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American Trivia

What do you know about the history of the United States? Do you know proper flag etiquette? How about holidays and observances? The ten questions below will test your knowledge from 1776 forward.

Points available: 10

1:

In colonial America, which profession was called upon to make flags?

  • A) Seamstresses
  • B) Upholsterers
  • C) Soldiers
  • D) Homemakers
2:

Which U.S. state was the first to be recognized after the original 13 colonies?

  • A) West Virginia
  • B) Alabama
  • C) Maine
  • D) Vermont
3:

What is a vexillologist an expert on?

  • A) Flags
  • B) War history
  • C) Historical clothing
  • D) Weaponry
4:

How many official federal holidays are observed in the United States?

  • A) Five
  • B) Seven
  • C) Ten
  • D) Twelve
5:

Which politicial official is the head of the American Red Cross?

  • A) Surgeon General
  • B) Vice President
  • C) President
  • D) Attorney General
6:

In what instance is it acceptable to fly the American flag upside down?

  • A) In times of distress
  • B) Upon the death of a president
  • C) By a family upon the death of a family member
  • D) It is never acceptable
7:

In which publication was the Pledge of Allegiance first published?

  • A) The Washington Post
  • B) The Constitution
  • C) The McGuffy Reader
  • D) The Youth's Companion
8:

Which part of the U.S. flag is the "canton"?

  • A) The top strip
  • B) The bottom stripe
  • C) The back
  • D) The blue square
9:

What was Francis Scott Key's profession?

  • A) Songwriter
  • B) Lawyer
  • C) Teacher
  • D) None -- he was an unemployed soldier
10:

The shape of which national monument is called an "obelisk"?

  • A) The Washington Monument
  • B) The Jefferson Memorial
  • C) The Lincoln Memorial
  • D) The US Capitol