Test your knowledge of flag lore with the following quiz. The selections are based on an article found in Upper Arlington Public Library database Facts on File: Issues and Controversies. Answers are given at the end of the page.
- One nickname for the American flag is “Stars and Stripes” because it consists of a blue field with white stars in the upper left and red and white stripes on the rest of the flag. How many stars and how many stripes are on the current flag?
- 13 stars and 13 stripes
- 13 stars and 50 stripes
- 50 stars and 13 stripes
- 50 stars and 50 stripes
- True or False: according to the language of the Continental Congress, “White signifies Purity and Innocence; Red, Hardiness and Valor; and Blue, Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.”
- The blue field in which the stars are found is called a
- The first person to make the official American flag was
- Betsy Ross
- Francis Hopkinson
- Historians do not know
- Alexander Hamilton
- President William Howard Taft fixed the overall ratio of length to width of the American flag on October 29, 1912. The ratio was established as 1:1.9. Match the terms in column A to their definitions in column B.
A B Length Hoist Width Fly
- True or False: because Congress did not specify how the stars were to be arranged on the first American flags they were often arranged in a circle.
- Length = Hoist, Width = Fly