Test your June trivia knowledge and find out
what else you know about this month of flags and Dads!!
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in the event I messed up doing the answers!)
Flag Day is Celebrated June 14th and the week in which June 14th Occurs is National Flag Week. While June 14 is a not a national holiday, it is a day set aside to celebrate the adoption of the American flag in 1777. Traditional ways to celebrate Flag Day include flying the flag, political speeches and individual means of expressing patriotic pride. In addition, the twenty-one days from Flag Day through Independence Day was declared by Congress as a period to honor America. Public Law 94-33
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1. Who proclaimed that June 14 be known as Flag Day?
A) Betsy Ross
B) President George Washington
C) President Woodrow Wilson
D) The U.S. Senate
2. Who cut the American flag into pieces and was honored for doing it?
A) Howard Stern
B) Robert Peary
C) Neil Armstrong
D) Betsy Ross
3. Is it ever appropriate to fly the flag upside down?
4. What is done with worn or outdated flags?
A) Cut into pieces
5. In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the back on an envelope. What is the source of the music for it?
A) A Scottish hymn
B) An old English drinking song
C) A French ballad
D) A traditional Irish folk song
6. A vexillologist is an expert in what?
A) Flag design
B) The manufacturing of flags
C) Flag etiquette
D) The history of flags
7. "Shipwreck" Kelly (1885-1952) was famous for sitting for long periods of time. What did he have to do with flags?
A) He was a flagpole-sitter.
B) He sewed a regulation sized flag by hand in one sitting.
C) He staged a “million man” sit-in on the steps of the White House to protest the burning of the U.S. flag by anti-war activists.
D) He sat atop the Lincoln Memorial draped in a flag.
8. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s largest flag:
A) Was flown over the White House.
B) Weighs a ton.
C) Has stars 10 feet high.
D) Measures 255x505 feet.
9. The American flag is said to have been nicknamed "Old Glory" by:
A) George Washington, after the glory of victory during the Revolution
B) Captain Kidd, who thought himself to be Master of the Sea
C) FDR, after his favorite horse.
D) William Driver, a Massachusetts sea captain.
10. What do the colors on the U.S. flag represent?
A) Red stands for courage; blue stands for freedom; white stands for purity.
B) Red stands for valor; blue stands for vigilance; white stands for innocence.
C) Red stands for blood; blue stands for sky; white stands for clouds.
D) The colors of the United States flag were derived from British flags.
11. What happened to the flag that flew over Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on December 7, 1941?
A) It was captured by the Japanese and burned.
B) It was destroyed by bombs
C) It was flown over the White House when the Japanese accept terms of surrender.
D) It was flown over Arlington cemetery after the war.
12. Where did Barry Bishop place the flag in 1963?
A) On top of Mount Everest.
B) On the Viet Nam prison where he was a POW.
C) On President Kennedy’s coffin.
D) On the bus ridden by Rosa Parks.
13. The Stars and Strips first traveled around the world:
A) On board Air Force One, in 1982.
B) On the ship “Columbia” of Boston.
C) On the spaceship Apollo, on its flight to the moon.
14. The US flag is folded 13 times:
A) To represent the 13 original colonies.
B) To symbolize the tri-corner hat worn by the Patriots of the American Revolution.
C) Because each fold has a special symbolic meaning.
D) Simply because it provides a dignified ceremonial touch.
Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, decided that she wanted to set aside a special day to honor fathers in 1909, after listening to a sermon on Mother's Day. She wanted to honor her father, William Jackson Smart, a farmer and Civil War veteran, who had raised 6 children on his own after his wife died. Sonora Dodd drew up a petition recommending adoption of a national father's day, and the Spokane Ministerial Association and the local YMCA supported it. Through Sonora Dodd's efforts, Spokane celebrated the first Father's Day on June 19, 1910, on Sonora’s Dad’s birthday. Over the years, many resolutions to make the day an official national holiday were introduced. Finally, in 1972, President Richard M. Nixon signed Father's Day into law. In the United States and Canada, Father's Day falls on the third Sunday in June.
