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Star and Stripes Quiz

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The American flag will be proudly displayed on patios, porches and in parades this July 4. American Flag in color

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.  

  1. 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?
    1. 13 stars and 13 stripes
    2. 13 stars and 50 stripes
    3. 50 stars and 13 stripes
    4. 50 stars and 50 stripes
  2. 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.”
  3. The blue field in which the stars are found is called a
    1. Square
    2. Canton
    3. Swath
    4. Ribbon
  4. The first person to make the official American flag was
    1. Betsy Ross
    2. Francis Hopkinson
    3. Historians do not know
    4. Alexander Hamilton
  5. 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
  6. 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.


  1. C
  2. True
  3. B
  4. C
  5. Length = Hoist, Width = Fly
  6. True

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Seeing the world… or your corner of it

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cover of Lonely Planet magazine, mountainsDid you see Kevin’s recent post on travel magazines available for your iPad?  If travel’s on your mind, we just received our first issue of Lonely Planet magazine. This is, of course, the same publisher as the incredibly popular Lonely Planet Guidebooks. Same fabulous photos and articles written by ‘locals’ on interesting places, both international and 'domestical.'

The Summer 2016 cover story is—not surprisingly—summer travel, showcasing 42 of America’s Greatest National Parks, Cities, Beaches and Road Trips. Other features include planning an African safari, “secret” Europe, and weekend escapes.

If you want to stay closer to home, don’t forget we also have Columbus Monthly and Midwest Living, which both publish articles and supplements about local travel, and Ohio Magazine. All but the newest issues (in the blue binders) can be checked out.

And don’t forget, you can always contact a Reference Librarian by phone, textemail, or in person for assistance in using our databases and eBooks.