Understanding the Meaning & History of American Symbols


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What is a symbol?

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1. What do the stripes on the US flag represent?

2. What is the current, official motto of the United States?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Symbols use imagery or a familiar phrase to convey complex ideas at a glance. This quiz and worksheet highlight the meaning of some of the most widely-recognized American symbols.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment on American symbols tests your knowledge on the following topics:

  • The definition of a symbol
  • Symbolic buildings
  • Official motto
  • The American flag
  • Great Seal of the United States

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on details of the seal of the United States
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you can read an overview on American symbolism and understand the key concepts
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the design and meaning of the American flag

Additional Learning

Read the lesson, Understanding the Meaning & History of American Symbols to learn more. The following objectives are part of this lesson:

  • Understand the role of symbols in American history
  • Describe the ability of symbols to communicate ideas
  • Explain some of the visual elements in American symbols
  • List example of religious elements in American symbols