Test your knowledge of our anthem's origins
1. The attack on Fort McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became "The Star-Spangled Banner." When did the battle occur?
A. Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
B. War of 1812
C. Civil War (1861-65)
2. Where did Key witness the bombardment?
A. As a sailor on an American ship
B. As a captive aboard a British ship
C. As a soldier in the fort
3. Where is Fort McHenry located?
A. Baltimore Harbor
B. New York Harbor
C. Boston Harbor
4. When did the song become America's National Anthem?
Source: Encyclopedia Britannica
(1) B, during the Battle of Baltimore, Sept. 12-14, 1814; (2) B. Key, a lawyer, was sent to negotiate the release of a friend being held by the British. He succeeded, but because of the impending attack he was detained. (3) A; (4) C. Both sides sang it in the Civil War, but it wasn't widely accepted until World War I. President Hoover signed the bill into law on March 3, 1931.
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