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National Treasure

Answer the following questions while viewing “National Treasure”.

  1. What was the name of the ship in the Arctic where Ben and his team find the first clue?

  1. In what building is the Declaration of Independence held? In what city would you find this building?

  1. Benjamin Franklin Gates (played by Nicholas Cage) summarizes a portion of the Declaration of Independence while he’s looking at it. He says, “Those who have the ability to take action have the ____________ to take action.”

  1. Ben, Abigail, and Riley travel to Ben’s father’s home just outside what historical city?

  1. Which two men cast the Liberty Bell?

  1. Ben and Abigail thought they were too late to see the shadow inside the tower of Independence Hall. However, Riley pointed out that because of Daylight Savings Time, they were actually early. Who was the first person to suggest Daylight Savings Time?

  1. While Ben is in FBI custody, he receives a phone call from bad guy Ian. Ian tells Ben to meet him in what city?

  1. Where did the treasure hunters find Parkington Lane? What secret fraternal organization did Lane, Washington, Franklin, and many other Founding Fathers belong to?

  1. Ben’s father lies to Ian (the bad guy) and leads him to the Old North Church in what historical city?

10. The men of the Gates family are named Ben, Patrick, John, and Thomas. Which Founding Fathers do you think the movie producers named them after?
*Ben: ___________________________ *John: ________________________
*Patrick: ____________________ *Thomas: _____________________
Go to the following website or scan the QR code in order to find the answers to questions 11-16.


  1. The motto on the Great Seal of the United States (on the back of the dollar bill) says Novus Ordo Seclorum. Translated, this means “A New Order of the Ages.” What do you think this means?

    1. How many layers of bricks/steps are there in the unfinished pyramid? How many olive branches are there in the eagle’s left talon? How many arrows in his right talon? Stripes on the shield?

# bricks/steps ______ # arrows in right talon _____

# olive branches ______ # stripes on the shield _____

  1. What the does the Roman numeral at the bottom of the pyramid translate to?

  1. We translated Novus Ordo Seclorum below the pyramid for you, but there is another Latin phrase we see all the time on our money—E Pluribus Unum, which means “Out of Many, One”. What does this mean?

  1. The hotel in Washington DC where the bad guys plan their scheme early in the movie is a very famous hotel, best known for a political break-in in 1972. As a result of this break-in and the resulting cover-up, President Nixon ultimately had to resign. What’s the name of the hotel?


  1. Many times during the movie, the Declaration is rolled, unrolled, touched by several people, and would fall apart if handled in this way in real life. Because of this, the case protecting the Declaration is filled with an inert gas to protect it. It is the lightest of all the noble gases. What is this gas, and why is it used?


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