15. The most popular Father's Day gifts are:
C) Sporting goods
D) Home improvement merchandise
F) Gardening tools
16. On “Father Knows Best”, for what business did Father (Jim Anderson) work?
A) Jim’s Used Car Sales
C) Anderson, Inc.
D) General Insurance Company
17. Played by Bing Crosby, this father was a young parish priest of St. Dominic’s:
A) Father Lawrence A. Rabia
B) Father Figure
C) Father Chuck O’Malley
D) Father Jean L’Ouverature
18. Who was the father of history?
19. Where did neckties originate?
A) Silken sashes of Babylonian priests
B) English, high court neck wraps
C) Chinese warrior garbs in the 3rd century BC
D) 12th century French uniforms
20. Who was the father of comedy?
21. What father was always blue but never sad?
A) The Pope
B) Papa Smurf
C) Mao Zedong
D) Joe Dimaggio
22. In England, Father Christmas leaves:
A) Colored eggs
B) Presents in stockings
C) Presents under the tree
D) Cookies and milk for kids
23. Who was busy with three boys of his own?
A) Dr. Huxtable
B) Ward Cleaver
C) Ozzie Nelson
D) Mike Brady
24. How many dads did Nicole (Nikki) have on “My _____ Dads”?
25. In the 1986-87 TV show, what was different about Starman’s son?
A) He drove a Porsche to school.
B) He was never made fun of because of his father’s name.
C) He wasn’t the model son.
D) He was half man/half alien.
26. In what play did a father give his son this advice: “This above all: to thine own self be true…”
D) Canterbury Tales
27. Archie Bunker
A) Was an investor.
B) Was an astronaut with a special bottle.
C) Ate quiche.
D) Called his son-in-law “Meathead”.
28. Whose was the better Dad?
A) Howard Cunningham
B) Ward Cleaver
C) Mike Brady
1. C) President Woodrow Wilson, on May 30, 1916. However, it was President Harry Truman who, on August 3, 1949, signed an Act of Congress that made this date National Flag Day.
2. B) Robert Peary, who left pieces of the flag scattered at the North Pole.
4. C) Burned – While flags may be washed or dry cleaned when soiled, according to the United State Flag Code 36s 176(k): "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning." American Legions generally have a flag burning ceremony on Flag Day, June 14th. Many Boy Scout troops also hold flag retirement ceremonies.
5. B) An English drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven." The poem was originally titled "Defense of Fort McHenry," and was written when Key saw the flag still flying the morning after an attack by the British.
The history of flags
8. D) Measures 255x505 feet; weighs 3,000 pounds; requires 500-600 people to unfurl; and each star is 17 feet high. In order to make it into The Guinness Book of World Records® Superflag was hoisted over the Hoover Dam with the help and supervision of "Ski" Demski. "Ski" Demski had this flag made of cloth and sewn together in Pennsylvania (his home state) and delivered to him on Flag Day June 14, 1992.
9. D) William Driver, a Massachusetts sea captain - His mother and her circle of sewers presented him with a beautiful 24-star flag in 1824. As the banner opened to the ocean breeze for the first time, he exclaimed "Old Glory!" In 1873, the Captain gave the flag to his daughter, Mrs. Mary Jane Roland, who in turn gave it to President Warren G. Harding in 1922. The President deposited it with the Smithsonian Institution, where it remains to this day.
10. D) The colors of the United States flag were derived from British flags familiar to the men who made the first American flag. Sentimental writers and orators sometimes ascribe meanings to the colors in the flag. The practice is erroneous, as are statements on this subject attributed to George Washington and other founders of the country. From the book "Our Flag" published in 1989 by the House of Representatives... "On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution authorizing a committee to devise a seal for the United States of America. This mission, designed to reflect the Founding Fathers' beliefs, values, and sovereignty of the new Nation, did not become a reality until June 20, 1782. In heraldic devices, such as seals, each element has a specific meaning. Even colors have specific meanings. The colors red, white, and blue did not have meanings for The Stars and Stripes when it was adopted in 1777. However, the colors in the Great Seal did have specific meanings. Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress on the Seal, stated, ‘The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.’ " Also this from a book about the flag published in 1977 by the House of Representatives. "The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial; the stripe is symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun."
