State Flag Quiz: Can You Guess the U.S. State By Its Flag?
What do you really know about the good ol’ U.S. of A.? Take this state flag quiz to test your patriotic smarts.
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This U.S. state may be small, but its flag has big national pride. Can you guess which state it is?
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Thanks to the state bird featured on this flag (a pelican), the residents of this state can fly their flags in more ways than one.
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At first glance, you might think this flag represents a tropical state like Florida or California. Not so fast! You’ll need to use those agile, all-American noggins to guess this one.
Answer: South Carolina
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This state’s name means “wooden canoe people” or “he of the big canoe.” But unless you speak Sioux Indian, you might need to sneak a peek at the answer on the next slide. (Or, you can use this list revealing how every state in America got its name!)
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History and patriotism collide on this flag. (You’ll get double points on this state flag quiz if you can spell the state’s name correctly!)
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If you have a hunch the letter C on this flag represents a specific state, you would be correct. But is it California? Connecticut? Read on to find out.
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This state goes by several names, including the Keystone State, the Quaker State, and the Coal State. No word on the “Most Regal Flag” State, though. This state flag quiz isn’t the only way to showcase your national pride. If you need a good laugh, memorize these 50 jokes for each of the 50 states.
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X marks the spot… or the state flag. It might take a treasure hunt to discover which southern state claims this simple (yet stylish!) flag.
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This small state packs a big punch when it comes to its unique flag. It also happens to be one of the happiest states in America.
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Everything is bigger in this state—including its flag’s bold stripes. No wonder its nickname is “the Lone Star State.” Know what it is? Then try out this quiz to test your knowledge of more state nicknames.
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This state is divided into three sections—east, middle, and west—which are symbolized by the three stars on its flag. And if you try to get married there, you need to know the surprising marriage law you might be breaking.
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This state boasts the only non-rectangular U.S. state flag; its flag is shaped like a swallowtail or pennant, instead. Although no one knows exactly why it was designed this way, some believe the unique shape represents the distinct groups of early pioneers who settled there.
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People from this state often refer to themselves as “sourdoughs.” Learn more slang words no one outside of your state will understand.
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The phrase below the shield means “He who transplanted still sustains” in Latin, which is this state’s motto. Can you guess which New England state claims this colorful flag?
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This flag has some serious star power. Don’t know which state it belongs to? Here’s a tip: The correct answer also happens to be the only U.S. state where McDonald’s uses turquoise arches.
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This state is notorious for its concrete jungles, apple orchards, and one of the world’s most famous waterfalls.
Answer: New York
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Fun fact: This flag contains a color that is named after the state. Need a hint? It’s a shade of blue!
Answer: New Jersey
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Something tells us that you can figure this one out, even without any hints (other than the ones already on this flag, of course).
Answer: North Carolina
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Though this state is located on the coast, that’s not what the anchor on this U.S. state flag represents. The gold anchor is a symbol of hope, and the 13 stars surrounding it symbolize the 13 original colonies. Learn the truth behind these U.S. state facts everyone gets wrong.
Answer: Rhode Island
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The date on this U.S. state flag is the day its corresponding state ratified the Constitution, becoming the first state to do so. Within the diamond is the state’s coat of arms and an inscription reading “Liberty and Independence.”
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This flag’s simple but striking sunburst pays tribute to the Native American tribe indigenous to this area of the U.S. Known as the Zia, they view the sun as sacred and represent it as a red circle with four groups of rays.
Answer: New Mexico
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This might look more like a fancy playing card than a U.S. state flag, but the two distinct designs on it represent the state’s founders. The black-and-gold one is the crest of the Calverts, this state’s founding family. The red-and-white crest belongs to the Crossland family; Crossland was the surname of the mother of George Calvert. Here’s a hint: the official title of the Calvert family became the name of a major city in this state. It’s not the capital, though! Can you ace this quiz on the U.S. state capitals?
Answer: Maryland (The city, in case you’re wondering, is Baltimore! The Calverts also went by the Lords Baltimore.)
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There’s a whole lot of Latin on this state flag! “E Pluribus Unum” means “from many, one.” “Tuebor” means “I will defend.” And the words on the white banners translate to what might be the most chuckle-worthy of all state mottos: “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.” As for the animals, the moose and elk are symbols of the state, while the eagle represents the entire nation. Want more funny state facts? These are the most hilarious street names in every state.
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This state flag, chosen in 2003 to replace an old one containing Confederate imagery, features the gold coat of arms of the state surrounded by 13 stars representing the original colonies.
