Speaking Truth to Power: Continuing 350 Years of Quaker Witness
1. When and where was the first Quaker lobby committee founded?
A. In 1784, Philadelphia Quaker activists formed the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, which petitioned the Constitutional Convention to end slavery in the United States.
B. In 1654, George Fox met with supporters at the Bull and Mouth tavern when he came to London to lobby Oliver Cromwell for the release of Quaker political prisoners.
C. Founded in 1943 in Washington, DC, FCNL was the first Quaker organization to engage directly with lawmakers.
2. Quaker signatures appear on which of the following documents?
A. Declaration of Independence
B. U.S. Constitution
C. Articles of Confederation
D. All of the above
3. In 1783, Quakers submitted to Congress the first petition calling for the abolition of slavery. The petition followed years of Quaker leadership in the abolition movement. In what year did Quakers issue the first public declaration opposing slavery in the United States?
4. How many members of the First U.S. Federal Congress (1789-1791) were Friends?
5. Dr. William Thornton (1759-1828), a Quaker inventor and artist, became the first superintendent of the U.S. Patent Office in 1802. Prior to that, he was also the first person to hold this position:
A. Architect of the Capitol
B. Secretary of the Treasury
C. Postmaster General
6. The statues and busts in the Capitol Rotunda are primarily of presidents. Of the handful of exceptions, three depict women. How many of the women represented were Quakers?
7. Alice Paul, a Quaker and Moorestown Friends School graduate, formed the National Women’s Party to pursue a federal amendment ensuring women’s suffrage. The group drew criticism in 1917 for picketing a wartime president, Woodrow Wilson. On what charge were Paul and other protesters arrested as they demonstrated outside the White House?
A. Illegal assembly
C. Obstructing traffic
8. Representative Henry Reuss of Wisconsin said FCNL played a “pivotal” role in the 1961 creation of this federal program:
A. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
B. Peace Corps
C. Global Change Research Program
9. Prior to passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965, Quaker civil rights activist Bayard Rustin took part in organizing which of the following:
A. Montgomery Bus Boycott
B. Southern Christian Leadership Conference
C. March on Washington
D. All of the above
10. The collection of lobbyists working to advance this bill, passed in 1990, held regular meetings in FCNL’s E. Raymond Wilson conference room:
A. Americans with Disabilities Act
B. National Environmental Education Act of 1990
C. Clean Air Act of 1990
11. In 2007, Congress answered the calls of FCNL constituents around the country and passed a ban on the export of:
A. F-16 fighter jets
C. Cluster bombs