Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|After the treasure is found, Ben decides to donate most of it to museums through out the world. What percent of the treasure's value does Ben keep for himself?||"National Treasure" Part A
1%. Riley is upset with Ben by the fact that Ben did not keep more for themselves. Ironically, he says this as he drives off in his new car.
|Ben realizes that the treasure is under Trinity Church, but he refuses to reveal it. Ben's dad throws off Ian with a fake lead. Where does Ben's dad lead Ian, using the winding stairwell and lantern as fake clues?||"National Treasure" Part A
Old North Church. Ben's dad took advantage of Ian's lack of knowledge in US history to throw him off. After the treasure was found, Ben led Agent Sadusky to Old North Church which is where he could find Ian and arrest him.
|The clue Ben finds at 2:22 is a pair of glasses that are designed to see invisible writing. Using these glasses, Ben finds out that next he has to go to Trinity Church. In what city is Trinity Church located?||"National Treasure" Part A
New York City. Trinity Church is at the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway. They had to go to the boiler room, then through the tomb of Parkington Lane in order to find the stairwell that led to the treasure room which, according to Ben, is five stories underground.
|Ben originally thinks that he will have to wait another day to get the clue from above since it was 3:00 at the time and the clue required them to be there at 2:22. But his accomplice reminds him that they are not too late since Daylight Savings Time was not first implemented until which war?||"National Treasure" Part A
World War I. Daylight Savings Time was first used in 1918. The primary reason was to save fuel by reducing the time that artificial lighting is used to light buildings.
|Gates went to the National Archives, after being laughed at by the FBI, to inform them about Ian's intentions to steal an important document. Again, he was laughed at. Finish the quote that the woman from the National Archives (Diane Kruger) said after Gates told her that they did not have the pipe with them: "Did ______ take it?"||"National Treasure" Part A
Big Foot . This quote was one of the funny moments in the movie, although many felt sympathy for Gates. After the Declaration is stolen, FBI Agent Sadusky asks about a tip given to them about someone stealing the Declaration of Independence. He was not pleased to find out that they found the tip irrelevant and did not document it.
|Ben is the first from his family to finally get a lead from the clue that Charles Carroll gave Thomas Gates. What is the clue?||"National Treasure" Part A
The name of a ship. Ben finds the Charlotte buried in snow above the Artic Circle. Here, he finds the pipe.
|In 1832, Charles Carroll (96 years of age and the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence) gave Thomas Gates the first clue to the treasure. He told him that the secret lies with what?||"National Treasure" Part A
Charlotte. Thomas Gates was only ten years old at the time and was driving Carroll's carriage. He drove Carroll to the White House to deliver a message to Andrew Jackson, but Jackson was not there that night.
|Look at the names of people in the Gates family: Benjamin Franklin Gates, Thomas Jefferson Gates, and John Adams Gates. Keeping these names in mind, what is Patrick's (Ben's father) middle name?||"National Treasure" Part A
Henry. Patrick Henry was an important person in the American Revolution. "Give me liberty or give me death" is Henry's most famous quote.
Riley. Riley is a tech nerd. Ian is the "leader" of the rival group. Riley and Ben barely make it out of the Charlotte before it explodes.
Voight . Voight played Patrick Gates in the movie. Patrick Gates abandoned the idea of the existence of the treasure. However, when Ben's grandfather told him about the story behind the treasure, Ben rejected his dad's belief about there not being any treasure.
Cage . Ben Gates is a brilliant man, seeking the ultimate treasure that has been gathered throughout history, and was hidden by the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Benjamin Franklin. Riley was telling Ben and Abigail about Daylight Savings being invented in 1776. He really liked the feeling that he knew something that Ben and Abigail didn't. When he asked them whether they knew who suggested it, they both knew.
Phil. When Phil asked Ben for the Declaration, which was in a leather cylinder, Ben agreed. 'Okay, Phil'. He then threw the cylinder to Phil, but he had to jump and grab it before it fell off the building. Phil opened the cylinder and found there was no document.
Yes. Ian, Ben, Riley, Abigail, Ben's dad, and Ian's sidekicks were making their way down to the bottom of Liberty Hall on the 200 year old rickety wooden floors. The floor broke and everyone had to get to somewhere safe. Abigail was about to fall off the floor but Ben got hold of her. The Declaration was about to fall off as well. 'Do you trust me?' 'Yes'. Ben dropped her safely onto another floor and managed to save the Declaration as well.
3:22pm. 'All right! What I know is that daylight savings wasn't established until World War 1. If it's 3pm now that means that in 1776 it would be 2pm.' They had thought that they had missed the shadow but then Riley came up with this very interesting information.
|Ben first went round to his father's house with Riley and Abigail to tell him that he had a problem. What was his father's first guess at what his problem was?||Can You Find The 'National Treasure'?
