History of The Star-Spangled Banner


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The Star-Spangled Banner was originally a poem written commemorating the bombardment of _________ during _________.

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1. The author of the poem 'The Defence of Fort McHenry' which later became the Star-Spangled Banner was:

2. When Key's poem had music added to it, the tune was 'To Anacreon in Heaven,' which was ironically a _______ tune.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You probably know the words to ''The Star-Spangled Banner'', but how well do you know its history? This quiz will ask you about the origins of the poem, its author, and how it became the U.S. national anthem.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These practice questions will challenge you to:

  • Know when and where the original poem version of the ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' was written
  • Name the author of ''The Star-Spangled Banner''
  • Understand the ironic nature of the music that was added to the poem
  • Identify the president who made the ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' the official national anthem of the United States
  • Recognize federally mandated protocol for performances of ''The Star-Spangled Banner''

Skills Practiced

You'll apply the following skills:

  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding the proper protocol people must follow when using and performing ''The Star-Spangled Banner''
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about U.S. history to identify who wrote ''The Star-Spangled Banner''
  • Reading comprehension - ensure you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the history of ''The Star-Spangled Banner''

Additional Learning

The related lesson, History of ''The Star-Spangled Banner'', goes into greater detail about the history of the U.S. national anthem. The lesson will help you:

  • Describe the historical context of the poem's origination
  • Understand the subject matter of the poem's four verses
  • Learn about the poem and song's rise in popularity