Fatherly expressions

The words for a male parent - father and daddy, for instance - are used outside the family in other expressions, too: in politics, nature, geography, literature, and culture. See if you can identify the phrases here, or the person to whom they refer.

1. Which United States president is known as the Father of the Constitution?

2. What's another word for the country of one's ancestors?

3. What was the title for a senator of ancient Rome that is still used today in city politics to mean an elected official?

4. What's another name for the Mississippi River?

5. Which American patriot organized the Boston Tea Party and is known as the Father of America?

6. What is the name of the art movement during World War I that supported unrestrained expression?

7. The author of 'The Canterbury Tales' is also considered the Father of English Poetry. Who is he?

8. What are the first two words of the Lord's Prayer?

9. Who is the bearded old man of myth who carries a scythe in one hand and an hourglass in the other?

10. In 1863, he reminded Americans that "our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty...." Who was he?

11. What's the long-legged creature that looks like a spider but does not bite?


(1) James Madison (fourth president of the US); (2) fatherland (and an ancestor is a forefather); (3) Father of the City or City Father; (4) Father of Waters (because of its many branches). Give yourself partial credit if you answered 'Old Man River'; (5) Samuel Adams (George Washington is the Father of His Country); (6) Dada (Originally a French child's word for 'hobbyhorse'); (7) Geoffrey Chaucer; (8) Our Father; (9) Father Time; (10) Abraham Lincoln (16th President of the US) in his 1863 address at Gettysburg, Pa.; (11) daddy longlegs, also known as the harvestman or crane fly.

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