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Celebrate independence How much do you know?

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Today, the Fourth of July, we celebrate Independence Day. Barbecues will be commonplace. Fireworks will be on display. Families will get together and share laughs, drinks and ideas.

In honor of America's 231st birthday, The Herald offers a list of questions to test your knowledge about the origins of the United States.

How well do you know your country?

1. The House of Representatives are based on the population of the state, while the Senate is allocated a set number of representatives in the state.

A. True

B. False

2. How many people are credited with drafting the U.S. Constitution?

A. 3

B. 4

C. 5

D. 6

3. The Gettysburg Address took place in what year?

A. 1860

B. 1863

C. 1865

D. 2007

4. Who is credited with being the principal author of the Declaration of Independence?

A. Benjamin Franklin

B. Ernest Hemmingway

C. Thomas Jefferson

D. Paul Revere

5. Which state was the last to be added to the original 13 colonies?

A. South Carolina

B. Georgia

C. Maryland

D. California

6. The first national "Thanksgiving Day," established Nov. 26, 1789, was originally created by George Washington as a way of "giving thanks" for the Constitution.

A. True

B. False

7. The word "women" never appears in the Constitution, but the word "men" appears four dozen times.

A. True

B. False

8. Delegates signed the Constitution in geographical order of their states, from north to south.

A. True

B. False

9. The Constitution set up political parties and presidential primaries.

A. True

B. False

10. What country helped the United States defeat Great Britain in the Revolutionary War?

A. Switzerland

B. Japan

C. France

D. Italy

Answers: 1)A 2)C 3)B 4)C 5)B 6)A 7)A 8)A 9)B 10)C

Guardsmen celebrate July 4 overseas

FORWARD OPERATING BASE LINDSEY, Afghanistan -- Many South Carolina National Guard members are spending this Independence Day away from home.

We asked five soldiers with the Guard's Company B, 1st Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment, what the holiday and patriotism mean to them.

Sgt. Jay Moore, Simpsonville

Q: What do you think about spending the holiday here?

A: "To me, it's about our independence, and I still feel the same way about it. I'm looking forward to our celebration. We're going to have a cookout.

Q: What about being away from family and friends?

A: "I hate being away, but we're here for a reason. The holiday is one of the reasons why we're here -- for their independence."

Staff Sgt. Pat Moses, Greenville

Q: What do you think about spending the holiday here?

A: "It's a special day, almost like any other holiday. It has its meaning, and I'm glad to be a part of it.

"It's kind of funny, too, being here with the Brits on the Fourth of July. I wonder how the Brits feel."

Q: What about being away from family and friends?

A: "I'm just proud to have the opportunity to be here and making it safer for my family back in the States."

Spc. John DeSilva, Boiling Springs

Q: What do you think about spending the holiday here?

A: "It makes me feel proud that I'm able to do my job as a soldier just like all the soldiers before me -- so we can still keep our Independence Day and protect my fellow countrymen. That's why I volunteered to come on this tour."

Q: What about being away from family and friends?

A: "Well, as a soldier, we always have to make small sacrifices so that our families can enjoy their holiday in peace, and so that there will be many more Fourth of Julys to come after this tour."

Pfc. Anthony Smith, Greenville

Q: What do you think about spending the holiday here?

A: "It means a lot to me because I'm a soldier and this is my job, and I love my job. I feel as if I'm helping to secure and protect America, so I enjoy it. It's fine."

Q: What about being away from family and friends?

A: "Being away from home is a little difficult, but you live and you learn, and you go through a lot in life. I feel that as a soldier, being here, we're making a difference, and it's worth the sacrifice of not being at home with our families."

Sgt. Michael Arflin, Anderson

Q: What do you think about spending the holiday here?

A: "This is (my) second time being deployed during the Fourth of July. I was at Baghdad in 2005. There are too many differences to even begin to explain. It's like two different worlds."

Q: What about being away from family and friends?

A: "I just miss spending the day with my wife and my kids. We usually cook out and find a way to spend the day. I'm going to miss that this year."

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