Can You Pass This Tricky American Flag Quiz?
Steeped in tradition, the stars and stripes unveil an inspiring past.
June 14, 1777
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On this day the Continental Congress resolved that America’s flag should feature 13 white stars on a blue field and 13 alternating red and white stripes, chosen to represent the 13 original colonies. By 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established every June 14 as Flag Day, and Congress enacted a statute in 1949 to do the same. How much do you know about our grand old flag? Test your red, white, and blue IQ below. You might want to brush up on these American flag facts before you start the quiz.
The first unofficial American flag (under George Washington) had what instead of stars in the upper left-hand corner?
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A. A solid blue square
B. The British Union Jack
C. Washington’s profile
D. A bald eagle
The British Union Jack was in the upper left-hand corner of the first unofficial American flag.
An act signed in 1818 by this president called for the flag to have 13 stripes and one star for each state.
A. James K. Polk
B. James Buchanan
C. James Madison
D. James Monroe
James Monroe signed the act for the flag to have 13 stripes and one star for each state. If you think you’re a flag expert, see if you can guess the U.S. state by its flag.
What iconic World War II image won its photographer the Pulitzer Prize?
A. Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal
B. V-J Day in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt
C. The Face in the Surf by Robert Capa
D. Mushroom Cloud over Nagasaki by Lt. Charles Levy
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal won a Pulitzer Prize.
As this 1950s TV show begins, a flag appears as the narrator touts someone’s “never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way.”
B. Adventures of Superman
The Adventures of Superman.
When hung outside, the flag should only be displayed from when to when?
A. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
B. Noon to 6 p.m.
C. Sunrise to sunset
D. Sunset to sunrise
The flag should be hung outside from sunrise to sunset. These are other etiquette mistakes people don’t realize they make with the American flag.
The flag that inspired 1814’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” had 15 stripes and 15 stars. Which two states had joined the original 13?
A. Vermont and Kentucky
B. Alabama and Maine
C. Alaska and Hawaii
D. Louisiana and Mississippi
Vermont and Kentucky joined the original 13 colonies in statehood.
Why is the American flag folded into a triangle?
A. To make sure no part of the flag (that is not on display) touches the ground
B. To showcase the stars, which symbolize America as a new constellation
C. To honor the battleships that have served us throughout history
D. To symbolize the tricorn hats of colonial soldiers during the Revolutionary War
The American flag is folded into a triangle to symbolize the tricorn hats of colonial soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Take a look at what Flag Day used to look like.