Quiz created: 1999/9/4

American Flag Lore Quiz

Instructions: Answer the multiple choice questions, guessing if necessary; then click on the "Process Questions" button at the end of the quiz to see your score in the adjacent message box. The program will not reveal which questions you got wrong, only how many points you have. Go back and change your answers until you get them all right. (The message box will rejoice at that point and the page will change color to show it is tickled pink.)

Points to note: (1) Questions with only one possible answer are one point each. (2) Questions with one or more possible answers (represented by check boxes) give a point for each correct answer, but also subtract a point for each wrong answer! (3) The program will not attempt to score your efforts at all if you have not tried at least half of the questions. (4) This quiz is for your own use only. No record of your progress is kept or reported to anyone.


1. Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) was the poet who wrote the Star Spangled Banner (as well as several Episcopal hymns). He set it to the tune of a popular drinking song of the time. The banner itself flew over
the Capitol  the White House  Fort McHenry  Gettysberg  the Washington zoo  No Answer
2. At the time he wrote the poem, Key was a
pharmacist  captive  soldier  general  farmer  traitor to his country  No Answer
3. The Star Spangled Banner was written in
1776  1800  1814  1887  1914  1931  1965  No Answer
4. The Star Spangled Banner became the National Anthem in
1776  1800  1814  1887  1914  1931  1965  No Answer
5. The flag itself to which the poem referred (check as many as appropirate)
was about 30 feet tall 
was sewn by Betsy Ross 
was sewn by Mary Pickersgill and her daughter Caroline 
showed an image of Jesus from when he was in the tomb 
was burned by the British in the War of 1812 
would have been invisible in the fog 
still belongs to the American government 
ended up in a circus in Chicago and was destroyed in the Chicago Fire  
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This consummately cool, pedagogically compelling, self-correcting,
multiple-choice quiz was produced automatically from
a simple text file of questions using D.K. Jordan's
dubiously original, but publicly accessible
Think Again Quiz Maker
of February 7, 1999.