Star Spangled Banner : Quiz – Story – Facts – Lyrics

What does the Star Spangled Banner symbolize ?

  • What is the Star Spangled Banner ? = It is the national anthem of the United States of America
  • Who wrote the lyrics to “The Star Spangled Banner” ? = Francis Scott Key (1779-1843)
  • What was the occupation of the author ? = Lawyer
  • Where did Francis Scott Key wrote it, and when ? = Maryland, 1814
  • What war was he in ? = War of 1812
  • Why did he write it ? = He was inspired by the American victory and the sight of the large U.S. flag flying over Fort McHenry the morning, after witnessing the bombardment.
  • Who made the flag that inspired “The Star Spangled Banner ” ? = Mary Pickersgill (1776-1857)
  • How large was the original flag ? = 30 ft X 42 ft
  • Where is the original flag now located ? = The Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., USA
  • In what year did “The Star Spangled Banner” become the official national anthem ? = 1931

Flag of 1814 and Francis Scott Key's Star Spangled Banner

Star Spangled Banner Story

Francis Scott Key 1779-1843   Francis Scott Key in War of 1812

Mary Pickersgill 1776-1857   Mary Pickersgill and the Flag

Star Spangled Banner Facts

Francis Scott Key - Original Star Spangled Bannner

Francis Scott Key Signature

Star Spangled Banner

The lyrics come from “Defence of Fort McHenry “


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