Abigail was pregnant. Ben had to go to his dad's house to hide from the FBI, look for the map on the Declaration, and get the Silence Dogood letters. When Ben, Riley and Abigail arrived at Patrick's door, Ben said 'Dad, I'm in trouble' and his dad thought that he meant Abigail was pregnant. She was rather offended by this remark, so Ben replied 'If she is, would you leave the mother of your grandchild out in the cold?' Patrick let them in, and left Abigail feeling fat.
Bigfoot. Ben needed to tell someone that Ian was going to steal the Declaration, so they went in to see Abigail using the names Paul Brown and Bill. Ben told her that someone was going to steal the Declaration. Eventually Ben told Abigail he believed that there was an invisible map on the back. Abigail asked Ben why he thought there was an invisible map, and he said that they had found a 200-year-old pipe with an inscription. She asked for the pipe and they didn't have it. She asked 'Did Bigfoot take it?'. Ben then stood up and left.
Escaping. Chief Sadusky told Ben the options of punishments for stealing the Declaration of Independence. 'Door number one, you go to prison for a very long time. Door number two, we get the Declaration back and you go to prison for a very long time'. Ben told the FBI that he had discovered Door Number Three and was going to take it, but he was only bluffing.
Charlotte. At the beginning, his grandfather told Ben that 'The secret lies with Charlotte'. Ben figured out the location of the Charlotte and eventually found the word 'CHARLOTTE' under the ice.
Patrick. When the FBI invaded Patrick's home after Ben, Riley and Abigail left, one of the police officers told the chief that the car stolen was registered to Patrick Gates.
Declaration of Independence. These clues could be seen on the back of the declaration using the special glasses that Ben found at Independence Hall. Ben figured out that the treasure was at the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street in New York City, because Wall Street follows the path of an actual wall that the Dutch colonists built as a defense. The main gate was located at a street called Deheere. Deheere was renamed Broadway after the British took over. Parkington Lane was a third degree master mason. Ben and the rest had to go through Lane's tomb in order to get to the treasure.
|Which clue was this riddle from? "The vision to see the treasured past comes as the timely shadow crosses in front of the house of Pass and Stow."||"National Treasure" Part B
Silence Dogood Letters. This riddle, as Ben figures out, says that you must be at Independence Hall at 2:22. They figured this out because John Pass and John Stow cast the Liberty Bell. Independence Hall was where the Liberty Bell hung at the time of the Revolutionary War.
|Which clue was the following riddle from? "The legend writ, the stain affected, the key in Silence undetected. Fifty five in iron pen, Mr. Matlack can't offend."||"National Treasure" Part B
Meerschaum Pipe (from the Charlotte). Ben figured out that this riddle meant that there was an invisible map on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Ben knew this because 55 men signed the Declaration of Independence and Timothy Matlack was the official scribe of the Continental Congress.
|What was the password that Ben needed to type to get into the area that housed the Declaration of Independence? This was the password that Riley tried to figure out by using anagrams, after being told all of the letters that the password contained.||"National Treasure" Part B
Valley Forge. Ben figured out that the password was Valley Forge because Dr. Chase hit the "L" twice. He knew this because he could see her finger prints on the keyboard.
|When Ben was analyzing the best way to steal the Declaration of Independence, he found that the best time to steal it was when it was where?||"National Treasure" Part B
In the preservation room. The preservation room is where documents and their casings are cleaned/repaired. There is much less security here than where the declaration is on display.
Shield and two swords. Various symbols of the Knights Templar/Free Masons were on clues in order to help identify them. Mason symbols, such as the all-seeing eye and unfinished pyramid, are on the US $1 bill.
|The Knights Templar smuggled the treasure from Europe into the New World. The Knights Templar formed a new brotherhood that was known as what?||"National Treasure" Part B
Free Masons . They named themselves Free Masons, in honor of the builders of the great temple. At the time of the Revolutionary War, the Free Masons hid the treasure again. At the time, Masons included such famous people as Paul Revere, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin.
|What was the name of the temple where knights found the treasure, which became known as the treasure of the Knights Templar?||"National Treasure" Part B
Temple of Solomon . We also find this out in the story that Ben's grandfather tells him. Once the knights from the First Crusade found the treasure, they brought the treasure back to Europe and took the name "The Knights Templar".
|Knights from which crusade discovered secret vaults containing treasure, which were hidden under a temple?||"National Treasure" Part B
First. We find this out as Ben's grandfather is telling the story behind the treasure. Before the knights discovered the treasure, it had been missing for over a thousand years.
A map. Ben asked her where it led and she told him he would figure it out. He then chased her across the huge front lawn toward the house.
|What citrus fruit did Ben, Abigail, and Riley use along with heat to see the invisible map on the back of the Declaration of Independence?||National Treasure
lemons. They took the Declaration to Ben's dad's house where they were able to examine it. The lemon juice combined with heat worked together to bring out the invisible ink on the back of the document.