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Flag Quiz Answers

American Flag on Galveston IslandJust before Flag Day, I linked to a flag quiz at The Brownsville Herald, with a promise to link to the answers on Flag Day, as per their article. Unfortunately, they never printed the answers. I checked back with the newspaper, and called them for a response, but no answer, yet.

So, with that in mind, I wanted to finally provide the answers to the quiz, derived from the U.S. Flag Code. First, here are the questions again, so those who missed it can play along. The answers follow with links to the appropriate section of the U.S. Flag Code where it is applicable.

Now, get out your paper and pencil … and … go!

Questions:

  1. The U.S. flag is customarily folded into a …
    1. Square
    2. Rectangle
    3. Triangle
    4. Tetrahedron
  2. True or False: It is permissible for flag bearers to carry a flag horizontally, as when it is carried across a football field at the beginning of a game.
  3. True or False: The U.S. flag displayed outdoors on a flagpole must be taken down during inclement weather. 
  4. Violations of the U.S. Flag Code are punishable by
    1. A fine not to exceed $500 per violation.
    2. A fine not to exceed $100 per violation
    3. There are no penalties for violations of the U.S. Flag Code.
    4. Imprisonment for up to 30 days.
  5. Under the U.S. Flag Code, it is permissible for patriotic Americans to wear a U.S. flag printed or embroidered on …
    1. It is not permissible to wear the flag.
    2. A T-shirt or sweatshirt.
    3. A baseball cap.
    4. Any garment that is not underwear.
  6. True or False: It is not permissible to fly an old U.S. flag with fewer than 50 stars.
  7. Which of the following statements is incorrect?
    1. Homeowners associations can restrict or regulate flying a U.S. flag outside a resident’s home.
    2. A U.S. flag outside a business should not be lowered to half staff in memory of a deceased employee.
    3. A U.S. flag should not be used in advertising.
    4. It is an urban legend that gold fringe around a U.S. flag signifies martial law.
  8. Which of the following state flags are allowed under the U.S. Flag Code to be flown at the same height as the U.S. flag?
    1. California only
    2. Florida, California and Texas
    3. Texas only
    4. All state flags may be flown at the same height as the U.S. flag.
  9. True or False: Flags printed on U.S. postage stamps could be interpreted as a violation of the U.S. Flag Code.
  10. Which of the following locations is NOT one where the U.S. flag flies 24-hours a day by executive order?
    1. The National Archives, Washington, D.C.
    2. The U.S. Marine Corps (Iwo Jima) Memorial, Arlington, Va.
    3. Town Green, Lexington, Mass.
    4. Valley Forge State Park, Valley Forge, Pa.
  11. True or False: It is not permissible for American residents to fly a flag of any other nation.
  12. True or False: It is permissible for a private citizen to be buried wrapped in a U.S. flag.

Bonus Questions:

  1. “The Star Spangled Banner” in the national anthem flew over
    1. Fort Knox
    2. Fort McHenry
    3. Fort Worth
    4. Fort Leavenworth
  2. The author of the “Star Spangled Banner is
    1. F. Scott Fitzgerald
    2. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    3. Francis Scott Key
    4. Thomas Jefferson
  3. The “Star Spangled Banner” was written during
    1. The American Revolution
    2. The War of 1812
    3. The Civil War
    4. The Battle of Yorktown
  4. At what location is a U.S. flag displayed where it has never been lowered to half staff?

Answers:

  1. 3. Triangle
  2. FalseSection 8(c)
  3. True, unless an all-weather flag is displayed—Section 6(c)
  4. This depends on where you are. If you are in Washington D.C., B. is the correct answer, if in the 50 states, C.
  5. 1. It is not permissible to wear the flag—Section 8(c)(i)(j)
  6. False—You can fly any flag that has ever flown over America—(not addressed in the Flag Code)
  7. 1. Homeowners Associations can restrict or regulate flying a U.S. flag outside a resident’s home. However, this is from HR42, which when signed into law, allows Assoc. reasonable restrictions.
  8. 4. All states flags may be flown at the same height as the U.S. flag.—Section 7(f)
  9. TrueSection 8(i)
  10. 1. The National Archives, Washington, D.C.—no Presidential order mandates 24/7 here.
  11. False—nothing in the U.S. Flag Code prohibits a non-government building to fly another nations flag.
  12. True—According to the Betsy Ross website. Section 7(n) refers to not lowering a U.S. burial flag into the ground.

Bonus Answers:

  1. 2. Fort McHenry
  2. 3. Francis Scott Key
  3. 2. The War of 1812
  4. The Moon—The trip is a killer

 

A note from Larry: I think some of these questions were poorly phrased, and some were ambiguous. I answered them as directly as possible using the U.S. Flag code.

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