How much do you know about the iconic symbols of America?


By: John Miller

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About This Quiz

America isn't just a place on a map. It's a collection of symbols and ideals that make it one of the most powerful countries on Earth. How much do you know about iconic symbols of the United States?

Who is the No. 1, ultimate Founding Father of the United States of America?

George Washington -- military mastermind, political genius, first president. His legend embodies everything that Americans believe about the greatness of their country.


The Statue of Liberty holds a torch in one hand and a _____ in the other.

Not the kind of tablet that you have to recharge, kiddos. A stone tablet. And it is inscribed with the date of the Declaration of Independence.


If someone asks you what the most American type of pie is, what's the only possible correct answer?

Apple pie is truly the most American pie flavor. Pro tip: use fresh orchard apples instead of the canned junk for the best possible taste.


What is America's favorite pastime?

For more than a century, the game of baseball has been called America's favorite pastime. For fans, it's sort of like napping, but in public and with nacho cheese smeared all over your shirt.


Tourists are currently prohibited from ascending the Washington Monument. Why?

The Washington Monument has an elevator that takes people to the top for an amazing view of Washington, D.C. But until officials figure out how to fix the dumb elevator, no one's getting a ride up one of America's most iconic structure.


What is America's national bird?

America's official bird, of course, is the bald eagle.


What's a nickname for America's national flag?

The Stars and Stripes is America's national flag. The flag currently features 50 stars, one for each state.


What's the name of the national anthem of the United States?

Yes, Americans have difficulties singing their own national anthem. But "The Star-Spangled Banner" seems to sum up a lot of American values in just a few stanzas.


What amazing sight do visitors see at the Washington Monument?

The Washington Monument is a glorious sight to behold. It's a 554-foot-tall stone structure -- the tallest of its kind anywhere in the world.


What are Americans going to eat at the baseball game?

Baseball and hot dogs go together like, well, baseball and beer. Attending a baseball game without consuming a hot dog may result in you being added to a terrorist watch list.


Each year, the Statue of Liberty is struck by 600 ______.

The Statue of Liberty is no stranger to danger. She's hit by lightning around 600 times per year.


Founding Father Benjamin Franklin famously did not want the bald eagle to be America's national bird. Why not?

Franklin vociferously argued against the bald eagle, which he said was a poor selection. He wrote: "For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him."


What's taller, the Washington Monument or the Statue of Liberty?

The Washington Monument is far taller. It's nearly 555 feet tall, while the Statue of Liberty is just over 300 feet tall.


The Liberty Bell was cast in 1752, and it was traditionally rung for which reason?

In the early days, the Liberty Bell was rung for public announcements and to alert people to dangers. It wasn't even called the Liberty Bell until the 1830s, when abolitionists used it as a symbol for their cause.


Why do officials no longer ring the Liberty Bell?

The Liberty Bell has a large crack, and further ringing would undoubtedly cause the thing to fall apart. This is what happens when you hire British bell makers to construct your bell.


Why is the White House white?

When the building was rebuilt in the early 1800s, it was coated with whitewash meant to protect the porous stone from freezing conditions. It quickly earned the name "White House," so it made sense to later paint it all white.


What is the official tree of America?

The mighty oak tree is America's official tree. It was selected through a public vote conducted in 2004. The money tree was a close second.


What does the St. Louis Gateway Arch symbolize?

The St. Louis Gateway Arch is a symbol of America's westward expansion. It honors the pioneers who settled the Wild West.


The Statue of Liberty has a full name. What is it?

The Statue of Liberty really does have a full name. Her name is Liberty Enlightening the World. France gave the statue to America back in 1886.


What is the official mammal of the United States?

The American bison (commonly and incorrectly called buffalo) is the nation's official animal. During the settling of the west, commercial hunters nearly drove the bison into extinction.


What's one notable trait of the American bison?

The American bison is the biggest land mammal in North America, often measuring six feet tall at the shoulder. They can grow to 2,000 pounds, and when angered, they can attack and kill humans.


Bald eagles normally fly up to 30 miles per hours, but when they dive towards prey, they can reach speeds of ______.

Bald eagles are large birds and some have wingspans of seven feet. When they dive, they can hit speeds approaching 100 miles per hour.


The Great Seal of the USA features a bald eagle clutching arrows and _____.

On the Great Seal of the USA, a bald eagle clutches arrows in one claw and an olive branch in the other.


On the Great Seal of the USA, the bald eagle clutches arrows in one claw and an olive branch in the other. Which direction does the eagle face?

Early on, eagle faced the arrows. But in the post-WWII era, the seal was changed so that the bird faced the olive branch, a symbol of the nation's dedication to peace, unless you have lots of oil, in which case all bets are off.


What's the famous rallying cry inspired by the Battle of the Alamo?

During the Texas war for independence from Mexico, a group of soldiers was slaughtered by the Mexicans during the Battle of the Alamo. Later in the conflict, soldiers screamed, "Remember the Alamo!" And then they ordered three hard tacos with extra sour cream.


Which person's face is featured on the American penny?

The Lincoln penny has been around since 1909. It used to be made from copper, but now that copper is so expensive, it's mostly made of zinc.


Which of the following faces is NOT included on Mount Rushmore?

Sorry, Bill, your profile hasn't made it to Rushmore just yet. The mountain features the faces of Lincoln, Roosevelt, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson


What is the official national motto of the United States?

In 1956, Congress decreed that the phrase, "In God We Trust" would be the nation's official motto. They did not specify which god, or whether it was made of spaghetti.


The Lincoln Memorial, which honors former President Abraham Lincoln, features 36 stone columns. Why 36?

When Lincoln was president during the Civil War, there were 36 states in the Union. That's why his monument features 36 columns.


What is the official flower of the United States?

The rose has been the nation's official flower since 1986. It's no coincidence that Poison's famous song "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" was released around the same time.


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