Francis Scott Key: Biography & Facts


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What event in the War of 1812 inspired Key to write the 'The Star-Spangled Banner?'

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1. What was Key's initial reason for being aboard a British ship during the siege of Baltimore?

2. What famous tune of the era were the words of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' put to?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In addition to writing the words for the national anthem, Francis Scott Key was an active philanthropist and lawyer whose cases covered an assassination attempt and conflicts between slave owners and abolitionists. After you've answered the practice questions, check out the lesson for an overview of Key's life.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz on Francis Scott Key demonstrates how much you know about the following topics:

  • Inspiration for the Star-Spangled Banner
  • Circumstances surrounding the composition of the national anthem
  • The attempted assassination of Andrew Jackson
  • Key's faith and hymns
  • Facts about the Star-Spangled Banner

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the facts you've learned about the life and accomplishment of Francis Scott Key
  • Interpreting information - make sure you can read an overview of Key's life and understand the issues that shaped his legal career
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Key to explain his role and contributions to his church

Additional Learning

To learn for about this prominent 19th-century American figure, read the lesson, Francis Scott Key: Biography & Facts. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Outline the history of the national anthem
  • Explain Key's contradictory record on slavery
  • List some of Key's philanthropic efforts and achievements
  • Describe Key's role as a prosecutor