US Patriotism Quiz


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How well do show your stars and stripes? Take this quiz to see how much national pride you have.

Who is the only founding father to sign the three key documents that freed the Colonies from Great Britain?

Benjamin Franklin is the only Founding Father to sign the Declaration of Independence, Treaty of Paris (which ended the Revolutionary War) and United States Constitution.


Which was NOT one of the original 13 Colonies?

Vermont was not one of the original 13 Colonies. On March 4, 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.


True or false: The national flower of the United States is the rose.

On Nov. 20, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation naming the rose as the U.S. national flower. The ceremony was conducted in the Rose Garden at the White House.


How many stripes are on the United States flag?

There are seven red stripes and six white stripes on the flag.


How many versions of the U.S. flag have there been?

From 1777 to 1960, there have been 27 official versions of the U.S. flag. Alaska and Hawaii were both admitted to the Union as the 49th and 50th states, respectively, in 1959, thereby requiring the 1960 revision of the flag.


Which song is the U.S. national anthem?

"The Star-Spangled Banner" is the U.S. National Anthem. The song was inspired by the bombardment of Fort McHenry on Sept. 13, 1814.


Who wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner"?

Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner," which Congress designated as the national anthem in 1931.


Who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence?

John Hancock was president of the Continental Congress and the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence. Hancock signed the document on Aug. 2, 1776.


In which year was the bald eagle adopted as the national bird of the U.S.?

The bald eagle was adopted as the national bird in 1782, even though Founding Father Ben Franklin believed the wild turkey should be the national bird.


Who was the first American president to be born a U.S. citizen?

The seven presidents who preceded Van Buren in the White House had been born British subjects.


When was the Pledge of Allegiance written?

The Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy in August 1892. The Pledge of Allegiance was originally published in The Youth's Companion on Sept. 8, 1892.


When was the U.S. Constitution written?

The U.S. Constitution was written and signed in 1787. Nine states ratified the document in 1788.


Which U.S. holiday is observed on the last Monday of May?

Memorial Day first gained popularity following the Civil War as a day to honor those who died while serving the country.


What was the original name of the holiday now known as Memorial Day?

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 1971.


Which U.S. city was home to the first presidential residence?

For the first 16 months of his presidency, George Washington lived in the Samuel Osgood House in New York City. Washington lived in the President's House in Philadelphia for the remainder of his time as president.


Which document established the federal government?

The U.S. Constitution provided the framework and fundamental laws for the federal government.


True or false: The Articles of Confederation was the first constitution of the U.S.

The first written constitution of the U.S. was the Articles of Confederation. The document was ratified on March 1, 1781, and replaced with the U.S. Constitution on June 21, 1788.


Which flower is worn on Memorial Day to honor fallen veterans?

Red poppies are worn on Memorial Day to honor fallen veterans. Use of the red poppy was inspired by the 1915 World War I poem, "In Flanders Fields," written by John McCrae.


What color of ribbon is used to show support for U.S. soldiers?

The yellow ribbons are displayed on trees, car magnets, bumper stickers and even lapel pins.


In which federal building are the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights housed?

They are all displayed in the rotunda of the National Archives in Washington. On Dec. 15, 1952, the three documents were assembled for the first time in the National Archives.


Which building was built with a tomb intended for George Washington?

The Capitol was built with a tomb for Washington. However, upon his death, Washington was buried at Mount Vernon in accordance with his will.


True or false: The official observance of Flag Day is July 14.

Flag Day is observed annually on June 14. The Continental Congress adopted the first official national flag on June 14, 1777.


When was Washington founded?

Congress founded the nation's capital on July 16, 1790. The original 100-square mile (259-square kilometer) territory that became the District of Columbia was ceded by the states of Maryland and Virginia.


How many members make up the U.S. House of Representatives?

The maximum number of U.S. representatives is set by law at 435. The 435 members are divided proportionally between the population of each of the 50 states.


How many members are there in the U.S. Senate?

There are 100 U.S. senators. Each state is allowed two senators, regardless of size or population.


Which branch of the federal government do the House of Representatives and the Senate belong to?

The Senate and the House of Representatives are the two houses of Congress and belong to the legislative branch of federal government.


What is the name given to the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution?

The Bill of Rights was ratified on Dec. 15, 1791, and outlines basic rights and freedoms of American citizens.


How many terms can the president of the United States serve?

The president can serve only two terms in office, as stated in the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only president to serve more than two terms — he had served one year of his fourth term when he died.


True or false: Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States.

Barack Obama is most often considered the 44th president of the United States, although only 43 people have served as president. Grover Cleveland is counted twice because he served two nonconsecutive terms as the 22nd and 24th president.


Which of the original 13 Colonies was the first state of the United States?

On Dec. 7, 1787, 30 delegates at the Delaware Constitutional Convention unanimously ratified the U.S. Constitution, making Delaware the first state of the United States.


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