother or friend of those who visit the graves.
    a. here
    b. where
    c. their
    d. how

  10. Over the years it came to serve as a day ___ all U.S. men and women killed or missing in action in all wars.
    a. remembered
    b. remembers
    c. to remember
    d. remembering

Special thanks to USIS Library Holiday Web Site for granting permission to use their material as a resource for this quiz. Perhaps you would like to read their Memorial Day page.
Copyright (C) 1999 by Catherine Rifkin (fricativ@mediaone.net)
This quiz is part of the HTML-Only Self-Study Quizzes which is part of Activities for ESL Students, a project by The Internet TESL Journal.