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These questions are taken from the History Cards in the Ludington's Ride board game. The answers can also be found in the "Sybil's Story" link at the left. Click on the radio buttons to take the quiz, then check your answers with the "Grade Me!" submission button below. Download the quiz as Microsoft Word files (with answers) from this page.

1) On what date did Sybil Ludington undertake her legendary ride?
a) April 18, 1775
b) July 4, 1776
c) April 5, 1777
d) April 27, 1777

2) Which of the following Colonial Generals did not participate in the Battle of Ridgefield?
a) George Washington
b) Benedict Arnold
c) Gold Selleck Silliman
d) David Wooster

3) When Sybil undertook her legendary ride, how many children were in her family?
a) four
b) six
c) eight
d) ten

4) After Sybil married Edmond Ogden, how many children did they have?
a) one
b) two
c) three
d) four

5) When and how did Sybil's husband die?
a) In 1785, from a heart attack after the birth of their son.
b) In 1799, during an outbreak of Yellow Fever.
c) In 1812, as an Army Major during the War of 1812.
d) In 1838, of old age.

6) After Sybil's husband died, how did she earn a living?
a) Sybil became a school teacher.
b) Sybil remarried and became a housewife.
c) Sybil taught piano lessons for local children.
d) Sybil ran a tavern.

7) Lt. Col. Henry Ludington served as an aide-de-camp to which General?
a) George Washington
b) Benedict Arnold
c) Gold Selleck Silliman
d) David Wooster

8) Which of the following Generals died in the Battle of Ridgefield?
a) William Tryon
b) Benedict Arnold
c) Gold Selleck Silliman
d) David Wooster

9) How many brothers did Sybil have when she made her legendary ride?
a) 2
b) 3
c) 4
d) 5

10) How much was the reward that British General Howe offered for Col. Ludington?
a) 100 guineas
b) 300 guineas
c) 500 guineas
d) 1,000 guineas

11) Henry Ludington was born in what city and in what year?
a) In New York, NY in 1735
b) In Fishkill, NY in 1738
c) In Branford, CT in 1739
d) In Boston, MA in 1742

12) Henry Ludington met Abigail while he was a soldier during which war?
a) The French and Indian War
b) The American Revolutionary War
c) The War of Eastern Pennsylvania
d) The War of 1812

13) When were Henry and Abigail Ludington married?
a) May 1, 1760
b) July 4, 1776
c) April 27, 1790
d) June 1, 1812

14) When the Ludingtons first arrived in New York, what was the area like in which they lived?
a) A moderately populated area surrounded by a number of established farms.
b) A fertile farming area that was surrounded by dense wilderness.
c) An urban township.
d) They lived in the city.

15) Which of the following was not one of Col. Ludington's business endeavors?
a) A gristmill.
b) A sawmill.
c) A primitive oil well.
d) A 229 acre farm.

16) When did Abigail Ludington die, and at what age?
a) June 13, 1787 at the age of 42
b) October 24, 1795 at the age of 50
c) April 1, 1805 at the age of 60
d) August 3, 1825 at the age of 80

17) Which of the following participated in the building of Ludington's mill?
a) Women and girls
b) Indians
c) British prisoners of war
d) Black slaves

18) Which of the following positions were not held by Henry Ludington?
a) Sub-Sheriff of Dutchess County
b) Elder of the Presbyterian Church in Patterson, New York
c) Captain of the 5th Company of British Militia in Fredericksburgh, NY
d) Member of Congress

19) How many troop transports did the British employ in the invasion of Danbury?
a) 5
b) 10
c) 15
d) 20

20) Where did the British land when they invaded Connecticut?
a) Stamford
b) Compo Beach
c) Milford
d) New London

21) Who assumed command of General Wooster's troops at the Battle of Ridgefield?
a) Captain Stephen Rowe Bradley
b) Col. Henry Ludington
c) Gen. Benedict Arnold
d) Gen. G. S. Silliman

22) When after the Battle of Ridgefield did Gen. Benedict Arnold betray his country?
a) During the battle.
b) A month later, because he had not been paid.
c) About three years later.
d) About six years later.

23) As General Tryon approached Ridgefield, he burned a mill belonging to whom?
a) George Washington
b) Col. Henry Ludington
c) Isaac Keeler
d) John Jay

24) Which American Patriot wrote to Governor Morris to congratulate the victory at Ridgefield?
a) Samuel Adams
b) Alexander Hamilton
c) Thomas Jefferson
d) John Hancock

25) How many soldiers served under Col. Ludington's 7th Regiment?
a) A little more than 100.
b) About 200.
c) Just under 300.
d) More than 400.

26) How long were the British in Danbury during their invasion?
a) About six hours.
b) Just over 12 hours.
c) Less than 24 hours.
d) The entire day and most of the night.

27) At what time of day did the British reach Danbury?
a) Dawn.
b) Mid-morning.
c) Between 2:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon.
d) At nightfall.

28) What was the weather like when the British reached Danbury?
a) Sunny.
b) Raining.
c) Snow storm.
d) Nobody knows.