11. C) It was flown over the White House when the Japanese accept terms of surrender.
12. A) On top of Mount Everest.
13. B) On the ship “Columbia” of Boston, the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe, on its voyage from September 1787 to August 1790.
14. D) Simply because it provides a dignified ceremonial touch. This makes a triangular "pillow" of the flag with only the blue starred field showing on the outside, and it takes thirteen folds to produce: two lengthwise folds and eleven triangular ones. The American flag isn't folded in this manner because the thirteen folds correspond to the original thirteen states, or because the folding produces a shape resembling a cocked hat, or because each of the folds has a special symbolic meaning. The flag is folded this way simply because it provides a dignified ceremonial touch that distinguishes folding a flag from folding an ordinary object such as a bedsheet, and because it results a visually pleasing, easy-to-handle shape. That this process requires thirteen folds is coincidental, not the product of design. An even more elaborate flag folding ceremony has since been devised for special occasions such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day, one which incorporates the association of particular symbolic meanings with each fold of the flag. These associations are "real" in the sense that they mean something to the people who participate in the ceremony, but they are not the reason why a flag is folded in the traditional thirteen-step manner.
15. A) Apparel - Only days before Father's Day an estimated 53% of Americans do not know what they will buy for the holiday. If they are like last year's consumers, 60% will buy cards, while the most popular gifts will be apparel (41%), dinner (38%), sporting goods (22%), home improvement merchandise (18%), electronics (17%), and gardening tools (12%).
16. D) General Insurance Company - "Father Knows Best" ran 203 episodes, from October 3, 1954-September 16, 1962
17. C) Father Chuck O’Malley - in the film "Going My Way", 1944
18. B) Herodotus - He was among the first to approach the reporting of history in a logical and skeptical way; he tried to separate true events from myth and made a point of identifying and commenting on his sources.
19. C) Chinese warrior garbs in the 3rd century BC - The first known neckties were found around the necks of 7500 Chinese warrior's statues discovered in the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi.
20. C) Aristophanes (c. 448-380 BC) - All the extant comedies of the fifth century B.C. belong to one man--Aristophanes. On his shoulders alone rests the reputation of an entire age of comedy. Fortunately, by most accounts Aristophanes was the greatest comic writer of his day.
21. B) Papa Smurf - You can recognize the Smurf's village leader with his white beard and red clothes. Papa Smurf is no less than 542 years old - and no more either. He uses his wisdom to advise rather than tell people what to do. He often rescues the younger Smurfs from danger. He’s also a pretty good alchemist. Learn all about the Smurfs here or here (thanks, Kimberly)!
22. B) Presents in stockings - Father Christmas wears a long red or green robe, and delivers presents in stockings on Christmas Eve. However, the gifts are not usually opened until the following afternoon.
23. D) Mike Brady - The TV show "The Brady Bunch" ran 117 episodes, from 9/26/1969 - 8/30/1974.
24. B) Two - "My Two Dads" ran from September 1987 to June 1990.
25. D) He was half man/half alien - A short-lived show, "Starman" only ran from September 1986-May 1987.
26. B) Hamlet - In Act I, scene iii of Hamlet, the character of Polonius prepares his son Laertes for travel abroad with a speech (ll.55-81) in which he directs the youth to commit a "few precepts to memory." Among these percepts is the now-familiar adage "neither a borrower nor a lender be" (l.75) and the dictum: "This above all: to thine own self be true,/And it must follow, as the night the day,/Thou cans't not be false to any man "(ll.78-80).
27. D) Called his son-in-law “Meathead” - "All in the Family" was simultaneously the most popular and controversial show of the 1970's. Never before had a situation comedy brought Americans face-to-face with each other via the medium of television, utilizing controversial themes such as sexuality and race relations to comprise story lines.
28. D) Yours, of course!