How much do you know about the history of the U.S. flag?
By: John Miller
About This Quiz
The American flag is one of the most recognizable national symbols on Earth. The Red, White and Blue has a long and storied background. How much do you know about the history of the United States flag?
The American flag currently has ______ horizontal stripes.
The current U.S. flag has 13 horizontal stripes. The red stripes and white stripes are different lengths, but they're are all of equal width.
The flag first became known as "The Star-Spangled Banner" during which conflict?
Persian Gulf War
War of 1812
During the War of 1812, British ships bombarded Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor, and lawyer Francis Scott Key witnessed the spectacle. He wrote a poem that eventually became known as "The Star-Spangled Banner."
True or false, a seamstress named Betsy Ross made the first American Flag?
A long-standing legend has it that a Pennsylvania woman named Betsy Ross designed and made the first American flag. But historians have decided that the Ross legend is simply that -- a story that was made up decades after the Revolution.
The Flag Protection Act was enacted during which tumultuous era?
In the late 1960s a lot of Vietnam War protesters took to burning and mutilating American flags, so the government passed the Flag Protection Act, a bit of law that would later create a lot of controversy.
A 19th-century American sea captain was the first to name his flag Old Glory. What did he say to Confederate soldiers who tried to take it during the Civil War?
"Over my dead body."
A sea captain named William Driver counted "Old Glory" as his most prized possession. When Rebel soldiers demanded the flag, he wasn't intimidated. He simply said, "Over my dead body," and then hid it, and the Confederates never seized the banner.
In 1963, the first American flag ever was flown on top of which big mountain?
In 1953, British climber Edmund Hilary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay were the first men to summit Mount Everest. Ten years later, the first American, Barry Bishop, planted the first U.S. flag atop the world's tallest summit.
Government rules indicate that flags may be decorated with ______ so long as it doesn't interfere with the flag's appearance.
It's legal for flag makers to dress up American flags with golden fringe, so long as the fringe doesn't drastically alter the flag's overall look. These flags are most often seen in ritzy settings like official government buildings.
The current 50-star flag is the longest-used design in history. The second-longest used flag had how many stars?
The second-longest used design was adopted in 1912, and it featured 48 stars. It survived for 47 years, until Alaska became a state in 1959. Its stars were typically aligned in nice, neat rows and columns.
In 2006, the Flag Desecration Amendment was proposed. What was another name for this amendment?
A lot of people get mad when they see American flags being ruined, one reason the Flag Desecration Amendment (or Flag-burning Amendment) was introduced in 2006. The measure was defeated by a single vote in the Senate.