29) Which of the following were not recorded during the invasion of Danbury?
a) Four patriot snipers were burned at Ezra Starr's house.
b) Drunken British soldiers paraded in the streets.
c) Heavy artillery was fired into the streets.
d) Patriot houses were spared.

30) How large was the British contingent of soldiers during the invasion of Danbury?
a) About 1,000 men.
b) About 2,000 men.
c) About 5,000 men.
d) About 10,000 men.

31) What was the ratio of British soldiers to Patriot soldiers?
a) Both sides were about evenly matched.
b) The Patriots were out-numbered 3 to 1.
c) The Patriots were out-numbered 5 to 1.
d) The British were out-numbered 3 to 1.

32) Which of the following were not taken prisoner during the invasion of Danbury?
a) John Porter.
b) A man named Barnum.
c) Captain Zalmon Read.
d) R. Sanford Barlow.

33) The 7th Regiment of Dutchess County was referred to by the British as...?
a) Pushovers
b) The Fighting Irish
c) The Backwoods Boys
d) Colonel Ludington's Regiment

34) The new Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York commissioned Henry Ludington as a:
a) General.
b) Colonel.
c) Major.
d) Ludington was never commissioned by them.

35) Which of the following did Henry Ludington not serve under?
a) Benedict Arnold
b) George Washington
c) William Tryon
d) Col. Beverly Robinson

36) Sybil Ludington's ride has not been acknowledged by which of the following?
a) The U.S. Post Office
b) The State of New York
c) The U.S. Congress
d) The Daughters of the American Revolution

37) Enoch Crosby was made famous in which novel?
a) I Spy by R. Culp
b) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré
c) The Spy by James Fenimore Cooper
d) The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

38) Enoch Crosby served as a spy:
a) For the British.
b) For Col. Ludington.
c) For both sides during the war.
d) None of the above.

39) Henry Ludington's military career began when he was how old?
a) 15
b) 16
c) 17
d) 18

40) Ichabod Prosser was:
a) A notorious Tory highwayman.
b) A famous Patriot spy.
c) Of substantial benefit to Sybil during her ride.
d) Not interested in Col. Ludington's activities.

41) After Sybil's husband died, how did she earn a living?
a) Sybil ran a tavern.
b) Sybil became a school teacher.
c) Sybil remarried and became a housewife.
d) Sybil taught piano lessons for local children.

42) Henry Ludington was born in what city and in what year?
a) In Boston, MA in 1742
b) In Branford, CT in 1739
c) In New York, NY in 1735
d) In Fishkill, NY in 1738

43) Which of the following were not recorded during the invasion of Danbury?
a) Four patriot snipers were burned at Ezra Starr's house.
b) Patriot houses were spared.
c) Drunken British soldiers paraded in the streets.
d) Heavy artillery was fired into the streets.

44) As General Tryon approached Ridgefield, he burned a mill belonging to whom?
a) George Washington
b) Isaac Keeler
c) Col. Henry Ludington
d) John Jay

45) Which of the following Generals died in the Battle of Ridgefield?
a) William Tryon
b) Benedict Arnold
c) David Wooster
d) Gold Selleck Silliman

46) How old was Abigail when she married Henry Ludington?
a) 14
b) 15
c) 16
d) 17

47) When did Abigail Ludington die, and at what age?
a) June 13, 1787 at the age of 42
b) October 24, 1795 at the age of 50
c) April 1, 1805 at the age of 60
d) August 3, 1825 at the age of 80

48) Which of the following was not one of Colonel Ludington's business endeavors?
a) A gristmill.
b) A sawmill.
c) A 229 acre farm.
d) A primitive oil well.

49) Much of British General Howe's cattle and grain were purchased from Col. Ludington before Ludington changed his political views and sided with the Patriots.
True
False

50) Much of Ludington's supplies came from thefts by marauding Cowboys & Skinners.
True
False

51) Col. Ludington and his regiment 7th Militia were not very effective in preventing marauders from obtaining supplies for the British forces.
True
False

52) The area of territory that Col. Ludington commanded has been described by historians as "deplorable."
True
False

53) Little is known today about Col. Ludington's wife Abigail, other than the fact that she bore him children.
True
False

54) Col. Henry Ludington and his wife Abigail raised 12 children in the Ludington household.
True
False

55) Col. Ludington's area of command in Dutchess County was along the most direct route the British might take to and from Connecticut and the coast on Long Island Sound.
True
False

56) Henry Ludington's military experience did not impress the Patriot Provincial Congress, so they refused to grant him a military officer's appointment.
True
False

57) Paul Revere completed his ride, riding alone on well-traveled roads on a clear night.
True
False

58) Enoch Crosby served as a spy for the British.
True
False

59) General Benedict Arnold served with distinction at the Battle of Ridgefield.
True
False

60) Lt. Col. Henry Ludington was severely wounded in the Battle of Ridgefield.
True
False

61) British General Howe led the invasion of Danbury, Connecticut.
True
False

62) The commissioners of the Continental Army refused to use Danbury as a depot for military stores, preferring instead to store the supplies in Westchester.
True
False

63) Ichabod Prosser served the British under Gen. William Tryon as a spy.
True
False

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