3-18 The Star-Spangled Banner

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The anthem, or national song, of the United States of America is "The Star-Spangled Banner".  It was written by Francis Scott Key.  Around the time it was written, America had been involved in the War of 1812 against Britain.  Francis Scott Key watched one of the battles in 1814 and wrote the poem that later became the U.S. anthem.  The words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" are below.

O' say! can you see, by the dawn's early light,

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,

Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

O' say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


Congress made "The Star-Spangled Banner" the official anthem of the United States on March 4, 1931.  The song honors our country.  When people hear this song, they often sing along and stand at attention.  Many people in the United States feel proud when they hear or sing this song.  It is a national symbol of patriotism.


Use the above information to complete the following statements.

1.  Another word for a national song is .

2.  The anthem for the United States of America is called "The -Spangled ".

3.  "The Star-Spangled Banner" was written by Francis Scott .


True or False?

4.  The anthem was always a song.



5.  "The Star-Spangled Banner" became the official U.S. anthem in 1814.



6.  Congress was responsible for making "The Star-Spangled Banner" the official U.S. anthem.



7.  Singing or hearing "The Star-Spangled Banner" causes many Americans to feel proud of their country.



8.  The first line of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is "O'say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave".



9.  "The Star-Spangled Banner" is a national  of patriotism for American citizens.



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