Abigail & John

David K. Israel

Some of you have written in, asking who won The Reader DVD and novel last month. I'm happy to report that Julie Hayes scored the DVD and Kirsten Tracy took the novel. Both women had deciphered all the correct answers to qualify for the random drawing.

Once again, mentalfloss.com has scored a hot property before it becomes available to the general public: Dr. Edith Gelles highly anticipated dual biography, ABIGAIL AND JOHN: Portrait of a Marriage. It goes on sale later this week, but we've got it now.

Billed as THE book on America's Original Power Couple, this one is for all the real history buffs in the blog. And because we know there are a lot of you out there, we're giving away not one, not two, but THREE copies.

As usual, though, you're going to have to earn a chance to qualify for the random drawing. On the next page, I've posted 10 statements about Abigail and John Adams. Note the statements that are NOT factual and send those numbers only in your subject line to us at: TriviaHunt@Gmail.com

(e.g. if statements number 3, 5 and 7 are incorrect, e-mail us the number 357 in your subject line.)

Now on with the game:

1. John Adams served in office between 1797 and 1801.
2. During his term, his VP was Thomas Jefferson.
3. Abigail Adams' maiden name was Jones.
4. Abigail and John were married in 1763.
5. Abigail and John were the first President/First Lady to live in the White House, which was then known as the President's Estate and Grounds.
6. Samuel Adams was related to John Adams.
7. John and Abigail birthed five children, not including a stillborn sixth child.
8. John Adams went to Harvard.
9. Abigail Adams was in favor of slavery.
10. John Adams died on July 4, 1826, which just so happened to be the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.