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History Badge


  1. Where did the name “Vermont” come from?
  2. What is Vermont’s state motto?
  3. When did Vermont join the United States?
  4. True or False: Before Vermont joined the United States, it was its own independent republic.
  5. On May 10, 1775, Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys helped capture this fort from the British: ______________.
  6. True or False: The Revolutionary War battle of Bennington, on August 16, 1777, was fought in Vermont.
  7. The Declaration of Independence, which listed the colonists’ complaints about the British king, proclaimed that “all men” are created equal and have the unalienable rights of: _____________ , _____________ and _____________.
  8. True or False: The first ship bearing enslaved Africans to the British colonies arrived in Virginia 400 years ago, in 1619.
  9. True or False: The U.S. Civil War, between the North and the South, was fought between 1861-1865.
  10. True or False: The mills in Winooski provided wool for Confederate soldiers’ uniforms and blankets.
  11. The Union generals buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington include:
    • Gen. William Wells
    • Gen. Oliver Otis Howard
    • Gen. George Stannard
    • All of the above
  12. Two U.S. presidents were born in Vermont. They are: __________ and ___________.
  13. True or False: The Vermont Historical Society has published the Civil War diaries of several Vermont soldiers on its website.
  14. True or False: The second Monday in October is a national holiday commemorating the day explorer Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas. In 2019, Vermont became one of several states to officially rename the holiday.
  15. True or False: The Abenaki people lived in Vermont for many years before the colonists arrived.
  16. True or False: The United States entered World War I after the surprise bombing attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
  17. What year did the United States enter World War I?
  18. True or False: The Great Depression, during which millions of Americans lost their jobs and their homes, lasted from 1929 until 1939.
  19. Americans born between 1946 and 1964 are called: ______________.
  20. Vermonter Russell Porter, an architect, artist, Arctic explorer and astrophysicist, founded a telescope-makers group — the first of its kind in the country — in this Vermont town: ______________.
  21. True or False: Marble from a quarry in Danby, Vermont, was used in the construction of the Supreme Court building and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  22. In 1823, Rev. Alexander Twilight became the first African-American to earn a degree from an American college or university. This school that gave Twilight his degree was: ______________.
  23. Which was the last state to join the United States?
  24. True or False: The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001, shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Thousands of U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan.
  25. True or False: The U.S. government built two nuclear missile silos in Vermont in the 1960s, during the Cold War.
Government Badge


  1. True or False: The Constitution of the United States begins with the words: “We the people of the United States…”
  2. The Constitution outlines a government that’s divided into three separate “branches,” each of which acts as a check on the powers of the others. These branches are: ___________ , ___________ and ____________.
  3. Who is in charge of the executive branch of the U.S. government?
  4. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
  5. How many U.S. senators are there?
  6. True or False: Vermont’s two U.S. senators are Sen. Patrick Leahy and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
  7. Seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are distributed based on population; so California has 53, and Massachusetts has 9. How many members of the House of Representative does Vermont send to Washington, D.C.?
  8. How many justices are there on the U.S. Supreme Court?
  9. The first 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are called: ______________.
  10. The First Amendment to the Constitution protects five specific freedoms. Which one of these is NOT one of those five?
    • Freedom of religion
    • The right to assemble peaceably
    • Freedom of speech
    • The right to bear arms (own guns)
    • The right to petition the government for redress of grievances
    • Freedom of the press
  11. Saying “I take the fifth” or “I plead the fifth” is a reference to the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, which states that the government cannot make you testify or give evidence against: ______________.
  12. Every four years, American citizens around the country vote for president on the first Tuesday following the first Monday of which month?
  13. Vermont voters elect city or town officers, and approve city and school budgets, on the first Tuesday in March. What is this day called?
  14. Which of these decisions is something that your local community decides?
    • How much money is budgeted for local schools
    • How much your city spends on street maintenance
    • Whether your local community should have its own police department
    • Whether your community should invest in building a new park or public pool
    • All of the above
  15. True or False: All U.S. laws must abide by the rules for the government set out in the U.S. Constitution and its amendments.
  16. True or False: Only the president can decide whether a law passed by Congress is constitutional.
  17. Which of these powers belongs to the legislative branch of government?
    • The power to declare war
    • The power to approve taxes
    • The power to confirm justices to the Supreme Court
    • The power to overturn a president’s veto
    • All of the above
  18. Who is the statewide elected official who makes sure that taxpayer money isn’t wasted?
  19. Who is Vermont’s current governor?
  20. Who is Vermont’s current state treasurer?
  21. True or False: Vermont is the only U.S. state that has never been represented by a woman in the U.S. Congress.
  22. True or False: Billboards are illegal in Vermont.
  23. Which one of these people is NOT currently a justice of the Vermont Supreme Court?
    • Paul Reiber
    • Beth Robinson
    • Harold E. Eaton, Jr.
    • Karen R. Carroll
    • Madeleine Kunin
  24. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who’s currently seeking the Democratic nomination for president, won his first election (for mayor of Burlington) in 1981 by this many votes: ____________.
  25. How old do you have to be to vote?
News Literacy Badge