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The bright red banner reading Dirigo, or “I Lead,” provides a bright contrast to the blues and yellows of the rest of this flag. The pine tree in the coat of arms also features in this state’s nickname: the Pine Tree State.
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Half of the 50 state flags actually proudly proclaim the name of their state. For the rest of the flags in this state flag quiz, starting with this one, the answer is hidden in plain sight, and you’ll have to decode the rest of the clues on the flag to find the answers.
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Here’s another one with the state’s name proclaimed loud and clear. What might be a little less clear is what this state’s flag depicts: the motto, “Thus Always to Tyrants.” The man on the ground represents a tyrant getting his due. Check out these facts about the American flag that prove it’s even cooler than you thought.
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This state’s seal, featured here on its state flag, is the only state seal out of all 50 that was designed by a woman. The designer, Emma Edwards Green, was born in 1856 in California—which is not the state she would later design a seal for.
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With this state’s iconic Green Mountains in the background and “freedom and unity” surrounding the state name, this state packs a lot of state pride into the small emblem on its mostly blue flag.
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If you’re a fan of 1970s video games, the yellow image on this flag might seem familiar—and tip you off about the hidden state name shown here. Can you guess the only letter in the alphabet that’s not in any U.S. state name?
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Don’t let the motto on this state flag—”Montani Semper Liberi,” meaning “mountaineers are always free”—fool you. This flag doesn’t belong to Montana!
Answer: West Virginia
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America’s bald eagle mascot takes a prime spot on this Midwestern state’s flag. The two years on the rock represent the date this state became part of the union (1818) and the year the current state seal was designed (1868).
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This state is nicknamed “the Beehive State,” and this buzzy symbol makes an appearance on its flag.
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The 13 stars on this U.S. state flag represent the original 13 colonies…even though this state wasn’t actually one of them! Check out these surprising places you didn’t know you could find the American flag.
Answer: North Dakota
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This state’s flower, the goldenrod, blossoms around the display of unity on its state seal.
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This flag boasts its state name and its date of statehood in huge text, so that there’s no mistaking which state it belongs to! “Forward” to the next slide to find out what state it is.
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The diamond shapes on this flag aren’t just a cool design element; they were included because this state was the only place in North America where diamonds had ever been found at the time of the flag’s design. As for the twenty-five stars within the border of the diamond, they represent the fact that this state was the 25th to join the Union. Learn the story of how the 50-star American flag was designed by a high school student.
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The American bison, in addition to adding a stately majesty to this flag, is also this state’s official state mammal and is a favorite of animal-loving tourists at its most famous national park.
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Similar to Alabama’s flag with its white background and bright red X, this state flag also belongs to a southern state.
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This beary nice flag belongs to the state where blue jeans were invented! Find out the most famous invention from every U.S. state.
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The biggest star of the 19 on this flag represents both the state—the 19th to join the U.S. after the original 13—and the North Star, since this is the North Star State.
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This state flag pays tribute to the Native Americans native to its land, both with the seal of the Osage Nation above the state name and with the shade of blue in the background, which comes from a Choctaw battle flag.
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It’s smooth sailing for the USS Raleigh, the warship immortalized on this state flag, which was one of 13 ships built for the original U.S. navy in 1776. The ship is depicted in the harbor of this state’s city of Portsmouth.
Answer: New Hampshire
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If you’re wondering if this one is as obvious as it might seem…the answer is yes! It’s the only state flag to feature a U.S. president. Here are some astonishing facts you never knew about American presidents.
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Known as the Sunflower State, this state features its delightfully positive motto—”Ad Astra per Aspera,” meaning “to the stars through difficulties”—on its blue-and-gold flag.
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Boasting a torch reminiscent of the Statue of Liberty’s, but in gold instead of green, this flag’s design represents liberty, enlightenment, and their far-reaching influence. Did you know that green actually wasn’t the Statue of Liberty’s original color?
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This state is “Battle Born” because it was added to the United States in 1864, during the American Civil War, a distinction it shares with only West Virginia. Don’t let that fool you into thinking these two states are close together, though!
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This scenic state flag has been around since 1905, but the big yellow letters displaying the state’s name actually weren’t added until 1981. For more patriotic pizzazz, check out these iconic adventures in all 50 states.
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The name of this state comes from the Native American word for “flat water,” representing the river running through its plains. (Nope, not the Mississippi or the Missouri—the Platte River.)
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If process of elimination doesn’t help you figure out the final state in this state flag quiz, maybe the mention of its most famous landmark will.
Answer: South Dakota
Now that this state flag quiz has filled you with patriotic pride, don’t miss these 50 astonishing facts about all 50 states in America.