Sample questions and answers for a quiz on Johnny Tremain are the following: Q. What trade does Johnny pursue at the beginning of the novel? A. Silversmithing; Q. Which wealthy Boston merchant is Johnny related to? A. Jonathan Lyte; and Q. Whose testimony clears Johnny at his trial? A. Josiah Quincy's. Johnny Tremain is the lead character in the 1943 children's fiction historical novel "Johnny Tremain" by Esther Forbes.
The novel follows the adventures of Johnny Tremain, a 14-year-old apprentice who works in a silversmith shop in Boston, Massachusetts, during the Revolutionary War. It features both fictional and historical characters including Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Paul Revere. Important fictional characters include the silversmith shop owner, Ephraim Lapham, his daughter and Tremain's love interest, Cilla Lapham, and Rab Silsbee, Tremain's first true friend and role model. Important historic events featured in the novel include the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere's ride, the British blockade of the Port of Boston, and the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
In 1944, "Johnny Tremain" won the prestigious Newbery Medal, which honors outstanding American children's literature. The novel was later made into a film -- also called "Johnny Tremain" -- by Walt Disney Productions. It was released in 1957 and starred actor Hal Stalmaster as the lead character and Luana Patten as Cilla Lapham.