News Literacy

  1. True or False: In a print newspaper, the page that explains who owns the publication, where and how often it’s distributed, who works there and how to contact the staff is called the Table of Contents.
  2. True or False: The masthead for online publications often appears under headings such as: About Us, Our Story, Staff or Contact Us.
  3. True or False: Snopes.com is a reliable fact-checking website.
  4. True or False: You are more likely to believe something if it reinforces something you already believe.
  5. There’s an old saying in journalism: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” What does it mean?
  6. True or False: If you see a video of something, that’s proof that it happened.
  7. Which of the following steps can you take when you encounter information you’re unsure about on the internet?
    • Do a quick web search to see if other credible sources are reporting the same thing.
    • Check to see if you can tell who created what you’re questioning.
    • If there are photos, do a reverse image search to check their authenticity.
    • Check to see if any professional fact-checking organizations have examined them.
    • Try to get the original source of the information in question.
    • All of the above.
  8. When companies advertise their products and services, what is their main motivation?
  9. True or False: Paid posts and “branded content” are the same as journalism.
  10. True or False: The government cannot keep media outlets from publishing or broadcasting material that is critical of the government.
  11. Which one of these is NOT an example of a media outlet that pays journalists to report on Vermont news?
    • WCAX-TV, Channel 3
    • Vermont Public Radio
    • Facebook
    • VTDigger
    • Seven Days
    • Kids VT
  12. True or False: Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram check every post their users make to ensure the information is true.
  13. True or False: In Vermont, you can watch many city council or school board meetings on TV.
  14. True or False: According to the Fairness Doctrine, a broadcast TV station that airs a political message has to give equal time to the opposite side of the argument.
Community Engagement Badge

Community Engagement

  1. If you want to get to know your neighbors and talk with them about issues in your community, you can:
    • Talk with them at Town Meeting Day.
    • Chat with them at the grocery store.
    • Say hi when you pass them on the sidewalk or street.
    • Join Front Porch Forum, a free local community-building service.
    • All of the above.
  2. True or False: The people who work for your city or town take care of everything associated with running a municipality.
  3. True or False: You can make a lot of money volunteering for your local library, senior center or food shelf.
  4. On the first Saturday in May, Vermonters pick up garbage around their communities. This day is known as: ______________.
  5. True or False: There is a fee to get a library card from your town library.
  6. True or False: You may be able to borrow free or reduced admission passes to local museums and attractions from your public library.
  7. True or False: If you don’t have access to an outdoor space where you can grow a garden, you might be able to reserve a plot at a community garden.
  8. True or False: You have to be invited to attend a city council or selectboard meeting.
  9. True or False: In Vermont, felons are allowed to vote. Prison inmates, too.
  10. What does the phrase “democracy doesn’t work unless you do” mean?
Advocacy Badge


  1. Because the First Amendment protects your right to free speech, you are protected from censorship:
    • On social media platforms
    • In the newspaper or on media websites
    • At work
    • By the government
    • All of the above
  2. True or False: When you disagree with something you read in the newspaper, you can write a letter to the editor and the newspaper may publish it in print.
  3. If you have strong beliefs about an issue that’s important to your community, which of these actions can you take:
    • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper.
    • Talk to your friends about it.
    • Organize a rally.
    • Put up flyers in public places.
    • Post information on Front Porch Forum.
    • All of the above.
  4. True or False: The government can’t require you to get a permit to organize a rally.
  5. People who are paid to persuade lawmakers to support or oppose an issue or cause are called: ____________.
  6. When describing a political campaign, the term “grassroots” means:
    • That people in the community are fired up and their passion for the issue is driving the campaign.
    • That people are being paid to promote this cause.
    • That the people who are pushing for the cause are gardeners or landscapers.
  7. True or False: If you want to alert your city council or selectboard to an issue, you can sign up to speak during the public comment period at a city council or selectboard meeting.

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